There must be something about Portugal that keeps me going back. No. 1 is Lisbon. I can go as far as saying it’s my favourite city in Europe. Earlier this year, I also visited Porto which turned out to be another great experience.
As for Lisbon, it’s a city that has my heart. There aren’t many cities I’ve visited where I’ve thought to myself, “I’d like to come back here again, as soon as possible”. That’s because discovering new places and working through the ever growing bucketlist would remain un-ticked. So, what makes Lisbon a city winner?
Lisbon & Street Art
The city itself is a hilly playground, famous for it’s terracotta rooftops and street art and that’s exactly what I love about it. It’s easy to spend to much time walking around, getting lost in Lisbon’s history, then perching up on a crumbling wall and watching life go by. Walking up and down narrow streets, its easy to come across newly painted art vs. the more in your face street masterpiece.
Alfama Old Town
I’m slightly biased, as when visiting here last year – we actually stayed in the superb Mammo Alfama. A minimal design hotel, situated in the heart of the town. How lucky we were to have all this beauty on our door step. More authenticity than the other areas of Lisbon, with the locals heavily influencing the way of life here. Although we woke up to a range of continental breakfast treats each morning, the local bakeries were just minutes away. For that we made sure to take advantage, eating our way through an average of 3 pastel de nata each day (Portuguese custard tarts).
Sorry not sorry.
Visit Praça do Comércio
Better known to tourists as Palace Square. Tourists flock but if you want a space filled with shops, restaurants and great architecture and a view of the sea front then this place is a safe bet.
Tip: Although Lisbon is fairly cheap, prices in the square are a fraction higher than other areas of the city so go elsewhere for a more authentic and affordable meal.
Hike up Castelo de Sao Jorge
One of the main, if not the most popular tourist attraction in Lisbon. But with 360 views of the city, it’s not one to miss off the list. We headed over on a slightly overcast day which definitely made the hike up easier but we were rewarded with views like below. Break out your camera, as you’ll definitely want to snap these views.
Street Party in Bairro Alto
Although it wasn’t planned, we ended up visiting Lisbon during the famous Sardine Festival. Where the city came alive for two days of feasting on sardines. Every street corner imaginable gets packed with outdoor grills and bbq’s in preparation for some serious grilling. People get boozy, very friendly and the music get’s louder as the night goes on. Definitely one to get involved in for the great atmosphere and stark difference to every-day slower paced life in the city.
What are your thoughts on Lisbon, or other favourite city?