Good life capitals: Lisbon
Portugal was a destination yet to be discovered for me. Thanks to the abundance of finer things in life available in Spain, I never even considered going next door to its neighbour. But after more and more enthusiastic stories about Lisbon reached me, it was time to switch up my favourite ‘good life’ destination and try something new. Luckily, I was not disappointed. Turns out that I could pursue my favorite activities from Spain here as well. What activities you may ask? Indulging in food and soaking up the Mediterranean lifestyle. Yeah, busy days.
In Lisbon you’ll find the typical, old, authentic buildings with that characteristic, chipped paint. The city really is beautiful and breathes authenticity. Besides this authentic feel, Lisbon is also quite hip and trendy and on the rise of becoming the ‘hippest city’ in Europe (according to several magazines and websites). I don’t know about that, but I can tell you that if you want to satisfy your inner hipster by eating your food off chopping boards in trendy cafés and visit concept stores in rundown, vintage venues, you won’t be disappointed here.
Something that greatly contributed to our Lisbon experience was going on 2 tours via this great site called withlocals.com, where locals show you around their city. This truly highlighted our trip. I really dislike the tourist areas of a city, but more often than not you get stuck there because without inside knowledge or enough time you wouldn’t know where to go. When I first entered the center of Lisbon I wasn’t impressed too much (besides the beautiful buildings) as it is filled with cheap restaurants, street salesman, expensive tours and so forth, a.k.a the homogeneous center you’ll find in every major city. Once you venture beyond that, and find out a bit more about local life in Lisbon, it is a great and charming city!