Now that autumn is upon us, we’re all craving some winter sun and desperately trying to fit in one last trip for the year. The question is where to go and more importantly, what to wear. We caught up with Onyi Moss to find out the best things to do in Lisbon and what we should be packing.
“Sunshine, seafood and sweet pastries; everything I loved about Lisbon. Can’t believe it took me this long to finally visit, nonetheless, it was very much worth the wait.
Earlier in the month, I packed up for a trip down to this beautiful city. After checking the weather, I saw that the weather was going to be between twenty-six to thirty degrees, so I was ready for summer in October. I went with basics that were easy to style and layer where possible especially in the evenings when the weather gets a little chilly. Light denim, colourful shirts, slip dresses, knitwear and a good old cowboy boots were some of the things that made it into my luggage.
My first impression of Lisbon was very good following my encounter with my Uber driver who had bottled water in his car, WiFi, and treats in the form sweets and bubblegum. I later came to know that this was the standard of Uber in Lisbon. I was very impressed to say the least. I checked into my apartment which was located in the city. It was called The Lisboans. I mean, if I was really going to experience Lisbon, I had to be in the company of the locals. This later turned out to be the thing I missed the most. The apartment had four balconies, a bedroom, living space, kitchen and a huge bathroom. I had freshly squeezed orange juice and pastries delivered to my apartment every morning. Not to mention, the fridge was packed with food. They sure do know how to make a guest feel welcome here. If the city wasn’t so beautiful, I would have easily spent all my time in the apartment.
I had a list of things to accomplish after speaking with the locals and folks who have already visited Lisbon. First off was to see some of the monuments. I headed to The National Azulejo Museum, a tile museum which featured a church with gold ceilings and a magnificent garden. I also visited Jerónimos Monastery which had an ornate structure. To get the full city experience, I went on the Tram Tour. I got to see a lot of what the city had to offer. The colours, tiles and architecture was truly a sight to behold.
Then came time to try out the food. There were plenty of restaurants to choose from with a lot of them serving up seafood dishes. My favourite meal ended up being risotto which I ate at least three times during my short trip. The pastries were out of this world. The custard tart was delicious and a most try if you’re in Lisbon. Nothing compares to it.
Then came time for the beach. I mean, it was a given seeing how much sunshine there was and Lisbon has quite a few beaches. I opted to go to Praia Da Cornelia Beach because it was a quiet beach that had cute little beach houses which made it very scenic. I spent my time sunbathing and watching the birds fly. It felt like something out of a movie.
One of my favourite things to do was to walk down the streets especially in the evenings and take in the city. I discovered a few hidden gems like a grocery store which made some of the best pastries I’ve had in my life. The rooftop of the Memmo Alfama Hotel offered a lovely place to watch the sunset from. At night, the city was very full of life with lights emanating from shops and restaurants, it felt magical.
Before I knew it, the trip was over and it was time to head back to Manchester. Perhaps if I had more time on my hands I would have gone to Sintra. Another beautiful city not too far from Lisbon featuring a very colourful castle and great architecture. All in all, I had a wonderful time in Lisbon and I look forward to returning. Hopefully soon.”
You can book flights to Lisbon from the UK here.
October 16th 2018 - by @CollectPlus