Portugal: Lisbon

by | Sep 23, 2018 |

A Taste of Portugal

Lisbon
Exploring the city of Lisbon is well rewarding, but it can be a little exhausting as well.  It is called “The City of Seven Hills” for good reason!  This jewel of a city has some amazing food, atmosphere, and sights.  In fact, with all the wonderful food we couldn’t stop eating, the exercise from walking the hills was a silver lining.

The hilly, cobblestone streets of Lisbon are interesting in their own right, at some places forming two levels of streets, one on top of the other.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options for getting around besides walking, for the more leisurely explorer.  There are bus, train and tram options, and even a few elevator or tram options just to go up particularly daunting slopes.

A quiet night on the steps of Miradouro Graffiti Fado.  The city has a lot of colorful artwork, from graffiti to the traditional Azulejo tiles.

There are so many beautiful places to see.  Lisbon is full of lovely churches, squares and monuments, and long streets full of shops, wine bars and restaurants.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Loreto (the Church of Our Lady of Loreto).  It has beautiful murals and a massive round candelabra.

The Fantastic World of Portuguese Sardines is a very colorful canned sardine shop.  Lisbon is famous for its sardines.  Each can was adorned with a year, and a famous event that happened during that year.

We had read Lisbon is a treasure trove for foodies, but it surpassed our expectations… As soon as we landed in Lisbon, our first mission was to check out Time Out Market. The massive crowds at mid-afternoon signaled this would be a great place to explore. We ended up staying for 3 hours trying an array of amazing Portuguese dishes. 😁

Your belly will get full while sampling the overwhelming number of gourmet options, but your taste buds won’t ever get enough.

Food that we tried at Time Out Market: octopus hotdog (yummy) and scallops with mango purée

The marriage of Mexican and Portuguese cuisine created one of our most memorable meals.  Eating gourmet tacos and drinking mojitos is Loren’s idea of heaven!  Cascabel Lisboa boasts two famous Michelin-rated chefs, and is located on the top floor of the El Corte Inglés mall food court.  Everything was superb!

Tacos al pastor, tampiqueña and pork belly (and a few other dishes that we tried).

Bolstered by our experience at Time Out Market, we decided to try out a restaurant recommended by Time Out magazine. Located in Chiado district, Bistro 100 Maneiras sure knows how to deliver delicious seafood dishes.

Beef tenderloin steak with rösti and tomato confit, and our favorite – spicy octopus with spices, black açorda and onion purée.

Not far from downtown Lisbon, we took a short train ride from the Cais do Sodré Station along the Tagus River to check out a couple of Lisbon’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.  It was an overcast and drizzly day, for which we like to try Olympus’ Dramatic Tone art filter to make the scene more interesting.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument commemorating Henry the Navigator’s death.

Torres de Belém (Belém Tower or the Tower of St. Vincent) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built on a small island in the early 16th century.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), is the resting place of Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer who discovered India.  This image was a three-frame taken hand-held and merged in Lightroom.

Next to the monastery is Igreja Santa Maria de Belém (Parish of Saint Mary of Bethlehem).  It was easily apparent how ancient this structure is.

View of the city and the 25th of April Bridge from atop the walls of São Jorge Castle.

Next, we head to Sintra, another amazing UNESCO site of Portugal!
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