With only 4 full days in Lisbon we had to make the most of the time we had. After exploring a little bit once we landed on Sunday afternoon we decided we wanted to spend our first proper day visiting the castle which we had a beautiful view of from our Airbnb apartment.
This was Castelo de Sao. Jorge. We decided to walk up to the castle which was about a 20 minute walk from Martim Moniz but it was definitely worth it! The views were incredible. On our way we found a few pieces of art made by a man called Julio so we decided to leave a small donation and have a little look around at what he’d made. He told us we were allowed to go upstairs of this ruined building. We were so lucky to be given this opportunity because although it was run down, inside the views were incredible and we got the most amazing shots. Often it’s these kind of hidden gems which make your trip so special.
Once we made it to the castle we paid a student fee and had a look around the grounds. It was defiantly worth seeing as we overlooked the whole of Lisbon and even spotted where we were staying.
After this we went on a trek to find a Lidl as we needed some proper food considering we were cooking for pretty much the whole holiday. On the way we went through so many back streets which captured the true beauty of Lisbon and I absolutely loved all the tiles and architecture.
After finding a Lidl and successfully feeding ourselves we headed out for the evening towards the largest of Lisbon’s plazas, Praca do Commercio. The streets towards the huge arch and square are very buzzy at night and there was no other way of celebrating being in Lisbon then treating ourselves to the famous custard tarts also known as pastel de natas. We found the most amazing cafe with a quiet tea room above with balconies overlooking the streets. It was called Fabrica de Nata and I would 100% recommend it, the tarts were only 1€ each! Every night we went there and sat in the same spot.
We had the most amazing first day and there was still so much more to explore!