Citytrip: Lisbon

Written by on May 20, 2016 in Travel - Comments Off on Citytrip: Lisbon

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Lisbon is an amazing city and a great destination for a city trip or a longer holiday, especially if combined with the lovely coastal area of Cascais. Portugal’s capital offers a beautiful mix of the old and new, from breathtaking ancient buildings and plazas to the latest trends in fashion, dining and nightlife.  All that combined with the warm climate, the view of the Rio Tejo and the winding cobblestone streets that take you from barrio to barrio over the hills the city is built on, make Lisbon one of the best destinations in Europe.

Where to stay
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Lisbon has many hotels in different price ranges so you can be quite certain you will find something to your liking. However, if you want our advice, stay at the Inspira Santa Marta, a wonderful boutique hotel in the centre of Lisbon, minutes from Avenida da Liberdade. An award-winning concept built on the basis of environmental sustainability and social responsibility, the Inspira Santa Marta offers a peaceful oasis in this buzzing city.

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As soon as you enter the hotel, you feel everything here is about wellbeing. A remarkable sense of calm comes over you, partly because of the clever architecture and interior design of the reception area with its high ceiling and eternal staircase.

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The dedicated staff at the Spa with Feng Shui inspired design will bring you in a state of sheer bliss – or simply fix your feet tired from walking all day. Don’t feel like going out for dinner? It’s well worth eating in the hotel’s Open brasserie. The delicious Mediterranean inspired food is fresh, locally sourced and mostly organic. The menu includes gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose-free options, as well as adapted dishes for those suffering from diabetes.

What to do
The best way to enjoy a city is obviously by simply strolling and taking in all the beauty and atmosphere she presents, and Lisbon is extremely suitable for that approach. You’ll find a new gem around each corner. Don’t miss the Jardim Botanico near Avenida da Liberdade for a greener, cooler stroll.

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If gastronomy is your thing, you are in a good place as Lisbon is scattered with sunny terraces and traditional or trendy bars and restaurants. Most serve good to fantastic food, often seafood and fish, both traditional and fusion.

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More of a cultural animal? Well, you may have hit the jackpot. It may not be Rome, but it comes close. You’ll find fantastic museums, cathedrals, medieval castles and churches, Moorish details, monasteries and more.

For the shopaholics Lisbon has a lot to offer as well. This city has grasped the ‘concept store’ concept well and you’ll find many old city houses turned concept store, with amazing young and upcoming brands. Barrio Alto is where the hip and happening reside. If you are into fashion and value original designs, do make a stop at KLVRT, boutique of award-winning designer Lidija Kolovrat (97 Rua D.Pedro V). Her designs are clever and mind-blowing, this is true art.

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Escape the city
Although Lisbon is a very laid-back city, if you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle it is well worth taking the (short) trip to the charming fishing town Cascais, either as a day trip or for a longer stay. In the 19th century, Cascais became the holiday destination of royals and nobility and it still shows in the lavish buildings and parks in the area. Around Cascais, you will find beautiful beaches and viewpoints, wonderful restaurants (both traditional and trendy) and fantastic hotels and guest houses. Take the train from Lisbon (mostly coastal views!) or rent a car. Either way, you will be in Cascais within 45 min.

For a trendy stay with spectacular sea view, stay at Farol design hotel (a gem, also great place for lunch or dinner). If you are looking for a more intimate place, stay at Casa Vela Charm Hotel.

When staying in this area, a must-see is the the of UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Sintra.

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Sintra is one of those places you have to see, even if it means rubbing shoulders with busloads of other tourists – something we are not particularly keen on and usually avoid at all costs. You will need at least a day to see the sites of Sintra. Start with the Park and Palace of Pena and then decide how much time and appetite you have left.

In short, Lisbon and its coastal area have lots to offer, whatever your interest. One of the best city trip destinations in our books.

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Charlotte

Founder of Allmygoodness. True believer in the goodness way of life. Sustainability & communications consultant. Foodie. Mother of a girl and twin boys.