How to spend two perfect days in Lisbon, Portugal
A rooftop view of Lisbon
There's very little in life that beats having a fruity cocktail on a rooftop bar staring at one of the best views in Europe: the Portuguese capital. Lisbon is the best laid-back city to take a few days off to kick back and catch some sun all while still getting a great calf workout trying to conquer the steep and hilly streets.
Once all the daytime exploration is done, Lisbon nightlife is ready to begin. Considered one of the best nights out in Europe, you can find anything from jazz bars, rock clubs, electronic discos and a thriving gay scene guaranteed to run through the night. Tip: Sensible shoes is an absolute must. Trust me on this one.
When you've decided you've mastered the art of dodging the tram, take a day trip out of the city. Both Sintra and Cascais are two popular getaway spots each offering a unique view. Sintra is a romantic resort town featuring the extravagant Moors Castle and Pena Palace while the small fishing town of Cascais offers scenic seaside views. Cascais will offer more of a beach feel, so it's a favored place to dig your toes in the sand and on a good day, get a decent tan. Both spots are about 40 minutes out of Lisbon by train.
Whatever you're looking for, Lisbon is a friendly and vibrant city to be your host for a bit of history, modern shopping, unique cuisine, killer clubbing, and a day at the beach. The city is bustling with color in its architecture, atmosphere and friendly people.
I never intended to end up in Lisbon, and it was a spontaneous bus ride from Spain that I owe discovering one of my new favorite cities to. Perhaps it serves as a reminder to open yourself up to new experiences when traveling. You never know where you'll end up. x
Safe and happy traveling!