Lisbon is fast becoming a popular city break from the UK because of the cheap return flights and short flight times. Think of it as the new Barcelona, but a lot cheaper and less well trodden.
Set on the coast, with colourful buildings, steep cobbled streets, churches and an impressive Moorish castle set above the city, not to mention a lively bustle on every corner; there is plenty to keep you busy for a weekend.
The best way to explore all that Lisbon has to offer, with minimum effort — well, less than walking — is to get an electric bike tour. I was skeptical as I am not a big believer in e- bikes and also thought a tour would be dull, but I could not have been more wrong! We hired from Bike a Wish who were so helpful and our tour guide was excellent, he spoke great english and always ensured we were all ok at all points of the tour. It lasted 3 hours and took us around all of central Lisbon through numerous squares, historic areas and up to the hilltop point Parque Eduardo VII for breathtaking views across the city. It is a great way to get your bearings for the weekend ahead and to tick off several sights easily.
Always on my hit list for any new place I visit is a local market; whether it’s crafts, food or farmers, I always make a point to go because it is the best way to sample the local cuisines. So no surprise then that I made a beeline for the Time Out Market Lisboa. This was crammed full of amazing food stalls, all from local businesses and all selling mouth watering takes on Portuguese dishes as well as a whole side dedicated to desserts! Not to mention a great soundtrack with a DJ playing the coolest music whilst you enjoy your food and drinks.
As I was only in Lisbon for just over 48h and also there for a Hen Party, I sadly didn’t get to do my usual level of exploring. I usually explore most places 100% on foot and research food, shops and cool sights well in advance but sadly did not find the time for this trip. I managed to cram in some of the key sights, but defintley didn’t find time to settle in like a local.
I would love to visit again as I feel like I only just scratched the surface on this vibrant city which has so much to offer. Who knows, maybe I will go again with my Husband and our new addition to the family next year…
In case you had wondered why I had been MIA for the last few months, I have been in 1st Trimester fun and just coming out of the haze of morning sickness and exhaustion! But we couldn’t be more thrilled to be welcoming little one into our lives in November 🙂