Things to see in Lisbon Portugal. The beauty of this city took my breath away. Lisbon, to me, is A mix between sophisticated Europe and bustling Africa. I found it to be a vibrant city with loads of charm…
This is my 2nd post of our trip during Easter to Portugal. During our time there we rented a car and on one of the mornings (very early) we took the 3 hour drive from Porto (where we stayed) to Lisbon. You can read about my first post of our day in Obidos here (a quaint medieval village in the centre of Portugal). Just on a side note, we booked our apartment in Portugal via Booking.com and we highly recommend them, as well as Airbnb for all our accomodation needs!
The day we visited Lisbon (the capital of Portugal) was a beautiful day. The sun was shining as we strolled through the neighborhoods of the old city. The city is thousands of years old. Evidence of tribes in the neolithic era are evident in ruins on the edges of the city. The streets we walked along that day were built in the Middle Ages. We navigated the narrow cobble stone roads and climbed up and down stairs built into the hills. The houses are tall and narrow with two or three apartments in each. Houses are different colors; some are blue, some yellow, some white, and some pink. They all have those red tiled roofs. Colourful flowers spill out of windows and onto balconies. So so pretty!
By the time we wanted to go to St. George Castle it had started to rain. We were going to ride in tuk tuk’s which are little three wheeled motorcycles that operate like a taxi service. We decided to take the tram instead but the wait for the tram took forever. Because of the rain both tourists and locals were wanting and waiting to ride the tram. We got soaking wet as we waited for nearly an hour, huddled together under our umbrellas. Once it was finally our turn to board there was (almost) no room. We were all squished together. Like sardines in a can. Like Portuguese sardines (ha!).
Street cars (trams) in Lisbon are seriously everywhere and they definitely add to the charm and history of this city…
The St. George Castle, called the Sao Jorge Castle in Portuguese, is the top tourist destination in the city of Lisbon. It was busy with tourists that afternoon but not so busy that we couldn’t enjoy ourselves. We braved the rain and took our time walking the beautiful grounds. Peacocks kept us company as we took in the view of the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. We were allowed to climb on the old walls of the fortress (everyone except me were brave enough..). Visiting the Castle was well worth the eighteen dollars admittance fee.
And of course I needed to make sure I got my favourite coffee in for the day. Starbucks. Have I ever told you guys how much I love me some Starbucks..? Cause I do! However check the photo below of the chandelier and arched window we saw in the Starbucks in the centre of Lisbon.. How beautiful is that!?
Our time in Lisbon was over and we took the 3 hours drive back to Porto. I´m seriously so glad we took the time to visit there because we enjoyed every moment! This will certainly not be my last visit to Portugal or this city…
I have a few more posts to share about our time in Portugal and seriously CAN NOT wait to share it with you guys!!
Have a great week 🙂
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