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Lisbon recommendations, anyone?


If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen we were trying to decide where to go on holiday, for our last holiday before picobee, which needed to be in March, partly because I don’t want to be too big and uncomfortable, and partly because I thought you weren’t allowed to fly after 28 weeks, although that is not actually true, it’s 35 weeks. So a lot of the more northerly destinations were out. Anyway, when I found easyjet flies to Lisbon from Edinburgh, I immediately got excited, as I’ve been wanting to go there for ages, in fact I already owned a travel guide, but back when I bought it there was no direct flights. But then people were commenting about the cobbles and the steep street and we thought it might be a bit too difficult with Milo, who can’t realistically cope completely without a buggy yet.

But then we decided to throw caution to the wind and have booked it. I figure people do have children there, so it can’t be that hard to get round, and Milo’s getting better at walking longer distances every day. And it just sounded to good not to go! We are staying in this airbnb, managed to find one with a kids room, but there was so many beautiful places and the prices are great. I really recommend airbnb, if you haven’t tried it yet! (and if you aren’t a member yet, I can refer you for £16 off your first booking, just let me know in the comments or send me an email).

But anyway, I wondered if anyone had any recommendations for things to do? We will be there for 7 days in the middle of March, so we’ve got plenty of times to explore, so anything fun to do, or places to eat at all!

Picture from here.

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  • Claire 23 January 2015, 12:48 pm

    Hi Franca, I haven’t been to Lisbon myself, but keep meaning to go especially after seeing photo’s about it on Dispatch from La’s blog. She has details of her Lisbon trip at http://www.dispatchfromla.com/dispatch_from_la/lisbon/ which might be of use to you. Sintra (a UNESCO world-heritage site) is also only a short train journey from Lisbon.

    • Franca 23 January 2015, 9:23 pm

      Thanks Claire, will check it out!

  • Knitlass 24 January 2015, 12:01 am

    The castle has nice views, and peacocks – but I can’t remember anything else!

    Definitely go on the no 28 tram up to the castle. When I lived in Lisbon this was the tram I used everyday – the new ones hadn’t been introduced then. It’s amazing how it copes with the narrow streets, hills and twisty turns.

    Sintra is just along the coast, a short train ride away. Pena palace is totally mad – and if milo has watched balamory, it’s rather like the pink castle Archie lives in!!

    It’s too long ago since I was there to make any other recommendations – except the cakes. The pasteis de nata are totally delicious!
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    • Franca 24 January 2015, 6:02 pm

      Thanks! Sintra has a pink castle? We are definitely going to go there anyway!

  • Debbie 24 January 2015, 2:48 pm

    We went to Lisbon when I was about 28 weeks (and we also live in Edinburgh :-)) – it was a fantastic holiday. I second the tram 28 recommendation, and the castle and the pasties de nata. The airbnb place we stayed in gave us some as a welcome gift.

    The Convento do Carmo was awesome. If you go on a sunny day you’ll get some amazing photos. The tile museum is also well worth the trip, as is the Museu Coleccao Berado in Belem. Also in Belem is a cafe that sells the best pasties de nata, the Antiga Confeitaria.

    Go up the Elevador Santa Justa and ride the funiculars, go to Noobai cafe for brunch and lovely views and the best dinner we had was at Pharmacia which is also an apothecary museum. We went for a 7 course tasting menu or something like that and it was great, though I struggled for stomach space. Also on the food front, Santini does amazing ice cream in wacky flavours.

    One thing we ran out of time for but which I was really keen on was a wander around the cobbled lanes in Baixa, apparently full of quirky old haberdashery shops and lots of 1930s style.

    Have a great trip!

    • Franca 24 January 2015, 6:06 pm

      Thanks Debbie great tips, and that’s great to hear that you went when you were pregnant!

  • Frances 30 January 2015, 12:27 pm

    Oh good. I’m glad you decided to go for it. We were only there for a couple of days so didn’t do/see loads but we really enjoyed visiting the castle – even in damp weather the views were great. We also got the tram to Belem and spent the day there which was great. There are quite a few museums but we only went round the maritime one (really liked it but we’re boat nerds who got married in a maritime museum!) and a small free modern art gallery. I hope you have a great time.

    • Franca 1 February 2015, 9:06 pm

      thanks for the tips, I’m sure we’ll have a great time!

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