Plan your next trip to Muslim-friendly Lisbon and enjoy the best the city has to offer. Enjoy fantastically brewed coffee on one of the many open squares in the city, shop great items such as jewellery, souvenirs and designers, and explore the wonderful attractions, there is so much to see and do in Lisbon.
Spread over a string of seven hills on the northern part of Tagus River estuary, Lisbon offers an eclectic mix of ancient and modern which is most evident on its narrow cobbled streets. However, some downtown areas in Lisbon lack charm due to the fact that the city is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan.
Renowned for being the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon welcomes millions of visitors from different parts of the world annually. Home to modern art museums, lively entertainment venues, sleepy storefronts and historic monuments, your trip to Lisbon will be the most memorable travel experience ever.
There are so many reasons why you should consider visiting Lisbon for your next vacation. Lisbon is home to some of the most sought after monuments in the world today including Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém, both proclaimed World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The city is filled with modern art museums such as Museu Gulbenkian, making the city an incredible cultural hub. Take a trip around the city on an ancient tram which passes through narrow cobbled streets and has been in use since 1873. Revellers are not left out as Lisbon is considered one of the hottest cities with a reputation across Europe as a perfect place to enjoy vibrant nightlife activities. Make sure you also visit the secret garden of Edward VII.
When to go
Lisbon is a fascinating city that can be visited all year round as the weather is mild. However, summer months from June through August is considered the best time of the year to visit Lisbon. At this time, the city plays host to lots of great festivals and outdoor activities. If you’d like to avoid the summer crowd, an alternative time to visit Lisbon is in May and September/October.
Getting around Lisbon is easy as the city offers an extensive public transport network. One of the most cost effective ways of getting around the city is through the metros, buses and trams. Other great ways of discovering all the city has to offer to include car, taxis, ferry, bike and the funicular systems – a highly tourist oriented and reliable means of transportation.
While in the city take the ferry to Cacilhas from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré railway station across the Tagus river, it only costs 2,75euro but you will have stunning views of the city.
Things not to miss
Renowned for being one of the most popular historical monuments in Lisbon, the Belem Tower which dates back to 1521, is the high point of a decorative Manueline architecture. Proclaimed a world heritage site by UNESCO, this historic tower is a place not to miss out on visiting. Take the staircase to the top of the tower and catch magnificent views of the waterfront esplanade and the river.
Castelo de Sao Jorge, literally meaning Castle of Saint George is located in the centre of the city. It once served as the ancient seat of power for many centuries and its home to historical keeps and engaging museums. Enjoy great views over the beautiful city of Lisbon below from the vantage point of the battlements. Visit the Castle of Saint George and step back in time for a chance to learn more about the city’s rich historical past.
Oceanario de Lisboa (Lisbon Aquarium)
Recognized as one of the best aquariums in Europe and one of the world’s largest, Lisbon Aquarium is the most prominent family attraction in Lisbon. Here you will find a wide range of fish and other water creatures including sleek shark, bulbous sunfish, alongside many different bird species. A must visit for those on a family vacation.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (The National Museum of Ancient Art)
This is one of the most significant cultural attractions in Lisbon and a must visit for all tourists. Home to the largest Portuguese paintings dating back to the 15th century, the National Museum of Ancient Art also features a colourful display of artworks from Europe and Africa. Your trip to Lisbon will be considered incomplete without having to visit this fascinating attraction especially for culture lovers and history buff
This is the main and most prominent mosque in the city for the Portuguese Islamic community. Opened for public access in 1985, Muslim tourists are offered the chance to use the facilities of the mosque at will. The mosque was designed by António Maria Braga and João Paulo Conceição. Central Mosque of Lisbon is beautifully designed with a minaret and a dome on its exterior.
I love walking tours and they are so much fun, plus they are free. You get to explore the city, talk to a local guide, meet new people and have fun for a few hours. You also get to learn insider stories about the destination as well. It’s a win win.
Halal Food in Lisbon
There is plenty of halal food options in Lisbon after a long walk exploring the city. Here are some of the options available.
- Restaurante Marrakesh – Avenida Conde de Valbom 53, Lisbon 1050-067, Portugal
- Rose Iranian Restaurant – Av duque de loule 22-22B, Lisbon 1050-090, Portugal
- Taste of Punjab– Beco dos Surradores 18, Lisbon 1100-591, Portugal
- Spicy Restaurant & Grill– 203, Rua do Benformoso, Lisbon 1100-087, Portugal
Accommodation in Lisbon
- Heritage Avenida Liberdade – central boutique hotel in great location
- Solar Do Castelo – a unique hotel with great views of the city
- Brown’s Central Hotel -beautiful property in the centre of the city
- Airbnb – great options for budget travellers, get £15 off when using my link here.
Lisbon offers great travel options for those Muslims looking for halal friendly experiences. The weather is great all year around, there is halal food, activities, history and so much more. Plus with cheap flights from the UK and rest of Europe, these are no excuses why you can’t visit even for a weekend away.
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