Last week I packed my bags together with a friend for a trip to Lisbon. It was our first time in the capital of Portugal and we were surprised by the charme of the city already shortly after we arrived. We stayed at a flat booked via FeWo-direkt which couldn’t have been more perfect for us. The flat was very modern and fully equipped with living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen being located right in the center of Lisbon next to the famous pink street with cute little bars and restaurants. After our stay at a FeWo-direkt place in London before christmas that made us feel like home away from home we decided to stay in one of their places again. Staying in a FeWo-direkt flat or house is a great opportunity for getaways with your friends or family experiencing a more authentic living experience in a local neighbourhood and maybe an idea to think about for your next spring vacation or easter holiday 🙂
Arriving in a new city I have not been before I love nothing more then strolling around the streets soaking in the vibe of a city which is exactly what we did after we arrived. Just steps away from our FeWo-direkt flat we found Alfama, the old town of Lisbon which has beautiful little colorful streets. Make sure to also hop on the famous old Tram at least once for some stops. We took the Tram to Belem, which is where you also find the original Pasteis de Belem café, that bakes the famous traditional dessert in Portugal with pudding inside and which are simply delicious.
Ive put together some more of my favorite spots I found during our Lisbon trip for you below 🙂
What not to miss:
Monastery of Jeronimus: 500 year old monastery with impressive architecture is a pieceful place in Lisbon and a must for all people interested in the cultural side of Lisbon.
Pasteis de Belem: the famous bakery in Lisbon selling the original recipe Pasteis de Belem desserts.
Botanical garden Lisbon: I love botanical gardens in every city and the one in Lisbon is rather small but still a beautiful walk along old trees and my fav palm trees and a little lake. It’s a little hidden behind the monastery of Jeronimus, so you can combine those two spots in one trip J
Restaurants & Bars:
Timeout Market: Lisbons biggest fresh food market makes a good lunch or casual dinner spot.
Bairro do Avillez: the tapas bar for all meat and fish lovers.
Lost in: cute bar with hippie outdoor terrace and the perfect spot to enjoy some drinks in the sun.
The old pharmacy: cozy wine bar for a stop in-between shopping or after dinner
Pensao Amor: Located in an old lovehouse, Pensao Amor is a cocktail bar with burlesque charme and velvet furniture and one of Lisbons most special bars.
What else to do:
Pena Palace Sintra: If you have a little time you should visit my favorite spot of our Lisbon trip, the Pena Palace in Sintra which is located a little outside of Lisbon but can easily be done in a day trip. The easiest way is to take a train from Rossi, Lisbons main train station to Sintra. The train takes around 30 minutes and goes several times every hour. At the train station in Sintra there will be the 434 bus which directly takes you up to the castle J The castle was the summer castle of the former king with very impressive interior and looks like straight out of Disney with its pastel coloured walls 🙂