If said that my trip to Portugal was a trip of a lifetime, would you believe me? I was blessed to be able to travel to Portugal with two of my best friends from Sicily, Maria and Enrica. Both of which I met during my semester abroad in Almeria, Spain.
We spent four days in Portugal. Two days in Lisbon and two days in Porto. Though some say they enjoy Porto more than Lisbon, I beg to differ. The sites are absolutely exquisite in Porto and the wine is exotically delicious, but Lisbon has a scene to it that is just remarkable.
Lisbon – the capital and largest city of Portugal – is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. Rich in architecture, it is filled with unique structures and buildings. From the Cristo Rei Statue, the electric trams, the 25 de Abril Bridge, Alfama to the Bairro Alto, Lisbon was fantastic.
The photos below were all taken in Lisbon (or Lisboa, as the Portuguese say).
Below are the photos from Porto – the famous coastal city in northwest Portugal – most known for its port wine production.
When I started this blog, I promised to give my absolute honest opinion of the places I went to and the food that I tried. Portugal is famous for a meal called the “Francesiña” or “Francesinha.” This is a traditional meal that is made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, sausage, steak/roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce; it usually comes with fries (those were delicious – this is how you know I grew up in America…lol). With the expectation of a delicious sandwich, I have to say that it was definitely not as great as I expected it to be (no offense to anyone from Portugal or anyone that enjoys eating it). However, my advice to you is, to try it. Now that I have scratched it off of my bucket list, I will not be going for seconds.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to Portugal and that you are inspired to travel. I cannot emphasize that enough. When people say that ‘traveling is good for the soul,’ they are not lying. While traveling, you not only learn more about a different culture, but you learn more about yourself. You get to build memories and share experiences whether its with friends and family you are traveling with or whether its the backpackers that you meet at the hostel you’re staying in. TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL. Have I said it enough? I do understand that traveling can be costly, however by saving some money every week and traveling smart, I can guarantee you will cut the normal ‘traveling costs’ in half.
Feel free to get in contact with me whether it be about Portugal, Spain, medicine, studying abroad, traveling suggestions, or anything else. I would love to hear from you. Lastly, I hope whoever is reading this post is going to have a great day or evening, wherever you are in the world. Sending much love your way!