Lisbon city

by Alison, 21/10/2013

Our trip to Portugal was booked at the last minute. As I mentioned in our last post, the reason for choosing this area was to catch the final event of the women's world surfing tour. Staying so close to Lisbon was just an added bonus.





I realised after booking that I had no idea of what to expect from the city itself. There are some cities you feel you know before you ever get there. Places like New York or London, that have been the backdrop for so many movies and tv shows, that it feels familiar even before you get there.  Ollie had worked in Lisbon before, but he was on the boat when I booked the trip. Even when I spoke to a few friends who had been there, they all seemed pretty vague about the city. Everyone said they loved it, they just didn't really have any defining tips.

While we stayed outside the city, it was only a short train ride into the main train station. Lisbon is a beautiful city, built on a number of hills. If you are feeling energetic you can walk the city, otherwise there are multiple ways to get around. The most iconic are definitely the old trams and funiculars that wind there way through the cobbled streets. Whether you pay or not, is up to you.




After a morning at the beach we would head into the city in the evening, to explore and get some dinner. The city is full of gorgeous architecture, from a Moorish castle that watches over the city to the beautiful Praca do Comercio that once housed the royal family. However if I'm being honest, we were very much of the window shopping variety of tourist this holiday. We strolled by the sites but aside from the Castelo de Sao Jorge we didn't actually tour any of the sites. 






Narrow alley ways open up into stunning miradouro's (viewpoints) and everywhere the red roofs, cobbles and tiles catch, reflect and shine with light.










It is impossible to forget that this is a port city. The port is within strolling distances of the city centre (as Ollie can attest to) and the river provides structure and boundaries for the city. Portugal has a strong maritime history and many explorers set sail from this city 







If I were to now answer the question I asked of my friends ' So what do you recommend?'. I think I would have to say, bring a pair of very comfortable shoes and walk. Lisbon is definitely a city to get lost in.

6 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics - just what I needed on this appalling howler of a night. My main memory of Lisbon (apart from #1, the custard tarts!) is of the sight of the sea at the foot of every single steep street - loved it.

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    1. Oh man the custard tarts were so good. Hopefully more on them to follow. Ended up bringing them home to the family, I liked them so much. Yes custard tarts and views of the sea, pretty great. Hope the wind has stopped howling on the east coast. Bit more settled here now.

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  2. Gorgeous pictures,wonder if i will ever see it for real

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  3. Hopefully! It is only a train ride (or well maybe a couple of train rides) away. As I've said before nothing like getting on a train in one country, falling asleep and waking up in the middle of a new city.

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  4. A beguiling description of the city. You obviously saw it at it's best and loved it or else you are on a retainer from the tourist board! Anyway it sounds really impressive and inviting at the same time.

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    1. Haha money for writing and traveling that sounds nice. As it was, I think we got very lucky. The weather was amazing so I think we definitely got to see the place at its best. Not as much fun wandering aimlessly in the rain.

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