Lisbon in Portugal is such a beautiful vibrant city, it really was so much more than we expected. We visited Lisbon on our Cruise holiday around the Mediterranean. We only had a few hours there so we were keen to get off the ship and start exploring.
On the morning of our docking into Lisbon we were invited to go up onto helipad at the front of the ship, although very blustery it was a great way to get a brilliant view of beautiful Lisbon.
Sailing under The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge as we sailed into Lisbon, the captain sounded the horn as we went under the bridge and listening to the traffic above sounding their horns right back at us, as the sound echoed all around us was absolutely brilliant.
As we left the ship we walked along to the main square Praca do comerico (Comerico Square) the largest square in Europe and historically the gateway to the city.
We loved everything about the square from the wide open areas to the yellow buildings I was in photographer heaven.
We enjoyed exploring the streets and taking in the cafe culture of the area, we sat out in one of the many restaurants that lined the streets, drinking and eating as we watched the world go by enjoying the sights and sounds of the day.
If you didn’t know, Lisbon is very hilly and lined with cobbles streets which if your not very good on your feet could prove difficult. With the kids in tow we decided to take one of the tuk tuk tours to explore the area a little easier in the midday sun. The tour lasted around an hour and took us all around the city to see the main sights of the area. It was such good fun and the kids loved exploring the city on the three wheeler electric car.
As you explore Lisbon you soon realise that graffiti is a real problem in the city it’s everywhere, but instead of it been discouraged it is legal and some of the street art has been comissioned. On every corner there are different pieces which mixes the traditional architecture with urban art. I loved spotting all the beautiful street art and would have loved to have had time to explore the area some more.
Lisbon is famous for its traditional Remodelado yellow trams, which date back to the 1930s and are still very much part of Lisbons transport network, A modern tram wouldn’t beable to cope with the twist and turns of Lisbons steep roads, but the old traditional trams copes perfectly going up and down twisting and turning on the cobbles.
Lisbon is such a wonderful city and a place we would to love to return.
I will leave you with a few pictures from the one of the most beautiful sunsets as we left Lisbon and sailed back under The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.
I hope you enjoyed reading
Until next time