OK, those of you who follow me on Instagram know I was in Lisbon back in spring. This post is really (like really) delayed. However, in the meantime life happened and I just had no time to write my destination posts. Those are the ones that take me the longest, as I try to make them as useful as possible and give you a glimpse of travel through my lens.
Back on topic – Lisbon. It was my first time in Portugal. I think what surprised me is that the mentality and culture are quiet different to Spain. I found Portugal a little bit more closed off and serious, compared to its neighbour. Nevertheless, extremely beautiful.
The national tiles are everywhere and are called Azulejo. The original concept stems from the Arab influence in the area, and the blue and white colours dominated. King Manuel I introduced them as a proper form of artwork. More colours got added, and even until today the tiles are used to tell the story of the building, as designs progressed and became more complex.
I spent most of my time in Alfama, as I think I photographed every building and door there. To be honest, it is the best part to hang out in. I stayed in 2 different hotels, experiencing the business district and the centre in Dom Pedro and Sofitel respectively. I would definitely recommend Sofitel if you are in town.
Below is a visual guide to my Lisbon experience, and primarily Alfama:
Must visits in Lisbon, apart from Alfama:
You need to visit Timeout market when you go to Lisbon. It is a food hall but pretty good food.
You need to ride the tram.
I would also recommend hiring a rickshaw and going around town this way, the guys are super friendly and it is worth it, to see everything you need to see.
Visit Giallo ice cream when in Lisbon, it is right opposite the Fado Museum. Best gellatto in town, free wifi and the coolest interior.
You need to buy some sardines, doh 🙂
Lisbon does not have a beach but Cascais is super close by, it costs either 30 Eur by taxi or about 6 Eur by train.
This book store.
I hope you enjoyed my brief tour of Lisbon x