Lisbon, Portugal

Thought I was confusing
My Spanish with Italian
Now add Portugese!

Makro Billboard

So close, but just slightly different.

Danger Warning

Close enough that I can read it, but different enough to make it hard to construct on my own.

Lisbon, Portugal
Seems to keep reminding me
Of San Francisco

25th of April Bridge

The bridge

Lisbon Cable Car

The hills with cable cars

Lisbon Houses

The pastel-colored period houses

Lisbon Earthquake

Plus in 1755, much of the city was destroyed by a devastating earthquake and fires!


Lisbon Summary

Four nights: Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6

On Monday, we hopped an easyJet flight from Madrid to Lisbon. At the airport, we decided to pick up a couple of Lisboa Cards, which came in handy as we ended up visiting many of the places it listed for free or for a discount. Lisbon has an impressive number of museums!

We continue to have great results using AirBnB to book our lodging. Our apartment in Lisbon was modern, comfortable and well-located – just near the Sé Catedral. Once we got settled in, we had a tasty lunch (sautéed squid and pork in peppercorn sauce) at Coração da Sé, just up the street. The seafood in Portugal seems particularly good.

On Tuesday, we hopped the bus and headed west to Belém. Highlights of this area included the Tower of Belém and Jerónimos Monastery. Attached to the monastery is an archeological museum, which was quite extensive. Also, we had gotten a tip to go to a nearby pastry shop which was famous their pastel de nata, a famous, custard-filled tart originally developed at the monastery. Tasty!


For Wednesday, we decided to take in a walking tour, which turned out to be an excellent choice! We had a small group (five) and the guide did a great job filling us in on the history of the city during our three-hour tour. Highly recommended. Afterwards, we had lunch at Cervejaria Trindade, which unfortunately was no longer an active brewery.  Donna has been intrigued by the many decoratively tiled buildings in Lisbon, so to wrap up the day of sightseeing, we caught another bus to the Tile museum. (BTW, the Lisboa Card covers transit fares as well!)


On our last full day in Lisboa, we intended to catch the short train ride to Sintra. However, everyone else seems to have had the same idea and the Rossio train station was packed when we showed up to get tickets. Rather than wait, we changed plans and hiked up to Eduardo VII park, taking in the sights, followed by a leisurely lunch at the restaurant on top of the Altis Avenida hotel.

Overall, we’ve really enjoyed our time in Lisbon. It’s very scenic and reminded us both of San Francisco with its hills, cable cars and water views as well as Paris with its tree-lined boulevards.


More Lisbon Photos

See the links on our photo album page.