A Romantic Break in Lisbon
I met my love a year and a half ago at Ryanair’s Excellence Awards, so to mark our anniversary, we recently decided to visit his home city, Lisbon.
I had never been to Lisbon, so I was very excited. Lisbon has become an increasingly popular place to visit in recent years and I had read a lot about it – I couldn’t wait to go. I mean, who doesn’t like a warm Mediterranean climate? Plus, Ryanair flies direct to Lisbon which is great!
During our trip, we stayed at the 5 star Don Pedro hotel. It has a fantastic location, just a short walk from downtown Lisbon. As it was a special occasion, this was the perfect hotel, but generally speaking, accommodation seems to be great value in Lisbon, whether you’re planning to stay in a small B&B or a fancier 5 star Hotel – there is something to suit everyone’s budget.
As a first time visitor, I was really impressed with the city. After checking out the famous monuments including the statue of the Marques De Pombal and the lovely park Parque Eduardo VII, our next stop was Baixa, which my partner recommended as the best place to go as we were short on time.
Baixa is so beautiful and there’s so much to see there. We went to the Santa Justa Lift, also called Carmo Lift – the views over the terracotta rooftops, down as far as the Tagus river were amazing. Throughout our stay in the city, we took the metro as we wanted to see as much as possible. I’d recommend visitors to buy The Lisbon Card which offers many discounts including museum passes and cheaper transport.
We also visited the Rua Augusta Arch, before taking a trip along the Estoril Coast, visiting Cascais and the romantic mountainous region of Sintra. The palaces in Sintra were beautiful and the views of the Atlantic Ocean in Cascais were incredible.
One of my favourite parts of the trip was sampling the local Portuguese cuisine, which in my opinion tastes like a mixture of French and Brazilian flavours. Lisbon has a wide variety of restaurants and I think I must have tried nearly everything on offer, from Salada de orelha de porco (pigs ears), to Feijoada (a black bean stew). If you like seafood, Bacalhau, a traditional cod dish is good and I’d also recommend the local squid. Don’t miss the famous Pastel De Nata custard tarts. Even if you’re not adventurous enough to sample the local food, there are so many restaurants in Lisbon that you’re sure to find something you’ll like!
Since I blog about fashion in my spare time, I couldn’t miss out on shopping in the local boutiques and I wasn’t disappointed – Lisbon has a great selection.
Our weekend in Lisbon went really quickly. I’d recommend Lisbon as a place for everyone, whether you’re a business person, travelling solo or taking a family holiday. I’m a mum as well and already I’m planning how to spend our next trip to Lisbon. There are so many child-friendly places left to see on my Lisbon wish list – the Lisbon Oceanarium, Lisbon Zoo, Christ the King Statue, 25 De Abril Bridge, Belém Tower and many more.
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration if you’re going to Lisbon. Finally, a word of advice – “don’t drop the ball”, you never know where and when you might find love!
Maria is a QA software tester in Ryanair’s MIS department