This week The Friends share their memories of Lisbon, Portugal. Tony led today’s episode with Eric, Brian, Terry, Jim Scott and Jim Read joining in. The podcast starts with Lisbon being a must go to place. Great foods, great atmosphere, and great history.
Portugal, 300-400 years ago, was a global powerhouse, with a lot of navigation history, and Lisbon was the center of this power. In 1755, a large earthquake had a devastating effect on Lisbon, and the remains can still be seen today.
Some places that we stayed that we highly recommend are The Barrio Alto section in the old quarter. The restaurants and bars located here make for a lively atmosphere and a good time. This area lends itself to renting apartments, think AirBnB and or Hostels. Lisbon is rated as having one of the top Hostel stay locations in the world. Not as many hotels in the old quarter, compared to the newer section of town. The apartments are very affordable, and the old section is where a lot of things are going on, compared to a 20-30 minutes from the newer section of town. Click on the podcast to hear discussion of the other areas of Lisbon and some of the great restaurants and nightlife. Including the famous Wine Bar.
Navigating the hills can prove to be a challenge, but Lisbon does provide veniculars and elevators that are strategically placed to help get up and down them. You can get day passes that will let you use these hill hoppers as well as all other public transportation.
Day tripping outside of Lisbon has many options. Head to the coast, or over to Porto could be on anyone’s list. Listen as the friends go into more detail about their day trip to Sintra and the palace(s) and the Illuminati gardens that they visited. Incredible architecture and fantastic grounds as well as driving along the coast. Lots of great info described, click on the podcast to listen in detail, or read the transcript.