Layover in Portugal


BEFORE I WENT HOME TO THE EAST COAST

I got to spend a night and morning in Lisbon, Portugal. Let’s rewind.

In the process of booking my trip, my boss asked if I’d like to spend a night in Lisbon. It was cheaper than a direct flight back, and he also wanted me to have the chance to explore a different city. Yeah, how lucky am I?

I had amazing Portuguese BBQ (something they’re known for) after I set my things down at the hotel. I walked around a little, but ultimately left the majority of my exploring for the next morning. Click through to see the rest of my photos and my recommendations during my extremely *brief* time in Portugal!


WHAT I ATE

Pastéis de Belém If there’s one place you need to go to before you leave Lisbon, it’s Pastéis de Belém. They’re famous in Lisbon for these small egg custard pastries known as pastel de nata. I can’t even begin to describe what they taste like, but I can tell you that the experience was life-changing. 

Restaurante Chú-Chú This small restaurant was located down the street from where I stayed, and I’m so glad. I didn’t want to travel far for dinner, and I was craving Portuguese BBQ. I absolutely devoured my meal, and I watched others around me do the same. A definite must!

WHAT I SAW

Miradouro das Portas do Sol For one of the most beautiful views of Lisbon, you must make it up to this view point. For reference, it’s the second photo in this post. It’s a bit of a trek, but cabs are willing to make the drive because they know how popular of a spot it is. 

Alfama Alfama was one of my favorite places to walk through. It’s a part of Lisbon that is full of colorful buildings and narrow streets. It was particularly peaceful walking through this part of the city on a Sunday morning, because the city was either still sleeping or in church. 

My time in Lisbon was nothing short of a tease, so I’m making it a point to come back some day soon.

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