Lisbon is the perfect place to go for a city trip. It's not too big, but there's still plenty to see and do to fill several days. It's a city with a lot of history, beautifully tiled buildings, iconic yellow trams and delicious custard cakes.
Hostels in Lisbon are of really high quality and not expensive at all. We stayed in the Good morning Hostel on Praça dos Restauradores, which I would definitely recommend. They prepare breakfast for the guests every morning, which includes waffles, fresh bread and delicious fried eggs. They also organise all sorts of activities. We joined them for dinner at a traditional Portuguese restaurant where I, amongst others, ate a delicious dish with 'bacalhau'. Afterwards, we went for a pub crawl and joined the locals in a couple of dance routines.
The São Jorge Castle is absolutely worth a visit. It's located on top of a hill, so it's quite a steep climb if you go there by foot, but the quiet neighbourhoods around the castle are very pretty. From the castle you have an amazing view on the city and when you walk around the gardens you might spot a pea cock or two.
I'm a really big fan of botanical gardens, so when I found out there is one in Lisbon, I went to go and see it. The garden is a very peaceful place with beautiful palm trees and a butterfly house. It's not the most spectacular botanical garden I've seen, but it's a lovely place to escape the burning sun and city for a bit.
One of the more touristy places to visit is Belém, where you can find the Jerónimos Monastery and the tower of Belém. You can get there by tram from the city centre, but if you don't want to wait too long, you can take an Uber which isn't that much more expensive. If you walk from the tower of Belém in the direction of the city centre, you pass the famous Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) which commemorates the Portuguese exploration.
You possibly can't leave Lisbon without having at least one Pastel de nata. These custard cakes originate from the 18th century and you can find them everywhere in Portugal. The place to go to for nata in Lisbon is Fábrica da Nata
, where you can also get a great cup of coffee for as little as €0,60.
Lisbon is truly a wonderful city and if you go there in low season it's really not that busy and you can have a lovely relaxing trip, just like I did :)
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