I recently spent a few days in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, and I already want to go back. This was my first time in Portugal and I was completely won over by the laid back Mediterranean lifestyle. My visit may have been short and sweet, but I found plenty of things to love about this adorable city – here’s just a few of them:
1) Custard Tarts
Is it wrong that these eggy, flaky delights may have been my number one favourite thing about Lisbon? Custard tarts, A.K.A Pastéis de Nata, are a traditional Portuguese pastry which are totally irresistible – especially at €1 a pop. I think they made up 80% of my diet for three days! If you don’t mind queuing in the street then visit the famous bakery Pastéis de Belém to try some that are considered the best in Portugal.
Possibly the most photogenic form of public transport in the world. Riding the historic trams that rattle up and down Lisbon’s cobbled streets is a tourist activity in itself, and a totally unique experience. Buying a 24 hour ticket and hopping on the bright yellow no.28 will allow you to take in all of the city’s main sights in a day.
One thing that astounded me about Lisbon was the fact that I was able to afford good wine. It’s easy to get sick of drinking beer whilst travelling, as it’s almost always the only budget option. In Lisbon wine was usually the same price, if not cheaper. Bonus!
4) The Beach
What’s not to love about a city that’s located right on the beach? Unfortunately for me, it rained solidly for the whole three days I was there, but if I return in summer I’ll definitely be taking full advantage of this.
If you’re not aware, they flipping love sardines in Portugal. Eating them, talking about them, painting them… they’re not fussed. You can buy sardine bags, sardine fridge magnets, sardine t-shirts. Even if you hate them, you can’t help but be charmed by the absurd ‘Fantastic World of Portuguese Sardines’, a shop stroke museum that features a grand sardine wall, ferris wheel, and throne, amongst other things.
6) Barrio Alto
This quirky quarter of the city is its main nightlife district. It may not look like much during the day, but on Friday and Saturday nights the area comes alive, with its countless eccentric bars staying open until the early hours.
Each street of Lisbon is basically a work of art, with beautiful tiled mosaics covering floors and buildings. No street looks the same, so if you’re prone to an Insta photoshoot then Lisbon will provide endless stunning backdrops. Be careful though, the tiles are slippery when wet! Jordan and I both ended up on our a*ses on our first rainy day…
8) Time Out Market
I was soooo excited when I heard about this place! It’s a huge food hall with dozens of stalls serving every type of cuisine you could imagine in the most elegant setting – basically the poshest food market you’ve ever seen! It’s pricy compared to other dining options in Lisbon, but well worth a visit if you love your food.
One of the oldest and definitely the prettiest area of Lisbon! It’s a labyrinth of winding streets that haven’t changed for hundreds of years. Get lost exploring, drink coffee in a traditional Portuguese cafe, or browse the independent boutiques and markets for souvenirs. Perfection!