Lisbon, Portugal

In May, my boyfriend and I took two weeks off, which we spent driving around Portugal. Most of our trip was extremely unplanned – we played it mostly by ear, staying in AirBnBs and driving around in a rental car.

We started the first weekend off in Lisbon staying in an AirBnB near the Estrela Basilica.

Basilica Estrela, Lisbon, PortugalEstrela Basilica, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, PortugalSr Guilho, Lisbon, PortugalSr. GuilhoLisbon, Portugal Tram

Our main event for our first weekend in Portugal was a Silver Wedding anniversary party – a beautiful tram ride throughout the city, with a lovely meal at the end, followed by a nice walk up to Castelo de Sao Jorge.

Where I Ate

Gambas, Sr Guilho LisbonTapas, Sr Guilho Lisbon

One of my favourite eateries in Lisbon was Sr. Guilho, a tapas bar with an excellent gin selection in Campo de Ourique. Some of the small plates like the gambas and chourico were really delicious, and the selection of local gin is well worth trying. Each gin was served in really unusual ways – one with orange peel and coffee beans, and another with grapes and bay leaves.

Sr Guilho, LisbonSr. Guilho, Lisbongin, grapes and bay leaves, Sr Guilho, LisbonSr Guilho, Lisbon

Sr. Guilho is located at Rua Coelho da Rocha, 21, Campo de Ourique, Lisboa.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Where I Went

Gulbenkian Museum, LisbonGulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian has some really incredible art that seems almost obscene that it comes from the collection of one person – oil magnate Gulbenkian, who also earned himself the nickname of ‘Mr. Five Percent’ due to retaining that share of all the oil companies he helped to develop. Some of my favourites were the Monets and Manets, as well as the incredible Islamic Art – the Gulbenkian is definitely worth a trip, even if just to walk around the grounds if you’re a fan of Brutalist architecture like I am.

Museu Gulbenkian, LisbonMuseu Gulbenkian, LisbonMuseu Gulbenkian, LisbonMuseu Gulbenkian, Lisbon

If you’re not as into art, the Gulbenkian centre also have a lot going on in terms of live music – which is exactly how Mr. A spent his afternoon, listening to music in the adjacent building while I looked around the gallery.

The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is located at Av. Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000.

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  • I’ve never been to Portugal but it is definitely on my list of places to go, Lisbon looks beautiful! What an amazing two weeks just driving round exploring, that is my ideal holiday.

  • Portugal looks amazing, I have been to Portugal but only Algarve for a beach holiday. I would love to go to Lisbon. I love all your photos.

    • erin.niimi

      Thanks Nayna! Definitely worth driving around Portugal – it’s all so stunning!

  • Lisbon looks amazing. I’ve never been, but it’s definitely on my list!

    Paula | Lifestyle & Laffs

    • erin.niimi

      Thanks Paula! It’s really lovely there – I had such a great time! I’ll be posting about the rest of my holiday over the next few posts 🙂