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Welcome to Portugal!

Check out what there is to explore in the below cities and also tips on where to stay and how to get around!

Lisbon (Lisboa)

Ah Lisbon, such a beautiful city! I visited Lisbon back in 2010, but I wasn't really able to appreciate all it had to offer because we went in December and didn't really explore that much due to weather, and I was much younger and stressing about getting into college (throwback to HS life).

But the 2018 version of Lisbon was amazing! Not only was the weather incredible, we had the chance to explore all of what Lisbon had to offer! From the delicious pastries to the historic neighborhoods, we covered a lot of ground- my FitBit stats are proof of it LOL.


In addition for the desire to having a European vacation, our main purpose of visiting Lisbon was to attend an event for our religious community, the Ismaili community. My community is celebrating 60 years of our spiritual leader, Karim Aga Khan, of being, well, our spiritual leader for 60 years! For this reason, we spent 10 days in Lisbon and then extended our trip to Spain!

Living and Transportation (click on the images to expand)

Since we were staying in Lisbon for about 10 days, we decided to opt for an Airbnb. The one I found was in the perfect location and in walking distance to the key places we needed to go for the event as well as a 20 min walk away from the train station!

The host and his manager, Pedro and Andre were super attentive to any questions we had during our stay!

Airbnb Details (click here for Airbnb post)

Neighborhood: Parque das Nações (Park of Nations)

Price per night: $81 USD/ night

Proximity to places:

  • Oriente Train Station- 20 min walk

  • Moscavide Train Station- 15-20 min walk

  • Vasco de Gama Mall (across from Oriente)- 20 min walk

  • Nearest bus stop (26 bus to Oriente station)- 5 min walk

  • Scenic walk by Tagus River- 5-10 min walk


I am a huge advocate for public transportation, especially when traveling. Since the train station was so close to our place, we hopped on a train from Oriente to Baixa-Chiado, Cais do Sodre, and other key stops where we can do some really good sightseeing.

Travel Tip:

Pay once to get the Viva Card for 0.50 Euro

Get the Day Pass at the station for 6.30 Euro- this includes bus, train, and tram for 24 hours!

Payment: Visa or cash- no Amex :(

Explore and Eats! (click on the images to expand)



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