This Sunday I´m taking you with me to Lisbon. We visit the city on the first days of October, where the weather was perfect. It was still warm but totally acceptable. We stayed a little bit less than a week and I summarize it in 4 full days. I recommend you watch the video and then come back to read my short review.
VIDEO: OrneLGA Travels to Lisbon
On the fist day we went to the city center. On Avenida da Liberade you will find most designers stores and a few bars in the middle of it. Yes, it´s quite unique. It has huge trees that make shadow all day. I also suggest that wherever you are, you take a look at the unique mosaic floor. And don´t forget to get lost and go upwards on any hill to see the city from a high poing (there is an elevator, but it is always crouwded). On this day we also witnessed a marathon and a few concerts on Praca do Comercio. To get there we walked on Rua Agusta, a pedestrian street where you will find many shopping sports and places to eat. After you cross the Arco da Rua Augusta you will come across the Praca do Comercio, and inmediatly after you will see the coast. Of course the tiny beach is not for swimming, but it´s a beautiful place to watch the sunset.
On this day we did a tour to the beach. You can go on your own, but it´s easier if you have a person who knows the place with you. Our first stop was Pena Palace, where you will see the forest and the contrasting colors of the building. Afterwards we went to Sintra city center whit the tiniest streest and cute craft shops. Handpainted azulejos and cork products are two typical crafts. Moving to the beach we stopped at Cabo da Roca, the westermost piece of land in Europe where the view is just water. Then we stopped at one my all time favourite places, Boca do Inferno. The view is incredible. Finally, we went to Cascais, a small beach but very touristic. There were quite a lot of people sunbathing. I bet this place is crowded during the summer time.
We took the Tram! Trams are very common in Europe, but in Lisbon it has become a touristic thing that takes you up and down their famous hills. We went to the Alfama district and to the cathedral. Once again the view is fantastic from the summit of the hills. We also tried green wine, a typical dish made with baby grapes.
I should also tell yout that the tram service is not the best (and tourist aren´t friendly either) so have patience.
For our last full day we went norh. The Eduardo VII park is a must stop landmark. I recommend you walk from the bottom to the top and once you are there turn around. The place has an amazing view (another one). Also, Praca Marques de Pombal, that divides Eduardo VII Park and Avenida da Liberdade is an important monument. Finally, I should tell you to try their typical pasty, the Pastel de Nata. It´s sweet and can be found anywhere. In our case we had our last one at a cute coffe shop called Fabrica Coffee Roasters.