Lisbon is a wonderful maze of cobblestone streets, terracotta rooftops and vintage trams winding through the city.
I planned a very impromptu trip to Lisbon last week with a friend of mine and could not be more glad that I did! We both made our way with very little knowledge of the city and its culture and were so pleasantly surprised.
We booked an AirBnB in the form of a one bed, one bath flat in the Lapa area. A little away from the heart of the city, Lapa is more residential but gives you the best experience of old Lisbon. Hilly streets (make sure you pack comfortable walking shoes!), tram lines and rows and rows of houses with the most beautiful display of coloured tiles! You could easily lose yourself just aimlessly walking around this neighbourhood.
We arrived quite late Wednesday night but were up nice and early the next morning, famished and ready to explore our neighbourhood and try out La Boulangerie (just a ten minute walk from our flat!), a much recommended brunch spot.
A cute little French establishment overlooking a stunning courtyard that just glowed in the early morning sun.
We basically ordered everything. Freshly baked croissants, scrambled eggs, yogurt with granola, fresh fruit and a plate of cured ham, sausages and cheese.
With very full and happy bellies, we decided to simply stroll around the city. What we didn’t realize was that we had arrived in Portugal on their Republic Day which meant deserted streets and most businesses being closed for the day! Still, we made our way from Lapa to Barrio Alto to Chiado (the heart of the city), admiring the peaceful streets and the most colourful surroundings along the way.
Europe really has some of the prettiest balconies I’ve ever come across!
After a few hours of walking, we made our way to the infamous TimeOut Market. Held in a ginormous warehouse, the market offers food from independent sellers as well as well-known establishments and even a farmers market. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in town!
Next on our list and about a fifteen minute walk away, was the Santa Justa Lift offering sweeping views of the entire city!
I mean, just look at this view just basking in the Portuguese sunshine! Oh, and did I mention that Lisbon was a sweltering 30°C the entire time we were there? Hard to believe that this is October in Portugal which is just a two-hour flight away from London!
Historical remains in Portugal have a very Gothic feel to them but I’ll share more on that later!
Having taken in as much of the terracotta rooftops as possible, we walked over to the Rua Augusta Arch.
A beautiful white stone arch, built to commemorate Lisbon’s reconstruction after the 1955 earthquake, it is surrounded by the brightest of yellow buildings.
Just one day in Lisbon and we were completely in love!
Extremely happy with the good weather, the niceness of the people and sheer beauty of the city which we found on almost every street, its nooks and corners.
We were definitely looking forward to the rest of our time here. Stay tuned for more!
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