Soñando Sunday: Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

 The city of Lisbon is built upon a Roman city and once a year they drain water out of this infrastructure and let you explore Lisbon below ground. 

The city of Lisbon is built upon a Roman city and once a year they drain water out of this infrastructure and let you explore Lisbon below ground. 

We are enjoying summer vacation and have decided to head to Lisbon for a few days and soak up the sun. Claudia did a year abroad in Lisbon, so she is particularly partial to this city.  If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to answer! 

Transport options to arrive: Bus, Car, Train, or Plane

  • Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is easy to access by public transport or car. If you don’t have your own car, I would suggest Blablacar as a viable way to get there (when I lived in Lisbon for a year I found that Blablacar was the cheapest and fastest way for me to get from Granada to Lisbon).

Recommended time of year to visit and length of visit: I would recommend going to Lisbon in the spring or fall. Not that summer and winter are bad times to visit, but summer can be very touristy and winter can be a bit unpredictable and rainy. Depending on how much of the city you want to discover you probably want to hang out for at least three days (although I feel like two weeks would be more adequate to get a good idea of Lisbon and its surrounding areas such as Belem and Sintra).  

Fun Fact:  The urban planning of this old city was completely changed after the earthquake in 1755 when a good chunk of the infrastructure was destroyed. However, you can now enjoy the flat option of walking down tree-lined sidewalks on the Avenida de Liberdade and the neighborhood Baixa (perhaps the only flat areas in the city).

 

 View from the  Arco de Rua Augusta.

View from the Arco de Rua Augusta.

Top Three Must-sees:  

1.) Arco de Rua Augusta: This Arco might be one of my favorite places to check out the rest of the city, with a beautiful view in multiple directions. It is 2.50€ to go up to the top, but the views (and the quick history lesson available) are worth it.

 

 Sunset along the  tejo.

Sunset along the tejo.

2.)  A sunset along the tejo: This is one of my favorite things to do in Lisbon! They have such great sunsets, just grab a beer (or whatever you fancy) and some friends (or a book) and head down to the tejo, or riverside, to see the sunset.

 

3.) Linha d’água Cafe: Found at the top of the Parque Eduardo VII this cafe feels like it is hidden away from the city. The food is decent (and fairly inexpensive), but I go for the calmness and the peace that you can find in this fairytale-like place.

 

One thing to eat: If you ask me straight out where to eat one meal, I wouldn’t know if I should send you off to eat great seafood (at somewhere like the Cervejaria Ramiro, a place that is worth the wait for your seafood delight) or the classic Pastels de Nata/Belem or the Mercados that you can find in Lisbon (such as: Mercado de Ribeira, Mercado de Ourique, etc.). However, for one thing to eat you cannot go wrong with my favorite chocolate cake ever*. The first time my family and I went to Landeau we split a piece of cake. For whatever reason, we were talking to the owner and she gave it to us as a gift because she “knew I would be coming back.” True to her prediction, I proceed to take every new person I met and guest who came visiting to eat cake. Take my advice and stop by―make my first piece of cake the piece that keeps on giving ;) 

 
 The best chocolate cake on the planet? Possibly....

The best chocolate cake on the planet? Possibly....

 

*I don’t actually like chocolate cake very much, so this is an accomplishment!