Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the largest city in the nation. It’s one of the oldest cities in Europe, predating Rome and London by centuries. Lisbon was one of my favorite cities I’ve ever visited as it’s a beautiful mix of good food, urban life and the sea. If you’re spending a weekend in Lisboa, here are a few of my favs that you can’t miss!
We stayed in an AirBnB called Casa Borca. This was probably my favorite AirBnB I’ve ever stayed in because the service was lovely and the apartment itself is BEAUTIFUL. I wanted to stay forever. It sleeps 3 and is located about a 15 minute walk from the water and city center. The apartment is beautifully furnished and offers some major eclectic inspo. If I had an apartment in Europe, it would def look this like. The neighborhood is safe and filled with locals.
My advice: eat a lot. We ate tons of seafood while we were in Lisbon as it’s located right on the Atlantic Ocean and everything is super fresh. If you’re looking for traditional Portuguese food, you need to try a tart de nata. This custard tart may have changed my life, I ate approximately one million while we were there for a few days. For a good breakfast/brunch spot, we found Dear Breakfast which is a pretty little place with an amazing pink latte made of beet juice. We also loved Fauna y Flora, which was a chic spot conveniently located down the street from our apartment. The Time Out Market is located near the water and offers tons of different local vendors so there’s a lot of variety including local cheeses, meats and traditional Portuguese food as well as more modern offerings for those who like to stick to a tried and true burger. We got our food from the market to-go and sat and ate by the water which is a perfect evening activity to people watch and see the sunset on the sea.
Sintra is about a half-hour train ride away from Lisbon (round trip tickets are about 4 euros.) From Sintra, you can take a bus to several large castles, we visited the Pena Palace per recommendations. This iconic brightly colored castle is situated on a hill surrounded by incredible nature. You can enter the grounds and tour the inside of the castle for 14 euros which I think is definitely worth it. The views are unreal and it’s an incredible experience to see the original rooms of the kings and queens of Portugal. The grounds themselves are gorgeous as well but be sure to wear comfy shoes because like much of Portugal, there are lots and lots of cobblestoned hills to climb.
Wander around the city to find a score of antique/vintage shops, bookstores and hole-in-the-wall local restaurants. Wandering is one of my favorite things to do in European cities and Lisbon is no exception. The narrow streets are decorated with beautiful colorful Moorish tiles and incredible historic architecture. The streets themselves are extremely hilly so you will definitely get your workout in, however if you want a break from the climbs, traditional street cars run throughout the main city center. The oldest operating bookstore in the world is actually located in Lisbon, called Birtrand Chiado.
Enjoy your stay in Lisboa! Eat some tart de nata for me and soak in the Portuguese sun!