In April 2019, we’re going on a mop! After a stay in Porto, in northern Portugal, it took two years before I returned to visit Lisbon in 3 days. Famous for its architecture, its art of living and its cuisine, Portugal has everything to seduce us and make us want to come back. So it is on a whim that we book our airline tickets and our hostel hotel, two weeks before leaving. Two backpacks, one for clothing and one for photo and video equipment (yes yes! We need one just for that now) and here we are!
You should know that, unlike In London or Paris, Lisbon Airport is connected to the city by metro! This will cost you the small sum of 1.70 euros, knowing that transport tickets are rechargeable, including paper tickets, in order to get around by subway, bus, tram and train! French tourists are very numerous in Portugal, you will realize that in restaurants and shops most Lisboets speak French … However, we are still a little frowned upon because most French people do not make the effort to speak a language other than French, which is personally not my case because I speak rather good English. Like many large cities, the AirBnB boom forced low-income people to leave the city to get out of the way for lack of resources. That’s why I would rather go through hostels, hostels and hotel.
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Lisbon in 3 days, stage 1: Sintra, Alfama and Baixa
Visiting Lisbon in 3 days is possible, you just have to be organised! Located a few minutes by train from Lisbon, the small town of Sintra attracts crowds, summer and winter. Famous for its five palaces, each more eccentric than the other, it is advisable to return early if you want to walk quietly. Thankfully, there is a train every half hour from Lisbon to Sintra! Since we were only in Lisbon for three days, we only took the time to visit only the Pena Palace, the most famous of the palaces, and the city centre of Sintra.
The Pena Palace is particularly known for its eccentricity, yellow, red, blue and white, the walls of the Palace are multicolored as are the rooms that compose it. Admission costs 14 euros per person and gives access to the palace and garden. If you have good legs, it is possible to walk up to the palace and enjoy the view of the city, otherwise there are many shuttles. If you can walk freely outside, inside there is a circuit, you will not be able to turn around at the risk of being called to order by security.
Around 2pm, we are back in Lisbon, the train station being in the city centre, we take the opportunity to stroll through the typical district of Alfama, its alleys, its small restaurants, its stairs, its music, as well as the Chiado and Baixa districts. Regularly on your you will find canned sardine shops, go ahead, it’s definitely worth a visit! You will quickly discover that, like most Mediterranean cuisines, Portuguese cuisine is based on sharing. The dishes are usually small and inexpensive as the idea and order several and share them. There is a very well-known place in Lisbon called the Time Out Market, personally I advise against eating there as the wait is very long and expensive dishes for what they are. Prefer the typical small restaurants to taste typical Portuguese cuisine.
All you have to do is let yourself be carried from one street to another while admiring the yellow and red trams, symbol of Lisbon all over the world, the earthenware all more beautiful than the other, the colorful facades… In short, enjoy life!
Step 2: LX Factory, Elevator and Fado
The morning of our second day is dedicated to lisbon’s underground district, the LX Factory and the famous Bridge of April 25. There are concept stores, trendy tattoo artists, a coworking centre for start-ups, designer boutiques, stylists… It’s easy to get there with the 714, 727, 729 and E15 trams. We went in the middle of the morning to have a quiet brunch on site and visit at the opening before there were too many people at Wish Concept Store.
We then return by tram to explore the city centre. On the program about twenty kilometers walk to see Pink Street, the Elevador de Santa, the square Martim Moniz, the Praça do Comércio, the Château Saint-Georges … You will discover that Lisbon is a city that focuses on culture, art and street art. Not to mention to feed on Pastéis de nata and vegetable and cod croquettes, as we systematically had our breakfasts in the neighborhood Pastelerias.
For our last evening, we are attending a concert of Fado, one of the must-do things in Lisbon if we want to understand Portuguese culture a little better. It is highly advisable to book or you will never have seats! These concerts take place in restaurants, admission is paid because it is the remuneration of the artists, most of the time it is 5 euros per person. Fado is an art that respects itself, it is almost forbidden to talk during the concert or to make noise with the cutlery, out of respect for the artists who perform. The concert usually has two intermissions during which the waiters take the opportunity to bring you your dishes. We were transported by this music! It usually takes about 30 euros per person for the starter, an aperitif, the dish, the dessert and a glass of wine.
Days 3: Last visits
With our plane taking off in the early afternoon, we take the opportunity to take a last tour, discover a last brunch at F-brica dos Sabores and take the metro to the airport. For the nostalgic, it is possible to buy Pastéis de nata de Belem at duty free before leaving! Portugal is a country that attracted us to its art of living and we were not disappointed for a moment, quite the contrary! We look forward to really taking the time to explore the hinterland and move away from the big cities to immerse ourselves even more in this incredible culture. For this weekend, by systematically eating outside morning, noon and evening without depriving yourself, it takes about 450 euros per person, flight, hotel, travel and activities included to visit Lisbon in 3 days. This makes it an affordable destination!
See you dear Portugal!