Lisbon Journals

A Rainy Weekend in Portugal

A March 2006 trip to Lisbon by Sabina315

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
Quote: While studying in Spain, we took a weekend trip to Lisbon in March and fell in love with Portugal.

A Rainy Weekend in Portugal

Overview

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Lisbon is a beautiful city and small enough that you can see a lot in a weekend. It is called the city of 7 hills and we certainly got a workout climbing through the different areas. We explored bakeries, nightlife, and neighborhoods. We also traveled to Sintra and Cabo da Roca, two amazing places I hope to visit again soon. I did not know what to expect when visiting Portugal. On this trip I fell in love with the charming country and its friendly people. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: The metro in Lisbon is very easy to navigate and inexpensive, busses are a little more complicated, but both busses and the metro stop around 1 am, so after a night out you will have to take a ta...Read More

Taste of Bengal

Restaurant

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We stumbled into this restaurant lost in the rain in Lisbon so we could ask for directions back to our hotel. We ended up buying food to go that night and returning the next, and if we had been in the city longer, we certainly would have eaten at Taste of Bengal again. To get to the restaurant, you go downstairs (the entrance floor is part of another restaurant). Order several dishes and share, as it is inexpensive and that is the best way to find out what you like if you are inexperienced with Indian food, as many of us were. The staff was extremely friendly and the food was great. This restaurant isn't really in a touristy area, but if you happen to be in the neighborhood, definitely visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

Taste of Bengal
Av. Duque D'ávila, Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal
21 315 82 33

Bairro Alto and Chiado Districts

Attraction | "Barrio Alto "

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The Barrio Alto ("high neighborhood") is a fine place to visit during the day, but it is best to visit at night. The Barrio Alto is full of bars and clubs, ranging from places to get dinner and hear live Fado music to places with Margarita specials and karaoke. Some of the shops also stay open late and start serving drinks (caipirinhas in a jewelry store--I must be in heaven!). It's a good idea to ask some locals on the street for a good place to go; the people here are so friendly, they'll be happy to help you out. Portugal loves all things Brazilian, so if you aren't sure what to order at a bar, try a caipirinha or a mojito.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

Bairro Alto and Chiado Districts
Bairro Alto
Lisbon, Portugal

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem

Attraction | "Torre de Belem"

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Before high-rise buildings, this tower was considered quite tall, and extremely important. The tower of Belem sits at the mouth of the river, just before it opens into the Atlantic. This was a very important place in the years of the European discoverers, who often used Portugal as a starting point on their way to the Americas. You can go up in the tower, or just take a little time to walk around and look at the beautiful tower.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2006

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem
Avenida Da Brasilia
Lisbon, Portugal

Castle of St. George (Castle of São Jorge)

Attraction | "Castelo de São Jorge"

Castle of St. George (Castle of São Jorge) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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The rainy weather when we visited the Castelo made it seem even more like we had stepped back in time. Lisbon was covered in a grey mist but the views of the city from the castle were still beautiful. It wasn't what I imagined in a castle, no interior with fancy rooms and exhibits of lavishness. But this castle feels important when you stand at the top of it next to the waving Portuguese flag and look out over Lisbon's hills and river. As we walked around the castle I noticed that there were not really any closed off areas- we were free to explore however we wanted, and several people in my group decided to start a game of tag. The Castelo de Sao Jorge is a good place to relax and enjoy the view or ru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2006

Castle of St. George (Castle of São Jorge)

Lisbon, Portugal

Town of Sintra

Attraction | "Day Trip to Sintra"

Town of Sintra Photo, Sintra, Portugal
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Sintra is a pretty short drive from Lisbon, though the road gets curvy at some points and several of the people I was with felt carsick, but it is definitely worth the ride. Lisbon is a city, but still has a small charming feel and Sintra has that same feel except much more. When you drive or walk up to the city center, the first thing you notice is probably the castle, which looks like it came straight out of a Disney movie. The rest of the town is equally cute, most of the buildings are pastel colored, the cafes are small and slow, with good coffee. Just up from the castle is the shopping area. It is small but the shops have all the typical Portuguese products like painted tile, wool, and various pr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2006

Town of Sintra

Grand Lisboa, Sintra

Cabo da Roca

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Cabo da Roca is a little remote, I'm not aware of any busses that go there (though there may be some), but it is absolutely worth the trip, especially if you've already rented a car to go to Sintra-Cabo da Roca is on the way. It means 'tail of the rock' in Portuguese-named this way because it is the westernmost point of continental Europe, nicknamed The End of the World. When we went to Cabo de Roca, I had never heard of it and did not know what to expect. But I think even if I had high expectations for this site, they would have been exceeded as I walked from my group's bus to the cliffs. There is a small lighthouse, but otherwise Cabo da Roca is a bluff covered with green plants and small yellow flo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2006

Cabo da Roca

Lisbon, Portugal