Monday, October 9, 2017

5 Reasons Why I Love Lisbon

Why You Have to Visit Lisbon 

Please let Lisbon, Portugal be the next trip you book! Then after you book your Lisbon trip, head to More Lisbon Walking Tours and book a tour or two (or three). You will thank me, trust me! 
To say that I had an amazing time in Lisbon is truly an understatement. It's a truly magical city with so much to offer. 

I explored Lisbon like I've never explored a city before with the help of More Lisbon Walking Tours. While on their tours I got to see things that I NEVER would have discovered on my own. I learned about the fascinating history of Lisbon and now I'm officially in love with this city! Like Barcelona, Lisbon has everything I look for in a city; good food, affordability, easy to navigate, so much to do and really awesome vintage shopping! I actually shed a tear on my way to the airport when leaving Lisbon. Here are five reasons why I love Lisbon! 

So much to do & see

Omg! There is so much to see and do in Lisbon. I only had four days in Lisbon and felt so sad when leaving because I felt like I only scratched the surface of exploring all there is to do and see in this fabulous city. While on two of More Lisbon Walking Tours I discovered such cute neighborhoods, shops, markets, cafes, and so much more! I took their Discover Lisbon and  Explore Lisbon which I highly recommend because my guide was absolutely amazing and showed me just about every point of interest there was in each neighborhood we visited. I already have a list of things to see for my next trip to Lisbon which include spending the day in Belem, checking out a Fado show, sunbathing on the beach and taking the number twenty-eight tram.

Tasty food and treats

I'm a pretty picky eater, a vegetarian most of the time but pescatarian when I travel. Please don't judge me. Hehe. And I can't tell you how much I love to eat! Lisbon didn't disappoint at all food wise. There was tasty food everywhere I looked. I had researched and fell in love cod cakes known as pastel de bacalhau. They were everything I expected and more. I actually ate so many of them that I got sick. I had been told how great the pastries were and drooled every time I walked by a pastry shop. I couldn't get enough queijada pastries. They reminded me so much of something I used to eat when I was a kid. I had the best ones at Feira da Ladra, the best flea market I've ever been to in my life!! 

The local and traditional Portuguese food was super tasty. But I'm not so proud to say that I mostly ate at Indian restaurants. I did try tasty seafood meals when I was in the city center but loved tasty vegetarian meals near the amazing Airbnb I stayed at in quiet neighborhood of Alcantara. What can I say, I'm hooked on Indian food. 

So affordable

I was pleasantly surprised to find out how affordable Lisbon is! Vintage clothing, meals, riding the metro, you name it! Everything was super cheap when we were far away from the city center and major touristy areas, that it. I grabbed a coffee and small pastry for breakfast one morning and ended up spending close to ten euros!  

Amazing vintage shopping

Stay tuned for a post recapping my vintage shopping adventures in Lisbon. each shop I discovered had so much charm and such great selections. I could have easily filled up a suitcase or two with the vintage treasures I found but had to hold back because of my extremely limited luggage space. I can't wait for my next trip to Lisbon to discover more vintage shops and to go wild with vintage shopping. I might buy up a store or two.  

Easy to navigate

Since I don't drive, I always love a city that's easy to navigate via foot or public transportation. I walked what felt like a hundred miles each day and had been warned of the hills and stairs in Lisbon. I walk like nuts each day in New York and even did some "training" in my local parks that are super hilly and full of stairs to prepare for walking around Lisbon. I was fully prepared and not at all bothered by steep stairs or hills. I found the metro to be super clean, modern and easy to travel on. I took the buses a lot and found them so easy to take especially since they were bus stops everywhere. I didn't have to take a cab once. 

Thanks so much for reading! Have you been to Lisbon? What do you love most about this pretty fabulous city??

Outfit details: Hat & skirt - Hamlet's Vintage | Blouse - Disco Leaf | Purse - The Bargain District | Shoes - 10ft Single by Stella Dallas | Sunglasses - ALDO

Leigh <3

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