Lisboa Card - Dont fall into the trap!
I have very recently returned from Lisbon and unless you are planning on 'power' touring you won't save any money with this card. It grants you free transport which is where you may think you will save money, however if you visit any metro station you can purchase 24hr passes to all transport (busses, trams, metros) for 3 euro 95 and you can use this as much as you want in that day, switch lines etc. We bought a 2 day lisboa card pass for 29.50 euros, we didnt break even. We visited 6 museums two of which were free anyway, the monastery which saved us 7 euros and the castle we saved 3 euros and 3 euros at the zoo, we went for the purpose of sightseeing, we travelled all day visited everything and the card is not worth the price. The transport is already so cheap you don't need the card.
Unique Suggestions: If you do end up buying the card, then explore the city in sections, pick up a local guide to find the locations of all the sights and plan a route, this way you have more chance of covering more ground and saving more money with the card. It's more of a hassle than anything so even with a strategic planned course of action I still wouldn't advise purchasing this card though.
Fun Alternatives: Head for the metro station grab the 3.95 euro 24hr pass, and take advantage of the transport that way, also if your a student dont forget to take your card with you, the student discount you receive in Lisbon is the greatest discount you can get, always more than that from the lisboa card. I used my student card at the jardim botannica and castelo di sao jorge instead of the Lisboa card because the discount was much better. Hope this helps.
We bought the Lisboa Card, but did not find it a good value. With two parents and two kids (8 and 5) you usually got family admission into museums which was everybody for the price of one adult. We did not find it worth it for a family of four, and would have done better just buying the all day transportation card.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits
Pastéis de Bélem
I can't help it, but visiting this pasteleria (which is already in Bélem since 1837) gave me the impression that it was kind of a tourist trap.
It is certainly a nice place to visit, the rooms are beautiful decorated with azulejos and the pastries are more then just delicious.
But the place is so crowded, waiters are always in a hurry and have almost no time to take your order. It's more like a factory.
Unique Suggestions: You certainly have to try these pastries, coming right out of the oven, with a coffee, with or without milk.
Fun Alternatives: They have these pastries, also called "pastéis de nata" all over in Lisbon, although they are not fresh served out of the oven .....
- Food and Dining