In a family meeting in Vigo we went with my uncle to Portugal by land, going from Porriño to Lisbon.
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Traveling by land has an incredible secret is to see the whole landscape in the first row. We went from Vigo (Spain) to Porto and then from there we visited Lisbon. I'll tell you more below.
Upon arrival we met some of my uncle's clients and asked for dinner because we were coming from a long journey. We had a Portuguese chicken for dinner that highlighted the Portuguese sauce for its unique flavor, it contained peas that made it original.
It is always a good time to travel to Lisbon, the best times are the spring and autumn seasons, when temperatures are pleasant and prices are more affordable.
In summer, temperatures shoot up to 35 degrees, at the same rate as the number of tourists and hotel prices rise.
Winters, although the temperatures are not so low, are usually rainy, the daylight hours are scarcer and the prices are lower.
None of all this prevented us from taking a tour, whenever my uncle was in a meeting touring the center of Lisbon, with their details in the architecture they gave me a great surprise to my spirit. The most charming and picturesque neighborhood of Alfama in the city and although communication by public transport with other parts of the city and the airport is not as good as the surroundings of Rossio Square and Commerce Square, it is counteracted by its authenticity of the neighborhood and views of the city. I did all this walking tour only to Belem, which is a high point, I used public transport (3 euros).
viewpoints of Santa Lucía and Portas de Sol, our favorite in the city.
In this area, in addition to strolling through the steep and labyrinthine cobbled streets of the neighborhood, we recommend entering the Sé, the Lisbon Cathedral.
Next to Alfama is the Castle of São Jorge, a fortress with great views of the city and the viewpoint of Graça, perfect for watching the sunset. Between Alfama and Chiado is the La Baixa neighborhood, which offers a nice walk along the Rua Augusta shopping street to the Plaza del Comercio, located on the banks of the Tagus River.
Q & A
What would you have changed?A longer stay to visit more Lisbon and rest in Porto
Anything go wrong during the trip?During peak hours the traffic is usually stressful, I recommend doing visits on foot and taking the subway.
Restaurant recommendations?Solar 31 de Alfama - Lisboa Grenache - Lisboa Kafeine - Coffee & Brunch - Lisboa
Tips you would give a friend?I went in the summer and the truth was that the weather helped a lot, it is never too late to put on good shoes, water and enjoy a great walk.
Packing tips?Buying exclusive coffee in Portugal is an invaluable treasure.
Transportation Tips?Walk up to the viewpoints by Metro or rent a bike.
Any surprises?At that time I was carrying a battery-powered Canon camera and went on several tours that I did without a battery. Bring an auxiliary or your smartphone or camera battery charged.
Booking details?My uncle usually travels to Portugal often so some clients offer their home hospitably, we use Booking and referrals. Airbnb also works very well.