Lisboa is Love

I was especially excited to visit Lisbon. I had been to Lisbon previously right after high school and was enamored by the tile streets, the picturesque beaches and the cute gift shops and pastries.

We took an overnight bus from Seville to Lisbon.  We left Seville at 11:30/12 pm and arrived to Lisbon at about 4:30 in the morning.  We thought we were supposed to arrive at 7 but low and be hold we were out of the bus at 4:30 and had no idea what we were going to do.  We emailed the hostel and let them know of our situation – they got back to us extremely quickly and let us know that our room wasn’t available but we could come and sleep in the tv room. We were beyond THANKFUL.

Our hostel was Good Morning Hostel and without a doubt I recommend it. 

Really nice staff, tasty free breakfast, and centrally located. 

The metro in Lisbon was easy to use, but everything – even the airport is close so a taxi to the airport was under 7 euro. 

The sun is no joke in Lisbon – I got a bit burnt but that burn faded into a tan that I still have three/four weeks later. It was glorious – not the burn but the tan.

Getting to the beach from the main city center of Lisbon is pretty easy and convenient using the metro and a bus. 

The metro is 1.40 each way and the bus round trip was 3.50.  We took the metro from right outside of our hostel to Lisbon (Pca de Espanha) Terminal from there we got on the bus to the beach named Costa Caparica ( Torre Argolas).

One way was only 30 minutes.

It was foggy at the beach but this did not prevent us from getting a bit burnt. It was still hotter than hot despite the fog and the water was cold since we were in the atlantic ocean. 

We never made it on a walking tour of the city – my fellow travelers were very tired of walking by the time we got to Lisbon but we did end up doing one of those open top, double decker buses. It actually was a cool way to get around and get off at varying points of interest. 

With the tour bus purchase you also get to ride on buses and the trolley included in the price. We enjoyed this feature and I recommend taking advantage of this. 

Like everyone will tell you, taking the trolley is a must. It is fun and will take you towards the cathedral on one end and the massive flea market and on the other a beautiful church and park where folks like to gather on Sundays for live music and picnics with friends.

We found an amazing restaurant called Restaurante Flor Da Estrela. The most amazing fish and only for 8 euro.  We also got a liter of wine for 10 euro.  It was a successful meal and one that I will not quickly forget. I would recommend this restaurant and wish I could go back. 

Also in this same area we went to another amazing restaurant, same price point and really amazing fish again. It was an unassuming hole in the wall but it was such a great deal. I don’t have the name for this one but its a block or so from the last stop of the 28 trolley and on the same street that the trolley goes on.

A great day trip from Lisbon is Sintra.  Sintra is beautiful small town where you can visit a moorish castle and the park and palace of Pena.

We rented these little golf carts right across the train station in Sintra so that we wouldn’t have to walk to the moorish castle and Palace of Pena. We were told it would take an hour to get up there. 

The golf carts ended up being 25 a person for the day and to enter the Parques de Sintra it was 20 ( cheaper if you buy the entrance fees together).

Note: It was cold and windy in Sintra.  The first time on this trip that I was cold, really cold and almost bought a random sweatshirt just to ward off the chill. However, as soon as we were back in Lisbon it was warm again.

Whatever you do try the Pastel de Nata.  They have variations of this pastry and everywhere I went it was delicious and very rich.

These pastries are amazing and this is the only country I saw them in. 

We didn’t go out in Lisbon at all, but oddly enough we did go to the Hard Rock Cafe ( my first time at a Hard Rock actually).  They had a fun cover band playing and we all danced and sang our hearts out – it was a great time but the beers at Hard Rock were much more expansive than drinks found at normal bars in the area. 

I loved spending time in Lisbon and feel that I could have spent more time in this region. There are many other places in Portugal I would like to go to.

If you are planning a trip to Portugal I would without a doubt recommend learning some Portuguese.  

For the most part I could only communicate in English other than Hello, Thank you etc. and I think its much more fun when you can communicate in the countries native tongue.

Another note, I would also suggest not going in August – this is the hottest time of the year – and a time when a lot of city dwellers head to the country or the ocean to get outta the heat. We should follow suite and go there a cooler time of year.  It makes it really hard to see the sights when its over 90 degrees outside.

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Foggy but hot day at the beach.IMG_2569 IMG_2571

My dream camp, surf, live mobile.IMG_2572 IMG_2574 IMG_2576 IMG_2577

We got lost and at this moment were not sure if we would make it through the night alive. Now its silly – but this alley right? creepy.IMG_2584 IMG_2582 IMG_2581 IMG_2580 IMG_2579

Tile work, done by hand.IMG_2587 IMG_2588 IMG_2589 IMG_2590

Our rented golf carts in Sintra.
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Don’t quote me –  but I think this is one of the first palaces with indoor plumbing and it is spectacular.IMG_2656 IMG_2661 IMG_2659 IMG_2657 IMG_2662 IMG_2663 IMG_2664 IMG_2666 IMG_2671 IMG_2670 IMG_2669 IMG_2668 IMG_2667 IMG_2672 IMG_2673 IMG_2674 IMG_2675 IMG_2676IMG_2679 IMG_2678 IMG_2677

Finally, pastries after a day of exploring.IMG_2682 IMG_2685 IMG_2686 IMG_2689 IMG_2692 IMG_2693 IMG_2698 IMG_2697 IMG_2696 IMG_2694 IMG_2699 IMG_2700 IMG_2701 IMG_2648 IMG_2725 IMG_2710 IMG_2709 IMG_2708 IMG_2707 IMG_2711 IMG_2712 IMG_2713 IMG_2714 IMG_2715 IMG_2717 IMG_2716IMG_2718 IMG_2719 IMG_2721 IMG_2728 IMG_2727 IMG_2724 IMG_2723 IMG_2722IMG_2733 IMG_2737 IMG_2731 IMG_2729 IMG_2734 IMG_2740 IMG_2748 IMG_2868 IMG_2795 IMG_2769 IMG_2749 IMG_2752 IMG_2757 IMG_2756 IMG_2754 IMG_2762 IMG_2777 IMG_2774 IMG_2773 IMG_2768 IMG_2770 IMG_2767 IMG_2766 IMG_2765 IMG_2764 IMG_2763IMG_2782 IMG_2781 IMG_2780 IMG_2779 IMG_2778 IMG_2784 IMG_2787 IMG_2791 IMG_2796 IMG_2795 IMG_2790 IMG_2789 IMG_2794 IMG_2788 IMG_2792 IMG_2797 IMG_2798 IMG_2801 IMG_2803 IMG_2805 IMG_2808

Our train to Madrid. First time in a sleeper car!
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On to the next adventure!