Finding Spring and Falling for Lisbon

Inland view of Lisbon No 2

The lovely city of Lisbon

After months of a relentless winter that even the official start of British Summertime couldn’t shift, it was inevitable that I’d have to leave the UK if I was ever to find the solace of Spring. Fortunate then, that I had booked April flights to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

For a few days at least, I was sure I’d avoid reluctantly scraping away some of my morning optimism along with the all too familiar layer of ice on my car windscreen.

Lisbon Collage

Some of Lisbon’s sights

Europe’s westernmost capital city might be growing in popularity among tourists, but it still seems to be something of a well kept secret. It’s also said to offer visitors great value for money, so this three day trip seemed like the best city break idea I’d had in ages. And after poring over posts from the fabulous Mrs O Around the World who herself hails from the city, I couldn’t wait to see if I would fall in love with Lisbon (for the record, Mrs O – I did)!

Lisbon Eden Theatre

Stunning historic buildings are everywhere in Lisbon, but I think the art-deco Teatro Eden might have been my favourite

Lisbon exudes an ageless beauty. The fading tiled facades of its buildings seem to whisper beautiful old songs, telling the stories of countless years gone by. In the spring sunshine, its hilly streets are nothing short of spellbinding and the waterfront views are enough to calm even the busiest of minds (or in my case, enough to wash away winter).

Lisbon in Blue

Lisbon in beautiful blue

It’s not all obvious beauty, though. You’ll see homelessness as you wander the streets; a stark reminder that times are hard here for many, much like elsewhere. But there’s a grit to this city that makes it great; a realness that gets right under your skin. I think it’s the familiar gutsy character you’ll often find in coastal cities. Thriving ports that evolve over the years give a place a certain resilience – and the rebirth of Lisbon’s dockland area as the home of trendy bars and restaurants shows that this city knows how to move with the times.

Lisbon Collage

A city that will keep your camera busy!

Let’s face it, Lisbon has been around forever; it’s as old as the hills it was built on and it’s survived tough times including a devastating earthquake in 1755 that meant the city had to be largely rebuilt. And that’s what I loved most about Lisbon; its sense of strength. The fact that it’s just a joy to explore simply made it better.

Looking out over Lisbon

A moment of peace looking out across the city

So will you go to Lisbon? It might be safe to say that this beautiful Portuguese capital city isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you should put off a visit. Go now and even if one trip is all you ever make, the city of Lisbon will stay with you long after you leave. Probably forever.

You won’t regret it for a second.

(I stayed at Lisbon’s Britania Hotel – read more about my visit here)

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Have you been to Lisbon? What did you love about it? And if you haven’t been yet – would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments.

11 Comments

  • I truly love your depiction and photos of Lisbon’s beauty, Clare! So gorgeous! You made me miss Lisbon even more!

    • Clare says:

      I’m so glad you like it! Means a lot – thank you! It was a great trip and I can see why you miss the city. I am sure I’ll go back for a few more days, maybe with my sister – I think she would really like it. Look forward to meeting you in Rotterdam!

  • Agness says:

    Although it’s summer here in China, I’m jealous of spring scenery in Lisbon. So charming!! Lovely photos 🙂

  • Leah says:

    Between you and Mrs. O, I’ve got to get myself to Portugal…like yesterday! Beautiful photos.

    • Clare says:

      You really do! This was my first visit to Portugal and it has certainly left me longing to go back! No idea why I waited this long to go!

      Thanks for stopping by, Leah 🙂

  • Aggy says:

    Wonderful post, wonderful pictures! I can’t wait to explore Lisbon soon! 😀

    • Clare says:

      You’ll have a wonderful time – I thought it had great character as well as being a truly beautiful city. Thanks so much for the kind words and enjoy your trip! I look forward to your reports and photos! 🙂

  • Calli says:

    This is just what I needed today – there’s still snow on the ground outside and these pictures of Lisbon in the spring just warmed me right up 🙂 My boyfriend and I were able to visit Lisbon last fall and really loved it, the buildings are charming, the food is incredible, and the climate was perfect – warm but not too hot. Thanks again and have a great day!

  • Martynosia says:

    I am going there in March. I have this city on my list of “must see cities” for a very long time, and finally I found time ang reasonable priced tickets to go there 😉

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