One of the best parts about DIS is that it allows for plenty of travel, and this week I have my first week-long vacation! Our first stop? Portugal! My friend Rachel and I left Copenhagen bright and early Saturday morning. We landed in Lisbon and immediately headed for our hostel. Our hostel, Lisboa Central Hostel has been great! We had our own room with two twin beds and a private bathroom, all within walking distance of the downtown area.
Saturday afternoon was spent exploring the area of Belem. We visited a few monuments, museums, and best of all, a pastry shop with the best custards in Lisbon. Cafe Pasteis de Belem is famous for their custard tarts, its said that only three people in the world know the recipe. After a day spent walking around, we went back to our hotel to rest up for Sunday`s adventure.
Sunday we took a train to the city of Sintra, about 45 minutes outside of Lisbon where we hiked to Palacio de Pena. We were expecting a nice walk, but it turned out to be a 45 minute hike straight up a mountain (there was no downhill section). The view at the top was definitely worth the hike, it can only be described as unreal. The pictures I took definitely did not do it justice. We decided to give our legs a break and take the bus back down, before grabbing lunch and heading to the beach town of Caiscas. Caiscas pretty much reminded me of Florida (but even better). We walked to see the Boca de Inferno and shopped around a bit as well. We could not decide where to eat, so we first had drinks on a rooftop terrace of a little cafe. We finally decided to get a seafood dinner at the restaurant down the street and it was delicious! By the time we made it back to our hostel, we showered and then went straight to bed.
Today was our last day here in Lisbon, so we spent the morning walking around Almafa (old district) and more of the downtown location near our hostel. We are about to leave for the airport to catch a flight to Barcelona! We each have a few friends in Barcelona, so it`ll be fun to get the chance to meet and catch up with them!