Before you continue to read this, ask yourself, do I want to discover a city barely touched with swarms of tourists, with the best seafood in Europe and the friendliest people? If yes, then you will love Lisbon.
In mid-January my boyfriend and I left our beloved snowy Berlin for four days of sunshine in the Portuguese capital. From the moment the airplane door opened I could feel the heat, the scent of a hot country and a cool breeze. We were in paradise.
What did we get up to? Check out my top romantic tips for Lisbon.
Get lost in Alfama
The hilly neighbourhood of Alfama may appear daunting to those who fear steep inclines (me) but they’re not as bad as they seem. Roaming hand-in-hand through the tiny staircases and narrow streets of this district evokes a feeling similar to one in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Those who stuff their face together, stay together xox
One of Lisbon’s biggest selling points was the rumour that it’s home to some of the best seafood in Europe. After some of the best meals of my life, my chins and I would like to tell you this is in fact, true.
Some of the best dishes I had were at SeaMe, where Japanese dishes meets Portuguese seafood. From sardine nigiri to rolls with salmon, strawberry and avocado delivered in a divine presentation. It’s hard to stop and take photos before you dig in. So you end up taking a photo of one of the bottles of wine you had instead.
Case in point.
So how much did it cost? The beau and I had around 8 dishes of sushi which filled us to the brim, and two bottles of wine which came to a total of 99 euros. Least to say I would save my pennies up and go again!
Take a baking class
Lisbon is famous for a particular custard pastry – pasteis de nata. With over thirty-two thousand hashtagged images on Instagram, the pastry itself could be considered a social media starlet in its own right.
But I didn’t want to come, eat, take a photo and leave. No way, this millennial wanted to take it to the Marta Stewart level. So we booked a baking class at the Cooking Lisbon, we had a lovely chef showing us the way of Portuguese pastry baking.
Take in the sunset
Neither of us have witnessed a sunset like the ones in Lisbon. Park your bum near the Praca de Comerio, the main square in Lisbon parallel to the river and wait for the sky to blow you away.
Watching the sun disappear off the edge of the Earth makes for the perfect resting time after a long day of exploring the Alfama neighbourhood. What makes it even better is a bottle of wine to share.
What makes Lisbon the perfect spot for couples in a nutshell?
At the very core of our trip, my boyfriend and I realised that for the money you pay for a weekend away in Lisbon (we spent about 700 euro altogether) is very reasonable compared with Paris or Venice romantic getaways. Our accommodation was 116 euro each, and most of our money we splashed on a lot of seafood, which as you may be able to tell, I don’t regret a bite of.
What’s also worth mentioning is that the people are exceptional. It’s very rare that civilians of a capital are so friendly, chatty and have a great sense of humour.
Final Romantic Ratings:
Quality of Wine – 10/10.
Service – 10/10 (most of the time!).
Beautiful scenery – 10/10.
That’s all on romantic Lisbon for the moment. I hope you will make it to Lisbon and will love it as much as we did. 😀