Our long weekend getaway guide to Lisbon
Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, has it all. Situated on the west cost of the country, it holds host to an eclectic mix of historic buildings, museums, restaurants, nightlife and bustling squares. With winding streets to get lost in and that relaxed slow-pace of life, we have fallen in love with this city. Here’s our guide to everything Lisbon:
Top 3 places to eat
An amazing contemporary Portuguese/Japanese fusion seafood restaurant. There is a ‘fish market’ in the restaurant where you can choose, with the help of friendly, knowledgeable staff which fresh fish and seafood takes your fancy. Be sure to book a table, but don’t forget the Portuguese eat late so restaurants have the best atmosphere around 9pm-12pm.
Situated on the edge of Commerce Square, Ministerium Cantina offers tasty Portuguese tapas and a comprehensive wine list. The perfect lunch spot to whittle away hours people watching. Try the crab croquettes, they are absolutely delicious!
Mercado Da Ribeira
Lisbon’s famous Time Out Market with a fabulous array of Lisbon’s best and most popular restaurants all under one roof. If you are a foodie then this will be your idea of heaven and you can easily spend an entire afternoon tasting a little bit of Lisbon’s beast eateries! For a sweet treat, go to Santini for ice cream or pop next door for a delicious but seriously decadent chocolate mousse.
Top 3 beauty essentials for packing for a weekend away
1. Diptyque Philosykos perfume- This always reminds us of being on holiday with a fresh scent of fig trees.
2. Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Oil- We love our skin to look radiant and healthy, especially on holiday when skin is on show much more.
3. Balance Me Radiance Face Oil – Apply this to our skin at night and wake up to a dewy glow.
Top 3 places to visit
Sintra and Pena Palace- Make sure you take a day trip to Pena Palace which is a Romanticist castle in São Pedro. It reminded us of something you would see in Disney World!
Alfama- Take a stroll or get the number 28 tram to Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon which has a delightful maze of narrow streets.
São Jorge Castle- A castle perched high up in the Lisbon hillside overlooking the city. Here you will find an incredible view of the city and can enjoy reading about the history of the castle.
If you are making a trip to Pena Palace it is totally worth paying for a TukTuk ride instead of taking the bus where you will not only be packed in like a tin of sardines but you will also miss out on the beautiful views of Lisbon and tropical gardens as the TukTuk takes its journey up to Pena Palace.
Take a walk up to São Jorge Castle where you will be met with the most amazing views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. There is a lovely little vintage truck selling ‘Wine with a view’ be sure to enjoy a refreshing glass of Vinho Verde (Portugal’s special ‘green wine with a slight fizz’) accompanied by magnificent views of the castle and the terracotta Portuguese rooftops.
Ceramicas na Linha- This Portuguese pottery shop is incredible and you can easily spend hours searching through the pretty ceramic dishes, pots and mugs. After almost 2 hours, my friend and I left with extremely heavy bags and decided we would return to Lisbon just to buy more from this shop!
Dubbed ‘dewy skin in a bottle’, Radiance Face Oil is bursting with ingredients to feed and nourish the skin. Amazonian Buriti Nut Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which help improve skins firmness, hydration and tone. Rosehip Fruit Oil addresses uneven skin tones and pigmentation, while Yarrow and Chamomile Oils have powerful anti-inflammatory and calming properties.
Balance Me’s Super Moisturising Body Oil is nut-free and a firm favourite with women during pregnancy. Jojoba Oil is bursting with essential fatty acids and vitamins to keep the skin elastic and supple. Rosehip oil works to rejuvenate lack-luster skin and helps fade stretch marks and scars, whilst Neroil oil deeply hydrates and plumps parched skin.
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