“So, basically Lisbon is F-ing great,” is how Senior Trip Consultants Allison and Caitlyn summed up their recent trip to the coastal capital of Portugal. After running the Lisbon Half Marathon, Allison and Caitlyn took a few days to enjoy everything Lisbon has to offer and let me say, after reviewing their trip I’m nothing short of convinced.
Let’s kick it off with some fun facts:
- James Bond is actually Portuguese. No really. Ian Flemming created the character in Western Europe’s oldest bookshop still in operation today. It is located in Lisbon, ergo Bond is from Portugal.
- Ginja is a typical Portuguese drink made of sour cherries and served as a shot.
- Lisbon is older than Rome. According to historians, after Athens, Lisbon is the second oldest European capital dating back to 1200 BC.
The Hills Are Alive!
So, what does Lisbon have that other places don’t? Located on the western edge of Portugal, Lisbon isn’t necessarily a beach destination, but sports some of the most breathtaking coastal views. Its terrain is hilly, which gives visitors the opportunity to feast their eyes over the medieval city, the pebbled coastline and the crystal blue water whilst putting in a serious glute workout. It’s worth it because this is the place to eat and drink until you can’t anymore.
Food On The Cheap.
Allison and Caitlyn reminisced on a dinner they shared with their two other friends the night after the race. They ordered plenty of traditional tapas and each had two cocktails. When their tab came, they couldn’t believe the total was only 60 euros (about $15 per person)! For dessert, they recommended that any traveler try a pastry called Pastel de Nata. These tasty treats are custard-filled tarts that have a hardened sugar top, like creme brulee. You can pick up 6 tarts at any bakery for only 3 euros. Excuse me while I mop up my puddle of drool…
Party On In Barrio Alto.
I think you’ve gotten the jist that Lisbon is not an expensive destination to travel to whatsoever. Shopping, eating and going out at night can all be done for a fraction of the cost of other European hotspots. If you head to the hilltop neighborhood of Barrio Alto, you’ll be able to grab a beer to-go for 1 euro. Locals and visitors grab a drink, walk the narrow streets and soak in the atmosphere of this neighborhood’s nightly street parties.
Those are just a few perks of visiting off the beaten path Lisbon. Get there and engulf yourself in the food, the culture, the language, the architecture, the wine, the beers, the hills, the… well, you get the point. Just get there on Europe From London to Lisbon.