Lisbon – a City with a Colorful Personality
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” is a quote by St. Agustine that you can not only find a million times on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and basically any other social media platform but also in my “quote book” that I’ve been using for a little over 2 years now. To me, it’s not only a quote but a piece of truth. Traveling broadens the mind. I love exploring new cities, taking photos and getting to know different countries and cultures. That’s why I always start my year with writing a list of places I want to see. One of these places for 2018 was Lisbon – Portugal’s beautiful capital city. So my oldest friend (hi Magi!) and I went to Lisbon over the Easter break. We strolled through the city, had amazing food and tried to soak up all the great energy Lisbon has to offer. Apart from that, I was also quite curious about something that could only come from a true millennial. As a media student, it comes naturally to me that I am interested in everything social media related. So whenever I’m exploring a new city I’m also always on the hunt for great Instagram spots. And because I know that I am not the only one here who loves creating new content whenever they are on a trip I’ve got something for you. In the following blog post, you’ll read about the places we visited, my impressions of the city and the most #instaworthy spots!
Day One: Lisbon, nice to meet you!
On our first day in Lisbon, we arrived at around 2 pm at the airport. We took the metro to our rented room that we had booked over Airbnb. In the evening we went to Parque Eduardo VII and Marques de Pombal. Both are Instagram worthy! Marques de Pombal is a huge traffic circle where you can take great pics of the adjacent Parque Eduardo VII and the modern buildings around it. Also, there are some luxury stores such as Versace, Gucci and Guess super close to the traffic circle. Even if you aren’t into luxury items the streets are great for strolling and taking photos.
Day Two: Praça do Comércio, why so pretty?
On Tuesday, we finally got to know Lisbon a bit better. Our first stop for this day was the Rossio Square. From there we went up the hill (Lisbon is pretty hilly by the way – so pack your comfy shoes) to Convento do Carmo. The square surely is as Portuguese as anything could be and you will find some #instaworthy spots but walking up the hill still is totally worth it. From
Convento do Carmo you’ve got a great view over the city, the Rossio Square, and the river. You also have the opportunity to take the Elevador de Santa Justa – but honestly, the view the platform you reach by walking up the hill gives you is as stunning as the one you get from the elevator. Also, it’s free and faster since the elevator is always filled with tourists. After enjoying the view we went back to the Rossio Square and strolled down some cute streets to Praça do Comércio. This, guys let me tell you, was my favorite spot in the whole city.
Praça do Comércio is another huge square that is open to one side where you can go some stairs down to the river and borders on the old parts of the city. If you google Lisbon chances are pretty high that you’ll find a photo that was taken there. Between the old streets of Lisbon and the square is the Arco da Rua Augusta – the gigantic and beautiful arch that you can find on so many postcards.
Day Three: Lisbon shows its colors
Wednesday was the day when we did the most of walking and also the day we saw Lisbon from its most colorful side. On my list were two spots that I only wanted to find because of my fascination with Instagram. Before we actually went there I had done some research. Reading a blog of a girl who now lives in Portugal for about 2 years I had stumbled across a blog entry solely about #instagramspots in Lisbon. (I linked the girl’s blog above. She also gives you a description of how to get there). And as soon as I scrolled down I knew; there were exactly two spots that I had to find. I repeat: I HAD TO FIND THEM. The first one was a graffiti wall. Usually, I’m not so much into street art but Lisbon definitely made me rethink this attitude. Lisbon seriously is a city filled with great art everywhere. I think that’s also why I like Portugal’s capital so much because it combines the old with the new so well. On one hand, you’ve got the traditional European culture that carries so much history and on the other h
and, you’ve got all this modern influence that comes from a totally different point of view. This particular
graffiti wall was located in a neighborhood that seemed to be an artwork of its own. The second spot I desperately wanted to see was a kind of tunnel that had the colorful history of Lisbon painted on its walls. This one was way smaller than I had imagined but also really pretty and worth visiting – especially because it is so close to Largo das Portas do Sol. This spot is a viewpoint that gives you the opportunity to take a look at the sea from above and also leads to the Castello de Sao Jorge. In my opinion, you don’t have to pay the 8€ to get inside (if you are a huge fan of castles and history then you might want to do this anyway). Otherwise, taking a look at the cute little streets around the castle and strolling through the neighborhood will give you all the Portugal feels as well. Another Instagram spot that we found and that can become a stunning photo spot is “The pink street” aka Rua Nova do Carvalho.
Day Four: Sintra, is this Portugal or Disney?
On Thursday, Magi and I went to Sintra. It takes you about 40 minutes by train to get there. The train costs about 5€ (roundtrip) and from there you can take a bus to the Castello and the Palacio for another 5€ (I know I said you CAN take a bus … but seriously, you should! Walking isn’t an option if you’re human :D). The Castello is okay, I guess. It did not really impress me. The Palacio, however, was one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen! It’s colorful, it’s huge, it’
s like a fairytale.
Well, as you might have already noticed while reading; I really enjoyed my days in Lisbon and I am definitely planning on visiting it again some time. It does not matter whether you are a history fanatic, shopping addict or food lover – Lisbon has it all!
Now you know what I saw and did in Lisbon. Now it’s your turn! Leave a comment on what your travel goals are for 2018 and what you think of Portugal!
xoxo MC 🙂