I mentioned in my Lisbon Told by Numbers post that I got off to a rocky start in the city. I arrived hungover and alone on my birthday to a city that I was meant to be visiting with my now ex-boyfriend. It is fair to say I was a little emotional when I arrived and after having a little bit of a walk round I decided to go to bed, watch some movies on Netflix and feel sorry for myself, knowing I would feel much better in the morning.
Despite this bad start, I ended up really loving Lisbon and I knew almost immediately it was my type of city. It is laid back, the people are lovely, there are so many pretty buildings and it has really decent temperatures in October (it was at least 30 degrees almost everyday I was there!), what more does anyone need from a city? It has a similar chilled out vibe to Barcelona which is another city I adore. The best way to experience Lisbon in my opinion, is by foot. There is no denying it has some very steep hills but I loved exploring and getting lost in the city. The streets in the Alfama district are like a maze and you never know what you will stumble upon next!
The whole of Lisbon is a travel photographers dream with beautiful buildings and interesting streets filled with lovely details such as colourful doors. Having said this I didn’t end up taking as many photos as I usually do. The reason for this being I was in dire need of some real chill out time which involved not getting stressed out about getting the perfect shot. I think I might devote an entire post on my thoughts about finding the balance on holiday between taking lots of photos and actually just enjoying the moments so I will stop digressing for now. Anyway because of this I don’t have a whole lot of photo’s to share but I guess that just gives me an excuse to go back again and take more photos!
All of these photos were taken from the city itself (mainly the Alfama district) but I have some more from a couple of day trips I took to Sintra and Cascais which I will share with you very soon.
If you are looking for some really decent food and drink at reasonable prices then head down to the Time Out Market. I went there at least 4 times during my stay in Lisbon. You can get anything from pizza to Asian food to more tradtional Portugese dishes, it’s a foodies dream!
For a decent night out head to Pink Street where the bars stay open really late and you can get some really good Caipirinha’s for only 4 Euros. Bargain!
For some lovely independent shops and restaurants jump on a bus or tram to the LX Factory which also has the most instagrammable bookshop you ever will see!
If you are travelling solo like I was then I would highly reccomend staying at the Lisboa Central Hostel. It’s quiet but sociable so perfect if you are looking to make some new friends but not wanting to stay in a party hostel.
Similiarly do a free walking tour to not only help acquaint yourself with the Alfama district but they are also a great way to make new friends. I used this company, but there are loads of different tours available.
Stay tuned for more Lisbon posts soon!