Ocean waves meet sandstone castles...
2 min read. Created 2016
You'd have to be forgiven to not consider Lisbon on your epic European adventure. If i'm being honest i've never heard of it before I started researching it a couple years ago. Thankfully you're reading this, you will soon know why you HAVE to visit Lisbon.
When you're flying in to Lisbon you fly over the whole city. It's a sight you will never forget. It's so beautiful in its contrast between steep sandstone hills and open ocean.
Traveling to Europe in the summer is my favourite time to explore. The heat might be a bit to much for some and especially in comparison to England. Lisbon can reach degrees of 35-38, make sure you've got that SPF 50+ handy.
I was lucky enough to travel with my work colleague at the time . We flew in from Dublin and took an Uber to our Airbnb. The uber was roughly 10-20 euro, from the airport to the city centre. All the Ubers we got were very clean and were all mostly good drivers. traveling with Uber is much cheaper than a taxi and you can track, follow and are alerted where you are.
I always like to learn my surroundings as I move through the city as well as familiarise myself with points of interest and sights while passing by.
Our Airbnb was beautiful, we had a one bedroom penthouse with two balconies that gave us a third story view of the ocean. It had been renovated, a brand new kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. I love having a kitchen in my stays as it eliminates the stress of having to find a place every night and spending lots of money just on food. The interior design in that house was a treat!
When we did want to eat out we luckily found it very convenient to find cheap restaurants and take away. Make sure to pop into a traditional Portuguese restaurant to experience the local culture and cuisine. We had a rooftop bar just at the end of our street which for the trip home was ideal as we didn't need to spend anymore money in uber's or taxi's.
I'd defiantly recommend a rooftop bar or eatery as they give you the best view of the city... Ideal for those travel snaps!
My favourite part of Lisbon would have to be the history and architecture. The way the buildings and castles were constructed were very mesmerising. Be sure to check out "Sao Sorge Castle", "Praca do Comercio", Rosio Square", and the "Belem Tower". I'd say they are the main attractions to visit.
If you're like me and love food I urge you to visit the original Portuguese tart factory, depending on where you're staying it can be a bit of a trek but its definitely worth it!
We spent 5 nights roughly (I don't remember exactly) in Lisbon and still left with things to see. We spent 2-3 days just walking around to familiarise ourselves, there are many small markets, shops and side streets that are worth exploring.
The transport in Lisbon is fairly easy but not many people speak english so be sure to do a bit of research before you arrive so you aren't completely lost. You can get most places via the train or the tram. You must take at least one ride on the tram around Rosio Square!