Lisbon for the first time

One week after our Paris trip, we took off to Lisbon. A city I was visiting for the first time. I spend quite some Summer holidays in Portugal with my parents, but the capital we always skipped for some reason. Without knowing what to expect, only the excitement from Davide, we decided to spend here 3,5 days. The perfect amount to spend some time with a friend of ours who moved there last year and to see all the ins & outs of the city.

The first night, our friend took us out for dinner and Fado. Fado is the traditional style of music where instruments like guitars and mandolins form the basis, with one singer performing the poetic lyrics. Something you have to see and which you will find on every corner in the area of Alfama.

The days following we wandered around. From our Guesthouse Casa Amora, we could walk to all the areas: Baixa, Bairro Alto, Alfama, Castelo and Graca. I have to be honest, it’s quite a workout since Lisbon is built on seven hills. But since we ate Pasteis de Nata all day long, we had it balanced. For the less active travelers around us, Lisbon is famous for its number 28 yellow tram that drives through the entire city in about 40 minutes.

It took me only a few hours to fall in love with Lisbon:

  • Every street has beautifully tiled buildings and the huge amount of street art.
  • The weather is perfect. Even in October it’s 30 degrees (!).
  • The food is amazing and cheap. Some of the typical food you have to try are Pastel de Bacalhau, Pasteis de Nata and the Prego sandwich. We are both addicted to everything sold in a bakery. Guess what? Every 50 meters you will find a bakery with the most delicious pastries!