The story behind my day trip in Lisbon is one for the books. Long story short, too many flight delays ended up meaning spending a night and a full day in Lisbon and I made sure I wasn’t going to miss anything that this city could offer in 24 Hours.
We made sure we woke up at 7 a.m, had breakfast in the hotel lobby and took a cab straight to city center. Thank God for Google’s offline maps, we downloaded the city map and went through the whole city in one day. We stayed in the VIP Grand Lisboa Hotel & Spa.
All the pictures are my own and taken with my phone. I obviously had no option taking professional pictures with my luggage still at the airport! Enjoy!
Praça Luis de Camões :
We started the trip by taking a cab to city center. We left it in the hands of the cab driver and we ended up in Praça Luis de Camões area. In the center is a monumental statue of 16th century epic poet Luis de Camões standing on a pedestal with other smaller statues of classical Portuguese authors. Around it is a bunch of stores like Brandy Melville which was the first time I would see one in person. It’s a really well known clothing store in the US.
The cab driver kindly told us where was located the oldest coffee shops in Lisboa called A Brasileira. It has the coolest statue I became friends with! Too bad we didn’t have enough time for sit down for a drink, however, I am glad to have seen it. A Brasileira is Lisboa’s meeting place of several generations of intellectuals and artists. We all know how crazy I am about art & litterature!
Santa Catarina Viewpoint :
On our random way to the Santa Catarina Viewpoint (and by random, I mean I was just following the map provider aka my friend) walking through the city, we passed beautiful scenary. And it was so early in the morning, we were the only ones there with the cleaning guys removing beer bottles from every corner. I don’t think I have a seen people who partied outdoors so much until being to this city. The amount of beer bottles everywhere was insane!
The viewpoint is absolutely gorgeous. It looks into the sea and the bridge in a breathtaking way! Even the “toiture” is beautiful in Lisbon.
Right in front of the viewpoint itself, I was surprised to find Museu Da Farmàcia aka The Musuem of Pharmacy. I was attracted to it because it’s a beautiful coloured building and it’s not everyday that building are painted yellow!
Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation :
This church was one we passed by and it happened to be one that was built in 1708. I, of course, have to go in because it is very rare for me to come across a Cathedral and not go in. The art and precision of the interiors amazes me and always will!
Caïs do sodré :
This one is a colour festival. The famous part of this district is The Pink Street which is an alley of erotic nightclubs and stripclubs from way back in the day. Apparently a lot of the buildings used to be brothels! It’s their own take on “The Red Light District” in Amsterdam except there is no dollhouse.
We could see from the state of the floor and all the walls that it is one hell of a street that has way more action than we saw that morning! I wish the white part of the walls gets a little bit of attention so that the colours pop off more!
I absolutely love the coloured walls, the pink ground and the yellow bridge! So fun!
Praça Do Comércio :
This was our next stop, not far from Caïs Do Sodré, I was very pleased to see the benches in front of the ocean with a beautiful view on the bridge and ships.
Praça Do Comércio is the Place of Commerce as you can tell, also called Terreiro do Paço. It was named as such because, for years, it welcomed gouvernment offices and the Royal Palace which would explain the Statue in the middle of the place. It is the statue of King Joseph 1st, built in 1775. Talk about history!
This area definitely had to be re-built here and there because of some earthquake damages over the centuries.
The Arc de Triomphe that can take you right into the Augusta Street, is a sculpture representing the three great Portuguese rivers : Tage, Douro, Mondego.
The “Rua Augusta” has all kinds of attractions that you would like to see while walking down the street. Cafés, restaurants, bars… You name it, it is there!
Cathédral De Sé :
This Cathedral started to see the day in 1147. It is one of the most iconic churches of the city and has survived many earthquakes over the centuries!
A fun fact, it looks like it has two different towers from the outside because back in the day, those two towers could be used as a base to attack or protect from the enemy.
Miradouro de santa luzia :
Now let’s keep the best for last! Our last stop was this absolutely breathtaking viewpoint where you could see the whole city and I must say, I am a fan of the rooftop trend here!
The coffee shop you can see is called the Pombaline Lower Town and it overlooks the ocean and palm trees.
Keep on scrolling to see street snaps I have taken on our walk around the city!
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