My 10th new country I visited in 2017 was Portugal. I traveled to Lisbon in late November and it was the perfect time to visit. Hotel rates are low around that time of the year. The weather is great. Not too hot and not too cold either. I got a really good deal on a nice service apartment that rents out individual rooms. It’s called Lisbon Serviced Apartments Baixa Castelo and except for the WIFI, it was honestly fantastic. I stayed in the southern part of Lisbon and I would anyone that is interested in traveling to Lisbon to stay around that area as well. A lot of restaurants are walking distance. You can walk to ‘Praça do Comércio’ which is a landmark right next to a market by the water where a lot goes on all day and night long.
Although Lisbon is quite the big city, it is very easy to get around. Cheap too! I got to be honest, if I didn’t walk, I was mostly ubering everywhere.
Lisbon just like Prague in a way, is extremely affordable when it comes to getting around. I took an uber from Lisbon’s international airport to my apartment and it took me about 20 minutes to get there and I kid you not, cost me €7.97. That’s less than $10 bucks.
So, you see that getting around in Lisbon is not an issue at all. I spent three days in Portugal and used uber everywhere and it cost me barely anything.
Lisbon has a great ambience, in a way it’s similar to Barcelona. Everyone is really nice and friendly. People speak English almost everywhere and they have a great night life in Lisbon.
If you find your path crossing Lisbon one day, be sure to visit Torre De Belem, or watch the sundown at Castelo De S. Jorge. Perhaps with a glass of wine. They have these nifty little wine stands that sell you bottles and glasses of wine. Wine with a View is the name.
It’s quite lovely watching the sun set over the coast of Lisbon while indulging in a nice glass of red wine.
Although Portugal is known for its great variety of seafood, I got to tell you about this steak house right next to Praça do Comércio called RIB Beef and Wine. They have excellent service and phenomenal steak. It’s a nice little spot that certainly deserves my recognition in this article.
If you’re looking for nice little spot where you can have drinks with a view, make sure to check out Topos Rooftop Bar near Praca do Martim Moniz. I should warn you though, it’s quite hard to find actually. It took me over 30 minutes to find and I had to walk through some shady neighborhoods before I actually found it. The view was totally worth it though. And so were their croquetas!
If you’re into art and history, then I would encourage you to take the time and visit the Palace of Quelez. It’s located in the western part of Lisbon. Entrance is around €10. If you decide to visit, be sure to go early, as it gets quite later throughout the day.
Another place you should consider visiting is XL Factory. It’s Lisbon’s art district and it was honestly one of my favorite places to see in Lisbon. They have a bunch of small stores there selling unique items ranging from clothing to art, to even authentic radios.
There are also a few burger joints and other food places around where you can enjoy a nice lunch or a local pine of beer.
I spent three days in Lisbon and I wouldn’t recommend you stay any less. 3-4 days should be fine for a nice little visit.
Before heading back to the States, I decided to spend a day in Barcelona since it’s only a 2-hour flight away from Lisbon. You can get a cheap airfare ticket for less than $50 if you book your flight early enough.
If you never been to Barcelona or Lisbon, why not kill two birds with one stone and plan a trip to both cities in one itinerary. 4 days in Barcelona and 3 days in Lisbon or something like that.
Next thing you know, you’re spending a week in two beautiful cities, both with are very affordable, in close proximity, so you don’t waste much traveling, and they both have the same currency so you don’t have to complicate things too much.