A picture perfect Portuguese town painted in blues and whites and yellows and as you can probably tell, we loved it. With my sister and brother-in-law in tow, the four of us found our way to the cute Air BnB apartment we rented in Bairro Alto. The building was in a beautiful part of the old town which was ever so conveniently around the corner from nightly street parties and sidewalk cafes and yet still quiet with the outside adorned in vibrant pink.
Instead of making a plan we opted to wander around the city instead--feasting on bifanas (typical Portuguese pork sandwiches), arroz con mariscos (seafood rice similar to paella) and washing it all down with Portuguese vinho verde (green wine). Ultimately we ventured up to Castelo de Sao Jorge. It seemed like we spent hours admiring the view and walking through the castle...but the best thing about Southern Europe is that long days means late dinners so we were in no hurry :). Once we got back to Bairro Alto, we wined and dined until well past midnight on Portuguese pork and clams and yet another bottle ofvinho verde.
And well...once we stepped outside of the restaurant...full on STREET PARTY...and a half liter of sangria was only 2 EUR!! It's no surprise that we took full advantage of those sangrias...and totally fell in love with Lisbon.
Written and photographed by Haute Street CONTRIBUTOR: Rachael O'Banion