As soon as Miranda and I stepped out from the station, we were in awe. Beautiful buildings, perfect weather and cute cobblestoned streets. It was also refreshing to see women in shorts and summery dresses - such a contrast to the attire in Morocco. We couldn’t wait to break out our less conservative outfits on this trip.
We stayed in Bairro Alto in Lisbon - a popular area known for their restaurants and nightlife. After we dropped off our things at our Airbnb, we ate at a tapas place where diners sit and eat on steps facing the main street, which was super cool, communal and great for people watching. The next morning, we sat out at a pretty outdoor cafe overlooking the main square. Of all the restaurants, though, Sea Me in Chiado was our favorite. Other notable items to eat in Lisbon: anything with sardines and pasteis de nata, Portugal’s famous pastries.
GOING COASTAL IN CASCAIS
On our third day in Lisbon, we took a bus to the seaside city of Cascais. We planned to have a beach day, which didn’t happen due to the cold and rain. Regardless, seeing the ocean was beautiful, especially at the Boca Do Inferno.
CASTLE HOPPING IN SINTRA
On day four of our trip, we took a train to Sintra - the city of stunning palaces and ruinous castles. It was like a fairytale. There were 5 different castles in the city and we explored the Quinta de la Regelaira and the famous, colorful Pena Palace, which honestly looked like Boomers to me. Sintra overall is must-see if you’re visiting Portugal!
Overall, Lisbon was a dream and so underrated compared to other European cities that get so much attention like Paris, Amsterdam, Rome. The people were so friendly and it was very easy to get around. Every corner - with its colorful and tiled buildings - was an Instagram moment. Definitely one of my favorite trips I’ve ever taken.