I am constantly declaring my love for Lisbon, it is my favourite city and I’ve been there four times in the space of 12 months – I’d say by now I’ve seen and done it all, but as always: This is not the case. Nope! Not even a bit. Every time I return, I find us doing things that we’ve never done before. Of course, we have made ritual of visiting Laduree Paris and I did want to go back to Obidos this time (we never got the chance), but every day is something new.
If you’re thinking of visiting Lisbon for your Summer Holiday, then I definitely think it’s the place to be. I’ve been here in the Winter, the Summer and the Spring and in every season it’s truly a treat.
Lisbon does have beaches and typical holiday ventures, it just takes some train hopping to get to beaches, but for a city break with charm, great food and lots to see then I really believe Lisbon has something for everyone (and lots of uphill walking too).
Pink Street is pretty much an Instagram staple when searching through the Lisbon hashtag on Instagram. I’d argue that Pink Street is more for the gram than it is for the tourism and experience, there’s a few bars on Pink Street but for the true experience, this is a night life area. If day drinking isn’t your thing, this will literally be a photo stop – which it was for us.
I’ve crossed the bridge on Pink Street a few times on our way to get to the river, so for a detour this is the perfect street to go through if you have intentions of sitting by the river for a coffee or soft drink like we did, but it was worth seeing and I did feel like I was missing out a bit having never taken the time to come here.
Overall: 4/10 (you can miss it)
Distance: Central. Approx 10 min walk along the river
I’m a picky eater and I do have a picky eaters guide to Lisbon coming, but for now I want to mention why you should make the trip to Frankie’s for lunch or dinner (either way it’s filling AF).
I genuinely don’t like hot dogs normally, I just don’t love them, but I wanted to experience these hot dogs after Pedro mentioned wanting to try them, so we took the subway and walked for about ten minutes and found ourselves sat in front of the tastiest hotdogs Lisbon has to offer.
We were so full afterwards and it felt like they were worth every cent. The only thing I wished for was a normal plate. I felt like eating the hot dog was a bit messier than it needed to be and since it’s so huge, you can’t just lift it up and stick it in your mouth, it required cutting – but they were delicious.
Distance: Mild. 30-40 min journey.
National Sanctuary of Christ The King
To get here you need to cross the bridge and head to the south bank. It’s a journey but worth it. This view point is actually where the Christ The Redeemer statue that you also see in Brazil is stood, you can get an elevator to the top or you can stay below and observe the view of the bridge and of Lisbon.
We took the bus to cross the bridge and then walked the rest of the way, I was getting tired really quickly, it was a warm day and the entire walk was uphill, but I really believe that it’s worth the slight journey. We also paid to get to the top of the statue – it ended up costing around €10, once you’re up there though there is a church inside, a gift store and of course: the view. I’m terrified of elevators though so it took a bit of courage getting up here (and I was actually the one who convinced Pedro to let us go up since he was worried about my fear), we were probably up there for about 10 minutes though because I was feeling very uneasy being so high up, but I’d do it again! There is a cafe and a place to grab a drink here if you want to stay for long, you can also sit inside the church at the bottom of the statue too if you wish to prayer or admire the architecture.
Distance: Quite far! 30 mins to get to bus / 15 min on bus / 10 min on foot
Okay, so you’re probably going to need to book far in advance to get this place because it is so popular. I wanted to stay here this time last year but it got booked before we had the chance, and then we ended up staying somewhere in Bairro Alto which worked out because Pedro was on crutches and there wasn’t any hills or long strides back to that AirBnB.
Even still, I had my eyes on this AirBnB for all of that time, in August, we were lucky enough to have Pedro’s house to ourselves for two weeks and a car so staying further away from central Lisbon wasn’t that bad. But this time I wanted to be central, I wanted the ease of stepping out and being in Lisbon, I wanted to feel like this was our home – and it really did feel that way.
I loved the decor and the vibe of this AirBnB – the winning feature for me was the balcony with the view we got, oh how beautiful it was. It was a spacious AirBnB too, it was actually bigger than I expected, and we had a wardrobe which meant I wasn’t facing my suitcase every time I wanted to relax.
The only thing about this AirBnB that Pedro and I both groaned and moaned about was the hill it is on, we sure got a work out every day getting back up to the apartment! That combined with being on the second floor, yeesh. But worth it. So so worth it. It really felt like home, and on the days we got back before sundown, we got to see the most beautiful Portuguese sunset. So worth every penny.
Distance: Central – 5 mins to get to the fountains