Hello all! As you may have seen in my last post, I was in Lisbon enjoying the beautiful architecture, sunny weather and Portuguese custard tarts!
To me, Lisbon was one of those European cities that made me feel alive. The streets had such a cool vibe, the people had such character and the streets were buzzing with activity. In this post, I’ll take you on a tour of Lisbon to my favourite spots.
Enjoy the Architecture
Lisbon has been classed as one of the world’s most picturesque cities and after spending 3 days there, I can see why. The buildings were beautiful, the parks were so green and the views from the hill tops were out of this world. We’d stop and stare at a random building only to find that the beautiful building was just the entrance to a train station.
Lisbon is a feast for the eyes but also to the soul. Although Portugal isn’t the richest European country, I felt like the people were rich in character and full of life.
The Historic Tram 28
Tram 28 gives you a great ride through neighborhoods so old that you can see the character of the people who once lived there. The tram will take you through roads so narrow, that you can reach out and almost touch the edge of some buildings (I tried a few times).
We sat in the tram staring out the window and feeling the cool breeze on our face. When we first set eyes on Alfama, we were so excited to see the look out point. This is where the medieval architecture blended well with the view of the new city below.
It could have been the funky street art, or the medieval architecture or the street performers playing the calming tunes of Fado music. We just felt so amazed that we didn’t even feel like going anywhere else. Rick and I would sit there for hours just taking it all in, loving the slower pace of the Lisbon life style and letting our worries glide away with the music.
Do not take Tram 28 back to the bottom. Walk around and you will see why this place became my favourite part of Lisbon!
If you have been reading my blog for a while, most of my best experiences have centred around food. Lisbon is known for known for good seafood and meats so we set out to find places that were frequented by locals. We were not disappointed with the following two restaurants.
Address: Avenida Almirante Reis 1, Intendente, 1100 | 1150-007, Lisbon, Portugal Tip: Book a table in advance because if you go there at peak time, you will be waiting for hours.
Cerverjaria Ramiro is a local favourite. After a long day sight-seeing, we decided to wait in line with the hope of securing a table. We waited one hour and almost walked away a few times but were so happy when we were finally seated.
Cervejaria Ramiro was hectic inside with waiters running around taking orders and bringing plates of food to each table. Two minutes after being seated, our waiter brought us freshly baked bread that was crunchy on the outside and smothered with butter. I do not usually eat bread before my meal but I could not stop taking bite after bite after bite!
We viewed the menu through an iPad and then proceeded to order a lobster, 2 king sized prawns, 6 rock oysters and a plate of garlic prawns. The waiter came out to show us the lobster that he had chosen from the tank, we nodded our approval and then he was off.
We stuffed ourselves senseless with fresh seafood. Every now and then, we would look up to smell garlic prawns being placed on the counter, ready to bring to a table of hungry guests.
I enjoyed watching the waiters run around so seamlessly in such a small space. The tables were loud and the people sitting around them were happy and excited with their meals. It was my idea of seafood heaven!
as Salgadeiras RestaurantLink: wwww.as-salgadeiras.com Address: Rua das Salgadeiras, 18 1200-396 Liboa (Bairro Alto)
As Salgadeiras Restaurant was a recommendation by a local, so we had to try it. Plus, I wanted to wander around the Bairro Alto neighborhood to see what the big fuss is about!
We were about to take the historic tram to Bairro Alto as we heard that it was a steep descent. Then we saw some people start to walk up, so we decided to drop off the line and walk up. Just to give you an idea of how short this tram ride is – we beat the tram to the top! It was a 2 minute ride that we would have paid £3.60 round trip for so much suggestion to you is – if you are able to walk up a hill for 2 minutes ditch the tram and walk up to Bairro Alto.
As Salgadeiras has a wonderful atmosphere. The larger tables are located in the main restaurant and the smaller tables located in a small room just off the main section. The waiters will treat you like you are walking into a fine dining restaurant, yet the ambience has a casual, upbeat feel to it.
Here we ate the restaurant’s popular dishes of veal stroganoff, fish soup, cold meat with rock melon, and cod fish and seafood hot-pot.
We walked through Bairro Alto’s night club district before making our way back home. It had been a good 3 hours of eating and we were ready for a good night’s sleep!
Have you been to Lisbon? What did you love about it? If you haven’t been, is there a city that compares? Comment below and let me know!