Photo journal – Lisbon, Portugal

Photo journal – Lisbon, Portugal

Today I am starting a new weekly series on the favourite photos I have taken, mostly travel related, and the stories behind them. I have been sorting through a lot of old photos and found some great ones to share.

Click through the link to read about how to manage the excruciating process of photo management.  I have a lot of photos and I think really what’s the point of taking them if they can’t be shared. First up is the wonderful capital of Portugal – Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal

I visited Portugal in 2009 on one of my last solo trips before I got married and it was marvellous.

On this trip, I stayed in a marvellous art hostel where I met some fantastic fellow travellers. The hostel offered free tours of the city during the day and night so we got to know each other over vistas of the Tagus River and Atlantic Ocean, delicious custard tarts, the beautiful tiled buildings, a long lunch and an even longer night out on the ginjinha (Portuguese sour cherry wine). Here are some of my favourite images of those few days.

1. View of the Tagus River, Ponte 25 de Abril and Cristo Rei statue from Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

Lisbon - View of the Tagus River, Ponte 25 de Abril and Cristo Rei statue from Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

2. Ramparts of the Castelo de São Jorge in Lisbon

What to do in Lisbon, Portugal - Ramparts of the Castelo de São Jorge in Lisbon

3. Views of Lisbon from the Castelo de São Jorge

Things to do in Lisbon - Views of Lisbon from the Castelo de São Jorge

4. Praça do Comércio and Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)

Praça do Comércio and Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)

5. Torre de Belém, Lisbon

Explore Lisbon, Portugal - Torre de Belém

6. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and pastéis de nata (custard tart) from Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

Exploring Lisbon, Portugal - Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and pastéis de nata

Why visit Lisbon

I found Lisbon to be an elegant city with a fascinating past and exciting future.

Portugal was a driving force in the age of discoveries the 15th and 16th centuries. The empire supported navigators and explorers such Vasco Da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan in their quests to circumnavigate the globe and discover new lands.

Though Portugal’s influence has waned today, evidence of this glorious and wealthy past can be experienced throughout the city.

I also enjoyed the thriving food and wine scene and the obvious passion for both traditional and modern crafts and design. Lisbon has several fascinating neighbourhoods to explore and it is a city I’m looking forward to returning to with my family.

Further reading about Lisbon

Here you will find some great blog posts and guides from fellow travellers about this beautiful city.

☆ An alternative guide to Lisbon featuring street art, food tips, neighbourhood guides & more – via Kami’s blog
☆ Great tips on how to make the most of a family trip to Lisbon via Clare at Suitcases and Sandcastles
☆ A wonderful collection of restaurants and cafes from Lisbon by award winning Portuguese blogger, travel writer and photo journalist Nelson Carvalheiro
☆ Link to the Living Lounge Hostel in Lisbon where I stayed

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  1. 16th April 2016 / 10:47 AM

    Gorgeous photos, Katy! I particularly love your pictures of the Torre de Belem. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog post too.

    • 16th April 2016 / 8:27 PM

      Thanks Clare, I’ll be using your post for planning a return trip very soon x

    • 16th April 2016 / 8:26 PM

      Thanks so much Susann! You must visit Lisbon one day it is a very beautiful and vibrant city. Enjoy your weekend

  2. 28th April 2016 / 4:10 PM

    I’ve been to Lisbon twice, both years ago and both on work trips. I did get some time to look around the city though and your photos have brought back memories. Stunning photographs. I think my favourite is the view from the Castelo de São Jorge, absolutely beautiful. Ooo those custard tarts are delicious! Thanks for joining in #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

    • 28th April 2016 / 5:23 PM

      thank you Polly! How lucky to go to Lisbon for work but I do know having done a few of those trips myself there’s not so much time to experience a city. Though, there’s always time for one of those tarts 🙂

  3. 30th April 2016 / 5:29 PM

    We are reading up on Portugal as we think of spending their a couple of months in the end of the year. Thanks for your tips which may help us to find some very characterful sites. #WeekendWanderlust

    • 2nd May 2016 / 8:17 AM

      Oh great. Hope it is useful. Happy travels ✈️

  4. 30th April 2016 / 11:52 PM

    Beautiful photos of the lovely castles and scenery in Lisbon! I’ve heard so many great things about Portugal, and after reading your post, I’m convinced it has to be on my Must-See List!

    • 2nd May 2016 / 8:16 AM

      Thanks so much Brooke. You will love Lisbon. Happy travels x

  5. 1st May 2016 / 10:56 PM

    We have not been to Portugal yet but it looks lovely. We love architecture and it looks like Lisbon has no shortage of gorgeous sites. I’m especially intrigued with Torre de Belém based on your photos. Thank you for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust

    • 2nd May 2016 / 8:13 AM

      You must go Amanda. I just showed a snippet of the fun to be had in Lisbon. Happy travels x

  6. 3rd May 2016 / 11:44 AM

    Absolutely drool-worthy! We were supposed to go last year, but that trip fell through! Hoping to make it next year though!!! #CityTripping

    • 3rd May 2016 / 4:32 PM

      Good luck! It’s an amazing place to visit

  7. 3rd May 2016 / 7:04 PM

    It is such a beautiful city – you’ve reminded me why I can’t wait to go back!! #citytripping

    • 3rd May 2016 / 7:08 PM

      Thanks for dropping by Keri, happy travels ✈️

  8. 4th May 2016 / 2:20 AM

    I am liking this new series. Lisbon is a city I have always wanted to visit. Your husband is a sailing expert? That sounds interesting.

    • 5th May 2016 / 7:16 PM

      thanks Ruth, it’s a great city. Yes, my hubby likes ocean racing sailing. I quite prefer the lazy cruising around kind! Ah well.

  9. 5th May 2016 / 4:26 PM

    I love Lisbon – one of my absolute favourite cities, and your photos are making me want to go straight back again… #citytripping

  10. 5th May 2016 / 8:56 PM

    Ever more reason for me to go to Lisbon – I feel like it’s calling me. Such a good idea to dig out photos… I have sooo many too which i need to get out and share properly. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  11. 11th May 2016 / 6:02 AM

    Thanks for this post 🙂 I’m planning a trip to Portugal and I’ve skipped Lisbon before but certainly will spend a few days there this time!

    • 11th May 2016 / 7:14 AM

      Oh great! Glad you found some inspiration

  12. 24th May 2016 / 9:51 AM

    Planning for Portugal next year. Love to see Lisbon, I can’t wait!

    • 24th May 2016 / 2:45 PM

      Have fun Lia – it’s such a fantastic city.

  13. 8th February 2017 / 9:39 PM

    I know that the north of Portugal is magical, but the south simply takes my breath. Great photos, Katy!

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