Lisbon, Portugal: The City of Seven Hills
I had dreamt of visiting Lisbon for years because I had heard so many great things about the city. So, of course, I was excited to finally have the opportunity to visit this past summer when I embarked on a solo trip to this beautiful city.
As the title suggests, Lisbon really is very hilly! For all ladies, I would recommend putting away your heels, if you intend visiting this city. Even in flats and sandals (like I had), you still have to be incredibly careful when you walk around the city to avoid falling/tripping. You would, however, get a great workout from walking around in Lisbon.
One of the reasons I fell in love with Lisbon was the hospitality of the Portuguese people. I do not speak the language but I had no trouble navigating the city because the people are genuinely welcoming and kind. The stunning beauty of the city also intrigued me. There is no shortage of things to do and/or see, and these things are also so very diverse.
The absolute highlight of my trip to Lisbon was not even in Lisbon itself. I visited the towns of Sintra and Cascais (pronounced something like: “Kush Cash”), which are in the Lisbon region. Sintra has so many palaces and served as the vacation destination for royalties, while Cascais is a beautiful fishing town. I enjoyed my day trip to these towns (especially Sintra) so much that I had to go back because one day was just not enough to soak up all that they had to offer. Here are a few pictures that attempt to capture the beauty:
I should also mention that the Portuguese are famous for their sweet tooth so if dessert/pastries/sweets are your things then you’ll love Lisbon even more. Pastéis de nata, travesseiros, and queijadas are just a few of the very sweet goodies you can enjoy.
You should try visiting Lisbon.
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