As a 21st century traveller, The One and Only Mitra is no stranger to a whislte-stop city break. So how did she make the most of her time in the Portuguese capital? Find out her best things to do in Lisbon here, from night-time spots to shopping till you drop.
Was this your first time in Lisbon?
Yes and not my last. I heard so many incredible things about the city and decided I had to visit.
What surprised you most about the city?
Two main things, the people and the beauty of the city. Portuguese people are the kindest, most welcoming people I’ve ever met and really made visiting Lisbon one of the most amazing experiences ever. To me, Lisbon is definitely Europe’s hidden gem – I’ve never seen such beauty in one city.
How many things did you tick off your ‘must-do’ wish list while you were there?
A lot. The staff at Corinthia hotel were so helpful and advised us on what to see during our time.
Favourite restaurant you visited?
I loved the little restaurants in Belém overlooking the sea, it was so breathtaking to absorb the beautiful scenery and enjoy the local food.
Most instagrammable spot?
All of the stunning pastel coloured buildings but in particular the pink buildings in Belém – especially the pink McDonalds.
Best daytime activity?
Spend as much time as you can in Belém. A walk along the sea front is a must. The contemporary art museum was one of the best museums I’ve ever seen. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos was an experience I’ll beer forget, I felt like I was going back in time.
Favourite evening spot?
Sky Bar Lisboa.
Did you do any shopping, if so what did you find?
The little markets were marvelous. There were so many authentic handcrafted goodies for my house that I loved finding. Then you had the amazing street full of luxury shops like Louis Vuitton and Prada which was so nice to visit, again the staff in the stores were so hospitable and informative. The Fashion Clinic was also a really cool find.
Describe your impressions of the city in 3 words:
Welcoming, romantic and memorable.
What was your favourite thing about Corinthia Lisbon?
The staff. Everyone was so friendly and so kind to us during our stay. The executive lounge at the hotel was so useful, not only were the views spectacular but the lounge was also so convenient for a quick bite, a pre-drink or simply checking my emails.
Is there anything you didn’t get to do this time, that you would do again?
A visit to Sintra to go and see the castles, I’m so excited to come back and visit them as I hear wonderful things.
Top tip for someone who only has a few days in Lisbon:
Eat all the custard tarts you can from Pasteis de Belém.
Celebrate the onset of 2023 in the luxurious setting of Corinthia Lisbon and enjoy a lavish New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner inspired by the Academy Award-winning film The Great Gatsby.