Lisbon, unforgettable week in Portugal
All about Lisbon
Also know as Lisboa for Portuguese people, this city is very rich it filled with wonderful places and beautiful kind people, very friendly and helpful.
Lisbon is one of the Cities in Portugal tha attracted me most, with its Language Portuguese that has a similarity with spanish which I’m culturally influenced.
Our adventure in Lisbon
To start of my adventure in this incredible Country, I’ll tell you first what did I’ve planned for this trip.
A hotel from IHG in the city center not so far from a subway station, we rented a car from Six so we can do a little tour to other cities proximity from the area.
From the City Center itself you can see this city is really vibrant, colorful, and very welcoming. I also brought this little book for travel guide called Cartoville Lisbon (french version) but as for me I do like to follow this booklet just for city map reason not to be lost in worse case scenario.
Wandering around the City
There were a lot of featured places in this Cartoville, however personally I don’t follow all this guide cause sometimes I prefer to explore more on my own. If ever I’ll feel lost I can certainly look back on the booklet.
I didn’t buy any prepaid ticket for visiting museums or tours or other stuffs online for this vacation.
For the first day, We ask a full City Map from the reception at the hotel and inquire some details about the place,
- Where to eat,
- Best and cheap restaurant around.
- Interesting places to visit in near areas if its walking distance or not,
- Don’t forget to ask for the weather for the week so you can at least bring umbrella with you,
- Nearest supermarket,
- Easiest ways to get to the subway stations,
This is a must to do before leaving the hotel for a tour, however compare to other after arranging personal stuff at my room I wont go out for a tour directly instead
I normally go out for a shopping, No! just kidding it’s actually groceries the most important part of my voyage. If you want to save while travelling this is the best solution but you can always go to eat outside if you like everybody has their own choice.
On that first day after buying groceries and everything that we need to the rest of the days we went out for a short walk.
It was 16h00 and still the sun is shining so it was a perfect timing for a walk. We went to the famous Park/Garden called Botanic Garden, which has a Historical museum inside.
A Museum for a 15 minutes walk in the vicinity.
Inside the garden there were lakes and big bamboos, butterflies and animals around and even a cascade like figures as seen here in my lovely photos, a walk which took us more or less an hour and that’s it for our first day.
Second day was more things to do, hotel has breakfast included so we ate as much as we can.
Our route is to go to the city center visit some popular places around and eat some Lisbon’s speciality and of course walk a lot.
Taking up subway until the famous place where the tram 28 passes nearby Baixa. However that time tram didn’t pass yet so we decided to walk around.
Went to this famous Elevador De Santa Justa or also known as Santa Justa Lift open from 7h-21h45
Santa Justa Lift
To visit the lift you must pay 5 euros but since we bought our Subway ticket for that day no need to pay for the lift cause lift fee is also included on your ticket.
(note: you can buy subway ticket for 1 day or 2 days or more) apparently from the photo that you’re seeing here the lift is under construction for that time but I’m sure it’s already done by the end of 2017.
Taking the lift was not too scary it has a large space for even 15 – 20 persons inside, arriving on the top the scenery was really amazing. There’s a terrace where you can see the whole city view of Lisbon.
Its perfect view of the castle, the bridge, the houses, the well known tagus river and ocean are very exceptional.
View of Castelo De Sao Jorge or Sao Jorge Castle from Santa Justa
After this magnificent view the next destination is Castelo De Sao Jorge or Sao Jorge Castle but before arriving there we need to walk for about 2-3 kilometers from Santa Justa Lift.
Tuc-Tuc of Lisbon
Passing by the center and make a little tour around. Something attracted my eyes this are the “tuc tuc” or tricycle like motorcycle with three wheels which is very famous in Lisbon.
Its like a means of transportation some for locals but mostly for tourist. This serves for transporting tourist to make some tour in the city, you can rent them for hours or even a whole day.
Castelo De Sao Jorge or Sao Jorge Castle
Finally after almost half an hour of walking. we have arrive in this hilltop with this no. 1 tourist spot in this city Sao Jorge Castle.
Opeen from 9h-18h and 7 euros entrance fee per person. It’s quite a big area inside including a Museum, the Castle, and some ruins.
There’s a place where to eat, and vendors around with their paintings and souvenirs. We didnt stop but just walking around and taking pictures.
We even climb up on the walls of the castle which I have witness a formidable view from the top. I’m gonna show you some of my photos that I really treasure a lot.
Wonderful View from the top
The day didn’t end there we decided to look for some souvenirs in the shops outside the castle. We ended up buying some souvenir stuffs.
Praca do Comercio or Commerce Square
Next stop is Praca do Comercio or Commerce Square which is located near Tagus River. even it’s almost 18h00 the sky is still clear so here we go another walk for 15 minutes til we arrived at this wonderful wall.
With a giant clock on it, there were more people than expected and plus the tram passing by.
I had a chance to take pictures of it, the day ended that’s all for the second in Lisbon. The Tagus River just beside the place was clearly the attraction of everyone.
Destination hotel cause my feet are exhausted from walking more or less 9 kilometers on that day.
Follow our next adventure, the best day of my life I can say. Check out our vogave to the North.