To commemorate quite possibly the last day of summer weather of the year (today, 25 degrees!), let me throw it back to the beginning of the month when I was in Portugal, more specifically Sintra and Lisbon, enjoying the amazing weather, the food (which is what I miss the most) and the pretty sights. If you've read part 1 and part 2 of this series you will know my holiday started off in Algarve, home of the gorgeous Lagos beaches and caves, and the Albufeira nightlife which was situated very close to where we staying. After a week in the sun, we decided to leave the amazing villa we had rented and head to Lisbon for the weekend before flying back to London. We hit the road and just after a 2 hour and 30 minutes drive our first stop was Sintra!
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A picturesque town set amidst the pine of covered hills sounded like a great way to spend our day, and Sintra did not disappoint. For a relatively small town, the amount of historic monuments and interesting tourist attractions really surprised me. From ornate palaces, ancient ruins to decorative houses, have your cameras ready because everything is so Instagram worthy! The sights are spread across the hills which means be ready to "hike" a lot and definitely choose comfy footwear (I was wearing flip flops due to the heat…not the smartest choice). In the historic centre, the pretty cobbled streets lined with traditional shops and cafes make the perfect background for photos too; no wonder it is the most popular day trip from Lisbon.
Whilst there we visited Quinta da Regaleira, a world heritage site which consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions. Despite the struggle to get up there, the site was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen and I would definitely recommend a day trip to this town if you find yourself in Lisbon.
After a day of walking up and down the hilly town of Sintra, my feet were begging for some rest and our flat for the night in Bairro Alto, Lisbon was more than perfect! Situated in the middle of the bustle and hustle of the big city, Bairro Alto is considered to be Lisbon's bohemian haunt of artists and writers, and possibly one of the best spots in Europe for a night out, offering incredible views and entertainment. I felt like a true Lisboner there!
On the following day, we would be touring around Lisbon and returning home later that same day so we wanted to get the most out of our day and the best way to enjoy the city was to take its famous Bonde 28. If you want to get a good overview of the historical parts of Lisbon, the most convenient route has to be this typical yellow trolley which is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all around town and you can hop on and hop off to see the sights more up close.
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Our final stops were Jerónimos Monastery, which is conveniently VERY close to the Pastel de Belém Bakery and if you ever had them you will know what I am talking about when I say that the little pastéis are the best things you will have ever eaten. Obviously kicking myself for not bringing a 52 box back home with me. And finally, the Rua Augusta Arch at the Praça do Comércio, where we found a typical Portuguese restaurant and had an amazing "farewell to the city" lunch.
All in all, this was by far the best holiday I have ever had; little did I know Portugal had this much to offer. Not only was it special because of the beaches and the amazing sunny days we had, but my fiancé lived most of his life there too and I could see how much it meant to him having me there, getting to know his home of many years. Needless to say, I plan to be back very soon and Porto, Cascais and more of Algarve are already on my list of places to visit next time!
Tell me, have you been to any of the above places? Any recommendations of places in Portugal I need to see?
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This concludes this Portugal series I really enjoyed writing about! And as always, thanks for reading beauties :)
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