Beautiful travel post by Ana Komnen!
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It is my honor to present to you another great travel post, but this time it’s a guest post from my dear (dear, dear) Ana Komnen. Enjoy discovering Lisbon & enjoy reading!
Our expectations from Lisbon were high and – guess what? All surpassed!
After 7 days, we can clearly say that souls are filled with surprising impressions richer and more diverse than expected. Although we do not believe in perfection as something possible and feasible, we imagined Lisbon as an extremely romantic and idealistic city. It may be that at the end we got it only partly but we did get something else – luck to see this amazing city and enjoy the gems of the Portugal’s capital!
The cobbled streets, Alfama (the oldest district of Lisbon) and its flea market called Feira da Ladra (which literally translates into “Thieve’s Market”), old tram system, beautiful weather, great seafood and affordable prices are just some of the things that made us fall in love with this city! And if you are hungry, Alfama is the best place in Lisbon for a dinner with a live act of fado whose melancholic tones reveal a deep and beautiful sorrow.
We also enjoyed the nightlife in Barrio Alto, a picturesque working class quarter and the liveliest nightlife district. Various taverns (tascas) offer traditional Portuguese cuisine at decent prices, some with free ‘street’ fado. Another side to this quarter is that it is at the cutting edge of Lisbon fashion so we explored Portugal style to the fullest. We also had a great time in the bars of the nearby neighborhoods Chiado and Cais do Sodré so you won’t be disapointed if you head out for a night cap there too.
If you are looking for romance, the view at Miradouro da Graca, an idyllic terrace overlooking the city located in a residential area with some restaurants and a church nearby, is perfect to enjoy a view of Lisbon during the sunset hour. If you want more, another beautiful place to enjoy an amazing view over Lisbon is Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte.
As for the history, the Tower de Belem is a beautiful monument on the river Tagus built as an essential part of the defensive system and is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not far from the Tower you can find the Monastery of the Hieronymites (Mosteiro dos Jerónimo) which is rich in ornamentation and it is symbolically linked to the Age of Discoveries.
To enjoy Lisbon to the fullest, you should definitely spend a day visiting the statue of Christ the King which was built on a plateau dominated by the 25 de Abril Bridge, located in the neighborhood called Almada. It is interesting to note that the statue was built as a plea to God to release Portugal from entering the World War II.
For full taste, on the foodie tour I would definitely recommend you to try the salted cod (bacalhau) and custard tarts, spicy cured sausage (chouriço) and cabbage soup (caldo verde). When it comes to desserts you don’t want to miss world’s famous egg custard tart in filo dough (pastel de nata) and Portuguese almond cake (touchino do ceu). If you are a wine lover, you will be glad to know that today’s Portuguese wine is the result of a centuries-old tradition. Portugal is best known for its Port wine, a wine best served with desserts. This wine is obtained by adding brandy spirit before the fermentation ceases and it comes in both red and white (so everyone can enjoy).
After 7 days in the winter, I would certainly like to know Portugal’s capital during warmer weather but if I need to sum up only after one visit – Lisbon is absolutely worth getting to know!