Highlights: Lisbon, Portugal

This post is part of the Highlights series, where you'll find my favorite photos and anecdotes from trips and excursions I've taken. For a more detailed explanation of where to go and what to do, check out one of my City Guides.


It poured rain nearly the entire time we were in Lisbon, but we were able to catch a brief moment of sunshine through the mouth-like entrance to the MAAT.


Even though it was rainy, we still loved strolling around Baixa, Lisbon's historic neighborhood and shopping center. We visited their oldest bookstore, ate beautiful pastries, and even caught a free guided tour.




We joined the tour just as it was heading into the Alfama district of Lisbon, the oldest neighborhood in the city. The streets are too narrow to allow cars, so as you walk through the winding cobblestone maze, the noise and bustle of the city fades away and a wave of calm washes over. Instead of cars and crowds, there is just the sound of birds chirping and the smell of orange blossoms.




After walking for a long time, we finally reached the top edge of Alfama and were met with a stunning view of the river. The tour ended here, but the guide recommended that we hike up a little farther to find the Castelo de São Jorge. Naturally, we did and the view was mind blowing! My photos will never do it justice.




We took a day trip to Sintra, a sanctuary town outside of Lisbon, where dozens of beautiful castles are kept in pristine condition. The castles were beautiful, but we were partial to the servants' quarters and the gardens. (Full disclosure: I may have stolen a tiny piece of kale from one of the castle's vegetable gardens.)







Our final stop near Sintra before heading back to Lisbon was Boca do Inferno. Even though it was raining, it was a formidable sight! Absolutely worth it. Plus, there's a little cafe next door that makes great hot chocolate.




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