Ibis Lisboa Saldanha
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Easy, six-hour drive to get here on wide freeways. Deserted too - the €16.15 Portugese toll made sure of that. Every so often there's a fantastic looking castle and walled town, or palace on a hilltop. If we stopped to look at them we'd never finish our trip. Metro'd and trammed around this avo. The metro was great. The tram was super cheap …
... and created lots of fires so the surviving people gathered to safety in the main square right on the water. But moments later, a huge tsunami killed them all. The way the streets in the main part of the city (just above the main square if you're looking at a map) were laid out looked as disorganized as spaghetti because it naturally developed that way. But right after the earthquake, the city planning started right away, adopting an organized ...
... by a rocks and muddy water. After an exhausting day, it was time for a late lunch at another middle-eastern restaurant. I enjoyed a lamb kebob at a table I shared with 3 other young Portuguese men. Again, it was strange for me to eat so close to them, but it's normal to share such close quarters with people here. It wasn't even the tourist season and I felt as if I had to fight for a space!
Before heading back to the City, I realized that I still ...
... s for lunch in the shopping centre before heading to the city centre. We had looked on our maps for ages for signs of where the funicular tram ride might be but had not been able to find it.
When we came up, at our randomly chosen Metro station, in the city there was the funicular tram just off to the side so we started the first of our many queues to get a ride.
It was a worthwhile experience ...
... Alfama. It felt like a country village right in the heart of Lisbon. A little old lady popped her head out of her window and sold us sour cherry liqueur, ginjinha for $1. Very cool place if you want to feel as if you've stepping back in time.
As if the town of Lisbon couldn't get any better, 30 minutes away is a coastline of endless beaches. A perfect way to end our short stay here. As we watched people on these picturesque beaches while polishing off 2 litres of sangria, we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIbis Lisboa Saldanha Lisbon
Well located close to the Metro, with on-site parking and continental breakfast. Good value for money. Terrible Wi-Fi.
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