cualpeco said: I’ll be in a flight connection for 10 hours in Lisbon. What would you recommend to do in the mean time?
Hello! Mm, that’s a bit of a tough question I have to admit! I was never very good at the tour guide type stuff, but I’ll try to be as thorough as I can be (and will probably go into the traditional sweets a bit cause I loved them :b)!
I hadn’t been to Lisbon for almost 2 years, so when I visited last week I felt like a tourist and really saw the city with different eyes (also helps that I was with a friend who had never been there before). To be fair I’m not entirely familiar with museums and galleries there, but Lisbon is an old city that reflects tradition all by itself, and simply walking around is enough to find a lot of things that may be of your interest, from monuments and statues, to old shops and little details, like tiles traditionally decorating the old buildings. Click here to see just a few photos I took last week. Not the best city to walk around if it’s raining though, because it’s so hilly, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!
If you’re going for some food I recommend you try a cod fish dish (there’s tons of different traditional dishes with just that fish) or even some grilled fish dish, that can never go wrong. The pork’s great as well, at least comparing to what I get in England! :P Also, there’s a traditional alcoholic drink called Ginginha, Lisbon being one of the traditional places it is produced in, which is most commonly served in a little chocolate cup. I don’t drink alcoholic beverages myself, but if you do, you could give that one a try! c:
Now, if you’re willing and can afford going off your way a bit, you could go to Belém, a part of Lisbon off from the center. It’s center is a very open area and there’s a ginormous Monestary worth seeing, even if just from the outside. In Belém you can find the cafe that sells the original recipe of the Pastel de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts), warm and very delicious! Further away from central Lisbon, although still part of its district, is Sintra; a more nature based, historical and tourist favourite area of Portugal. That place has a lot of palaces (though some may just look like very big old houses) and castles (there’s a Palace and a Castle at the top of the mountain) and it’s just lovely to walk around. There you can find two traditional sweet pastries from the country, the Queijadas de Sintra and the Travesseiros.
And yeah. I don’t know if you can go to all those other places besides central Lisbon, and sorry if I wasn’t specific enough with things to see, but I can’t think of a better way to get to know the city without it being through exploring its streets! I hope you have a great time there and wherever your destination is! c: