One of the coolest capitals in Europe.
Lisbon has recently become a popular destination for travelers from all around the world and it’s no surprise why. Named one of the top 10 friendliest cities in the world, Lisbon is not only charming, rich with history, and full of cultural diversity, but also a great location if looking to venture to other parts of Portugal.
Think San Fransisco meets Barcelona, and that is Lisbon. Hills and and a breath-taking coastline dominate Lisboa, which create stunning views at all different parts of the city.
It’s easy to get lost in any number of the different neighborhoods that Lisbon has to offer as there is so much beauty and color encompassing this European city.
I tend to be a last minute traveler, which means I don’t have a ton of time for researching where I’m going, so when I decided to embark on my 3 day journey to Lisbon, I knew I wanted to stay somewhere central and get to see as much of the city as possible.
Here is a breakdown of my trip.
I stayed at Destination Lisbon Hostel, which is located in Rossio Train Station and about a 30 minute bus ride from Lisbon’s airport. The bus cost 4 Euros one way or 6 Euros if you buy a round trip ticket. Just make sure you check that your travel times fall in-between the operating times.
A lot of people have misconceptions about hostels, but places like Destination Lisbon put all those fears to rest. This perfectly located hostel is: full of cool people, a fully loaded kitchen that guest can use, an awesome breakfast that is included, eco-friendly showers, and a ton of group activities.
My total stay for the 3 nights was $98, which for Europe is super cheap. There are a ton of other options if looking to do things on a tighter budget, but what you get, where you are located, and the activities offered make this place super worth it.
I highly recommend wandering around Lisbon and just venturing into any little hole in the wall restaurant as the food is delicious, but definitely check out Time Out Market located two minutes from Cais do Sobré train station. This awesome market brought 5 of the best chefs in Lisbon together to give tourists and locals a taste of their incredible cuisine, but not break the bank.
Make sure you try Ginja in a chocolate shot cup, Cataplana de Marisco, and Bacalhau Fritters!
Scroll through my slide show above to see what I saw and get the vibe this city has to offer. Lisbon offered me a very welcomed culture shock of colors, patterns, and way of life. Remember never stop traveling!