This summer kicked off with a road trip across Portugal and Spain, with a quick pit stop in Lisbon on either end of the trip. Lisbon was the cheapest place to fly into, and also happens to be Steve’s current favorite city.
After landing and attempting to acquire the correct adapter, we got a rental car and hit the road. It’s a short 15 minute drive from the airport to the city. We navigated the narrow streets and headed to a great little coffee shop, Hello, Kristof. Following an overnight flight, coffee was the first order of business. We also had acai and granola bowls.
After fueling up, we hit the streets to stretch our legs and get some fresh air. One of my favorite things about Lisbon is the street art. There’s endless variety in colorful tiles around every corner.
Of course, a continuation of doors around the world photo series. I’m partial to doors that look like they are meant for elves.
Before hopping back in the car, we got a smoothie for the road from Yao Pressed Juicery and headed to the next destination. More on those stops to come!
After our road trip through Evora, Cordoba, and Seville, we drove back to Lisbon the night before our flight. The weather was absolutely perfect, so we strolled down to the Time Out Market (yes, we went there last year, but it was so good we went back!). Fig and prosciutto salad was a winner.
We made our way down to the water and had coffee at Montana Shop, a hybrid cafe and art supply store. Live music and outdoor bars line the waterfront, and they were all pretty lively for a Sunday night!
The next morning we hit The Mill for breakfast: smoothie bowls, granola, and coffee. They are a cafe by day, wine bar by night. Then it was sadly time to hit the road to the airport. How random is this: a woman at breakfast ended up sitting right in front of me on the plane.
This time, we stayed in the Madragoa neighborhood, which felt very authentic and off the tourist track. It wasn’t too far of a walk to the water, either.
After 3 separate times in Lisbon in the past year, I can definitively say it is one of the best spots to see in Europe right now. It’s the perfect mix of city, waterfront and history, with a laid back vibe and reasonable prices. Stay tuned for a recap of the rest of our adventure!