4 days in Lisbon: pt. 2

Old trams in Alfama, Lisbon

Day 3 – Saturday

Our second full day in Lisbon dawned overcast and chilly – but we had to conquer São Jorge Castle anyway! After building all morning the clouds finally broke around midday, so we didn’t spend as long exploring the castle as we’d have liked, but it was clearly time for a pastel de nata and a cup of tea (on that note, why is a decent cuppa impossible to find in Europe? #travelproblems).

Classic car in Lisbon, PortugalAlfama, Lisbon, PortugalView from Sao Jorge Castle over Lisbon, PortugalView over Lisbon, PortugalSao Jorge Castle, Lisboa, PortugalHow to spend 4 days in LisbonView from Sao Jorge Castle, PortugalClimbing Sao Jorge Castle, Lisboa, PortugalSao Jorge, LisbonInside Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon

One thing you can find everywhere is the burger, of course. As we were about to leave A Cultura do Hamburguer post-lunch, the heavens really opened. Luckily, despite the fact it was closing, the lovely staff let us shelter with a beer until the rain died down and we could get back to exploring Bairro Alto.

Riding old trams in Lisbon, PortugalStreet art in Bairro Alto, LisbonGrafitti in Bairro Alto, LisbonBairro Alto, LisbonBairro Alto, LisbonYellow trams in Lisbon, Portugal

It actually (accidentally) ended up being a bit of a boozy day: we also indulged in street stall mulled wine, cherry brandy (ginja) from A Ginjinha, more beer at A Brasileira and finally yet more cocktails at Trincas in the Mercado da Ribeira, where we also had peri peri chicken for dinner. We did break up the alcohol with two separate ice cream stops at Gelato Davvero as well ;) (and finally got round to buying sardines, in the traditional colourful tins).

Lisbon, PortugalWes Anderson-esque purple building in Lisbon, PortugalConvento do Carmo, Lisbon, PortugalColourful Lisbon streets in the rainSanta Justa lift, Lisbon, PortugalTraditional Portuguese sardine tins, Lisbon

Sunday in Sintra

As is our way, it was day trip time! We visited nearby Sintra.

In the evening, once back in Lisbon, we ended up at the market (yes again) but not before popping into A Ginjinha (yes, again!) then Ginginha do Carmo for more ginja – this time in a chocolate cup! Are you coming to see that we enjoyed Lisbon’s food and drink offerings? :)

Things to do in Lisbon, PortugalPedro IV Square, LisbonConvento do Carmo over Pedro IV Square, LisbonPedro IV Square, LisbonGolden hour in Lisbon, Portugal

Day 4 | Monday

With a 4pm flight back to London, we had limited time to explore on our last day so we dedicated the morning to ticking-off the last of Alfama’s windy streets before lunch at Café do Rio (AKA Hamburgeria Gourmet). We didn’t realise it’s a bun-less joint – and we’re carb lovers – but hey, it’s another food ‘experience’ down and they were damn good. Lunch done, we just had enough time to climb the Rua Augusta Arch before catching the metro back to the airport.

Beautiful old café in Lisbon, PortugalBeautiful traditional tiled shop front in Alfama, LisbonColourful streamers in Alfama, LisbonTiled houses in Alfama, LisbonColourful houses in Alfama, LisbonColourful streets of Lisbon, PortugalPretty houses in Alfama, LisbonPraco do Comerico, Lisbon, PortugalPraco do Comercio, LisbonPraco do Comercio, LisbonView over Praco do Comercio, LisbonView from the Arco da Rua Augusta, LisbonView from the Arco da Rua Augusta view, LisbonOn top of the Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon, PortugalAt the top of the View from the Arco da Rua Augusta, LisbonThings to do in Lison: climb the Arco da Rua AugustaPlane view, somewhere over FranceSunset plane view, somewhere over France #fromwhereIfly

Don’t forget to catch up if you missed part one and our video diary. I hope you enjoyed visiting Lisbon with us ;)

In a nutshell

What to see

Where to eat and drink

Where to stay

We stayed at the Emporium Lisbon Suites in Alfama. It turned out to be the perfect location, in the middle of the main sights and just by Terreiro do Paço metro station. Our apartment was huge and pretty cool, with polished concrete floors and a comfortable bed. Unfortunately sleep quality wasn’t the best, with noisy neighbours and a fridge that sounded like being back on the plane. We’d give it 3/5.

We also bookmarked these Airbnb apartments, which look amazing (if you’re a new Airbnb-er, sign up using this link for a whopping £25 off your first stay!):

Further reading

Becky x

Emporium Suites Lisbon, hotel reviewGluten-free burgers at Café do Rio / Hamburgueria Gourmet, Lisbon, PortugalCherry brandy in chocolate cups at Ginginha do Carmo, LisbonMercado da Ribeira food market, Lisbon, PortugalTrincas at Lisbon food marketBest burgers in Lisboa(?) from A Cultura do Hamburguer, Lisbon, PortugalWorld-famous Portuguese natas from Pastéis de Belém, LisbonWorld-famous cherry brandy (ginja) from A Ginjinha, Lisbon, PortugalA Brasileira café bar, Lisbon

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