View of Lisbon, Portugal from Saint George Castle.
The Alfama District, my favorite part of Lisbon. There was a seemingly endless maze of narrow streets just like this one.
Another narrow street in the Alfama District.
Beautiful blue building in the Alfama District.
View of the Alfama District from Saint George Castle.
Most of Saint George Castle is draped in trees, so it was tough to get a good photo of it. However, it was a great place to explore and had many great viewpoints of Lisbon (like the bottom of this staircase).
Praça da Figueira, one of the main squares in Lisbon.
Time Out Market Lisbon. I’m kind of a conisour of European Markets and this is one of my favorites. There’s an endless amount of vendors making high quality dishes for 10 – 12 euros each.
Mmmmm…….. scallops, seaweed, and black risotto.
Lagos is one of those places where you plan on spending 2 nights, but end up spending 5. There’s good reason why this is one of my favorite places in Europe. Gorgeous beaches, friendly people, and fair prices. What more could you want?
This beach was extremely treacherous to get down to, which is why there’s only a handful of people on it. Definitely worth the effort.
Lagos Old Town
Lagos wasn’t just beautifal beaches, it also had a lovely old town, good reastaurants, and a vibrant nightlife.
The last door on the right is Tag Hostel
, where I stayed for 3 nights in Lagos.
Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira felt more like Lord of the Rings than the real world. The gardens surrounding the castle were filled with a maze of secret staircases and underground passageways.
This spiral staircase led down to an underground passageway that was pitch black (glad I have a flashlight on my phone), which could be taken across the grounds.
That tower isn’t just for show, you can climb it for a great view over Sintra.
Quinta da Regaleira is located about 30 miles outside of Lisbon and can easily be reached by a train that takes ~50 minutes. Lisbon has a very dry landscape, so it was surprising to find the lush, green terrain surrounding Sintra.