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5 Must Dos In Lisbon

I rarely go to a city that I could see myself living in, but Lisbon is one of them. New York is the other…

We went for a sun-soaked four-day break last June with our friends, when world cup fever was high and the city was in the throws of the Feast of St Anthony, aka the sardine festival.

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Winding streets, bedecked with decorations, were crammed with vendors selling grilled sardines and pasteis de nata as carnival music soaked into the night. Truly epic and happening 12-14 June this year.

But at any time, if you are lucky enough to be taking a trip there, here are my top recommendations

Eat!

Grilled sardines and fresh seafood are scrumptious at the relaxed and bustling Cervejaria Ramiro – a favourite of Rick Stein’s, or so I’m told.

Original and succulent piri piri chicken in a family-esque setting (think big tables and lots of chatter), Restaurante Casa dos Frangos near Sintra is a winner. After all the walking, it’s also a fantastic carb-load and sells cheap wine.

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Feast at the The Mercado Da Ribeira food market (Time Out Market). For a foodie, it is a literal treasure-trove of eateries. Go with an empty stomach and time to spare – I aimed for a course per stall.

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Dip in and out of the Bairro Alto bars

Bairro Alto’s narrow streets and under-arches bars and dance halls are perfect to stumble in and out of. Avoid going in large groups as there’s not a whole lot of space…

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Beach day

Seeing the sea in Lisbon is so easy, with a train line that runs along the coast and cheap tickets. We went to Praia de Carcavelos, a mere 30 minutes from the city, to catch some rays on its stretching sandy beaches.

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Sintra

We went in thick fog and still loved it! There is a separate article here on BaldHiker for it. Sintra is a hilltop royal sanctuary, with forests, beautiful gardens and a fairytale-esque, pastel-coloured palace. Be prepared to hike though, with comfortable shoes and layers, as it operates as a total separate micro-climate to Lisbon.

Stroll around Alfama

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Alfama is Lisbon’s old town – rambling streets set on the hills – and well worth a stroll in the sun.

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Written by Ruth Lee

Ruth loves to travel and loves to write. Director of social media at Citypress, she enjoys nothing more than escape, live music and very good food.

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