Top Romantic Things to do in Lisbon: whether you’re a romantic couple or two friends spending the weekend in Lisbon these are the best spots to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
In mid-January, my boyfriend and I left our beloved snowy Berlin for four days romantic getaway of sunshine in the Portuguese capital. From the moment the Ryanair door opened I could feel the heat, the scent of a hot country and a cool breeze. We were like “Oh, so this is paradise?”.
We briskly made our way to the hotel and then on to explore the city. Four days was enough for us to fall in love with the city, its people and the especially, the food. But I wanted to share my top recommendations for romantic things to do in Lisbon, so after much thought, I felt these were my 4 must-do things. If you feel there’s something missing I’d love to know, so please comment below the post.
Get lost in Alfama
Ok so before I had been to Lisbon I asked around for some tips and insights and was told by almost everyone that the hills are incredibly steep and will break your legs if not your integrity. You know what, they were fine.
The hilly neighbourhood of Alfama may appear daunting to those who fear steep inclines but they’re not as bad as they seem. Wear some decent shoes and bring a bottle of water, you and your loved one will be fine. Plus that’s the joy of sharing this district with someone, they can give you a helping hand or carry you. Grand.
Notable the biggest attraction in the Alfama district is São Jorge Castle which rests on top of the hill. We didn’t pay to get in because there are so many free viewpoints dotted around the city it seemed unnecessary. But the surroundings of the castle are stunning. Plenty of quiet, small streets aligned with little shops covered in the famous Azeljos tiles. You’ll be wishing the streets would be endless and it’s a beautiful place to make some memories. Plus it’s absolutely free to wander around, so it’s a very romantic thing to do in Lisbon and cheap.
Just eat, everything, together
I’m a firm believer that those who stuff their faces together, stay together. I don’t mean having an extra plate of Chow Mein at a buffet, I’m talking aggressively vacuuming as much food as possible in a non-judgemental designated area. Lisbon offers an endless array of good restaurants to stuff your faces together. From fusion cuisine to hearty meals and pastries that are quite literally bad for your health, they have it all here.
Some of the best dishes we had were at SeaMe, where Japanese dishes meets Portuguese seafood. From sardine nigiri to rolls with salmon, strawberry and avocado delivered in divine presentation. It’s hard to stop and take photos before you dig in. Although the style of the restaurant is quite modern the interior remains snug.
We arrived with no reservation and took a seat at the bar and it was a fantastic experience. The service was fast, the staff were funny and the food was incredible. In summary, If you really love the person you’re going to Lisbon with you will bring them here.
So you end up taking a photo from the restaurants Instagram page instead. We shared about 8 or 9 small plates of sushi and two bottles of wine and the bill came to around €110 in total, including tip. Which is not bad considering the quality of food and the friendliness of the staff.
Take a baking class
Lisbon is famous for a particular custard pastry – pasteis de nata. With over thirty-two thousand hashtagged images on Instagram, the pastry itself could be considered a social media starlet in its own right. Except we didn’t want to come, eat, take a photo and leave. No way, this millennial wanted to take it to the Marta Stewart level. So we booked a baking class at the Cooking Lisbon school and it was way better than I thought it was going to be.
The two and a half hour baking class was about €45 each, which included all the baking materials too. The pastry chef we had was great at creating a chilled atmosphere and made it easy for us to chat to other people in the class. We got to learn how to make one of the best things I’ve ever eaten and the history behind it too. Something you might miss out on while exploring the city in other ways.
Take in the sunset
A cliché, I know, but I don’t care. Neither of us has witnessed sunsets like the ones in Lisbon. Park your bums near the Praca de Comerio, the main square in Lisbon parallel to the river and wait for the sky to blow you away. Watching the sun disappear off the edge of the Earth makes for the perfect resting time after a long day of exploring the Alfama neighbourhood. What makes it even better is a bottle of wine to share.
What makes Lisbon the perfect spot for couples in a nutshell?
At the very core of our trip, my boyfriend and I realised that for the money you pay for a weekend away in Lisbon (we spent about €700 altogether) is very reasonable compared with Paris or Venice romantic getaways. Our accommodation was €116 each, and most of our money we splashed on a lot of seafood, which as you may be able to tell, I don’t regret a bite of.
What’s also worth mentioning is that the people are exceptional. It’s very rare that civilians of a capital are so friendly, chatty and have a great sense of humour.
That’s all on romantic Lisbon for the moment. I hope you will make it to Lisbon and will love it as much as we did. 😀