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.
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
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 is located at Rua Coelho da Rocha, 21, Campo de Ourique, Lisboa.(4 / 5)
Where I Went
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.
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.