In this review I will talk about my time in Lisbon, Portugal.
Where we stayed:
Republica Bed and Breakfast for 2 nights. The total cost was $128.31 for the 2 nights. The bed and breakfast was centrally located in the Campo Pequeno area of Lisbon with a metro station right outside of its door. Since it was a B&B we had the option for a continental breakfast each morning as well. The staff was super nice and the place was very clean.
What we did:
We made our way to Lisbon after leaving Lagos by bus. We took a cab from the Rede Expressions bus station to our Bed and Breakfast. The check-in process was very smooth.
After settling in, we decided to catch the metro to explore Lison. We headed toward the main tourist area near Rua Augusta which is home to lots of shops, restaurants, and cafes.
The main goal for the day was to see Castelo de St. Jorge or the Castle of St. George. The journey to the castle definitely allowed us to see why Lisbon is known as the city of 7 hills. It was at the very top of several steep cobblestone roads, and yes we walked the whole way up. Talk about a leg workout.
We finally made our way to the entrance of the castle. There was an entrance fee to enter the grounds of the castle, it was about 8-10 Euros.
Before reaching the inside of the castle, you are able to take in one of the best views in Lisbon. However the actual castle was a disappointment. It was literally just the structure of the old castle with no rooms or replicas of what it used to be. From what I heard you can catch the same view plus see the castle from other areas at no cost. I suggest going that route.
After taking a few pictures around the castle, we took a tram back down to the bottom of the hill. We decided to walk around the main streets and catch some of the stores before they closed. Most of the commercial stores in that area close around 7-8pm. I was able to browse in a few stores before closing time. At that point, we decided to just take the metro back to our B&B for the night.
After sleeping in a little the next day, we decided to take a day trip out to Sintra. It’s a small town about 40 minutes outside of Lisbon by train. We were able to buy a roundtrip ticket to Sintra for 4.30 Euros. The train ride was very smooth and let us off right in the heart of Sintra.
Once in Sintra, we caught the hop on hop off bus that takes you to a few of the main attractions, including Castle of the Moors. The bus was 5.25 euros and allowed you to take one full trip around the loop.
We stopped at one palace (which I don’t remember the name for) and then took the very steep and curvy ride up to the Castle of the Moors. Once you are let off of the bus, you head to the ticket window to pay the entrance fee to see the outside of the castle. There was an additional fee to see the inside. Once you pay, you can take a tram or take a very steep walk uphill to get to the castle. (I walked) There were lots of people of all shapes and sizes taking the trek as well. It was only a 5 minute walk up.
Unlike the castle the day before, this castle did not disappoint at all! It was amazing and full of color. Since we waited until the afternoon to go, it was pretty crowded so it was hard to get that perfect picture. However, there are lots of little hidden vantage points to get your perfect shot. There is a little café on the grounds in case you want a snack or need to get water.
Now, the hard part was getting back down to the bottom of the hill. The hop on hop off bus fills up quick at this stop since everyone tries to get here so be prepared to wait. If you don’t have patience, there are little tuk tuks that will take you down for 5 euros per person. We waited it out and headed back down to catch our train back to Lisbon.
After finding some food, I decided to head back out to see what was once deemed as Europe’s largest mall. I took the train out to Colombo mall which is in the north west part of the city and has a direct train stop. When I walked in, I was overwhelmed. I could see why it was given the accolades that it had. It was 3 levels of stores upon stores and the largest food court I’d ever seen. The real crazy part to me was that it didn’t close until 2am!!! (WHAAAATTTTT) I walked around until about midnight and even picked up an couple things in the process. Yet that still wasn’t enough time to really take it all in. (My feet were hurting so I didn’t have a choice)
After the short train ride back to our B&B, we prepared to head to our last and final Portuguese city the next morning.
Lisbon is a city full of culture and life. Although I wish I had a little more time to explore the nightlife I was still able to see a lot of what it did offer. Lisbon is a very diverse city and all cultures and races are present. If you are ever in Portugal, you must plan to stay here at least 4 days!
Thanks for reading and Happy Traveling.