My Trip to Portugal - Part 1
Lisbon was absolutely wonderful. You may be wondering why we picked a place to vacation that had many similarities to San Francisco, but trust me, there were a lot of things that were different about Lisbon. What was different? Lisbon is sunny and warm for the majority of the year, the food's different, the people, the culture, and it's clean! I could go on and on. This first post sums up our first few days exploring Lisbon. (Exploring = mostly eating and drinking.) Coming up next will be our trip to the Azores- the islands off the coast of Portugal.
Exploring Alfama- you have to take the time to spend a day going to the oldest district in Lisbon, Alfama. It's tucked way up in the hills of Lisbon. The streets are so tiny cars can barely fit in them. You can take the tram up (pictured below) or you can take a Tuk Tuk. The tram gives you the authentic experience, but the line is LONG. If you decide to go this route, get there early. Otherwise, you will be in line for 2 hours. The Sao Jorge castle is there too. (We skipped this, but its supposed to be awesome!) If you are in Alfama at night you can hear live Fado music playing at a few restaurants.
Exploring downtown Lisbon- Lisbon is one of the safest cities in the world. I feel most cities are not safe anymore, so it was refreshing to hear that. One of our Uber drivers was saying that the biggest crime is people pick-pocketing you. Lisbon is also filled with Moorish tiles. The streets and buildings are covered in them and make every street so unique. Definitely spend a few days exploring downtown for good food and shopping.
Our first few days in Lisbon were basically walking and eating aka the perfect vacation. The minute you land in Lisbon, you immediately find yourself wanting to embrace the friendly and warm culture. We enjoyed the first few days here very much and were almost sad to leave to head out to the Azores. Up next- our crazy adventure in the islands!