Hi Everyone, greetings from Lisbon! It has been a while since my last post, but here a small update: I will post every Friday from now on without making exceptions and I am gonna develop a small business plan for my blog since I am in the end a student of business management! But for now let’s get into today’s topic: my trip in Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 1 – Arrival
We had the plane from Bergamo (1 hour from Milan by bus) to Lisbon Airport, which is only 6.5 km from the city center. There are a lot of deals on Ryanair (link here), we have bought our tickets one month before the departure and it was around 30 €.
From Lisbon Airport to City Center you have these transport options:
- By Metro: only 1.40 € – Red Line.
- By Taxi: the price is quite cheap, the taximeter start from 2 € only.
- By Bus: for prices and timetable link here.
We arrived in the afternoon the first day and we left our luggage at our hostel: Living Lounge Hostel (link here). This hostel was recommended by our friend, who stayed there before, it’s very clean with a good service and connection to the metro station (Baixa Chiado Stop in front of the hostel). The price was 16 € including 9% tax.
The first day we were quite tired from the long trip so we just have a walk around the city center and I have to admit that you basically can reach every attraction by walk, the city is so small!
Here a list of the places we have visited the first day:
- Rua Augusta: nice restaurants and shops for souvenirs
- Arco de Rua Augusta
- Estatua de Dom Joao
- Placa Dom Pedro IV
- Placa Do Comercio
Then we went back to the hostel and eat near our hostel. To be honest I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but here a small tip: the price of the starters that they bring you without asking is not included, so if you do not want to pay for them, do not eat them. You can eat some traditional plates based on fish like Bacalhau and Sardines for around 15 €.
Don’t forget to eat the delicious Pastel De Nata, their traditional egg tart pastry vbyknd2.
Day 2 – Short trip to Belem
During second day in Lisbon, we have decided to take a short train to Belem, which is by the way only 9 km from the city center. The train price is 1.60 € one way and you can purchase the ticket directly at the train station at Cas Do Sodre and the trip takes around 6 or 7 minutes.
List of attraction to visit:
- Belem Tower, which I believe is one of the most popular attraction in Lisbon.
- Pastel de Belem, very similar to pastel de nada.
- Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos
- Padrao dos Descobrimentos
- Museu Colecao Berardo
We had a small lunch around and we took off to Alfama, a nice district of Lisbon. From here we walked to Miradouro de Santa Luzia, a very nice view point of the city and then we reach the Castelo de S. Jorge.
Again I can’t remember the place were we had dinner but another tips is to try the Octopus with olive oil and potatoes plate if you like fish with some white wine.
Day 3 – What to do in a Rainy Day
So usually the weather in Lisbon is nice and the temperature is around 15 Celsius degrees, so no need to wear to much clothes. During the morning of our third day it was raining and we found a list of things to do in a rainy day:
- Oceanario de Lisboa: an aquarium which is one of the most visited attraction in Lisbon, price and timetable here.
- Calouste Gulbenkian Museu: ticket price and timetable here.
- Mercado Da Ribera: nice place to eat, we ate a delicious hamburger at Honorato. Find out more here.
- Take tram 28: one of the most famous one tram in Lisbon, an icon of the city. Price for a ride: 2.80 €
- Casa Fernando Pessoa
We had dinner at a restaurant near our hostel, which I definitely wanna recommend to you. The name is O Chiado and it also has very positive reviews on Tripadvisor (link here). If you want to eat here, it’s better to you to reserve a table to avoid staying in line. Price is around 15-20 € depending on the plate you choose.
Day 4 – Going back to Milan
During the last day we only have the morning to visit something around the city and we went to the Jardim de Estrela, which was our second option because we wanted to visit Jardim Botanico but it was closed. After that, we went to Miradouro de Sao Pedro, where we had a coffee looking at the whole city.
We went back to Rua Augusta to shop for the last time souvenirs and postcards and we took the metro again to the airport.
Typical Sardine’s Shop for Souvenir
Place where you can purchase some Pastel de Nata
Arco de Rua Augusta
View from some Miradouro
Jardim de Estrela
Castelo de Sao Jorge
Cas Do Sodre