5 Days in Lisbon – our summer holiday {I}

Back in January we booked our summer holiday for 2016 and chose Lisbon as our destination. After booking the flights and finding a hotel that looked stunning we spent the last months looking forward to September and to our late summer holiday.
Two weeks ago we finally made our way to Lisbon and had five wonderful days in Portugal’s capital city.
Today and over the coming weeks and months I want to show you some of the pictures we took and tell you about our holiday. I will also write about the small boutique hotel we stayed at. It is definitely worth an extra post.
At the end of the post I will also recommend a few places and shops that I loved.
I hope you enjoy having a look at the pics :).

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Day 1 in Lisbon started with an amazing breakfast at our Hotel Casa do Barao (more about that soon). Rather than having an exact plan what we would like to see, we kind of just started off by strolling through the streets, looking at shops and making our way to the main plaza. The main plaza is right at the river front of the River Tagus and you have a good view at the “Ponte 25 de Abril”. Not only does it look like the Golden Gate Bridge, it actually was built by the same architect – for some reason this surprised me as I thought there is “only one” Golden Gate Bridge.

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However, we went on walking through the streets, discovering nice places and passing many sights – such as the Elevador de Santa Justa. This is like a big lift where you surely have an amazing view over the city. The queue was horrendous though, so we decided to rather look out for something to drink.

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We found a place in the shade where we enjoyed fresh lemonade, beer and the first (of many) Pasteis de Natas. These little cakes are made in heaven and I really need to try and make them. We ate lots of them in Lisbon – I think you’ve got to :).
Ready for more walking and sight seeing (we did easily 10.000 steps every day) we visited the ruins of the old Church of Santa Maria do Carmo that was destroyed during the terrible earthquake of 1755. The remains of the church are mainly arches that look really impressive so high up towards the incredibly blue sky.

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The afternoon I spent relaxing at our pool in the hotel, whilst my favorite guy went to his first out of two football games in Lisbon (yes, two!!). Afterwards we had our first dinner in Lisbon in a small but really nice restaurant, that we spontaneously picked when passing by.

Day 2: The next morning started with a trip on the famous Tram 28. Don’t be convinced that you enter the right tram when it shows your destination at the front! It seems like sometimes the driver forgets to change the destination. This lead to us going in the completely wrong direction (note to self: ask! always ask!). Our plan to just stay on the tram and simply take a ride back to our actual destination didn’t quite work out as everyone had to get of at the end station and the queue to get on it again was horrendous to put it mildly. We still loved our tram ride and just decided to take the metro instead of waiting for hours.

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We finally ended up at the famous Time Out Market or Mercado da Ribiera and although we weren’t hungry at all we had to stay, enjoy the atmosphere and have a look at all the different food stalls. Oh, and it would have been rude to not at least have an ice cream at Santini’s!

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Ready for more walking we headed to Sao Bento and Alcantara and passed the Assembleia da República and visited the Estrela Basilica.

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Ready for something to drink and a rest we decided to take a Taxi to our next destination: The LX Factory.
Well, where do I start – those who know me will be aware that this is my kind of place: An old fabric and thread company, built around 1846, has been revived to a creative space for all different kind of artists and cooperatives. Every Sunday there is a market and the coffeehouses, shops and restaurants are open and invite for a look around.
I didn’t know where to look first. I just love the rustic and industrial environment, loosened up by stalls, shops and restaurants of independent and super creative sellers. Go there! It is so good!

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The LX factory was our perfect ending to another day of walking, so that we went back to the hotel and enjoyed a few hours in the sun.
You may already be able to tell: I love Lisbon and can’t wait to show you how we spent the other two days.

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A few recommendations:

  • Mercado do Ribiera/Time Out Market: Go there for a great atmosphere in an industrial food hall and a great selection of food stalls – Av. 24 de Julho 49
  • Santini’s: apparently the best ice cream in town. I haven’t tried all of them but wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case – they have a stall at the Time Out Market or at R. do Carmo 9
  • LX Factory: a must for design lovers and lovers of independent markets and handmade things – R. Rodrigues de Faria 103
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