Valerie Wilson Travel


Nestled on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a treasure trove of cultural richness, historical wonders, and breathtaking landscapes. Among its many jewels, the capital city, Lisbon, stands out as a vibrant and dynamic destination that promises an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an adventurer, Lisbon has something for everyone. We’ll take you on a journey through Lisbon, highlighting three must-visit places and experiences that will undoubtedly make your trip memorable.

What We’d Do
Explore Alfama: The Heart of Old Lisbon

Begin your adventure in Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods. Wander through its narrow, winding streets adorned with colorful buildings, adorned with blooming bougainvillaea. As you meander, you’ll stumble upon hidden squares, historic churches, and breathtaking viewpoints that offer sweeping views of the Tagus River. Don’t forget to visit the São Jorge Castle, a fortress that has stood tall for centuries, providing an immersive glimpse into Lisbon’s storied past.

Indulge in Pastéis de Nata and Coffee at Pastéis de Belém

Portugal is famous for its delectable pastries, and there’s no better place to savor the iconic Pastéis de Nata than at the renowned Pastéis de Belém. Located in the Belém district, this historic bakery has been perfecting this custard tart recipe since the 19th century. Served warm, these golden, flaky pastries with a creamy custard filling are an absolute must-try. Pair it with a rich Portuguese coffee for an authentic taste of Lisbon.

Stroll Along the Tagus River Promenade

The Tagus River, which flows gracefully alongside Lisbon, offers a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely stroll. Begin at the Praça do Comércio, a grand square facing the river, and follow the promenade known as Ribeira das Naus. As you walk, you’ll encounter lively cafes, street performers, and vendors selling handmade crafts. The promenade eventually leads to the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), an architectural marvel itself. Explore its innovative exhibitions or simply take in the stunning views of the river and the city skyline.

Where We’d Stay
Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon, Portugal

Having recently undergone an expansion plan, renewing its status as one of the leading boutique hotels in Europe, this hotel has enlarged its portfolio by award-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. The renovation of the 18th-century buildings has brought the number of rooms to 87, including 10 suites and 12 Junior Suites. The new area includes an innovative dining restaurant with a terrace, a patisserie full of fresh-baked treats, concepts, and an indulging wellness area, making Bairro Alto Hotel the most complete five-star boutique hotel in Lisbon.

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisbon

With a guest list that’s included everyone from royalty to heads of state (and a history that dates back to 1933), Tivoli Avenida Liberdade is Lisbon’s place to see and be seen. This elegant, urban hotel features 285 rooms and suites outfitted with custom toiletries and oversized bathrooms, plus two exclusive restaurants and three bars, including the rooftop venue, Sky Bar. There’s also a full-service spa dedicated to celebrity-worthy treatments like lifting facials and signature treatments to help recover from jet lag or a simple walk around the city.

Silversea: Lisbon to Lisbon (16 Days)

Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. Silver Moon maintains the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation. Silver Moon also features the all-new Sea And Land Taste (S.A.L.T.) programme – an immersive culinary concept that enables guests to travel deeper through a range of destination based gastronomic experiences. Not only have they expanded their all-inclusive service and added door-to-door transfers for seamless travel from home to ship and back again, but they’ve added shore excursions on all voyages!

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