A Long Weekend in Lisbon

Thinking about booking a trip to Lisbon? I’d definitely recommend this city and I am already thinking about heading back.

The Iberostar Lisboa hotel deserves it’s 5 star rating and made our visit to Lisbon that extra bit special. As soon as we’d checked in and headed up to the room,

room service brought up complimentary chocolates

and not long after, reception called up to the room to make sure we were happy with everything. Not only that, but every evening slippers are placed beside your bed and the covers are drawn back slightly to make coming back from a night of wine tasting that little bit easier. The facilities are brilliant, there is an outdoor and indoor pool, gym and spa. I had a back and shoulders sports massage and it sorted my aches and pains right out.

The reception staff at this hotel were great and recommended a little bakery for us to grab some breakfast, A Padaria Portuguesa, where we then ended up every morning. So good and so reasonably priced! You’ll find a few of them in Lisbon and one just a few minutes walk from Iberostar Lisboa.

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Wandering through Lisbon provides many photo opportunities and and if you head to Marquês de Pombal you can stop off at one of the restaurants on the square for a drink,

I’d recommend Museu da Cerveja if you’re a beer fan.

For it’s location the drinks are very reasonably priced and you can soak in the atmosphere of this exciting city.

If you’ve read my other city break posts you’ll know I’m a big fan of a hop on hop off bus and the Iberostar Lisboa is just around the corner from where these bus tours start. We opted for the 3 lines option which lasted for 48 hours and was around 50 euros for two people.

First stop on my list was Belém,

where I’d heard from a Portuguese friend (thanks Paulo!) that the Pastel de nata is the best. These Portuguese egg tart pastrys, dusted with cinnamon, are one of my favourite things about this country and the ones from Belém are definitely the best.

Another great place to get these from is Fábrica da Nata, and it’s pretty instagrammable which is also a bonus these days.

Wander around Belém and take in the beauty of the Santa Maria de Belém before hopping back on the bus to see the rest of the city.

Lisbon is the perfect city to also explore by foot. Hop on the bus at stops of your choice and wander through the streets at a leisurely pace and

you are sure to find little hidden gems and breathtaking views around every corner.

I couldn’t go to Lisbon and not check out Elevador Da Gloria, the funicular that links Baixa with Bairro Alto. After taking some photos of it we actually decided to walk up the very steep hill and found some great street art and photo opportunities on the way up!

I was craving a cheese and wine night whilst in Lisbon and

The Old Pharmacy Wine Inn did not disappoint.

In a great location, where you can continue on your night out afterwards, this wine bar provides a chilled yet sophisticated and romantic atmosphere and the waiters are on hand to offer up the best wine knowledge to make your visit special.

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If you fancy pizza whilst in Lisbon look no further than In Bocca Al Lupo. Great service, excellent wine and incredible pizza, just look at it.

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On the hop on hop off tours you can head far out of the centre and over to the Oceanário de Lisboa, the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. This is a really nice area of Lisbon and you can take a cable car out over the sea. At the other side of the cable car, hop out for a bit and head to 100 Montaditos, one of my favourite restaurants, first discovered in Barcelona. 100 filling options for mini baguettes, the perfect pit stop after a day of sightseeing.

Boa Bao is one of the most popular restaurants I’ve ever come across

and we had to wait over an hour for a table, but it was worth the wait. This Asian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar had one of the best salmon dishes I’ve ever had. I’d definitely make a reservation for next time though!

Walking around Parque Eduardo VII is a great way to round off your trip if you do stay at Iberostar Lisboa and the photo opportunities are ideal.

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Have you been to Lisbon? What would you recommend? I definitely plan on heading back to this amazing city, there is just so much to do that we couldn’t squeeze it all in to 5 days!

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