My trip to Portugal was a short one. Unfortunately I only was in Lisbon for about 24 hours which is definitely not enough time to absorb everything that this incredible city has to offer. Although it was a short visit it was spectacular. Lisbon is so beautiful and the people are so friendly. It took my breath away and I know that I’ll be back.
Strategically placed next to the Rio Tejo and a stones throw away from the Atlantic, the city of Lisbon has been an important fishing and port city for centuries. This capital city has everything you’d expect from a major European city but with far less crowds and chaos. Seriously? Why don’t more people come here?
As soon as I checked into the hostel I set out with my tour group to conquer the hills of the city and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle and what this place had to offer. Little did I know that this would be about 4 hours walking up and down steep hills! Needless to say I didn’t have to hit the gym for about 2 days after this trip.
We stopped a few times to learn about the landmarks and to try Ginjinha a sweet cherry liquor served with or without a cherry inside. It’s very sweet and really strong.
After we had our liquid encouragement to continue our journey we hiked our way to the very top of the city to get an incredible view. It was breathtaking and no one wanted to leave that spot. We took probably 3,685 pictures between all of us but pictures seriously couldn’t do this view justice.
After we freshened up in our hostel it was time for a Fado dinner. Fado to Portugal is what Flamenco is to Spain. It’s soulful, passionate, and fierce. We listed to Fado and had a traditional Portuguese dinner. Bacalaou is salt crusted cod which is then re-hydrated with water and cooked into delicious meals. (I can make a separate post about this salted cod later since it’s pretty extensive) I had traditional cod made with potatoes and a topping of some olives. It was too dark to take a photo so I’m using this one from esbieta.com to give you an idea of what it looks like.
My tour guide from Citylife Madrid was able to capture a photo of the performers because most of the time I was either chowing down on bacalaou or zoning out memorized by the strumming of the guitar
(Gracias Jorge! and if you’re in the Madrid area and you want to go on sweet trips like this just like the page on Facebook to get updates and get into contact with organizers! Citylife Madrid)
After fish and Fado, we got ready for a night on the town. We bar hopped to a few bars before heading to a nightclub. For safety reasons for myself and the contacts in my phone I left it in my bag at all times. Besides the nightlife in Lisbon was too fun to even think about it.
Next day was spent seeing the statue of Christ and the river.
So breathtakingly beautiful!
We walked along the river to see the statue of Vasco de Gama and the monastery located across the river. We didn’t have enough time to go inside but it looked really nice from the outside.
Lisbon was beautiful but I think I definitely need to go back and see it again with more time. Have you been to Lisbon? What are some tips you can give me for next time?