A trip to Lisbon came at the end of April at a moment where it was very much welcomed with open arms and a huge sigh of relief. This city, new home to beautifully talented Nathalie and Ben, held it's fair share of delights during our five day stay. With so much of the city rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755 , it feels like a microcosm of places you've been before yet somehow maintains its own unique antiquity and charm. Where hilly walks are rewarded with pastéis de nata, affordable drinks and miradouros (viewpoints) with panoramic views that never get old- it's easy to see why it tops 'places to visit' lists time and time again.
We stayed in a hotel and Airbnb during our stay- the first in the Baixa area which was a perfect central stomping ground to all that we wanted to see and do (highly recommend). Dejan Tiago-Stanković writes about the city “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see that the old empress’s make-up is smudged and flaking, and that the ornaments fluttering in the wind are not lace, but someone’s laundry drying at the windows. But she’s still is a real beauty.”
After having spent just the smallest bit of time here , I can't but think how perfect that description is. If you're at looking for a holiday that isn't going to break the budget but still deliver on history, food and hidden gems- this is it.