It was my first time visiting Portugal so I was excited before the trip. Since the trip was planned for January I was a little bit worried about the weather but luckily during the week we spent in Lisbon the weather was great with 18 C degrees and it was sunny almost all the time. Therefore, the sightseeing was enjoyable and fulfilling. The first day we spent in Lisbon we strolled around the city’s most important highlights…. We enjoyed the Avenida Liberdade walk and ‘window shopping’ so that it almost became our favorite spot of the city :) Well, since it was our first encounter with the town we decided to take ‘tuk-tuk’ car which was really fun and useful. We enjoyed beautiful view from the old city walls below the Castelo de Sao Jorge and had the chance to see how stunning the city was… It was our driver’s very first ‘tuk-tuk’ tour so we had to explain him what we actually wanted to see and perhaps it would have been better the other way but it was amusing anyway. So we drove to Bairro Alto and then he dropped us off in the Praca Dom Pedro IV and after that we continued our walk through the Baixa – Chiado areas and so we walked the Via Augusta and reached the stunning Praca do Comercio with beautiful sea view (and resembling so much Piazza Unita d’Italia in Trieste)…
It was sunny so we had a coffee at one of the cafe’s at the square e and after that we continued our exploration of the city towards Cais Sodre and on our way we found an unpretentious little local restaurant called Glacial Artico which was definitely our favorite place for lunch since then. You can have a good fish meal for just 7,30 euros. We enjoyed the local atmosphere of the restaurant so we decided to come back the last day before we left the city. After the lunch we climbed the area of Barrio Alto and reached one of the most beautiful spots we saw that first day -Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Adamastor). The café Noobai, unfortunaly was closed but we found another bar and had the best beer in the city. The place has a bohemian vibe, it attracts artists, and ‘easy going’ crowd…. So lovely.
But the first day couldn’t be finished without seeing the spectacular Torre del Belem. So we drove to Belem in an old tram, so typical for Lisbon. We really enjoyed the seaside walk to reach the tower and at the same time enjoyed the most beautiful sunset in the world. Yes, it was the perfect end of the perfect day. Besides Torre de Belem (the UNESCO World Heritage site) we saw the famous Monument of discoveries - Padrão dos Descobrimentos and then tasted the most exquisite Pastéis de Belém, famous Portuguese egg tart pastry in the most antique pâtisserie of Portugal. Perhaps a little bit too comercial, but definitely worth a visit.
Another great highlight of this beautiful trip was certainly the trip to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais that was more then I could expect. The castle and beautiful garden of Sintra were so impressive and completely out of this world. I would recommend to spend at least 3 hours in this special place. Unfortunately we didn’t have so much time since we booked an organized van tour and we had to run a little bit to make the most of the entire tour. The lunch was organized in the Toca Do Julio restaurant where, once again, we had the most delicious fish and Portuguese wine. I had the best octopus in the world. It’s not ‘pulpo a la gallega’ that I go mad for, but certainly it was something really tasty and fresh which is the most important. Our guide was very nice and funny and beside that he was a guide he was also a ‘fado’ singer, so you can only imagine our authentic Portuguese experience even though we didn’t have the chance to go to Alfama bars and restaurants where we were told to go to listen to the magic ‘fado’. So, anyway, our journey proceeded to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe. The scenery was amazing; I have enjoyed the strong wind and the view: the ocean with all the cliffs was spectacular. Also, the Mouth of the Devil (near Cascais) was impressive. Cascais is such a nice little town very close to Lisbon. It’s quite a wealthy area. I could have imagined myself going for a walk and having an ice cream looking at the surfers on the coast…. But, there was not enough time to do that… Perhaps, some other time!
And, I would like to finish this blog post with a recommendation for all My Fashion lovers and followers – the best designers shops in Lisbon are situated in the Principe Real neighborhood; so first of all – go there… Take a tea or coffee in the super concept store – Embaixada LX and enjoy like a queen or king :) Definitely ‘a must go’ place when you visit Lisbon…
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