WHERE'S MY BAG: LISBON, PORTUGAL
Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.
Though one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon's rise on the tourism scene is relatively new - and growing quickly. Its pleasant climate on the Atlantic Coast, paired with colorful streetscapes, historic points of interest, and vibrant modern culture, has drawn more and more visitors each year. While Portuguese is the official language, English is widely spoken. As a bonus, Lisbon is arguably the most affordable major city in Western Europe.
Lisbon is a very walkable city, if you're prepared for the ups and downs of its famous hills. The best way to see the sights is to explore Lisbon on foot with an occasional ride on the old fashioned tram or modern metro when necessary.
Visitors enjoy the top notch seafood in Lisbon as well as the famous egg tarte pastries, known as pasteis da nata. Activities in town include exploring castles, hunting for street art and historic tile patterns, visiting a world class aquarium, riding interesting lifts and elevators throughout the city, shopping at the markets, and hiking up to the many look-out points for panoramic views.
When visiting Lisbon, a day trip to nearby Sintra is not to be missed. This is where royalty had their summer palaces; and the architecture, landscaping, and natural beauty is one of a kind.
Why We Went
This was our first visit to Lisbon. We kept hearing great things about the city, especially from our fellow working nomads, so we added it to the end of our Fall trip to Europe.
Portugal turned out to be a great spot for late autumn because the climate stays warmer than many other parts of the continent. Renting a small apartment for one month in Lisbon allowed us to do our client work online and slowly explore the city in our free time. We enjoyed our stay more than we thought we would, and we recommend making a visit before Lisbon's authentic charm starts to get lost with the exponential growth in tourism.
- Michelle Chang