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Visiting the Belem Tower and the Jeronimos in Lisbon

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The Castelo dos Mouros in nearby Sintra

I had read enough and heard many comments about Lisbon. Most people agreed that it was like visiting Spain about 20 or 30 years ago, looking like a careless and melancholic city, only retaining certain vestiges of what was once the capital of an Empire with ultramarine colonial possessions. Others commented that the night is full of life and the people are very authentic and friendly.

I was thinking about the cocktail: melancholic and alive at the same time, as old or old rather than dirty or dark, capital of a country that was once navigators and adventurers. I knew I was going to love it. So it was.

Two full days in Lisbon can do well to see the most attractive things in the city. We went from Thursday to Sunday, taking advantage of a magnificent and sunny Saturday to spend the day in the beautiful town of Sintraand we are left with the desire to visit the renowned Cascais.

The famous Lisbon Belem Tower

Although we leave Dublin and fly with Aer Lingus, I have also verified that the Portuguese TAP, Ryanair and several Spanish airlines will take you from various parts of Spain for very competitive prices.

In the accommodation we are right to choose the Residence Dom Sancho I. Well located, also the airport bus left us almost at the same door and a subway station was less than 15 meters away. The staff spoke perfect Spanish - which did not make much of Tatiana who is Brazilian and wanted to use her Portuguese - and was very friendly. For only 22 Euros per person we had breakfast included and I still remember what it took to get up from the table after swallowing 3 toasts with butter and jam, a croissant, a bun, a yogurt and a glass of milk. Don't they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day to start the day with energy? Well, that one.

Dos Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon

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