We spent five days in Lisbon, but I think if we had been more prepared with a schedule (and maybe less hungover), we could have done it in three days. Here’s what a three day itinerary would look like:
For our last day in Lisbon, we took a day trip to Sintra, which is only a 40 minute train ride away. I decided to do this day trip on a Tuesday, since I heard Sintra is crowded on the weekends. (It was crowded on this Tuesday as well). After browsing through Instagram, I was super excited about Pena Palace. But I ended up falling in love with a different Sintra site.
I love doing food tours whenever I get to a new city. It’s a great way to kick off a trip, walk around to see sights, and learn about the local culture through food. I’ve done them in Barcelona, Osaka, Bangkok, and now Lisbon.
I booked Lisbon’s 10 Tastings food tour through WithLocals for 49€ per person. Looking back at the description, we actually didn’t get two of the tastings (gizzards and sardines). That’s ok, though — gizzards freak me out and I had sardines the evening prior. We were so full by the end, I can’t imagine adding two more food items to the itinerary.
Below is a map of all the places we stopped for food and drink. Our guide also took us to a few sights and miradouros (viewpoints).
After leaving the lounge, we headed to the gate which was a total mess. Even though only Zone 1 was boarding, passengers blocked the boarding line, so we had to push our way through.
The economy cabin is in a 2-4-2 layout. We were seated in seats 31A and 31B, which were in the rear economy cabin.
After our JetBlue flight, we found ourselves in Terminal 5 of JFK. When traveling, I use the LoungeBuddy app to find the best lounges that are accessible to me. We gained access to the Airspace Lounge via Amex Platinum’s Global Lounge Collection.
My boyfriend’s first credit card was a CapitalOne card, and he had a ton of points that we had yet to use. Since we were paying for economy seats, I decided to combine all his points + cash to buy our tickets to Lisbon.
Overall, we booked SFO – JFK – LIS (one-way) and paid 82,955 CapitalOne Miles + $1,107.65 USD total for both tickets. Dropping that much cash for a one-way economy ticket was kind of painful — even though our last business class flights cost a TON of points, at least the fees were low.
Hello! I just got back from a 10 day trip to Lisbon and the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. I’ll be posting about how we got there, the places we stayed, and what we did/ate. Here’s a brief overview.