Smiles all Round – Lisbon, Part 2/2.

Its taken a while, but here is my follow up post on Lisbon – i hope you enjoy 🙂

Our second morning took us to Heim Cafe. Heim Café is the greatest place for a great coffee, great vibes and great food. Tucked away behind many winding streets this tropical café serves a yummy breakfast and brunch menu that suits all tastes – including the hangover one ha! I had waffles topped with Greek yoghurt, nuts and fruit – and my sisters had avocado on toast topped with feta, and a side of bacon.

We hit Sintra for a day trip, having heard great things from friends – and it really didn’t disappoint. One can only describe it as many castles / grand houses and palaces all dotted around one mountain, with amazing panoramic views. One tip – don’t believe that you can walk up to the castle, it will take you about 2 hours, and in the heat it’s really not worth it! Grab a bus up, but beware of the queues! Being honest, we didn’t see everything – there was just not enough time sadly but we managed to see the palace, castle and walk around the gardens, which were stunning. (And a cat). I really recommend doing this for a day! But a day is probably enough unless you are a real fiend for history – and in the heat, there is a lot of walking involved.

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We hadn’t had tapas since hitting up Lisbon, so we thought we would try out Dona Quitera after many recommendations! It really didn’t disappoint, it was so authentic and has a really great atmosphere! Amongst our favourite choices of dish were the Burrata com Presunto de Parma e Pesto, Batatas Fritas, Ovos Mexidos com Trufa, Bochechas de Porco com Puré de Aipo and Pork Cheeks with Celery Puree.

I didn’t take any photos of the food – but trust me, its well worth a visit!

Popo roof top bar is great for drinks to start the night, where the music, company and drinks are all great. The views are gorgeous, with the bar being closer to the castle, you get a great photo of all the coloured houses and the castle. Talking to the locals its a ‘very instagramable spot’ ha. After 11pm things get funky, and everyone will be dancing the night away – it is  well worth a visit, before hitting up Pink Street again.

Our Final Day

We spent our final day wondering the streets of Lisbon, soaking up the atmosphere and seeing the sites – and we stumbled across Lisbon’s Time Out Market. It is a place teaming with Michelin star chef stalls, and you can’t the leave the place feeling hungry!

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We also decided to take a train to Praia de Carcavelos (beach) to catch some rays and enjoy the beach for the afternoon as this was our last day. I really recommend this beach – its huge, not that busy and the sea is really clean. The train station is very confusing, so ask if you don’t know where you are going! Otherwise you could end up somewhere else… like we nearly did (ha).

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Lisbon was an incredible place to visit, i would love to go again as we only touched the surface of the city – there is so much to see, do, and eat!

I am now planning my next holiday away, and i have plenty to write about already!

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Isabella x

 

 

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