Now that the ThrowBackThursday Travel Series is back in European soil, it’s time for a bit of sunshine and southern culture.
Yep, that’s right, Portugal is our next destination.
During my first University year in Scotland, I had an american exchange student as roomie (hey Marissa, you may, or may not be reading this). Once the year was over, we went on a trip to Spain (visiting the family and such, you know), and after a few days at home we boarded a very crowded Easyjet plane to Porto, our first stop during our adventures in Portugal.
After a short metro ride from the airport, we came into clear blue skies and 20ºC (68ºF) and the fresh breeze of a June summer afternoon in the coast.
Cheerfully, excitedly snapping pictures everywhere, we made our way to the bus station where we would take our connecting bus to Lisbon.
The views as we left Porto towards Lisbon, left us wanting to hurry back to visit the city! But first things first! Lisboa, here we come!
As soon as we arrived, crossed the street and found our hostel. An old building, recently renovated with amazingly big windows and beautiful high ceilings.
We settled ourselves, covered every inch of skin in sun cream, and headed out to explore the surroundings.
Sunset from the Praça do Comércio, Lisboa, Portugal
We were staying right around the corner from all the best bits. The coast, the Cathedral, the Praça do Comércio, and ideally communicated if we decided to take a day trip somewhere, as the train station was right under our noses. Sadly, it seems that the hostel doesn’t exist anymore, otherwise I would have encouraged you to stay there in your next visit.
And we came back just in time to enjoy the street party, before heading back towards our room after a long and exhausting day through small charming side streets and passages and encountering big creepy red street art figures.
Tomorrow, will be a new day!
Rise and shine! It’s time to get up!
After breakfast, we decided to take a train to Cascais, a nearby beach town we had heard wonders about.
It wasn’t so sunny that day but the heat remained so despite the clouds, we still got a bit of sunburn after a whole day walking around.
After yet another exhausting day walking around, we made our way back to our beds, for tomorrow would be our last day in Lisbon before returning to Porto.
–7 to 10 hours later and a hearty breakfast–
We climbed up to the famous Lisbon cathedral where (after getting lost and finding ourselves thanks to a lovely Portuguese policeman) we took the tram 28 (also known as the tour tram, as it takes you all over the place) which I’d recommend you to take if you find yourself in the neighborhood. It cost something like 3€ and you can take it anywhere you like along the route.
Another recommendations are: to simply walk around Belém where around every corner, through every passage a surprise could be waiting, a good one 🙂 and to go up to the Castelo de São Jorge. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the neighborhood festivities like we did.
and what about this garden and the views over the city…
Unfortunately our time in Lisbon had come to an end, and we must depart.
On our way back we had some extra time so we made a pit stop in Cohimbra, but I’ll tell you all about it next week. In the meantime, why don’t you tell me all about your favorite European holiday destination? Can’t wait to hear all about them ^^
P.S. If you are in Lisbon, you must try the tuna! Correction: COD! you must try Cod. (I must have been thinking of the awesome tuna & olive salad I had for dinner when I wrote that ^^ sorry)