Lisbon Loving

Sunday, 23 July 2017


Okay. Everybody stop searching. I've found the perfect mini break.

Great food, amazing weather, beautiful neighborhoods, laid back vibe and short, affordable flights. It's official - Lisbon is the place to go if you're looking for a short stay with your gal pals or your other half. It's got the culture/relaxation balance spot on, and don't even get me started on the Insta opportunities!

Here's my snapshot guide to the Portuguese capital and possibly the most aesthetically pleasing city in Europe.

Travel

Flights to Lisbon from the UK are pretty cheap and it takes just over 2 hours from London Gatwick airport. Prices vary according to the time of year and events but we got ours with Easyjet for around £130 in the middle of July during festival season. There are flights going for as cheap as £60 return in September when the weather remains in the mid to high 20s.

We used Uber to get around the city as it was much bigger than we expected and everything was quite spread out. For about 4 taxis a day for 4 days, we paid £35 each (between 2 of us) so this worked out the same if not cheaper than public transport! It would be even better for a group of 3 or 4. When you google Lisbon you're guaranteed to be greeted by pages of pretty yellow trams and yes, they look lovely and quaint on a screen but in real life, in that heat, I did not want to get on one only to suffocate in someone's sweaty armpit! Gross...but seriously. Take a cab. Or walk if it's not too long a journey - there are some seriously pretty sights to be seen.

Lisbon Tiled Buildings

Stay

We stayed at the Jupiter Lisboa Hotel, a 4* hotel situated in the heart of Lisbon on Av. da Republica, just north of bustling nightlife district Bairro Alto and a short taxi ride from pretty Belem.

We managed to get bed and breakfast for 2 for 3 nights for just £255. The value for money was great. The breakfast offering was incredible - we feasted on pancakes, bacon and maple syrup every morning, along with cereal, fruit, pastries and a full cooked breakfast, Portuguese style.

The rooms are modern, simple and stylish with seriously comfy beds and powerful showers and there's a gym and spa facilities available for all guests.

The real icing on the cake though was the rooftop pool. We spent a few hours here every day and enjoyed a relaxing swim with views over the city and cheap wine - does it get much better?

Lisbon Zoo

Wear

We had great weather and I mean great. Of course, we went in the middle of July but even in the couple of months running up to our trip, the temperatures ranged from the mid 20s to the high 30s with only a few overcast/rain shower days.

I love going on holiday where you just know exactly what type of clothes to take. It was especially good because we only took hand luggage so the fewer outfits, the better!

It was perfect dress and sandals weather for our whole trip and I got to wear a couple of outfits I'd been saving especially.

Belem

Zara Embroidered Dress
Zara embroidered dress (£29.99)

This Zara beauty had been sat in my wardrobe for about 6 weeks waiting to be worn around Lisbon. It was the perfect comfy but pretty chuck-on outfit for a day exploring in the sun and I love the embroidery detail so much. There are still a few left on the Zara website. Let's hope we have some more sunny weekends so I can make the most of it!

Topshop Embroidered Sun Dress
Topshop embroidered sun dress (£39)

This cute little number was ideal for a day exploring at the zoo! It's the perfect length with off the shoulder neckline and 100% cotton so it kept me cool. It seems I'm a little obsessed with embroidery because this one has little details too on the sleeve! I love it. I was a very last minute purchase before going away. I saw it was new in at Topshop and couldn't resist. Get it here.

You can buy my super-comfy fake Birky's from Office here at just a snip of the cost (£28). I wore them every day and somehow they went with everything?

Accessories-wise, I went simple. My 2 must-haves for a city break are a good pair of sunnies and a handy small handbag. I went for this lovely suede stitched cross-body from Accessorize (just seen in the top photo). It was the perfect size for all the essentials - sun cream, purse, passport, sunnies, phone and a bit of makeup for touch ups throughout the day.

Last but definitely not least, I was very naughty at duty free and bought these incredible holographic sunnies from Skinny Dip London. They were just calling out to me. I'm so glad I did because I felt like they just completed all of my outfits - my other sunglasses didn't get a look in on this trip! You can buy them here.

SkinnyDip London Sunglasses
Skinny Dip London sunglasses (£25)

Eat and Drink

I'm not going to lie to you. All I knew about Portuguese food before the trip was peri peri chicken and those delightful little custard tarts. Now that I've returned, I can't exactly claim to have had much of a Portuguese food education but boy did I eat!

Here are my 4 must-visit places:

Time Out Bar Lisboa
  1. Time Out Market
    The perfect place for when you're starving but don't know what you fancy eating. This colossal food market houses all the very best in Lisbon to delight your taste buds so you can have it all! Sushi, burgers, steak, icecream, seafood - it's all here. There's also a fully stocked bar and live music so it's the perfect place to come for dinner and stay in to the wee hours. We visited on our first evening and pigged out on incredible burgers from a local favourite and amazing homemade gelato.

    Pasteis De Belem

  2. Pasteis de Belem
    So about those custard tarts I mentioned earlier...the bakery where they originate just happens to be in Lisbon. Pasteis de Belem make the best pasteis de nata and it's well worth the trip, and the queue! We got a little box for a mid-morning snack alongside an iced coffee from the Starbucks next door - perfection.

  3. Park Bar Lisbon

  4. Park Bar
    This is quite possibly the coolest bar in Lisbon. On the top of a multi-storey car park with the best view over the city, Park Bar is definitely worth an evening visit to sip cocktails and watch the sunset over the 25 de Abril Bridge.

  5. Lisbon Winery Cheese and Meat Platter

  6. Lisbon Winery
    There would have been no better way to round off our trip than a visit to Lisbon Winery. Hidden down a cobbled street in Bairro Alto, this world renowned wine bar offer premium cheese and wine tastings and a huge range of high quality Portuguese wines for any taste. We definitely had another of the platters in the photo above once we'd finished the first - oops! A bottle of tasty local wine and our weight in cheese, meat and bread for only 30 euros.

Explore

We were only in Lisbon for 3 nights and we didn't want to be constantly on the go and not enjoy having time off work to relax. If you are around for a longer trip, there is plenty to see in the city and lots of day trips you can do for hiking, beaches and visiting fairy tale castles.

For a short break, here are my top 3 things to do...

Flowers and tiles Belem
  1. Visit beautiful Belem
    Get lost for a few hours exploring the pretty neighbourhood of Belem. It's a short taxi ride from the city centre but well worth it (for the natas alone!). There are so many stunning tiled buildings that Lisbon is famous for and gorgeous little houses that you'll want to live in - even the police station was painted pink and had flowers growing around the door!

    Giraffe Lisbon Zoo

  2. Lisbon Zoo
    Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa was hands down the best zoo I've ever been to and the highlight of my trip. There was pretty much every animal you'd want/expect to see and they were all kept in really lovely surroundings. I felt like I was in a jungle and not minutes away from a bustling city centre...apart from when we found the conveniently placed McDonalds!

  3. Praca Do Comercio

  4. Praca do Comercio
    This picturesque square looks out over the river and is surrounded by regal lemon yellow buildings and marble sculptures. Meander off down any of the nearby streets to find small boutiques, high street stores, bars and restaurants aplenty. A good starting point to your day as it really is right in the heart of the city.
As you can tell from my overuse of 'pretty', 'beautiful', 'stunning', 'gorgeous', etc, I loved Lisbon. And I think you would too. I hope this has given you plenty of inspiration for a short break. I imagine it would be just as great a location all year round as it's just stunning and full of rich history.

I'd love to hear about your trips to Lisbon or any suggestions of where I should go next in Europe? Let me know in the comments :-)

Until next time...

H x

2 comments :

  1. Lisbon is right at the top of my list! I can't believe I've never actually been. I'm off to Italy in September (Naples, Rome, Florence & Pisa) and am super excited about that!

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    J
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    1. Ah you'll love Italy. I only went for the first time earlier this year, to Rome. So jealous of your little Italian tour! Have the best time :) x

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