Lisbon was the unexpected bonus from our European adventure. Admittedly, we did not know much about this understated yet charming city when we initially booked the first leg of our trip. I decided on a whim to stop through this city on our way to Spain since one of my friends, Erica, raved about her visit from a few years back.
We really enjoyed our brief stay. The people were incredibly nice, the sights were beautiful, the food was delicious, and the streets were not overcrowded with tourists. It was also the perfect first stop to ease us into our three week whirlwind of a vacation.
We landed in Lisbon on Sunday (7/12) and left late Tuesday (7/14) for the overnight train ride to Madrid. Below are some of our highlights:
Note: all of the photos below were taken by me and were not retouched in any way. I am using my Nikon D3200 (purchased from my college days) to document this trip.
View from our hop-on/hop-off bus tour (My advice? Skip the ride– not necessary. Save your Euros for a bigger city bus tour like Barcelona!)
Belém– Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Pastéis de Belém— arguably serve the best egg custard in the world. John and I had four each and could have done with more!
Egg custard; crispy on the sides and oozing with creamy egg yolk once you take your first bite!
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
It was pretty much nonstop eating and drinking 24/7. Here, I am enjoying a freshly-made mango melon ice tea. I nearly fainted from happiness. Too delicious for words!
Time Out Mercado da Ribeira— great for cheap food, drinks, and souvenir shopping!
Praça da Figueira
All of the pastries you could possibly ever want out to tempt you!
Alfama district of Lisbon— goofing around before dinner 🙂
We decided to take a day tour to Sintra (a town fifteen miles northwest of Lisbon) on our last day. This site above is the Pena National Palace. I would describe the architecture as a fantastic mix of romanticism and fantasy.
Enjoying the great view at the top of the palace
Outstanding seafood #errrday! I ordered the grilled sea bass and John had the codfish cream stew.
On our way back to Lisbon, we passed by the small town of Cascais. We stayed long enough to enjoy this view and have a few beers. Cascais is well-known in the area for its beautiful beaches.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the vibrant history and hospitality of Lisbon and would not hesitate to come back one day.
Next up: Madrid!