Lisbon in Autumn

Monday, 22 February 2016

Last October I went on a wonderful child-free trip away with some of my besties, we scooted off to Lisbon in Portugal for a long weekend and took ALL the rain with us ha.  The unlikely weather for that time of year in Lisbon didn't stop us enjoying the beautiful architecture and cool atmosphere this part of Portugal has to offer.

If you want a short break away somewhere this year for actual cheaps, that has a bit of everything to offer, I would highly recommend it.  Culture, food, partying, beaches, shopping, art galleries, architecture - it's all really interesting and fun.  It reminded us of Bristol in a lot of ways with the general relaxed, bohemian vibe and a healthy dose of graffiti covering the city's lanes and alleys.

An absolute must do in Lisbon is the  Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, a huge market hall with lots of little hatches belonging to some of the city's most popular eateries, bars and shops - there is something for everyone and the buzzing atmosphere is perfect for getting you in to the holiday vibes!

Chapatô à Mesa was a highlight too, a state funded circus school (how cool is that?!) that has a brilliant restaurant, it is really popular so be sure to book ahead.  It's relaxed bohemian atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a long boozy lunch, sipping on the delicious rosé wine and then buying an original souvenir from their lovely gift shop - complete with David Cameron voodoo dolls and tiny little men in old sardine cans, no less!

At night, just roam the tiled lanes and pretty much anywhere you go will have a fantastic atmosphere, we especially liked the pint servings of mojitos, eek!

We missed out on a few things we wanted to do because of closing hours so I highly recommend you check them out before you go somewhere.  I have vivid memories of us traipsing through the pouring rain with our suitcases on our last day trying to find a really cool sounding art gallery in and old dilapidated mansion, only to find on our arrival that it was closed!

You can't visit Lisbon without checking out the thrift markets (I would have needed a van to bring back everything I liked!) the Portuguese custard tarts (if you aren't vegan, which I wasn't then!) and the cherry liquor in chocolate shot cups, yum!  It's an excellent city, I will be back to explore again one day!

Fellow Bristolians, Sophie and Alex from Saints on a Plane have some amazing photos and recommendations from their very sunny (not fair!) visit to Lisbon!

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