Last month, me and a couple of girls that I work with took a trip to Lisbon, on a bit of a whim if I’m honest. We were having a look at cheap flights from Manchester and realised Lisbon was at the top of the list, with a return costing us only £60. We started to have a look at Air BNBs and found a cheap one right in the centre for £100 each for 3 nights, which is pretty good going if you ask me.
Our flight times as well meant that we only needed one day off work as we flew late Friday evening, arriving in Portugal at around 10pm and flew back on Monday evening, arriving back into Manchester just before 11pm.
I’d been to Portugal when I was younger, but never to the capital, and from looking it up online, I was really excited to explore somewhere new. The two girls I went with had been away before together, so it was nice to get the three of us abroad as we usually only spend time in and around Manchester.
As we arrived quite late on the Friday evening, we went straight to the apartment and opened a bottle of wine which they very kindly left for us. After a couple of glasses, we went off to bed – the Air BNB was huge and we all had our own room which was a welcome surprise.
On the first morning, we went in search of coffee and found some really cute places. After a wander, we found ourselves at the port which was full of lovely bars and restaurants, so we treated ourselves to some tapas and Sangria whilst watching the boats come in.
After lunch, we went up to the art gallery, ‘A Pequena Galeria’ and spent a couple of hours there whilst there was a bit of a downpour outside. When we had finished there, we’d worked up a bit of an appetite and headed to the Time Out food market as it had been recommended to us again and again.
We went locally for dinner, and after a lot of walking in the day, felt a bit tired so didn’t stay out too long as we had a lot planned for the next day.
Day 2 started with breakfast in the apartment before heading out to the open top bus tour which took us all over the city, which was a great way to see everything. We ended up heading to the castle and spent a couple of hours wandering through the grounds and taking in the views of the city. We went on a walk to another part of the city and went on a cable car which again gave us great views all over Lisbon.
On the third and final day, we headed to the aquarium in the morning, which was actually so much fun and we got to see penguins being fed, which are one of my favourite animals! After a bit of lunch close by, we got a bus over the bridge to the Cristo Rei Christ statue (a copy of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil) which was amazing to see. It started raining whilst we were up there and I genuinely thought we might get blown off at one point!
To get to the statue, you cross a huge red bridge which reminded me of the Gold Gate Bridge in San Francisco and was quite a scary experience going over it. After we had been to the statue, we headed back to the apartment to start packing our things and made our way to get a taxi back to the airport.
Lisbon was such a fun city and not what I was expecting at all. I would definitely go back but maybe in summer when the weather would be slightly better as it was a bit cold when we visited.