There’s nothing I love more than a city break, so when I had the opportunity to travel with a couple of friends last March, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal was top of the list for a 4-day adventure.
We stayed in a little apartment situated in Santa Apolonia, which overlooked the River Tiber and was just on the outskirts of the main town. On our first full day we hit all the tourist spots around Lisbon, made easier with a CitySightseeing Hop-on Hop-off tour bus. Sights included Torre de Belem, Padrao dos Descobrimentos and Jeronimos Monastery. The first two attractions we viewed from the outside, taking in the amazing architecture and history. For Jeronimos Monastery, we paid 10 euros to visit inside, which I highly recommend. There is so much culture and history and I found myself immersed, imagining back to the time monks walked the long corridors.
During the evening, we visited the famous Time Out Market where we had dinner and tasted local dishes such as Bacalhau and the famous Pastel de Nata. Much of the local food on offer included fish dishes and salmon was my ‘go to’.
The following day we took a 5-hour ‘fairy-tale’ excursion to Sintra. We had pre-booked this through Viator and it included being picked up from our apartment and taken on an adventure by a local tour guide. On route we visited Cascais, Guincho Beach, Cabo da Roca and Pena Palace. It was an incredible road trip through the mountains and local villages, being told the history of the area as we went. This trip definitely added something magical to our stay.
Our last day in Lisbon saw us explore the city by foot and hunt for the hidden treasures. We visited Castelo de S.Jorge for 8.50 euros each and the views around the castle walls were breathtaking. The grounds are home to a number of peacocks which freely roamed about, displaying their colourful feathers.
There is a lot to see and do in Lisbon and I wish we had had more time to explore. Hopefully in the future, I’ll be back!