Jesse BerryComment

Olá Portugal: Lisboa

Jesse BerryComment
 Olá Portugal: Lisboa
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Lisbon is a big city compared to Azores -- and unlike the Azores where you MUST have a car there is absolutely no need for one here. Choose a centrally located hotel and take advantage of the very reasonable uber prices.

We stayed at the Porto Bay Marquez -- the room was the size of a postage stamp but the location and hotel in general were great (especially yummy breakfast!)

Lisbon is a very walkable city and the tiles, architecture, food and culture may be best appreciated by wandering through this lovely historic place. Here are a few musts:

If you land late, like we did, enjoy tapas from Rubro before turning in - and don't miss the squid paella.

Kick of the next day by walking from the Champalimaud, past the tower of Belem (which looks like a ship and was used to watch ships coming in from the sea!), back through old windy streets to the center of town (this is a loooong walk!)

End the evening with a drink at the Pharmacia and dinner at Noobai (worth the views, but the food is just ok)

Take an afternoon trip from Lisbon by Ferry to the town Almada for lunch at Ponto Final, a lovely little seafood restaurant at the end of the iconic bridge. The trip cost less than 2 Euro, is super easy, and the food is ... amazing! Get the fish and the tomato rice. yum!

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On your last day, stop at the Time Out Market where you can find absolutely every kind of food ever including Portugal's famous canned fish (which you can bring back as gifts, TSA may search your suitcase, and it is only a little weird to give someone canned fish - after all its from Portugal!)

Finish the night watching the sunset in the esplanade area around the Castle followed by a late night dinner at Alma (MIchelin star, amazing service, reasonable price point)

Everything about Lisbon was absolutely magical -- from the food to the wine to the sights to the people. Portugal is a truly special place and I am so blessed to have experienced two amazing parts of this country. Hope you are planning a magical trip yourself! Until the next adventure -- xo 

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