Hello Hello! Here’s our first (and hopefully not last) guest post on SAST. This is Tina & Ali checking in from San Francisco, CA, to tell you all about Lisbon and why you should definitely DO IT. Lisbon had been on our list for a few years, but we could never figure out the right time to get over there and knew that we wouldn’t need an extended trip for what we wanted to do.
We ended up rearranging our original travel plans during Thanksgiving 2016 and knew we were headed to Europe – we definitely wanted to go to the warmest place possible (read: we knew it would have to be southern Europe). It’s with all these caveats in mind, it made a lot of sense to head to Lisbon.
We spent 4 nights in Lisbon, 1 night in London each on our way in & out. Lisbon’s airport is very close to downtown so you won’t spend a lot of time in transit, we stayed at the Sheraton and primarily used Uber for transport – it was cheap!
A Cevicheria: amazing intimate peruvian ceviche restaurant; you can order a pre-fixe or a la carte ceviche menu; we went the a la carte route and had 4 different dishes. They don’t have a full bar, but have great house wines and a bartender making fresh piscos (you won’t miss the giant octopus hanging from the ceiling!).
Insolito: Rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Independent – beautiful view of the castle & cathedral with great food too; decent drink menu and great wine list.
Pavilhao Chines: a quirky cocktail bar (or museum?) in Bairro Alto with really great drinks, it was recommended by our Uber driver and its about 1 block from Insolito (see above).
Bairro Alto: This area of Lisbon is worth a stroll through and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. In such a small area packed with options you’ll find something that speaks to you.
Belem Tower: a quick 15 minute Uber or cab ride to Belem gets you to the tower. The tower is self itself is fairly small and can be quickly walked through; the views of the are what you should be excited about! Make sure you make the walk over to the Pastel de Belem.
Alfama District: the oldest part of the city. It is a maze of small cobbled streets with lots of restaurants and residences. You will definitely notice how hilly Lisbon is and you’ll get some great photos from the Portas do Sol plaza with it’s sweeping views of the castle, cathedral and Rio Tajo.