Mythbusting 5 Common Misconceptions About Lisbon

Everyone has that friend, you tell them you’re going to Lisbon, and despite them having never been, they are more than willing to give you various warning about the perils and pitfalls of the city. While there are some things to be aware of here, which I’ve covered in other articles, there are many myths […]

Everyone has that friend, you tell them you’re going to Lisbon, and despite them having never been, they are more than willing to give you various warning about the perils and pitfalls of the city.

While there are some things to be aware of here, which I’ve covered in other articles, there are many myths about the city that need busting, and I’m here today to do just that, so let’s get into it.

The Economic Crisis Ruined Everything

The economic crisis hit everywhere hard, but Portugal famously took a real pasting, and for many, the assumption is that they never recovered.

The truth is, not much has changed here, crime rates haven’t gone up, in fact, the country is in the top five in every peace and safety index around, and everyone is still happy and friendly.

The wages are appalling, there is no denying that, and if you intend to work for a Portuguese company it’s something worth being aware of, but for the most part you won’t see any affects from the credit crunch here.

In fact, Portugal has risen up, and Lisbon especially, through a thriving start-up scene. There’s a reason so many digital nomads decide to set up here, and it certainly isn’t the house prices anymore!

Cod is the Big National Dish

Cod is a signature dish in Portugal, and therefore in Lisbon, but it’s actually mainly for the tourists. Cod is not caught in Portuguese waters; it is shipped from Scandinavia.

Salted cod is a treasured dish here, but many don’t eat it, and there are a lot of fresh seafood options that could be better choices.

There’s No Music Except Fado

I hear this one a lot, even from expats who live over here, and it simply isn’t true. While the expat and digital nomad scenes don’t tend to cross paths with local music outside of Fado, preferring to run their own events, there is a lot of music to be found here.

From big touring bands, to a hose of different music venues, check out my list here.

Nobody Speaks English

This is one of the weirdest ones, but some people are intent that when you come to Portugal, if you don’t speak Portuguese, you’re in trouble.

Languages are a big thing here, most people you speak to will be able to handle at least basic English, and it isn’t rare for them to be more than capable of holding their own in French and Spanish too!

Everyone Will Try and Con You

This is a reputation that most of Europe has picked up over the years. While there are no doubt some people who will try to take advantage of tourists for a little bit of extra money in their pocket, most Lisbon locals will actually be more than happy to try and help you save money and get where you need to be.

They’re a friendly bunch here, and they love to talk!

Any more myths that you’ve heard about Lisbon? Or maybe some things you’ve been told that you’d like to have fact checked? Just let me know, I’ll be happy to discuss them with you!

Best Guided Tours of Lisboa

  • Lisbon Fado Tour A Different Type of Lisbon Fado Tour 14.99$19.26$
    This tour will give you a unique insight into the magical world of fado, with a private audience with my favourite fado singer and friend, Tiago. We’ll head to Mouraria, the birthplace of fado, where I’ll give you a brief introduction to the culture, before you see with your own eyes the wonderful power of this exceptional music.

    ★★★★★

    Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm

  • Lisbon Seafood Tour A Different Type of Lisbon Seafood Tour 24.99$32.12$

    Indulge your senses by immersing yourself in Lisbon’s seafood tradition. Take a stroll along the riverside with chef and guide José, sampling some maritime delicacies along the way.

    ★★★★★

    Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

  • A Different Type of Ugly Lisbon Tour 14.99$19.26$

    I believe that only in looking at the ugly can we decide what we truly think is beautiful and I challenge you to develop your and my opinions of this city. I rarely meet people who connect the words ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Ugly’, and we’re going to find out why…

    ★★★★★

    6PM-10PM

     

  • Pub Crawl Lisbon A Different Type of Lisbon Pub Crawl 14.99$19.26$

     

    N.B January 2020, 25% discount bonanza!

    Discover hidden local gems that took me a lifetime to find, exsplore Lisboa with friendly faces from around the world and leave feeling just like a local

    Our events are not just about getting wasted and being on your feet all evening. There are some classy joints about the town that all the travellers miss and because we are in Lisbon you’ll still wake up the next day with money in your pocket.

    Book now!

    ★★★★★

    Max group size: 15

    Time: 7:00PM-Until midnight

  • Local Bars And Associations A Different Type of Underground Lisbon 14.99$19.26$

    Get to know the a different side of Lisbon in an exploration of it’s underground scene. In this tour, you’ll visit some of the city’s best-kept secrets: local bars and associations.

    If you want to experience an authentic and sometimes crazy evening, this is the tour for you.

    ★★★★★

    9:30PM-12:00

  • Lisbon Surfing A Different Type of Lisbon Surfing 39.99$51.39$

    This isn’t just any normal surf lesson… It’s an exploration into the world of Lisbon beach culture, a magic day at the beach followed by a delicious meal in a local restaurant.

    Surfing is more than just about being in the ocean; it’s about discovering hidden beaches, wild nature spots, respecting and practicing ocean conservation and most of all, connecting with like minded people and forming unforgettable memories.

    ★★★★★

    Time: 9:00am-9:00pm