Sun, old cobbled streets, iconic trams and most importantly ridiculously scrumptious food. For me, Lisbon has everything and I can’t wait until the next time I get to visit this incredible city.
My visit was a long weekender, exploring the city via foot and taking a couple of trips to neighbouring sites and a nearby beach town for some chill time.
The best way to see Lisbon is by foot. The city is a cobbled delight where you can spend your days getting lost in the quaint alleyways, soaking up the history whilst stopping for one or two (or five in my case) Pastel de natas 😉
Slowly work your way up the hill to the top, where you will find Castelo de S. Jorge, the Moorish castle dominating the old town and home to some amazing views of the city below you. Scale the ramparts if you dare and see if you can spot your hotel!
If you’re a foodie, then you’re in the right place! Mini Bar by José Avillez is a trendy restaurant to treat your taste buds to some delicious canapé size delights. The braised tuna was my favourite here.
A Cevicheria is well recognised by the giant hanging octopus but also renowned for it’s gastronomic delights. I had to wait over an hour and a half for my spot, but well worth it.. .I’m still dreaming about those truffle scallops!
Head to the Time Out market to spoil yourself with an abundance of food options. Start with a croquette or two whilst you browse each stall until you find the perfect main course!
I took a trip to Quinta da Regaleira, near the town of Sintra. This is an absolutely stunning estate, seeped in romantic architecture and beautiful gardens.
I spent my morning exploring the towers, climbing down the steps into the well and strolling among the flowers. The house itself is an impressive show of Manueline architecture and there’s lots to admire here.
For some beach time, Cascais is the ideal spot! This fishing village is sophisticated with plenty of spots to sunbathe and relax. The Albatroz has a great outside terrace, perfect for a spot of lunch and a bit of people watching.
After strolling the cobbled streets at this quaint seaside town, the rooftop bar, Café Galeria House of Wonders is a quirky colourful vegan café with a great rooftop terrace to sit and relax with a gin cocktail in the cooling Portuguese breeze (must be healthy of course because it’s green!).
Four days well spent in this wonderful city. I fell in love with the food, the friendly people and the lazy cobbled streets.