This Summer I briefly visited Lisbon, Portugal for 4 days – yep, 4 days. You can fly direct from Philadelphia and the flight isn’t so bad (6 hours!).
Even with a short stay in this unique European city, I was able to see a good amount. I look forward to going back and spending more time. The architecture, colorful tiles, pastries, hidden alleyways, and buildings that held such history can keep you in awe for hours.
Pro-Tip: Wear sneakers, you’ll be walking up and down many cobble-stone hills.
DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING:
- Pastel de Natas – sweet pastries made from eggs, sugar + cream
- Polvo – Octopus (my fav)
- Bacalhau – salted cod.. I promise it’s delicious.
- Any Seafood you can get your hands on, really
- Meat & Cheese boards – Portuguese have any excuse for meat & cheese.. my kinda people.
- TimeOut Market – not a food, but go here to try all the foods from several different cultures, in one place.
- Kiosks – In almost every neighborhood there are little kiosks / booths where you can grab a snack and a [boozy] beverage, and then continue about your business.
THE GOOD STUFF
Be sure to visit the many areas around the Lisbon city center, such as Bairro Alto or Baixa & Rossio, every street different than the next. Also be sure to walk along the waterfront, where you’ll find tons of history and vendors.
Hidden alleyways, friendly village with adorable shops, and historic Palaces and Castles! Palacio de Pena was hands down the highlight of the trip.
One of the most colorful, lively, and charming areas of Lisboa
Hint: Don’t sleep on the sunsets here