Sunday, 27 January 2019

A Little Escape to Lisbon

Myself and Kevin spent a weekend in Lisbon in October and we absolutely loved it.

How to Get There?
We went on the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Cork to Lisbon. The flight left on a Friday evening and returned late on Monday so it was perfect for the bank holiday weekend and we didn't need to take any time off work for it. 

Where to Stay?
Lisbon had a few surrounding towns/suburbs that are accessible by tram. We tried to stay as close to the Avenida da Liberdade as possible as everything seemed to be in walking distance from there. We stayed in an Air BnB called the Lisbon Gloria Apartment and it was perfect. It was in an ideal location, lovely inside, reasonably priced and the hosts were great with information on Lisbon.

What to Do?
Ponte 25 de Abril
Visiting this bridge is a must!!!! It's similar to the Golden Gate bridge and it's incredible to see. The views are fab and we really enjoyed sitting down next to the water looking at it.

Torre de Belem
The Belem Tower is a must see! We got a tram to it and it was lovely! We didn't go inside but admired it from the outside :P It looked lovely with the water behind it.

PadrĂ£o dos Descobrimentos
The Monument to the Discoveries is a fab sculpture that is definitely worth seeing if you're visiting the Belem Tower as they're very near each other. We also viewed it from the top of the museum across the road which was definitely worth it - there was literally no one else there so we had all the view to ourselves!

Bairro Alto
We loved the graffiti walls of Bairro Alto and it was so close to our apartment. It had loads of insta worthy backdrops which was ideal :P the whole area has some gorgeous graffiti that I'd definitely recommend you go and see.

See the Trams
Lisbon is famous for it's little trams (especially Tram 28 which still runs). There's loads around the area as Lisbon is very hilly so it's a great way to get around though they are incredibly crowded as they're so small!

I'd definitely go back to Lisbon and maybe visit Sintra next time (I've heard it's fab). It's been great having new routes added to Cork airport!