One week in beautiful Portugal, went to Lisbon, Cascais and Porto
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Europe6 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
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.
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
bring a bathing suit
take the bus and rent a car if you want to visit beaches
how rich the culture is
i flew with Transavia