Getting from Porto to Lisbon was a lot less dramatic than my previous journey. I listened to a few chapters of an audio book on the train ride. Sidenote, long trips are the perfect time to sign up for free trials of music streaming services, audio books, etc. I like to stagger the trials so that when one runs out, I can move on to the next.
WHERE TO LAY YOUR HEAD ON A PILLOW
I stayed at We Love F****** Tourists. To date, this was my favorite hostel! It felt like Cheers, where everybody knows your name. The facilities are nice and the staff really goes out of the way to make guests feel welcomed. Special shout out to Dale and Tiago, who were great hosts! The hostel offers a day trip to Sintra, pub-crawls, dinner, and free breakfast. The only downside was the amount of stairs you have to climb to get to the hostel. Good for your heart rate, not so good after a pub-crawl. If you’re in Portugal, I’d highly recommend checking out We Love F****** Tourists!
GETTING AROUND LISBON
Similar to Porto, you can Uber everywhere in Lisbon. It’s also a very walkable city, which is a great way to take in the city!
WHERE TO EAT
When in Lisbon, you have to visit Time Out Market. Traditional Portugese dishes, burgers, pasta, sweets, wine — it’s one-stop shopping. The restaurants and bars were hand-picked by editors at Time Out.
Be sure to check out Pastéis de Belém for a Pastel de Nata. I only had one and immediately regretted not ordering another. The line was pretty long, so try your luck finding a table.
THINGS TO DO
Lisbon was by far my favorite city in Europe! Good weather, great people, an awesome vibe — I just love Lisbon! See the sites: Torre de Belém, Castelo de São Jorge, the view from the top of Senhora do Monte, and many more. For a fun night out, make your way to Bairro Alto. My favorite spot in the area was Park, a rooftop bar situated on top of a parking garage. Need a day of relaxation after a late night? Head to Cascais for a beach day. Or, you can visit LX Factory where you will find anything from surfboards to a quaint bookstore. Whatever you decide to do in Lisbon, you won’t be disappointed!
Here’s a breakdown of my budget for five days in Lisbon.
|Porto → Lisbon||30 € = 36 USD|
|Accommodations||128 € = 154 USD|
|Getting Around||15 € = 18 USD|
|Food and Drinks||137 € = 164 USD|
|Total||310 € = 372 USD|
*I used an exchange rate of 1 € = 1.2 USD
Next stop, España. Ciao for now,