Lisbon was the final stop of our Europeantour and we couldn't have chosen a better destination.
The city immediately won us over with itscheery pastel buildings, delicious fresh seafood, and it's unique mix of attractions.
It also didn't hurt that we had clear blueskies the whole week we were there! The following video will highlight 20 thingsto do in Lisbon and we hope it will give you a few ideas of some of the sights this beautifulcity has to offer.
Our first stop of the day was São Jorge Castle, which is an old Moorish fortification that sits on a hill overlooking Lisbon and theTagus River.
You can get some nice panoramic views of thecity from here, and they also have peacocks roaming the grounds.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol is one of themany look out points in Lisbon that offers postcard-perfect views of the city.
This particular terrace overlooks the Alfamadistrict and it is always popular with tourists.
Carmo is a medieval convent that was ruinedduring the 1755 earthquake, and today it is used as an archaeological museum.
It's a strange feeling walking down the ruinednave of the church and seeing blue skies above your head, but that's exactly what makes itworth a visit.
Good morning from Lisbon.
We made it to Portugal and today is our firstday out sightseeing.
And our first order of business had to befood of course.
So today we're actually trying this.
And this is called pastéis de nata or pastéisde Belém.
And it is basically an egg custard tart andit looks absolutely delicious.
These actually originated over at the JerónimosMonastery which is just over there.
And it was a recipe created by the monks.
So it looks like they were good bakers guys.
Pretty tasty looking.
So we picked these up from the original storewhere they were first produced.
And it was absolutely chaos inside.
And something that is really cool is thatthe first time we ever tried these was actually in Asia when we were in Macau.
A former Portuguese settlement.
Yes, and you can find these in Brazil andHong Kong.
Anywhere where the Portuguese went.
But now it is time to add this to our littletarts.
Alright, so what we have here is we have apack of cinnamon and icing sugar.
So that is going to give it an extra sweetkick.
Let's sprinkle that on.
I've had these before but never with icingsugar and cinnamon so I think it is going to be extra special.
The winning combo.
Wow! It's still warm.
Fresh out of the oven.
And it is really nice.
Have a look.
I really like this because sometimes whenyou have an egg tart it tastes like cooked egg.
And that is just wrong.
Dessert should not taste like egg.
But this is like a really nice creamy custard.
It tastes like a proper dessert.
So like I mentioned earlier this recipe originatedin the Jerónimos Monastery and this is because apparently monasteries and convents used alot of egg whites in order to starch their clothes.
Don't ask me how this is done because I'venever used egg whites to starch my clothes.
But apparently this meant that they had alot of egg yolks leftover and that is how they started baking and created this wonderfulrecipe which was eventually sold to the pastry shop where we picked up our egg tarts.
So we are having the original recipe thatthe monks came up with here.
Another place to visit is Belém Tower.
The tower was built on the banks of the TagusRiver, and it was meant to act as both a defense system and a ceremonial gateway into Lisbon.
So behind me we have the Monument to the Discoverieswhich celebrates the age of seafaring and discovery between the 15th and 16th Centuries.
And there are lots of famous explorers ifyou take a closer look.
The Jeronimos Monastery is one of the mostvisited sights in Lisbon.
It's one of the best examples of Late GothicManueline architecture, so have a close look at the intricate detailing when you visit.
So a really cool thing that we've noticedabout Lisbon is that there is a big Kiosk culture and you can find these little kiosksin almost every park you go to.
And here you'll find people just hanging out, enjoying a drink, having a little snack.
And it seems to be a popular afternoon pastime.
So we're going to go to a little kiosk aswell and enjoy a little something something.
For a different view of Lisbon, consider takinga ferry to the other side of the Tagus River.
You'll get some great shots of the city andit's a really pleasant ride, especially if you luck out with blue skies and sunshine.
So it is lunchtime here in Portugal and todaywe took the ferry over from Lisbon to Cacilhas.
And this is a great place to eat seafood becausewe're right by the Tagus River and fresh seafood is available at every single restaurant.
So we found a local little spot, Sam has orderedSalmon, and I've ordered halibut.
So we're waiting for that to arrive and thenwe're going to show you some Portuguese seafood.
So our food has finally arrived so it is timeto take a tour of the plate.
So have a look here.
This is my halibut cooked on the grill andwe've got broccoli, carrots and boiled potatoes with olive oil on top.
It looks delicious.
I'm ready to dig in.
Nice fresh halibut.
Really juicy and it is so good with the lemonsquirted on top.
That's a really nice light dish.
That's good because I've been snacking allmorning so I kind of need a light lunch at this point.
But look at that it's nice and golden butstill juicy in the inside.
Really good selection.
And I also really like that the food herein Portugal, whenever you order fish, it usually comes with boiled potatoes and lots of veggieson the side.
So I feel like I'm being healthy and the flavorsare just enhanced when you pour olive oil over top.
It's just such a simple recipe but it is sogood.
You seem to have a monster meal right in frontof you.
Tell us, what did you get? Yeah, I got the salmon steak.
And if you take a look down here you'll noticeit is a very thick cut.
Um, and I've been having this almost everyday since I've arrived in Lisbon so this is my favorite thing to eat in Portugal for sure.
I know, it is so good that we can't get sickof it.
And look at the size of that steak.
It almost takes up the whole plate.
So the only difference between our two platesis that you had the steamed or boiled vegetables and I have like a little garden salad overhere.
So that's nice a healthy.
So that has onions, carrots, a little bitof cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes.
But this is the reason I came here and tookthe ferry across the river.
For fresh fish.
This is my first bite here.
Oh, it looks like I can see a little bit ofa bone.
Well, was it worth the ferry ride over? Yeah.
Glad to hear it.
Cacilhas lies on the south bank of the Tagusand it was once a quiet fishing village.
It makes for a really nice day trip, and theyhave some great restaurants serving up fresh grilled seafood, so bring your appetite! A fun way to get around Lisbon's hilly streetsis by riding the trams.
There are different lines across the city, but #28 is the most popular one with visitors.
For another scenic look at Lisbon, you canvisit the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout.
Here you'll get some nice views that includethe castle.
Rua Augusta is a lively pedestrian streetthat offers a mix of shopping and restaurants.
Just keep in mind that the prices can be alittle higher, since this area is primarily geared at tourists.
The Commerce Plaza is another one of thoseiconic sites in the city.
It was once home to the Ribeira Palace, whichwas sadly destroyed in the 1755 earthquake.
There are a few little cafes on the fringesof the square, and it can be a nice spot to people watch.
The Santa Justa lift is an elevator that connectsthe lower streets of Baixa with Carmo Square, and it is the only remaining vertical elevatorin Lisbon.
Though it is meant to serve a functional role, it is also quite popular with visitors who find the elevator a novel idea.
So for today's lunch video we're eating oneitem alone.
We are trying Bacalhau which is dried saltedcod and this is a fish that is very popular here in Portugal.
Now the cod used to be salted because thatis the method of preservation that they used before refrigerators were widely availableso that meant fish became really hard and salted.
And then once you actually wanted to cookit you had to soak it in water just to remove a bit of the salt and also soften it again.
And that is a food tradition that has beenpassed down.
So today we are trying three different items.
If you want to have a look here.
All prepared with cod – Bacalhau.
Oh la la.
So since I'm being a gentleman over here I'lllet you choose the first of the three to try.
Well, I'm going to choose Bolinhos de Bacalhau.
And we actually have two of those so no problem.
We each get one.
So this is actually a little cake made withcod fish.
It's a savory cake not a sweet cake.
Um, it is made with mashed potatoes, fish, parsley and egg.
And it is deep-fried.
Let me show you the inside.
So you can really see the fiber of the fishin there.
Yeah, you can.
It's been rolled into a little ball so itlooks good.
That's a monster bite you took.
That's quite nice.
So these little fish cakes can actually beserved as an appetizer before a big meal but because we've been kind of overdoing it withthe big restaurant meals today we're having something smaller so it is just going to bea little bit of a snack but I think filling enough.
Alright, I'm also quite hungry as well.
I went for a really long jog this morningand I had a tiny breakfast so I'm ready for my big bite.
Have you ever had a fish cake pasty before? Yeah, I have I'm just trying to remember whereit was.
I honestly can't remember.
And the neat thing about this is that of courseyou taste the fish but it's not overpowering.
It's definitely like a pastry as well too.
So next up we're trying this.
This is a Portuguese empanada.
And it is quite different from the ones I'vehad in Argentina which are usually half moon shaped.
This is more like a little miniature pie.
And apparently it is stuffed once again withcod fish.
So I've never had a cod fish empanada before.
Yeah, that's pretty unique.
What does it look like inside? Have a look in there.
I think there is more than fish in there tobe honest.
So it looks like and tastes like cod fish, potatoes and maybe even a little bit of spinach.
It's really nice.
And last but not least.
Well something had to be picked last so let'stry this one.
So this is something that we just saw on thecounter and like hey that's cod.
Let's try it.
This is my favorite one.
You know what this one tastes like? It tastes like cod fish Korean jeon.
It's like the Korean pancakes.
It is really crispy and really tasty.
This is awesome.
You're going to like this one.
So is that battered fish or is it breaded? Yeah, it is battered.
Or is it just fried? It's battered and fried and crispy on theoutside.
So for a nice green escape come to the TropicalBotanical Gardens.
We've been walking around in the shade andwe've also noticed there is hardly anyone here And I think we just found the shortest bridgein all of Lisbon.
You don't even need the bridge.
Hop to the other side.
And the other side – one more time.
Lisbon Cathedral is the oldest church in thecity.
It has survived many earthquakes and seenmany modifications, which is why it has a mix of architectural styles.
Lastly, take a minute to enjoy Lisbon at nighttime.
This is a city where things don't get goinguntil quite late in the night, so don't miss out by calling it in early.
And that's a wrap for our week in the Portuguesecapital! We hope you enjoyed this video and that itgave you some ideas of things to do in Lisbon.
As always, if you have any other suggestionsfor travelers of places to visit and things to do around town, feel free to share themin the comments below.
Wishing you happy travels!.