Hey everyone!! 🙂 I hope you are all having an amazing start of the week and that it goes on just like that because sooner than you notice it will be Friday again!
As for me I am back to my place in England not for long though as I have so excitement plans coming that I can’t wait to share with you here soon! 🙂 As for now and since last week I was in the place I will always call home with the biggest smile and pride in my face, Portugal, it more than time for me to share with you some tips, stops and must sees of the country! I live close to Lisbon so this post will be dedicated to Lisbon and surroundings. Hope you enjoy it and get the pleasure of traveling there soon! 🙂
Lisboa Must Goes
– Torre de Belém
– Terreiro de Paço
– Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
– Castelo de São Jorge
– Elevador de Santa Justa
– Padrão dos Descobrimentos
These are some of the places I recommend. A nice tour is doing a walk by Tejo River (starting in Belem) and walking until Terreiro do Paço where then you can visit down town Lisbon and see monuments such as Teatro D. Maria II, Elevador de Santa Justa, Castelo de São Jorge, etc). Starting your walk in Belem you CAN NOT miss the famous and delicious Pasteis de Belem! Quite famous and served warm is to die for! (now being honest here this is the place that comes in all guide books and I do recommend because they are good but honestly they’re secret is that they are warm, try them cold and it won’t be the same, this is my opinion. I like better Pastel de Nata (known also as Pastel de Belem as it comes from there) from for example the bakeries in Baixa-Chiado (where Terreiro do Paço is).
Torre de BelémPastéis de NataPadrão dos Descobrimentos
So starting in Belem and after trying a tipical Pastel de Belém continue your route by the Tejo river and see Torre de Belem and Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Before arriving at Terreiro do Paço have lunch by the river in some nice restaurants in there and try our delicious fish (cod would be what I recommend! I personally love it!). Continue until Terreiro do Paço and you will see a lot to find and visit. It is personally my favorite part of the town and it breaths history everywhere! People usually are very friendly and nice! As for the sun, it loves Lisbon as it is always there making its beauty shine!
Bacalhau com Natas (Creamy Cod)
Bacalhau à Lagareiro (Cooked and seasoned Cod with potatoes)
Terreiro do Paço
In down town baixa also try take a ride in Eléctricos, old trams that take people up and down the hills (almost like the ones in San Francisco!) and then stay around the center where you can walk to pretty gardens such as Jardim da Estrela which is just by Basilica da Estrela that you can visit.
Castelo de São Jorge (try and go up there in the night falls as you get a beautiful view of the city! 😉Teatro D. Maria II
Once the nights falls try a casa de fado (with traditional Portuguese music) just so you can have a feeling of the culture and drink some of our wine (you won’t regret it! 😉 and then try some more traditional food (one thing to know – we do like to cook haha if there is something you will get to do a lot is eat! Such a variety of main dishes and delicious pastries you won’t even imagine! 😉
Try a Casa de Fado (such as Casa de Alfama) where you also get the chance to eat traditional Portuguese Food
In the surroundings and if you do have the time don’t miss the chance to visit the beautiful Sintra, Ericeira (my home town! needed to say it! hehe But it is beautiful! 🙂 and Cascais.
Words to know:
Obrigada – thank you
De nada – you’re welcome
Bom dia – Good morning
Quanto custa? – How much is it?
Por favor – please
Onde é…? – Where is…?
So here is a bit of my home! 🙂 I hope this post gives you some insight and please feel free to post below any questions or comments or something else you would like to know as it will my pleasure getting back to you! 🙂
Have a great traveled week,