One of the most impressive monuments I have visited in Lisbon is the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. It houses the Museu da Marinha, the Maritime Museum, and other various exhibits.
Next to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, you can find the Torre de Belem, a fortified tower, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it was a crucial part of the Age of Discoveries.
Also, near the Torre de Belem, you can find the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, another monument dedicated to the Age of Discoveries.
Tip: Just across the street from the Mosterio dos Jeronimos, you can find a Starbucks. Right next to the Starbucks is THE PLACE to try Pasteis de Belem – Portuguese custard tarts which are amazing! Pasteis de Belem is also the name of the place which sells them here, and they have been making the tarts since 1837, following the original recipe from the Mosterio dos Jeronimos!
This is day 4 in the honeymoon itinerary in the Lisbon area! Please find day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, and day 3 HERE.
The beginning of day 4 finds us in Sintra, with one last objective to visit!
The best money I ever spent was the entrance fee to Quinta da Regaleira! The former farm has some of the most amazing views in Sintra! In addition to the underground tunnels spread throughout the place, I was most amazed by the waterfall! The initiation well is also an impressive architectural feat!
After visiting the Quinta da Regaleira, take the train for Lisbon. Check in at a hotel of your choice – there are many options, and walk around. Find a nice desert shop or a special shopping center and buy a souvenir from your honeymoon! I still have my refrigerator magnet from Prague, and a nice little coin purse from Lisbon! It doesn’t have to be something big, just a nice, small memento.
For a nice and casual dinner, I suggest a food market – a new concept we experienced in Lisbon. The Time Out Mercato is a nice spot for both tourists and locals to enjoy a nice dinner or drinks and dessert! However, for a truly authentic experience, I recommend Mercato do Campo Ourique, a “locals only” hidden gem! Taste a few slices of proscuitto and a glass of the Alentejano wines! I must admit, hand on my heart, that after the first visit, we actually ended up returning the following night! I will leave you with a couple of photos!
I am continuing the honeymoon itinerary with another day trip!
If you are not up-to-date on the read, find Day 1 HERE and Day 2 HERE.
For Day 3, I propose a day trip to Cabo da Roca and Cascais!
For this, you must take the train from Lisbon to Sintra, then the bus from Sintra to Cabo da Roca, and another bus from Cabo da Roca to Cascais! Alternatively, you can stay in Sintra for the second night, and leave to Cabo da Roca in the morning, with the final destination being Lisbon, but that would prove rather difficult if you carry a lot of baggage! What I propose is that you add another night in Sintra, because I have something amazing for Day 4!
What awaits at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe? The amazing scenery below!
It really is worth a visit, but make sure you check the bus schedule! There is a bar just outside the bus station, so you can enjoy a beer if you happen to miss the bus!
Next on the itinerary, I propose you hop on the bus heading to Cascais! Enjoy lunch with a view!
The Cascais marina is really amazing, and the water looks marvelous! I could hardly decide between the hundreds of photos we took there!
Another hidden jewel is the Boca do Inferno, which literally translates to Hellmouth, due to the noise the water makes when entering the grotto.
I hope you enjoyed Day 3 and that you are not too exhausted for Day 4!
As I was saying last week HERE, I will try to provide some ideas for a honeymoon in Portugal, in the Lisbon area.
The first day ended with you and your spouse / significant other drinking wine and listening to Fado music. If you can, and this is a sort of general travel tip, try to book a hotel with breakfast included; this way, you can grab a bite to eat before you head out, and you can stretch lunch to a later hour, so as not to interfere with a busy schedule of visiting!
For the second day of the trip, I propose the following itinerary:
Take a walk through the park to the Castelo dos Mouros (it will last forever, but the view and the journey is AMAZING!!!)
Visit the Castelo dos Mouros
Have a picnic lunch in the Palacio da Pena Gardens
Visit the Palacio Nacional de Pena
Visit Vale dos Lagos – Pateira
It may sound like a lot, but only the first part of the itinerary is the hardest, as I propose you return to Sintra center via Tuk-Tuk (the trip from the exit of Vale dos Lagos – Pateira to Sintra center was 5 Euros / person, and I can honestly say it was the best spent money of my life, as my feet were killing me by the time we finished the trip!)
If you don’t have any ideas for a picnic lunch, try to find a grocery store (I think we actually got some groceries in a town near Sintra on our first day!). A small selection of local meats and cheeses makes for an amazing lunch, and is also easy to pack and clean up afterward!
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.
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).
Today, I want to talk about city cards, and whether or not they are worth their price.
While visiting Prague, we had no idea (or maybe there wasn’t one at the time!) about Prague Card, so we only bought 2 72-hour tickets, one for each of us, which were valid for all forms of transport around the city (like metro, bus, trams, etc.). They proved to be very useful, and the cost / benefit ratio was really good! All in all, I really recommend Prague as a budget-friendly destination, but I will write more about that in dedicated articles!
While visiting Lisbon, I was already sort of familiar with the “City Card” concept, so I looked up the card and decided to buy it. It proved to be a great idea, as the card was valid up to and including our trip to the airport, so it was a wise choice.
You can see all the discounts and gratuities here: