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Trip Report

Inside Portugal

One week in beautiful Portugal, went to Lisbon, Cascais and Porto

by catalina33155About Me:Hello I´m Catalina i'm 21 and im from Colombia. In 2018 I lived abroad in Lyon France and that's when i did most of my travelling. Im good when travelling on a budget. When i travel i look forward to learning about the culture and explorin... read more

Portugal6 days / September 2018

Highs & Lows

Great culture, food, and experiences. uber is very cheap. Cascais beach is a must.

Lisbon hostel was not very comfortable and the metro is very expensive

Itinerary Overview

I was living abroad in France when I decided to book a trip to Portugal with 2 of my friends. The trip consisted of 3 nights in Lisbon, 1 night in Cascais and 2 nights in Porto. The tickets were extremely cheap (we traveled with Transavia), we arrived in Lisbon and flew home from Porto. In Lisbon we stayed in a hotel near the center of the city, our first day we explored the Praça do Comércio and had brunch there. The restaurant was very good it’s called Nicolau. We walked around, did some shopping, and stopped to take pictures by the sea. It is very beautiful, and we participated in a curious activity of making rock towers. The next day we met up with a local tour guide who took us to Alfama a very famous neighborhood which is filled with street art, culture, and traditional shops. That night we went clubbing to a famous place called Urban Beach, it is very big and it’s over the sea which is beautiful. Our last day we visited Belém Tower and then we went to the Jerónimos Monastery. We also tried the famous Portuguese egg tarte, which is great everywhere and is not necessary for you to make a 4-hour line in Belém for one.

That evening we rented a car which was cheap and drove to Cascais. We rented a beautiful Airbnb and stayed one night. The next day we drove to a hidden beach called Ribeira Do Cavalo. To get there you have to drive to the top of a mountain and then hike down to the beach. The hike is a bit hard, but you just have to be careful. We spend the day at the beach and had a picnic. Then we took back the car to Lisbon and headed to Porto on a bus. The bus was approximately 3 hours and 33 minutes.

In Porto we also stayed at an airbnb which was very good. We visited the famous Café Majestic which had the best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten and then we went to the Lello Bookstore which is great for book lovers. We rode the tram and then we walked around Liberdade Square. Finally, after a great week in Portugal it was time to go home. If you are considering to visit Portugal definitely do it is worth your while.

  • 3 Nights: Lisbon
    a must when visiting Portugal
  • 1 Night: Cascais
    it has a hidden beach we wanted to visit
  • 2 Nights: Porto
    Porto is completely different from Lisbon and has beautiful architecture.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    i would have stayed another day in lisbon and Cascais

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    no, everything was great

  • How was the food?

    Nicolau for brunch in Lisbon

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    take uber, is way cheaper than the metro

  • Packing tips?

    bring a bathing suit

  • Transportation Tips?

    take the bus and rent a car if you want to visit beaches

  • Any surprises?

    how rich the culture is

  • Booking details?

    i flew with Transavia

Lodging

  • lisbon, Dukostel: good price, clean, but a bit small, good location. has common areas like kitchen and terrace. No elevator.

  • Cascais, Airbnb Cascaes Glitter: beautiful, clean, very comfortable.

  • Porto, Airbnb Comfy Bright Flat w/Balcony Ace Location: clean, spacious, and comfortable. good location