Honeymoon in Lisbon – Day 1

Hello everybody!

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.
Dona Maria Restaurant, Sintra

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.

A Fonte Mourisca em Sintra

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.

Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Wherever you choose to stay, end your day with a glass of wine (or Vinho de Porto, if you hold your liquor! πŸ™‚ ), on a terrace, listening to Fado music (on Youtube, if you can’t find a restaurant with live music in the area).

56 Replies to “Honeymoon in Lisbon – Day 1”

  1. This would be such a gorgeous place to visit! I would love to check out all the local restaurants and check out the architecture.

  2. Honestly, going for the down-to-earth local places is probably the best way to experience a country. You get to see what people really do when they’re not focused on attracting the most tourists. I hope I get to go to Lisbon someday!

  3. Portugal seems to be the “it” place to travel to these days! I would love to visit, sounds like a great honeymoon destination!

    1. I think it is a sort of all-around destination, you can definitely find whatever you are looking for, be it a romantic setting or an adventure path! πŸ™‚
      I hope you had a great time with your Aunt!

  4. I deferred my honeymoon hopefully to the end of this year but was in Lisbon last year. This post is making me want to plan another visit to Portugal.

  5. I absolutely loved visiting Lisbon when I visited last year! It’s such a diverse city and I loved the street art and foodie scene! Thanks for sharing the details of your Sintra hotel, I’d love to stay there next time around!
    Jaz

  6. Lisbon seems like a great place for a honeymoon! I like your advice to actually stay in Sintra – I think day trips get expensive and it’s better to spend a longer time!

  7. Honeymoon travel is always a love ride in picturesque locations. As Lisbon is a great place then you must be having a wonderful time there. I would definitely go to the Tivoli Sintra Hotel next to Sintra Palace.

  8. A DIY honeymoon planner is a good idea to have a well planned honeymoon. Lisbon does seem like an amazing city for honeymooning and surely your itinerary show that you had a great time there. I would too love to visit there someday!

  9. Lisbon is in my bucket list. I used to live in Madrid and Vigo (this last city is very close to Portugal), I’ve been in Porto but never in Lisbon. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Hotels that are near the must-visit spots are my go-to hotels !! It’ll be awesome too if the price for stay is manageable. Lisbon seems to be a wonderful place to visit, especially for honeymooners.

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