It’s taken me a while to write this blog because there’s just SO much to say about Portugal!!!
My trip started off in Lagos, in the Algarve region, where I met with my longtime best friend, Jackie, whom I hadn’t seen in 7 or 8 years and her fiancé Skylar. So I guess you can call that a reunion!!! We spent 2 amazing days in Lagos, saw beautiful sites, ate delicious food, and stayed in a beautiful guest house called Uma Casa a Beira Sol.
On the first day, we went on a boat tour around the rock formations which were breathtakingly spectacular. After the tour, we headed to Praia do Pinhaõ, a very famous beach in the Algarve. On the way, we stopped to get one of the sweetest, freshest ice lollies I’ve ever tried at S.mood. Praia do Pinhaõ is gorgeous, but the water was freezing !!!! It felt good for my muscles though 😂
The next day we went to the westernmost point in all of Europe, called Ponta da Piedade, where you can see all of the rocks from the top of a cliff, so you have an eagle eye view, and it is stunning. Afterwards, we took a car and drove to Lisboa, the city of the seven hills, and the capital of the country.
In Lisboa we had 3 or 4 days, so we had plenty of time to explore. We stayed in a beautiful AirBnB in the area called Bairro Alto. Thanks to my foodie friends, I got to eat in very cute restaurants, which I’m going to tell you all about.
We had breakfast at Comoba and I had a decadent orange and almond cake, which was sugar free so no guilt😋 and a nice almond milk mocha. We also ate at The Mill, a very cute café, and with great breakfast food. There, I had the yogurt bowl and an almond milk latte, which were very delicious. I found a Puerto Rican coffee bean in the LX factory, a vintage shop market very popular for the younger generation.
This wasn’t my first visit to Lisboa, so I had seen most of it already, but I did a few things I hadn’t done in my previous visits, like ride the Tram 28, which takes you around the city from southern Baxia to Portas do Sol, and it’s a very enjoyable ride. We also visited the Time Out market, a great place to grab some lunch and chill out !!!
During my visit, I made sure to meet up with one of my other best friends’ parents, Telmo who’s a ballet dancer from Lisboa, and even though he wasn’t there, I had dinner by the sea with his parents and FaceTimed him while we were together!!!
On our last day, we did a day trip to Sintra to see the stunning Palacio Naciónal da Pena, commissioned by Ferdinand August Franz Anton from Austria (later King Ferdinand II) in the 19th century. If you’re ever in Portugal you MUST go to Sintra, no doubt about it.
Portugal is a beautiful country with loads to offer, and I can’t wait to go back !!! Now I’m in my perfect home country, Puerto Rico spending time with my amazing family and making the most of life !!!!
Until next time,