In Love With Lisbon

I have been to Lisbon, Portugal before and had an amazing time so when I planned to go out there again for a quick weekend away I knew it was going to be just as good. Here is an overall recap of my weekend in Lisbon that I went on in June.

Accomodation

Now again when travelling abroad, I usually tend to book an airbnb apartment as most of the time it works out cheaper than a hotel. Also the ease of doing what you want, having more space and even cooking your own food if you don’t want to go out spending everyday.

The apartment was close to the metro station so easy access to go around and lots of shops, bars and restaurants as well.

(Pictures are from the AirBnB website – click here)

I find Lisbon to be such a picturesque city. There is so many places to go and visit that look so beautiful in person that my camera can not do it any justice. As it was going to be a very short stay, the next day after we arrived was spent walking around the city exploring.

 

A great place to go and visit would be the miradouro de santa catarina which is a very popular destination by both local and tourists as it has the most beautiful views of the city where you can watch sunsets/sunrises with plenty of street performers, bars/restaurants nearby.

You can also see in the distance, Portugal’s version of the famous Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) statue, Christo Rei (Christ the King). This is a catholic monument and shrine that overlooks the city situated in Almada.

 

 

Next up on the list to visit is Praça do Comércio which is also known by the name Terreiro do Paço, which is a famous square located in the heart of Lisbon near the Tagus River. At this point you will see many trams around as this is a very popular mode of transport if you don’t want to use the typical Hop on Hop off bus tours. You will recognise this area from the statue of King José I positioned in the centre. You can get some great pictures of the river throughout the day and many artistic models as you walk through.

 

 

I wasn’t lying when I said there is plenty to see and do in Lisbon. Next up on the list that we went to see was Miradouro das portas do sol. Another popular tourist area with a balcony onto the river offering spectacular views over Alfama. It is known for its scenic views over the houses and different buildings and a great spot for photography. If you wanted to spend the afternoon/evening here there is also a great selection of local bars and restaurants to sit down outside and watch the sunset.

 

Our last day in Lisbon was dedicated to the beach. There are many beaches in Lisbon that you can visit but we chose to go to Carcavelos beach. This is one of the popular beaches to go to as its easily accessible by public transport. It reminds me of the caribbean with its soft white sand and bright blue sea. As we went in June, you can imagine the weather was at it’s finest and we got to bask in all the sun’s glory!

There are also little stalls on the way to beach so that if you wanted to buy a little trinket or if you have forgotten something like your hat or towel, you can easily pick one up along the way.

 

Of course Lisbon is just known for its wonderful views and sights, it is also known for it’s amazing food! Now if you know me, you know how much I love food and I will always try something once. One of these amazing treats you need to try are the well known Pasteis de nata, which is some areas is also known as Pasteis de Belem. These tasty treats are a sweet egg custard tart pastry original from Portugal but can also be found in countries that have heavy portuguese influences. They are best served straight from the oven and dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar. I must admit I wasn’t so keen on these pastries at first but they soon grew on me and whenever I know I have a Lisbon trip coming up I try and make sure to stock up on them.

 

Extras:

Art Lisboa is a great club, small and intimate that places both local and international music.

Pensão Amor is another great club to go and visit which is located on pick street. A famous strip filled with clubs and bars to make your way through on a night out.
Even though my trips to Lisbon have always been short, I still manage to fill my days up with activities and make it a trip to remember! Lisbon is definitely one of my favourite european destinations and can’t wait to plan my next visit.

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