So, Mom and I arrived to Madrid on a Wednesday around 8pm and on Thursday morning we were off to discover Lisbon. Little did we know it would be a bumpy ride.
Can you say missed flight!!! It’s crazy!! In all my years traveling I’ve never missed a flight (Thanks Mom. Now you know the blame has to be placed somewhere lol.) Despite our lost connection we finally made it to Lisbon around 5:00pm.
The first thing we did after dropping our bags off was find a nice restaurant to have a good meal. We ended up finding a little cafe really close to our AirBnB. The pastries were amazing but the food not so much. After settling in our accommodations, we decided to walk around for a little bit. It was a beautiful night to explore and get a feel for the place.
Our First Full Day……
A day trip to Sintra
Traveling around Lisbon and the surrounding cities is farely easy. We got a single ticket for 1,95 euros for a single trip on the metro to get to the line that would take us to Sintra directly. Once there we got a round trip day pass to Sintra and all the lines in Sintra for 15 euros. I highly recommend getting this ticket when going to Sintra.
After arriving in Sintra, we found a wonderful café called Don Café for Americano coffee, cappuccino, and pastries. Boy was super delicious and extremely cheap. A a cup of café and pastel de nat there is only 1 euro. I tried traditional Sintra pastry called Travesseiros Sintra to go with my cappuccino. My order was a little more expensive at 2,80 euros. The travesseiros was a little sweet but once I brushed off the sugar on the top it was yummy.
Once we got warmed up, we starting our site seeing. We saw majority of the sites in one day. We saw
- Moorish Castle: this castle dates back to the first king of Portugal.
- Pena Palace: is one of 3 most see sites in Portugal
- Regaleira Palace: was the brainchild of the owner and an Italian architect
- Monserrate Palace: constructed by an English millionaire in the 17th century
- Natural History Museum: is located in the center of the village
- Seteais Palace: constructed by a Dutch Consul of Portugal
- Roca Cape: This site is known for being the westernmost point of the European Continent. It looks over the Atlantic Ocean (extremely windy and cold in February)
A day trip to Sintra is a most do when visiting Portugal.
Our Second Full Day…..
A new day, not fully rested but ready to see more of Lisbon we set out exploring. With a all day metro pass we were able to see quite a bit of the area. One of the things I definitely wanted to fit in was try an original pasteis de nata and boy wasn’t I disappointed. Belem is the birth place of de natas and oh so deliscious.
The areas that we explored in downtown Lisbon were
- Castelo de São Jorge
- Arco da Rua Augusta
- Patio da Gale
- Museu/Catedral Antoniano
In Belém we explored
- Torre de Belém
- Padrão dos Descobrimentos
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
The evening ended with stopping to Pastéis de Belém for our delicious treats.
Lisbon is a beautiful place to visit if only for the scenery and architecture alone. But be prepared to climb uphill the whole time your there (seriously the Whole Time)….