The annual sister trip was upon us again in April and Lisbon was the chosen destination. I acquired the inspiration from all of the amazing travel accounts that I follow that were just oozing with stunning pictures of Lisbon!
I was completely bowled over by the city so, shock horror, I have lots to say and hundreds of pictures to show. To save overloading you in one post, I’ll divide it up into three more manageable posts.
I loved that Lisbon offered a blend of cityscape and old towns, such as the Alfama District, and then amazing surfing locations and beaches in Cascais, which are not too far away either. We also found that Lisbon was much cheaper to eat, drink and explore than some of our other recent city breaks, like Paris and Barcelona. So, it’s a great option for a a slightly more cost-conscious trip – but this doesn’t compromise how fabulous your trip can be!
We found our accommodation, the Hotel Florida, through a deal on booking.com (an absolute steal for a 4*!) and we were located right on the Marquês de Pombal, a mere 2 minutes from the Metro and the tourbus station, which provided us with transport to anywhere and everywhere in Lisbon! Plus, the hotel is decorated in an old-school Hollywood style, and what sounds cooler than saying you’re spending a few nights away with Robert De Niro or Harrison Ford?!
Whilst there are lots of attractions to queue up, pay for and peruse in Lisbon, some of the best things to see are the architecture, the streets and the squares. The grungy and gothic style buildings are so unique – I could have photographed every single one (if you saw my camera’s memory card, you would probably say that I have…).
The narrow windy streets feel like you’ve gone back in time, especially when a vintage tram comes trotting by – they’re definitely worth a ride on to get a real experience of Lisbon (be prepared to queue). The street walls are clad with graffiti, but by no means in a tacky way, it just seemed to add to the arty culture of the city.
Now, I may sound like a middle-aged person with little else that excites me in my life (I mean no offence to any middle-aged readers), but one of the really iconic things about Lisbon was the amazing tiles that coat the buildings! They were so ornate and took an old house from a rating of two to one hundred. With my wild imagination for my future ‘Grand Designs’ house (one can dream), patterned tiles on the exterior of the house have now taken precedent in the list of requirements…
From the moment we arrived in Lisbon, I already knew it would be a place that I would love to return to. Check back for the next few posts giving you lots of details about what we did and where we ate and drank!
“I’ve got two places I like to be. Portugal is one.” – Cliff Richard