If you are looking for a romantic place to spend time with your partner, then Lisbon is the right choice. Lisbon, intertwined with such a long, rich history, provides the most romantic places. Walking through the old district with its unique architecture, watching the sunset on one of the breathtaking viewpoints, or listening to fado music in the oldest area of Lisbon are just some of the romantic options for you. If you are a melancholic soul, Lisbon will enchant your heart. Read these tips on romantic things to do and surprise your beloved.
1. Miradouro de Graça
The official name of this view is Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen but more often is called Miradouro de Graça. Sophia Andresen was a poet who spent a lot of time near this overlook, which she found inspiring for her work. There is a bronze bust here that was even included in one of her Portuguese poems. The viewpoint is situated on the hill called Santo André. The Miradouro de Graça provides fantastic views over the neighborhoods of Alfama and Mouraria, and you can also see the Tagus River with its famous 25th of April Bridge. There is a small stall where you can buy drinks, so there is everything you need to enjoy this perfect view.
Miradouro de Graça
Address: Calçada da Graça, 1100-265 Lisboa, Portugal
2. Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara
This viewpoint offers a breathtaking panorama of Lisbon’s attractions and landmarks. Countless religious and other monuments, including Sao Jorge Castle, can be seen from there. This viewpoint features garden seating with a baroque fountain.Gloria’s Funicular is a popular way to reach the viewpoint, so it’s a good option if you would like to try also this attraction. It’s such a romantic place where you can walk through the garden and enjoy the peaceful surroundings while holding your beloved’s hand.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara
Address: R. São Pedro de Alcântara, 1200-470 Lisboa, Portugal
3. Miradouro de Senhora do Monte
One of the highest points in the city, which is especially well-known for its stunning sunsets, is also worth a visit anytime in the day. Miradouro de Senhora do Monte provides a panoramic view of Lisbon, similar to the previously mentioned viewpoints. Also from here, you can see Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon center, the banks of the Tagus River, and Bairro Alto. The point is named for Our Lady of the Mountain, which is observing the viewpoint from a small image. It is easily accessible and one of the most romantic places in Lisbon.
Miradouro de Senhora do Monte
Address: Largo Monte, 1170-107 Lisboa, Portugal
4. Walking along the banks of the Tagus River
Lisbon is located on the northern bank of The Tagus River, which helps to create Lisbon’s charming, romantic atmosphere. Not only is it romantic, but the Tagus River also has a major role in the history and city development. The most popular place on this bank is surely Belém. Belém is a civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém and features famous historical monuments and rich culture. The most popular monuments include 25th of April Bridge, Jerónimos Monastery, and Tower of Belém.
Tower of Belém is a fortified tower that was commissioned to be part of the defense system and ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The monument was important during the time of maritime discoveries, and it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other direction from the Tower of Belém is the 25th of April Bridge. Looking at the bridge, you may feel transported to San Francisco, because of its close resemblance to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Besides the history, the waterfront of the Tagus River is filled with countless bars and restaurants. You can stop by after a romantic walk and enjoy the perfect view while the sun sets.
Tagus river and Tower of Belém
Address: Civil parish Santa Maria de Belém, Municipality of Lisbon, Portugal
Price: Free. Except the entrance to Tower of Belém: 6.35 USD (6 EUR) or 12.70 USD (12 EUR) (Combined ticket: Jerónimos Monastery + Tower of Belém + Museu Nacional de Arqueologia)
Opening Hours: Torre de Belém: October to May: 10 am to 5 pm. May to September: 10 am to 6:30 pm.
Have an ice cream or two...
Do you know anyone who doesn’t like ice cream? Having an ice cream is without a doubt, a fun thing to do with your sweetheart. Ice cream will be a good idea for anyone, especially in summer when the temperature in Lisbon reaches 40 degrees C (104 degrees F). There are some great ice cream shops that are worth a visit. Let me share three of them with you:
5. Amorino gelato
Amorino is a famous ice cream shop with a stores worldwide. The first Amorino shop was opened in the Paris and since its initial success, this chain has grown quickly. Amorino was founded in 2002 by Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi, two childhood friends. They pride themselves on high-quality production without artificial colors and additives. The flavor range is truly huge and you can choose from various ice cream or sorbets flavors. You can also find them in Lisbon at two locations: Amorino Baixa and Baixa Chiado!
Amorino Baixa is located on the famous street Rua da Augusta, which leads to the Liberdade de Avenida. This outlet is a great option if you want to combine enjoying ice cream with a walk along the Tagus River.
Address: Amorino Chiado - R. Garrett 49, 1200-203 Lisboa, Portugaland Amorino Baixa - R. Augusta 209, 1100-042 Lisboa, Portugal
Price: from 3 USD to 9 USD (~2.80 EUR to 8.50 EUR)
Website: Amorino gelato
6. Gelato Therapy
Gelato Therapy is another ice cream shop located in the Baixa neighborhood. Besides their ice cream, they also offer waffles, crepes, and cakes. On the menu, you find pancakes and waffles with ice cream, chocolate, or caramel. Gelato Therapy has the usual flavors and also some unique flavors such as vanilla with basil or lemon with rosemary and honey. If you love ice cream, you can buy “take away” buckets of ice cream to enjoy at home!
Address: 1100 332, R. da Madalena 83, 1100 - 010 Lisboa, Portugal
Price: from 3 USD (~2.80 EUR)
Opening Hours: 11 am to 7 pm
7. Gelato Davvero
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
Gelato Davvero translates to “gelato for real.” Gelato Davvero makes delicious ice cream from natural ingredients, using a combination of Italian and Portuguese products.
Address: Praça de São Paulo 1, Lisbon, Portugal
Price: from 2 USD (~1.90 EUR)
Facebook: Gelato Davvero
8. Tap into the secrets of fado in the oldest district of Alfama
Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon, is situated on the hill between Sao Jorge Castle and the Tagus River. It’s the most romantic area of the city and features many historical monuments. You will find many beautiful houses that represent typical Portuguese architecture. If you are keen for a trip, then walk to the top of Alfama where Sao Jorge Castle is located. This spot also offers fantastic views over Lisbon.
Alfama is also the center of fado music. The streets are lined with a lot of fado bars, which plays live music and serve delicious, traditional cuisine. Is there anything more romantic than listening to live fado music, while drinking a local port wine? Let me recommend the most popular fado bars in Alfama:
Ready for a romantic getaway?
In Lisbon, it is not necessary to have a car. The best way to explore the city is by walking through Lisbon’s streets to enjoy the unique mood of this charming place. Lisbon looks like it was made for couples! It offers many fantastic views, the beautiful tones of live music, and the chance to relax with a glass of a good port wine. It’s easy to have a romantic holiday with your loved one here. In Lisbon, you will always find a hidden small restaurant or another wonderful viewpoints tucked between the houses. There is no doubt that Lisbon is one of the best romantic European destinations.
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