The best way to explore an unknown city is to have someone local that shows you around, and once again, we were very lucky. Pedro had friends living in Lisbon who gave us a warm welcome and the feeling of being at home.
It was only 4 days to visit the capital of Portugal but it was enough to get to know some of its most beautiful corners, listen to fado and taste its traditional food.
Our first day started in Praça do Comércio which is the largest square located in front of the Tagus river. Historically it was a place of Royal Ribeira Palace which was destroyed by the Great Lisbon earthquake in 1755.
Across from the square stand two columns called “Cais das Colunas“, before it was used as a pier to connect Terreiro do Paço with the south shore of the Tagus River. Now, it makes the ideal spot to make a break and catch some sun 🙂
Our next stop was Bairro da Bica, one of the iconic places of Lisbon, located only a few minutes walking from Praça do Comércio. There you can find colorful streets covered with azulejos and of course, the beautiful yellow tram called “Elevador da Bica” which connects the São Paulo street with Bairro Alto.
Lisbon is known as the city of the seven hills, so as you can imagine there was a lot of ups and downs, and tons of “Miradouros” viewpoints, definitely my favorite part of Lisbon.
Our last day was spent in Parque das Nações which was originally the place of Expo 98. Since then it has been transformed into the super modern side of Lisbon. Full of attractions and incredible architecture.
If you have the chance to spend a Saturday in Lisbon, do not miss the Feira da Ladra,an emblematic flea market dating back to the thirteenth century. Probably the best place to buy all kind of souvenirs.
Our stay in Lisbon came to an end but we will certainly return.
A big THANKS to our hosts and hope to see you soon.