After a tiresome road journey of 12 hrs from Madrid, Portugal welcomed us with an impeccable view of the sunrise over the huge expanse of Tagus River on Vasco Da Gama Bridge. It just reminds me of how sleep deprived I was and how my eyes couldn’t stay open but that view was too mesmerising that my mind started shouting, ‘You Moron!! Look at the beauty and skip your sleep for sometime!! ‘ 😀
Cobblestone streets that are lined up with pastel coloured houses having balconies that flaunt the most colourful bunch of flowers are just a visual retreat in the older parts of the city. This hilly capital city with coastal beauty has a lot to offer!!
The essence and the actual culture of any city could be best witnessed in the older parts of the city. Go to such place and walk around to experience the best!!
We had 3 days to spend in Lisbon and I am a person who is not so keen on visiting the historical monuments unless it is highly highly recommended. So, if you are expecting that from this blog, then 😐
4 days and 3 nights stay
Accommodation : Hub Lisbon Patio Hostel (The worst maintained among all other hostels I have been to, so please avoid it and search for some other option )
Main Places To Visit :
Alfamas – It’s old Lisbon and it literally takes you back in time with the trams on the road, old buildings, century old cathedrals ,castles and not to forget some old wine shops!! Visit the famous Lisbon cathedral if you visit Alfamas – the interiors are sure to impress you!!
Miradouro das Portas do Sol – This is the one of the best view point to see the entire rooftop view of Alfamas. Must visit!!
Bairro Alto – The streets have such a lovely vibe with Fado (Traditional Portugal music) being played by people and is lined up with some amazing restaurants!! Again, walk to experience 🙂
Cais do sodré – Best riverside neighbourhood to walk around and relax!!
Sintra – This place is on the countryside which is 40 min from Lisbon by train and is totally worth visiting. It has fairytale streets lined with tall and lush-green trees, not something you could see anywhere in Lisbon. Visit Pena Palace in Sintra for the incredible view it offers from the top!!
Things to Do :
A walk in the streets of Alfamas
Try pizza and portugese red wine in Bairro Alto – totally flattered!!
Watch the sun go down with live jazz in background at Miradouro das Portas do Sol
If you like to just sit and watch the Tagus river, Praça do Comércio and Cais do sodré are the go-to options
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When it comes to ticking things off my bucket list, I have my head clear and my mind focussed 😀
Do you think anyone would want to have ‘facing a gruesome accident but managing to get out alive’ in their bucket list? Well, I did tick it off my list 😛
Brushing aside such not-so-sane things, I do have some travel goals and Europe was always on the list and I wanted to do one backpackers trip with strangers before I turn 25. And yeah, it’s done now (atleast, a little part of Europe)
Spain and Portugal exploration happened to be my first leg of Europe journey. To all those people who wanted to know about how I have planned the trip, about the backpackers group and about my experience in these two countries- this blog post, the upcoming one and my Instagram posts would answer all your queries. I will be pitching in my suggestions about the places to visit, the places you could skip and also, the precautions you need to take based on my personal experience.
Let’s get started!! 😀
Mumbai > Barcelona > Ibiza > Madrid > Lisbon > Mumbai
La Sagrada Familia – Renowned for its captivating Gaudi architecture and magnificence. Book your tickets online and they don’t allow post your time slot (Be on Time).It will be a guided tour provided you make it on time. By the way, it is still being built!! (since a century almost )
Gothic Quarter – Old city of Barcelona. Explore the place on foot. Has a plethora of options for restaurants and clubs. Night life is good here.
La Rambla – You can’t miss this street. It is one of the best to witness the vibe of Barcelona city.
La Barceloneta – Seaside neighbourhood of Barcelona lined up with good restaurants along with a splendid view
Things to Do:
Cycling tour in the city ( they are going to show you some of the best streets in Barca)
Try Sangria and Aperol Spritz if you are into wine and alcohol
Try Paella, Tapas, Churros, Croissants when in Spain (Food)
Camp Nou (didn’t visit as I am not so much into football) and Opium (popular pub) are two things which have good feedback but I couldn’t make it. Try those if you find time.
I didn’t find Madrid interesting though!! It mostly had the busy city vibe with good partying and shopping places. TeatroKapitol is a must visit pub if you are into partying.
Alert : Pickpocketing is damn prominent in Spain. Be very very careful with your belongings!! You never even notice it, they are too good at it.
‘When in City’ is one such travel agency which frequently does backpackers’ trips across the world every year. Well, there are enough pros and cons when dealing with this group. So, weigh those if you are planning to join their trips
Pros being that you might end up meeting really cool people like I did. It could be a coincidence too. Of course, more than anything else, people you are with, is important.
Cons being that you are going to overpay for their not-so-good service and their not-so-experienced team. You end up paying a premium compared to other such groups. They have limited knowledge about the best places to explore (atleast in case of Spain and Portugal)- had received misleading guidance at times, and you will also see them become stingy (mostly in case of accommodation) – which was so disappointing for many of us. Their packages include only accommodation at hostels, internal flights and a trip guide ( International flights , visa charges not included). Many things in their itinerary require additional payment. So, take note of all those.
So, before you go ahead, decide if you are okay with the cons and then take a call.
Well!! These are some suggestions based on my travel experience. DM me on Instagram for more details. Would always love to help you guys 🙂
Hope this post is helpful for those planning to any of these places!!
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