Portugal
City Breaks

Lisbon City Break

October 12, 2017

Lisbon, a year round destination, is considered to be one of the best city/beach combinations in all of Europe.  This time of year was desirable for me because I knew I wanted to explore the city on foot and Spring is the perfect time to do so.

Lisbon has a unique vintage charm to it.  The beauty begins with it’s pastel coloured buildings and red roofs that line the hilly cobbled alleys.  Lisbon is not only aesthetically appealing, it also has much to offer it’s visitors.  From lively bars, delicious restaurants, and loads of unique shops, this city really has it all.

 

If you’re into sight-seeing, you will have a full itinerary in Lisbon.  Take a trip to the Tower of Belem or visit Europe’s most expensive church, Capela de São João Baptista, constructed purely of gold and precious stones.  You can even take a day trip to the magical town of Sintra just half an hour away by car.

I stayed in the Barrio Alto region of the city.  This area has a residential feel during the day with it’s narrow alleys that drip with bohemian boutiques.  It comes to life at night with it’s large range of bars, restaurants and ‘fado’ clubs that open up for business.  It is the best area for nightlife in all of Lisbon.

 
 

The Chiado neighborhood is also one of my favourite districts.  Centrally located in the heart of the capital, the graffiti decked walls is what makes the area interesting.  It is full of old school book stores and cafe’s, but is best known for it’s theatres and chic shopping.  You can also wander up the hills to get amazing views of the city below.

There is only one word for the food in Portugal.  Heavenly.  Absolutely heavenly.  I’m a sucker for anything in a puff pastry and lucky for me, so are the Portuguese!  You can get almost anything in a filo pastry from empanada-style beef to creamy custard deserts.  One cannot come to Lisbon without trying a traditional custard filo tart.  I cannot stress this enough: if you come to Lisbon, you MUST try a custard pastry.  Or, in my case, 10 custard pastries.  Your taste buds will thank you later.

 
 

When you come to Lisbon, you certainly are in for a treat.  Spend your days exploring the tile-covered streets and getting lost in one of the many old school shops.  Don’t forget to take a ride uphill on one of the historic trams either.  The evenings are open for adventure as there are many options in terms of night life.  It most definitely is one of the most diverse cities I’ve ever been to and am already planning my next trip back.  Cheers!

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