After our amazing trip to Rome earlier this year, Lisbon had the tough job of following up but I can say it definitely held its own. We spent 3 nights and packed as much as we could into our long weekend!
For the first time in a long time we actually went out of our Click&Go comfort zone (😂) and booked this holiday separately.
All in all, our flights and accommodation worked out at €631 for 2 people.
We booked our flights with Ryanair in February and I used the Google flights tracker to monitor the price for a few weeks before booking them. You can get alerts straight to your phone that notifies you when the price goes up and down.
We got our return flights for €265 with priority boarding as we didn’t get to want to check in a bag.
Where To Stay
We stayed in the Turim Marques hotel, located in the financial district which is less than 10mins away from the city centre by Metro.
The Turim Hotel group have 12 hotels in Lisbon alone and I couldn’t have been happier with our pick. It was definitely one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in outside of Ireland and was on par with the quality of services and interiors we would get here, which can be quiet rare to get when you visit Europe without paying crazy prices.
When it comes to accommodation, and especially so for city breaks, price is a big factor in our decision making. We normally go for what looks good and will serve its purpose as we always spend most of our time exploring so we hit the jackpot with this hotel. Comfort, a reasonable price and an excellent location.
Like all European cities, getting around is so easy, cheap and convenient.
There are so many options to choose from: metro, trams, bus, taxi and tuk tuks!
For our trip, we had a 72 hrs Lisbon card which gave us unlimited access to public transport and made getting around a dream!!
In terms of getting to and from the airport, we got the Aerobus to our hotel when we arrived. A ticket will cost you less than €7 for a return trip and we were lucky as there was a stop less then 5 mins away from our hotel.
Going back to the airport we took the metro which only cost us €1.50 each, for a 30 minute journey!!
Taxis are quite reasonable and tuk tuks are just a fun way to get around and worth trying at least once!
What To Do
Despite the overcrowding, Tram 28 was one of my highlights of Lisbon just purely for the one of a kind experience of it.
Tram 28 is a highly popular route taken by tourist to see some of Lisbon’s pretty sights and neighborhoods but unless you manage to secure yourself a seat you won’t see anything 😂
I think we got very lucky with our timing as we managed to avoid queues (which can be an hour long) and got a standing spot right at the front of the tram. It’s purely enjoyable for the tiny roads and massive hills you go up and down on the route. The fun really starts when you meet a car coming against you on those tight little roads! It has that novelty factor that’s perfect for your first day of your trip.
To be honest I probably would have visited the Timeout Market everyday of our trip but two days out of four wasn’t bad!!
Located in one of Lisbon’s oldest and most famous food & produce markets, Timeout Market house over 30 stalls of the city’s best and coolest food, drink and desserts.
It was at the top of everyone’s recommendation list and with good reason. With so much variety, you’re spoilt for choice!! The food is incredible and it has such great atmosphere!!
Day trip to Sintra
I feel like everything in Lisbon is an experience and our day trip out to Sintra was no different.
We took the train out to Sintra which took about 60 mins from our hotel and was covered with our Lisbon card.
When you get to the station in Sintra, there are tour buses right outside the door that take you on the Pena Park loop which is home to the most picturesque Pena Palace and other beautiful castles/sights. They operate like a hop on and hop off tour and only cost €6.80 for 24hrs.
The crazy roads and hills are quite an experience, especially in a bus!!
Probably the most popular site along the tour, the palace is absolutely beautiful but it is definitely over-priced.
There are two tickets options; €7 to enter the grounds and €14 to for the grounds and palace. There’s also a separate charge to use a shuttle bus to take you from the gates of the grounds to the palace itself up on the hill.
The grounds is enough in my opinion; you get access to everywhere and all the nicest viewing points without needing to go inside the castle.
The palace is so unique and different and the views from the top of the hill are incredible so all in all, it’s well worth a visit.
Praça do Comércio
One of the most recognisable backgrounds for anyone visiting Lisbon. The square is pretty and the perfect backdrop for those city break pictures.
Along with being super pretty, the square is home to some lovely restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat or escape the heat and enjoy a drink while watching the world pass by.
The square is also located close to the waterfront so you get the best views.
Elevator da Gloria
Elevator da Gloria is almost €4 person (although it’s also covered on the Lisbon Card) but it’s worth it for the novelty factor! It’s a tram lift that takes you up a VERY steep hill (which is covered in amazing colourful graffiti) to the Bairro Alto neighbourhood.
Park is a rooftop bar located on the top of a multi-story carpark which has amazing views of the city. The bar is a word of mouth of thing and you access the rooftop by climbing graffiti filled stairways of the car park.
It has such a chilled vibe and is the perfect place to relax.
Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira is a mansion with the coolest grounds.
It’s like a maze with caves, tunnels, hidden stairwells and an amazing fortress.
Tickest cost €8.
Cascais is a small seaside town less than an hour away from Lisbon. We had a plan to visit Cascais and soak up the sunshine on the beach but unfortunately the weather had other plans.
It’s supposed to be a lovely little beach town by the sea. Perfect to get both city and sea in one trip!
Where to Eat
Time Out Market
With the Time Out Market you are spoilt for choice and everything looks amazing!!
We visited the market twice and had burgers from Ground Burger and pizza from Zero Zero and they were so tasty!
The pizza was so good I tucked in straight away and forgot to take a picture!
As I said earlier, everything here looked so incredible, we could have eaten here every day of our trip and still not tried half of what we wanted to!
Downunder by Justin Jennings
This is a recommendation I picked up of Carly from Live Lavishly and it did not disappoint!
The food was incredible and it’s such a cute little restaurant! There’s very limited seating so I’d recommend booking ahead of time, just to make sure!
The creamy mash and salted carmel chocolate tart is a must 😍
Definitely your breakfast/brunch spot but be ready to wait. We got to Nicolau at 10am on a Monday morning and were queuing for over 25mins. It was the kind of thing where we need to stick this out by the time we realised how long we were actually waiting. 😂
That aside, the cafe itself is adorable, so instagrammable and most importantly, the food is great.
We couldn’t decide what to get so we got both!! A hot breakfast and some lovely pancakes to finish off.
In the end it was well worth the wait!
This restaurant is in Sintra is the perfect little lunch spot. It’s located in the centre of the town and had the nicest outdoor area to escape the heat of the sun. Their menu is so varied and so there’s something to suit everyone.
Their garlic bread is a must, as is their sangria!!
Lisbon is such a cool city and has the most amazing vibe, its the perfect weekend spot!
Love, Laura x