4 days in Lisbon: pt. 1

Sunset view from Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Lisbon, Portugal

I’ve wanted to visit Lisbon for a long time and as you’ll be able to tell from this photo-heavy post (which I quickly realised I needed to split up, stay tuned!) I thought the city was beautiful; it’s one of those oh so European places that perfectly mixes grand, brightly-coloured architecture with a ramshackle, characterful edge.

Barring hops on the classic no. 15 and no. 28 trams we navigated the city on foot, covering a lot of ground – over 70km! Keep reading for our recommended places to eat, drink and see and catch up on my previous post for our video diary!

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Day 1 – Thursday (p.m.)

We arrived in the early evening to beautiful blue skies and sunshine. It was beer weather! After a nice, cold pint and a tiny bit of tapas, we wandered the warren of streets around our hotel before cutting through the more logical, grid-patterned streets of Baixa for our dinner reservation at a fado restaurant, Coímbra Taberna.

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Day 2 – Friday

The next morning was the last day of our trip with sunshine forecast so we decided to explore Belém, which is easy to get to using the no. 15 tram from Praça do Comércio (and other city centre stops).

Our time out west saw us eating world-famous pasteis de nata, peeking inside the free church by Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (ain’t got no time for the monastery’s queues), climbing the Torre de Belém and popping into LX Factory on our return to Lisbon.

Back in the city we visited the Mercado do Ribeira – the first visit of many – for cocktails and some accidental potatoes (mmm garlicky carbs) before our actual dinner at Maruto Bar & Bistro.

Part two up next! (p.s. Is anyone else so happy it’s the weekend?!)

Becky x

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