I had the incredible opportunity to visit Portugal and spend time exploring its many beautiful sites and living alongside locals. I put together a list of highlights from my trip to guide you through your own adventures!
We started the trip off in Lisbon, Portugal and we found some places we enjoyed seeing and visiting. We stayed in the Chiado Square in an apartment building that had a really cool layout perfect for the group. The surrounding area was perfect to easily walk around and enjoy the heart of Lisbon.
Belem Tower: We took a 20 minute car ride to this historic building that was along the water. It is a known UNESCO World Heritage Site that is absolutely breathtaking and worth a visit.
Jeronimos Monestary: This was a trip highlight visiting this amazing building. The church was absolutely stunning and walking through the atrium was an amazing site with all the incredible architecture.
Bairro Alto: This area is really nice to walk around with its many shops, restaurants, and bars.
Palácio Chiado: This was probably my favorite place to eat in Lisbon. It has a really cool vibe and a lot of good options allowing each person to order at the stations and be served at the table. Definitely visit the wine bar here while you’re waiting for your table.
Cervejaria Ramiro: This was an amazing dinner place with amazing seafood. The wait is a littl longer but the food is definitely worth it. The garlic shrimp here is a definite must! The lobster, oysters, and to die for bread and butter make up an amazing meal.
Vitaminas Garrett: This place was great for a quick salad or sandwich with build your own options!
Nata: This is a famous pastry in Portugal and is easily found at most places. It is definitely worth trying with cinnamon and sugar on top. It truly is amazing and a little taste of Portugal.
Amorino: This place has amazing gelatos that they can make in flower shapes!
Sintra: This neighboring village is a short car ride away with historic palaces and really cute atmosphere to walk around and enjoy. We walked around São Martinho and had really good parties and cookies at a place called Piriquita.
Porto: We took a 2.5 hour train ride and spent a night in Porto which is a city along the Douro river. This was really a great stop with amazing buildings and atmosphere that gave a differing perspective to the country. We stayed at another apartment building right along the river called Porto River which was a great location and beautiful rooms. During the day we visited the Santo Ildefonso church in the heart of downtown which was a beautiful and unique site with its tile exterior. For dessert, Bianco D’ouro was our favorite crepe and gelato place here!
Gaia: This was the city across the river from Porto. This area is known for its amazing wine caves where you can tour the barreling process and taste Portugals prized (port) wines. We did the Cálem cave tour that featured port wine but any of the 35 wine caves would be worth a visit. It’s only a walk across the bridge to visit and is a great experience especially if you love wine!