Today, I am starting a new post series on Travel Thursday, a DIY honeymoon planner for a week in the Lisbon area. I am going to present ideas from my actual honeymoon, so I really hope you will enjoy!
My husband and I choose a mid range budget, but we did splurge a little on the hotel, we usually book 3 star hotels, but for our honeymoon we choose 4 star hotels. For our meals, we try to keep it balanced – not only eating in high end restaurants, but more like down to earth places, full of local flavor (the type chosen by locals mostly), and we try to avoid tourist traps.
So, for the first part of the trip, I will propose a 3 day stay in Sintra, a city somewhat near Lisbon. From my “before the trip” research, I found that Sintra was mostly presented as a day-trip from Lisbon, but I got the feeling that only a day was not enough to visit all the beauties this area had to offer, so we settled on 3 days in Sintra, followed by 4 days in Lisbon. It was really worth it!
The itinerary for the first day is pretty simple:
- Arrival at Humberto Delgado Airport.
- Take the metro from Airport to Oriente train station.
- Take the train from Orient station to Sintra station.
- Walk to the hotel.
- Check-in formalities.
- Visit Palacio Nacional da Sintra.
- Have dinner at one of the many restaurants around.
As for the hotel, I really recommend Tivoli Sintra hotel, it has a nice restaurant with an amazing view, as well as rooms with mountain view. It is right next to Palacio Nacional da Sintra, so you have something to visit on your first day. It is also in the middle of the tourist “hot spot”, so you are really close to most of the objectives you have to visit.
The only downside is the distance to the train station, but the view you must pass to get from the station to the hotel is well worth the 15 minute walk.
Wherever you choose to stay, end your day with a glass of wine (or Vinho de Porto, if you hold your liquor! 🙂 ), on a terrace, listening to Fado music (on Youtube, if you can’t find a restaurant with live music in the area).