Until 2013 when I spent a weekend in Lisbon and the following year when I visited Cascais and Sintra during my stay at the Oitavos. So in February, as half-term loomed and with it the fear of being stuck inside in London with a bored 7 year old, I decided to book a holiday in Lisbon. There are many beautiful hotels in Lisbon including the Four Seasons (my personal favourite) and there are numerous flight options too, including hiring a private jet to get there.
Once in Lisbon, there are so many things to do. This time, I decided to stay in an area I didn’t know so well, opting for somewhere a little more residential and locals-only rather than in the heart of tourist-land like last time (I didn’t enjoy that at all). After a bit of research, I found out about the area called Principe Real, which is a short walk from the centre of town but has a completely different vibe. There is a huge amount of stuff to do locally too: along the Rua da Escola Politécnica you will find museums, gardens, concept-stores, cool bars and restaurants. I will definitely stay in that area again: it is as practical as it is beautiful. Our stay was a mixture of slightly touristy things (I took Mini to the zoo and on a boat tour on the Tajo) and off the beaten path exploration.
When it comes to food, I like to follow recommendations from locals to find more authentic places, or just things that are slightly different. And we did… Oh that we did! I came back a few kilos heavier because of all the delicious food that seemed to pave our way through town. Anyway – this was meant to be a visual diary and here I am, rambling away! I bet you want some addresses, right? Then scroll down!