As a family we’ve wanted to travel to Portugal for many years, finally, we made it happen.
I met my parents in Lisbon where they arrived after taking incredibly well-priced flights from Cape Town to Lisbon with TAAG at R4200. TAAG currently has super specials that you need to check out. Both my parents can’t stop raving about this airline, in particular, the food and friendly staff so don’t hesitate to make use of their great offers to Lisbon or Porto.
5 things to do in Lisbon
- Stay at Flores Guest House in central Lisbon. This apartment was ideal for the four of us. Our one bedroom with mezzanine had direct access to the road so it was easy to pretend to be locals for our short stay. As the ‘youngsters’ we stayed upstairs in the mezzanine level while my parents took the main bedroom which had ample space for all their luggage.Breakfast arrives in the cutest basket every morning with fresh orange juice, baked goods and even plastic bags to have your sandwich on the go.
The Flores Guest House team are so welcoming and I wouldn’t stay anywhere else while in Lisbon. To book a room at Flores Guest House click here.
- Buy a ticket for the Hop-on Hop-off tram: We were in Lisbon at the end of May and ran after the public (cheaper) Tram 28 too many times to count without out once getting a seat. In the end, it was worth spending £17.89! You can use the tram all day and will be much more likely to get a seat. Book a ticket here.
- Have dinner and watch free Fado at Dona Quiteria: This was some of the best tapas we’ve ever had. On Sunday evenings they have free Fado performances. It was very special to experience our first fado show it in such an intimate environment. It’s cosy so book in advance.
- Take a day trip to Sintra. Don’t leave Lisbon without visiting Sintra. Once you arrive I recommend taking a Hop-on Hop-off bus. We opted for CitySighteeing and it was perfect. It’s another hilly town so it will be near impossible to see all that Sintra has to offer on foot. Make sure to put aside enough time to shop in the main town centre and if weather permits spend some time on the beach.
- Time Out Market: I’m certainly not the first person to recommend this, but it simply has to be on my list. The food and vibe is great and you’ll be able to take a stroll on the Lisbon promenade after stuffing yourself. We ordered fish and chips, and it was beautiful. Add a delicious (and large) sangria to your dish to add some kick to your afternoon.
However you spend your time in Lisbon, you can’t really go wrong as there is so much to see and do! Just remember to wear really comfortable shoes and keep room for a Pastéis de nata.
If you have any Lisbon questions just ask in the comment section below and I’ll be more than happy to help.