On The Streets of Lisbon

My first impression of the center of Lisbon wasn’t as good as I had expected. I got out of metro Rossio to walk into a hectic crowd of tourists staring clueless at their city maps, hoping to find their way to the streets with english menus.

As much as I understand the utility of maps, I don’t share this necessity. I didn’t have a map. I rarely have one. Instead, I’ll start somewhere in the center and then just walk until my legs won’t carry my body anymore.

I get lost many times, but as long as you’re cautious, getting lost is a good thing. It’s the best way to discover a city from a different angle – getting off the usual tourist track that focus on the top historical buildings to hit an alternative road that leads you through completely different stories.

Many buildings were decorated with tiles, but this one was my very favorite one.

The paving stones on Lisbon’s old streets are characteristic from Portugal.

I found orange trees exposing these juicy fruits, right there, on the streets.

Avenida da Liberdade and a beautiful knob on a side street.

Street Art, near Praça do Duque de Saldanha.

Do you follow an itinerary on a map or do you simply walk wherever your heart takes you?

22 thoughts on “On The Streets of Lisbon

  1. I very rarely have a map, just wonder until I can’t anymore! Great photos of the city. I will be there in two weeks and I am really looking forward to checking it out!

  2. It fully depends on my mood! I do remember wandering around in Lisbon with no map and very little Portuguese… however with a city on the water you can’t get too lost 🙂 Beautiful pictures!

  3. I tend to carry maps so I don’t get lost as much as just wandering aimlessly and using the map to find my way back. I think in order to get a sense of what a city is all about you have to walk around on foot without a specific destination! The street art in that last photo is amazing, great find.

  4. So exciting! We’re heading to Lisbon at the start of July and I can’t wait to wander around there. Love your photos! We tend to just wander after looking at a map to get the general idea of what an area looks like. Are you going elsewhere in Portugal?

  5. In a big city I like to have a map in my head. So I spend a few minutes looking at one before I leave – then I follow my nose. In fact, I love to follow my nose – sensing what I am looking for – little changes in architecture, in the look of the streets, of the people – it’s my delight.

  6. No doubt about it: I am in love with your blog. Gorgeous photos, great writing, interesting content – although it definitely gives me the travel bug!

    – S from Following the Walkers

  7. I’m an avid promoter or not using a map as well – I loooove getting lossed in a city and just seeing where the day takes me – especially when I’m traveling alone 🙂


  8. Great photos! You have an eye for seeing little things that make a city unique.

    I remember seeing oranges in southern Spain but it was too early in the season to eat them- of course I only learned that after tasting and discovering it was soooo sour!

    1. Hello Eurotrip Tips, I live in Seville, and I hear this story so many times. I don’t think that the orange you tried was out of season, it was just not edible!! 🙂

      1. Hello there,

        I’m from Sevilla, and Kim is almost right 🙂 The oranges you see in the street are sour oranges, which of course don’t taste very good “as it is”, but they are quite healthy, and in fact most of the orange jam you can find anywhere is made from those oranges.

      2. Hi Jose! Thanks for clearing that up. So the street oranges are used to make marmelade (orange jam)? I thought they were sour because they do not receive as much water/light as those in a ‘huerto’. Thanks again! It’s funny that its us Brits and Americans that love marmelade, and that people don’t really eat it here!

  9. I think I am more like you Katherina. I also just love randomly asking locals where they could recommend to eat – which often results in interesting finds!

  10. I admire your freedom and care-free travel. One of my traveling faults (that I aim to GET OVER) is that I want to be in control of where I am and know where I am/ how to get out all the time. It’s terrible and very un-spontaneous. But, I think why I love traveling so much is that it pushing that boundary for me and causes me to let go more.

  11. My husband and I have completely opposite approaches. He loves to study for weeks about the places we’re about to visit, and has specific sites and restaurants in mind. This definitely chafes against my style, which is to wander, to find personally interesting things, and to eat where it looks good. I can’t tell you how many hours we’ve spent trying to GET somewhere important, only to be disappointed when we finally arrive! So now we try to compromise a bit, and mix wander and chance with a few plans.

  12. Agreed! I love just walking around without a specific goal, getting a feel for the city. In New York it’s incredibly hard to do that, but in Boston it’s perfect, and so is in most European cities.

    Lisbon is on my travel bucket list – thank you for sharing these lovely pictures! A taste of Lisbon is still better than nothing 🙂

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