Following on from our stay in Rome and horrendous Airbnb experience, Naidene and I continued onto the next leg of our trip, Lisbon. We were greeted with sunshine and palm trees upon our arrival which made me happy (if anyone knows me, they know that I love sun!). This time round we stayed at the Holiday Inn so we did not have anything to worry about in terms of accommodation. I’m sure Airbnb options would be amazing though!
I have so many photos from this trip, but I thought I would highlight my experience with the 5 things I loved about Lisbon.
1. The Insta Worthy Photos
Pretty much everywhere you turn offers the chance for an Instagram worthy photo. From the pretty tiles to to the colour popping walls, you will most definitely leave Lisbon with some great shots.
2. The Views
The views in Lisbon are lovely. There are quite a few viewpoints if you want to get a good view over the city. The most popular one being Miradouro das Portos do Sol. We were taken there by our tour guide but unfortunately, we were caught in torrential rain and it was quite foggy. Despite this, I still managed to get this shot of a local busker against the backdrop.
The second viewpoint I would recommend is Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara where I was able to take one of my favourite photos. The weather was perfect and the view was stunning. There was also a nearby market where the locals sold Jewellery and sangria.
3. The History
We took a free walking tour with the Sandamans Lisbon Tours. If you don’t know much about free walking tours, they are essentially a tour with a local freelance guide and you can signup for the tours for FREE! At the end of the tour, the guide will most likely request for a donation of your choice (how much you thought the tour was worth). Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the tour is free like I did!
We first took the free walking tour with Yuri that was 3 hours long. I loved his enthusiasm and passion for the history of the city and he kept me engaged with his storytelling skills! Naidene and I enjoyed the tour so much that we even signed up for the Alfama and Belem tour!
If you are visiting Lisbon for more than three days, you should definitely dedicate a whole day to discovering Sintra. Sintra is a Portuguese town outside of the city with exquisite palaces. When visiting, its recommended to leave as early as possible to avoid the long queues. We were planning on leaving around 7am but we made the mistake of leaving later and unfortunately we had to run around Rossio Station to find tickets as there was a long queue.
When arriving to Sintra, if you have not already made prior arrangements (i.e signed up for a tour), you have the option of either taking the local buses to get around (however bear in mind that the buses are not frequent). Alternatively, you can take the tour bus or hire a bike (if you deem yourself fit enough to cycle up the hills!). You can purchase the tickets to the Pena Palace & National palace from the Tourism office outside of the station.
5. Time Out Market
On our first day, we stumbled upon the Time Out market which has food from various countries all in one place! We had eaten by the time we stumbled upon the market so we made a note to come back on our last day before heading to the airport.
Although I literally had no expectations of Lisbon, I had a lovely time exploring the city. The people were very friendly and despite having to rebuild the city back up, I was amazed by how much they tried to preserve the culture.
Have you travelled to Lisbon? What were your thoughts of the city?