Love Affair With Portugal

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My love affair with Portugal started about six months ago.The country has so much of warmth positivity and vibrancy which leaves you feeling rejuvenated and in a state of pure joy

Few of the places I've visited over the past few months which are worth visiting and are extremely scenic

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Some places to visit in the main centre of Lisbon (The capital of Portugal )

What to see- mostly everything is in the vicinity, if you like walking its a great walk around ( wont need more than a day)

-Places of beautiful architecture are

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Placa do Comercia ( tourist site) and terrero Do Paco

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

Rossio ( some great sea food restaurants)

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

-Barrio alto(area) for drinks and shopping

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- Alfama (area)is the most popular ( View points are Miradoura Santa Catarina) sangrias here ???? -Stay in any of these areas- would recommend air bnb depending on your budget)

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

-Castelo de s jorge ( castle in lisbon- worth it)

-Lisbon Elevador De Santa Justa ( an elevator which gives a great view of lsbon)

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

-Martim moniz ( area)-best place for illegal chinese and vietnamese food

(also has a flee market every satruday-if you like)- Fera La Ladra

-Barbados Gallery-for art ( but isnt in the centre)

Popular places - for food/drinks -If you want to party and drink head to Bairro alto after ten pm

-Bibo Bar at Bairro

-Jazz bar- Paginas Tantes

-Local food ( small restaurant- mercado Da Ribeira) - good choice of local Portuguese dishes

-Amazing Mozambique restaurant called Cantona do Aziz (Martim Moniz)

-Check out time out market in Lisbon for 22 restaurants and 8 bars

-Pink streets-for parties till 5-7am

-Parque Eduardo- Marques de Pombal (walk down that street for all the high end brands and small coffee shops -sometimes bands play at these cafes)

-Sabotage club( very 70's 80's nightclub- but to crowded)

-BeST night club would be LUX)

-The park bar(rooftop bar)

(Little commercial )

Day 3 go to Belem (BELEM TOWER)and have the pastal de nata from Belem(5 mins walk from the tower)- most famous restaurant.Belem is a nice place to see(train from cais de sodre

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

Day 4-Head to the beach at cascais which is gorgeous if you like the sea ( spend the day)

(Sintra is a mesmerising town about an hour by train from Lisbon)- you would need 2 days to see most of it - so i recommend staying a night there - but its quite at night unlike lisbon)

You can take the day pass as well (Check options you like, I did Sintra on two separate days and I really liked the below)

-Quinta Da Regalaria ( take the 413 or the 415 bus outside the sintra station )

-Pena Palace

-Castle of the moors

-Check out Carbo da roca ( an hour from Lisbon )- western most point in europe (surreal place)

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

-Azenhas do Mar-( little complicated to reach but is gorgeous)

-Stay In Lagos

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

-PORTO- By flight or by train or bus ( romantic city for two days minimum) -NAZARE-for me had the best waves(depends on season-november is the season-so would'nt recommend for july

Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan
Photo of Love Affair With Portugal by Shruti Sidhan

-Fatima ( 2 hours away)- is a beautiful church) -by bus Take the metro pass (its worth it)-All the local places in Lisbon are accessible by metro

Cabs are cheap too (Uber)

Overall Portugal has some really spectacular places to visit

Accommodation

  • Air bnb would be the best option to get some good accommodation
  • Hostelworld for hostels

Cost

  • Alcohol -beer at bairro alto is not more than 2-3 euros a mug or pint
  • Food within 10 euros

This post was originally published on Rebel In Transit.

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