snapshots of lisbon.

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With a few annual leave days left to use up this year, Micu and I decided to do an impromptu city break to Lisbon, Portugal for a long weekend.

Lisbon is a wonderful and eclectic mix of old and new with its steep hills, wide boulevards, winding streets, vibrant street art, ancient crumbling buildings, beautiful tiled houses and cute trams racing up and down the city. We spent hours wandering through the streets, exploring the different neighbourhoods and soaking up the atmosphere. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best at times so we didn’t get a chance to visit a few things on our list, but we both really loved the feel of the city and want to go back again in summer next year to explore some more.

Me on Rua Augusta

Where we stayed: Travellers House – it’s central, inexpensive, super spacious and really friendly.

Where we ate:

  • Ramiro – famous for its fresh, simple but delicious seafood. Get there early to avoid lines or make a reservation because it is very popular, and rightly so!
  • Mercado da Ribeira – a wonderful market which re-opened this year. It showcases dishes from some of the top Portuguese chefs in an upmarket (but not expensive) food hall. It’s definitely worth visiting for lunch or dinner.
  • Antiga Confeitaria de Belém (also known as Pasteis De Belém) – one of the best Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tart) I have eaten. The cafe turns out up to 20,000 tarts a day, all hand-made on the premises using a secret recipe and served warm with cinnamon. One tart is not enough.

Highlights:

  • Belém – for the famous custard tarts, Belém tower and the Berardo Museum (a free modern art gallery showcasing Warhol, Picasso, Dali and many others).
  • Barrio Alto – really fun nightlife. The streets are lined with lots of tiny bars; perfect for bar-hopping all night.
  • Taking tram 28 up to Estrela – it’s quite touristy but it covers some really beautiful areas along the way and takes you high up past the castle. We walked back down so we could take our time to stop off and explore the side streets.
  • Tram watching – the quaint trams cover quite a bit of the city and are an efficient way of getting around. Our favourites were the one going up to Estrela which is tiny so it can navigate the winding, narrow streets, and the Elevador da Bica in Bairro Alto which is surrounded by picturesque streets and covered in graffiti.

Roasting chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts
Roasted chestnuts
Forever distracted by sweets..
Forever distracted by sweets..

Portuguese custard tarts

Shoe shines

Bacalhau - Portuguese salted cod
Bacalhau – Portuguese salted cod
Ginjinha - sour cherry liqueur
Ginjinha – sour cherry liqueur
Ginjinha shots
Ginjinha shots

Streets of Lisbon

Street art

Elevador da Bica, Barrio Alto

Elevador da Bica
Elevador da Bica

Elevador da Bica

Elevador da Bica after the rain

Portuguese tiled houses

Portuguese sardines
Portuguese sardines
Rua Augusta, Lisbon
Rua Augusta
Dining at Ramiro's
Dining at Ramiro’s
Whelks
Whelks
Crab time
Crab time
Barnacles
Barnacles
Old city charm
Old city charm
Belém Tower
Belém Tower
Crumbing houses in Belém
Crumbling houses in Belém
Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tart) at Pastéis de Belém
Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tart) at Pastéis de Belém

So many Pasteis de Nata

Takeaway Pastéis de Belém goodies

Street performers
Street performers
Tram 28, Lisbon
Tram 28
Walking through Lisbon
Walking through the beautiful streets of Lisbon

Crumbling houses Discovering magical balconies

Black bun salmon burger - absolutely delicious and so unique -  from Mercado da Ribeira
Black bun salmon burger – absolutely delicious and so unique – from Mercado da Ribeira
Chocolate berry meringue
Chocolate berry meringue
Succulent shopping
Succulent shopping
Drinks in Barrio Alto
Drinks in Barrio Alto
The packed alleyways of Barrio Alto
The packed alleyways of Barrio Alto
New friends
New friends
Until next time, Lisbon!
Until next time, Lisbon!

Photos by Micu and I.

© 2014 Fiona Tregeagle.

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