A day in Lisbon, Portugal
Why did I choose Lisbon, Portugal?
To be completely honest, Lisbon was never on my bucket list, but I am so glad I got to visit. Everyone was so nice and it didn’t look like any other European city I had been to. I was planning a trip to Marrakech, Morocco and the cheapest way was through Lisbon on TAP Portugal. TAP Portugal offers the “Portugal Stopover”; they allow you to stop over in Lisbon or Porto for up to 5 nights with no extra fee before you head off to your final destination. The flight price would be same as if you didn’t have a few nights stopover in Portugal. We stayed in Portugal for ~30 hours and visited Sintra and Lisbon. Sintra trip itinerary to come after, as a lot was packed in one day!
People spoke Portuguese and English, but they spoke English very well – we had absolutely no trouble getting transportation, ordering food, or asking for directions.
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My Travel Time
End of November
It is slightly chilly as it is fall/winter season – bring a jacket (doesn’t have to be super thick).
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My Flight Details
Airline: TAP Portugal, JFK-LIS (7 hour flight)
We took the subway then the air train to the airport from Penn Station ($7.50 per person)
Once in Lisbon, we took a cab from the airport to the hotel. We were prepared to negotiate a price, but we learned the cab drivers all have and use meters.
My Hotel Details
It was in a great area, not too far from downtown. Great price for its size; extremely comfortable and clean! It was so much better than I expected it to be. It was walking distance to most of the places we had planned on visiting. The staff was extremely helpful as well.
My Lisbon, Portugal Trip Itinerary
~1.5 hr of walking
Eduardo VII Park: A beautiful park in Lisbon that looks like a symmetrical maze (you can’t actually walk in the “maze” though). You can see the city from the top of the park hill.
Castelo de S. Jorge: This is a castle on a hill, but along with that, it has a great view of all the red roof houses.
Arco da Rua Augusta: Historical building with an arch; it was built to commemorate the city’s reconstruction after the earthquake in 1755. The building is a beautiful pastel color.
Pink Street: Like its name suggests, the street is painted pink; this street was formerly Lisbon’s red light district, but now it has great restaurants, bars, and clubs (great for night life).
Manteigaria: The place has one of the best Portuguese egg tarts. I’m a fan of Hong Kong egg tarts, which taste quite different, but I knew I had to try these. This dessert is flaky and has a creamy custard center. We sprinkled cinnamon on it – delicious and 100% recommended.
Carmo Convent: A former Roman Catholic convent; make sure to check the opening hours!
Santa Justa Lift: Historical lift – the architecture of it is interesting and you can see panoramic views from the top.
Rossio Square: This is one of Lisbon’s main squares since the Middle Ages.