Travel diary – Lisbon, Portugal

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Hello everyone!

Today I really want to share my experiences I had when I travelled to Lisbon, Portugal. It was my first time going to the country, and I absolutely loved it. It also was my first trip with the boyfriend, and we had an amazing time together. Let me take you along! 

Day 1: Arrival

Since we are both students, we didn’t want to spend unnecessary money. We chose a simple hotel, and adjusted our flights to the price. It was cheaper for us to book an extra night, than to take a plane in the early morning. So we decided to leave a night earlier and book an evening flight. It was like a 100 euros cheaper! You should definitely keep that in mind when traveling.

 

Time to check out our room!
Time to check out our room!

 

Day 2: Rossio, Baixa Chiado, Baixa Pombalina, Rua Augusta, Praça de Commercio, Castelo Sao Jorge, Alfama

We did a lot on this day! Luckily, everything is very close to each other. Our hotel was very close to all the sightseeing as well. We did all of this stuff in no rush, because we were still on a vacation.

Rossio Square is the main square in Lisbon. Can't forget about our refreshing Starbucks!
Rossio Square is the main square in Lisbon. Can’t forget about our refreshing Starbucks!

 

Baixa Chiado is one of the above districts in Lisbon. Even higher, you reach Bairro Alto, but we'll come to that later. One if the best ways to get there is using one of the trams. There is an amazing view up there.
Baixa Chiado is one of the above districts in Lisbon. Even higher, you reach Bairro Alto, but we’ll come to that later. One if the best ways to get there is using one of the trams. It is a must-do!  There is an amazing view up there.

 

An amazingly pretty view up there in Baixa Chiado.
An amazingly pretty view up there in Baixa Chiado.

 

We went for lunch in Baixa Pombalina, another district around the Rossio Square. Whilst Baixa Chiado is at the right side, Baixa Pombalina is at the left. I ate a seafood platter with rice. It was.so.freaking.delicious.
We went for lunch in Baixa Pombalina, another district around the Rossio Square. Whilst Baixa Chiado is at the right side, Baixa Pombalina is at the left. I ate a seafood platter with rice. It was.so.freaking.delicious.

 

Time for some shopping! Rua Augusta is the main shoppingstreet in Lisbon.
Time for some shopping! Rua Augusta is the main shoppingstreet in Lisbon.

 

At the end of the Rua Augusta, you reach a beautiful arch. At the very end, there is Praça de Commercio, another square with a view of the river Tague. The view here was breathtaking you guys, I can't explain.
At the end of the Rua Augusta, you reach a beautiful arch. At the very end, there is Praça de Commercio, another square with a view of the river Tague. The view here was breathtaking you guys, I can’t explain.

 

It is so nice to be able to cool down in the river.
It is so nice to be able to cool down in the river.

 

Sao Jorge Castle is definitely a must see. It is at the left of Rossio Square, in the district of Alfama. It is a medieval castle with a breathtaking view over the city.
Sao Jorge Castle is definitely a must see. It is at the left of Rossio Square, in the district of Alfama. It is a medieval castle with a breathtaking view over the city.

 

In Alfama, we went to Chapito, the best restaurant in the neighbourhood. We had the most delicious cocktails and food over there.
In Alfama, we went to Chapito, the best restaurant in the neighbourhood. We had the most delicious cocktails and food over there.

Day 3: Belèm

On this day, we took the train to another district of Lisbon. It was a bit further away than the other districts, but definitely worth it.

We sat close by the river to enjoy the beautiful weather. We climbed up a very high building to get an all-over view of Belèm, a chic district in Lisbon.
We sat close by the river to enjoy the beautiful weather. We climbed up a very high building to get an all-over view of Belèm, a chic district in Lisbon.

 

Torre de Belèm, my absolute highlight of the entire trip. This beautiful tower is situated in the river Tague, but you can enjoy the view whilst being in the water with your feet. I loved it so much.
Torre de Belèm, my absolute highlight of the entire trip. This beautiful tower is situated in the river Tague, but you can enjoy the view whilst being in the water with your feet. I loved it so much.

 

Lunch today: sweet potato chips and a toast mozarella-ham. I like my lunches like this!
Lunch today: sweet potato chips and a toast mozarella-ham. I like my lunches like this!

 

Afterwards, we visited a convent with one of the most beautiful gardens I'v seen.
Afterwards, we visited a convent with one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve seen.

 

In the gardens, we drank some delicious lemonade.
In the gardens, we drank some delicious lemonade.

Day 4: Praça das Naçoés

This is a new district in Lisbon. It was built for the expo in 1998.

We visited this new district using the funicular. We got an amazing view up there. We saw the Vasco Da Gama Tower.
We visited this new district using the funicular. We got an amazing view up there. We saw the Vasco Da Gama Tower.

 

I was scared in the funicular, but it was worth it!
I was scared in the funicular, but it was worth it!

 

Outside one of the biggest shopping centers of Lisbon, also called Vasco Da Gama, named after one of Portugal's biggest adventurers. You can definitely see the difference between this district and the other ones. Each district has another vibe, and that's what I like the most about lisbon. You will never be bored when visiting it!
Outside one of the biggest shopping centers of Lisbon, also called Vasco Da Gama, named after one of Portugal’s biggest adventurers. You can definitely see the difference between this district and the other ones. Each district has another vibe, and that’s what I like the most about lisbon. You will never be bored when visiting it!

 

We visited the Aquaducto on this day as well. This is outside the centre of Lisbon.
We visited the Aquaducto on this day as well. This is outside the centre of Lisbon.

 

For dinner, we went to Pois Café, another must-visit for some good food. It is a tapas restaurant with the most cosy vibe.
For dinner, we went to Pois Café, another must-visit for some good food. It is a tapas restaurant with the most cosy vibe. 

Day 5: Cascais, Sintra

On our last day we wanted to relax a bit so we decided to take the train to a small village close to Lisbon, Cascais. It was an authentique village with a really cute beach. Afterwards, we travelled a bit further to see Sintra, a fairytale like village with lots of castles.

We relaxed at the beach for half the day. It was so pretty out there.
We relaxed at the beach for half the day. It was so pretty out there. 

 

We worked on our tan today and ate some delicious spaghetti carbonara for lunch.
We worked on our tan today and ate some delicious spaghetti carbonara for lunch.

 

 

In the late afternoon, we left for Sintra, a beautiful town with a medieval vibe. It is full of castle when you travel up high. It is like a fairytale.
In the late afternoon, we left for Sintra, a beautiful town with a medieval vibe. It is full of castle when you travel up high. It is like a fairytale.

 

Amazing views, even when you're down in a castle!
Amazing views, even when you’re down in a castle!

On day 6, we left early in the morning for departure, back to Belgium. I had an amazing first trip with my boyfriend, and a lot of them will follow in the future. Lisbon is a must-see, it is so beautiful!

That was it for today everyone! I hope you enjoyed reading.

Have you ever been to Lisbon?

See you next time! 

Your Belgian blogger,

xoxo, Tessa

Disclaimer: not sponsored. These are my own honest opinions. Pictures are all mine. Please note that I am not a professional. 

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4 thoughts on “Travel diary – Lisbon, Portugal

  1. Your post is sweeeet! It was the best first trip together that i could imagine! I can’t wait for our next vacation! I love you so much! <3

  2. Portugal is on my list of places to visit. My friends went there last year and loved it. Torre de Belèm looks like something out of a fairy tale!

    1. It is absolutely a must to visit the country! It was my first time going there and I will definitely go again 🙂 Thank you for reading! xx

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