If I haven’t already made it known, I’d say it again, Lisbon is an absolute must when visiting Europe. It has the romantic appeal of Paris, historic charm of Rome and lively aura of Barcelona. The stunning contrast of old and new is something so well unified in Lisbon’s culture, you will surely be in awe the whole time.
Portugal always gets overlooked over its neighbor Spain. Even for our case, Lisbon was only included in our itinerary out of convenience. With the country sitting on the far western side of the European continent, I didn’t think we’d purposely travel that far just to get there. So when we planned for Morocco and Spain, we decided that we might as well “get over” Lisbon and tick the country off the map for good. I know right, I sound like a mean girl saying that.
Although Portugal doesn’t have the prestige and glamour of other renowned countries, there is no scarcity of awesome things to see and do. With beautiful sceneries, cute pastel-colored houses, breathtaking views, interesting stories, amazing food, friendly locals, ingenious transport system and warm sense of belonging – the city shines just as bright as its counterparts, if not brighter. And it’s worth mentioning that you can enjoy all of these with less than what you’ll spend in more popular cities.
Come and let’s take a walk around Lisbon, shall we?
You could easily spend at least 3 days in Lisbon to enjoy its culture and vibe. Here’s a quick guide.
Also, travel to nearby Sintra and Cascais to get more out of your trip. We highly recommend Lisbon Riders for an authentic local experience.
And oh sorry, I cheated a bit, that’s more than twenty photographs. And I’m holding myself back not to add more. :)
What do you think of Portugal? Would you want to visit in the future?