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Looking to book an extraordinary, unforgettable, affordable trip? – Yes, this combination is possible!
Check out Lisbon – the charming, radiant capital of Portugal known for its colorful streets, ancient history, vibrant culture, and mouthwatering cuisine. Nestled along the Tagus River, Lisbon offers a treasure trove of experiences, from exploring its historic neighborhoods to savoring the finest wines and mingling with the warm-hearted locals.
Foodies Paradise: Lisbon’s culinary scene is an explosion of flavors, where traditional Portuguese dishes and modern cuisine intertwine. Start your culinary adventure with a visit to Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon’s iconic food market. Here, foodies will be exposed to an array of local delicacies, from freshly grilled
sardines and bacalhau (salted cod) to the beloved pastéis de nata (custard tarts) that melt in your mouth. For an authentic experience, savor a hearty caldo verde (kale soup) paired with freshly toasted bread and the finest olive oil, just like the locals do! Some other restaurants to have on your radar for your Lisbon trip should include Bahr, located in The Bairro Alto Hotel, with incredible views; and O Velho Eurico, a cozy establishment near the São Jorge Castle. Ofício should also top your list, a restaurant that is such a hot spot that it typically gets booked weeks in advance.
Things to do: Venture into Lisbon’s diverse neighborhoods, each boasting its own unique character. Stroll through the narrow streets of Alfama, the oldest district, where you can experience the Moorish influences and traditional Fado music. Ascend to São Jorge Castle to catch breathtaking panoramic views of the city, which is where you can really get an Instagram glamour shot.
Hop on the iconic Tram 28, a vintage tram that rattles through the city’s scenic alleys and hills, taking you to the trendy Bairro Alto and Chiado areas. Here, you can really embrace the vibrant arts scene, explore independent boutiques and savor the lively nightlife that Lisbon is famous for.
Wine and More Wine: Portugal is known for its wines, and Lisbon offers ample opportunities to indulge in wine tastings and actually learn firsthand why the country is so popular for its wines. Visit the charming town of Sintra, just a short drive from Lisbon, and explore the region’s estates surrounded by spectacular landscapes. Sip on local varieties like Vinho Verde, known for its refreshing acidity, or the world-renowned Port wine from the Douro Valley.
A short trip to Belém will lead you to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Torre de Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. If you want to sample delicious, fortified wines and learn more about the wine-making process, check out the finest wineries in the area, including Adega Mãe, Adega de Colares, Quinta do Gradil and Quinta de Sanguinhal. You won’t be disappointed!
Vibes and Feels: One of the most charming aspects of Lisbon is its warm and welcoming people. Known for their genuine hospitality, the locals take pride in sharing their traditions, stories, and rich cultural heritage. Engage in conversations or join a group of locals during a Fado night for an unforgettable experience. A good place to initiate a conversation might be in one of the many boho, chic neighborhood cafés like the Wish Slow Coffee House, Le Petit Prince Culture Café or the popular, Heim Café.