Sad news for any blogger – the majority of my Portugal pictures got deleted when I was restoring my phone… but anyway I still managed to gather the remaining ones and write an article (one that is long overdue, I know). Lisboa has a really special place in my heart, because it is one of the most vibrant and energetic places that I have ever visited, and although my stay was pretty short, the 3 days that I spent there managed to leave a vivid mark on me. Portugal has such a charm that makes it hard to resist not going back again & again. During my stay, I visited Lisboa, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Azenhas do Mar, and Cascais. A lot of places for just 3 days, but the close distances between the last four made it easy to visit for just one day. Having a local driver who is also a tour-guide was the most convenient and affordable option and I definitely recommend it if you are short on time, and want to see and learn as much as possible. Following my Marrakech and Monaco guides, here are my recommendations for Lisboa:
Where to stay:
If you are on a budget, I would say Airbnb, because you can find something really affordable and convenient! However, if you want something fancier, I would recommend:
– Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel
– Altis Belém Hotel & Spa.
What to see:
– Praça Luís de Camões, Largo Luís de Camões
– São Roque Church
– Santa Justa Lift
– Praça da Figueira
– Castelo de S. Jorge
– Arco do Castelo
– Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte
– Amoreiras 360º Panoramic View
– Torre de Belém
– Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Where to eat:
This category was the hardest to fill out. The food in Portugal is mindblowing! If you are a foodie like me, you will fall in love with the cuisine. Here, are some of my favourite restaurants:
– Pop Cereal Cafe
– Fauna & Flora
– Bowl Lisboa
– Ela Canela
– Taberna da Rua das Flores
– DOC COD
– Limão Chill-Out Terrace
– Frankie – must go
– Mez Cias LX
– Pesqueiro 25
– Segundo Muelle Portugal (this one is a must!!!)
Rooftops/ Restaurants with a good view:
– H10 Duque de Loule Boutique Hotel
– Topo Chiado
– Sud Lisboa Terazza Hall (bonus: a pool)
– Four Seasons
– Pestana Palace
Where to party:
– Pensão Amor (Here I drank the most amazing cocktail I have ever tried!)
– Chinese pavilion
What to wear:
Colourful and easy-going clothes. Most of the people dress down, so it’s not necessary to go over-the-top.
What impressed me the most:
– I really went hard on the views this time. We visited almost every breathtaking view in the city, so if you like that I would recommend visiting Santa Justa Lift and Castelo de S. Jorge. I also loved visiting Pena palace in Sintra (all of my pictures from there got lost) because I got to learn a lot about the history of Portugal.
You shouldn’t leave Lisbon without:
– Eating Pasteis de nata at Pastéis de Belém.
Most memorable experience:
– Enjoying the ocean view while having lunch at Restaurante Piscina in Azenhas do Mar.
What I want to do next time in Portugal:
– I am dying to visit Aveiro, Porto, Madeira and Algrave.