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Thursday, 11 August 2016 Parque das Nações, Lisboa

Oceanário de Lisboa

Lisbon's Parque das Nações is just a modern area of the city by the river with a stadium, shopping centre and large train station. For that I would only visit if you have ample time to spare however it is also home to probably the best aquarium I have ever been to! At 15.30 euros (when purchased online) is was a large portion of our budget for the day but so so worth it and that ticket includes the temporary exhibition too. 

The permanent exhibitions surround a huge double level tank filled with sharks, rays and many other fish. Don't get over excited and hang around the first view point with the crowds as there are plenty of opportunities as you make your way round. Other highlights include penguins and seals!

It was such a great day out.

Belém, Lisbon

Pastéis de Belém

From the beginning of my research into Lisbon every single article/blogger mentioned Pastéis de Belém, the original creators of pastéis de nata. If you haven't heard of these (I hadn't!) they are a really yummy traditional Portuguese custard tart usually dusted with a sprinkling of icing sugar or cinnamon. This famous place is situated by Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in the Belém neighbourhood. In all honesty I didn't think these were worth the hype. They were nice but no better than any of the others I'd had in the city...

We walked out along the river so we could see Ponte 25 de Abril, very San Fran esque and caught our one and only TukTuk back to Bairro Alto for 10 Euros which was fun. Other things to see in the area include the Electricity Museum which is free but closed this summer for renovations, Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the mystical looking Torre de Belém.

A full city travel guide is coming soon!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 Alfama, Lisbon

Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge, situated at the top of a hill in the Alfama neighbourhood of Lisbon is well worth the 'hike' up. I believe you can take the tourist tram 28 up to the top if you don't fancy the walk but Rob and I enjoyed all the pretty streets and you feel fantastic (if a little sweaty) when you do get to the top. As we were on a pretty tight budget we didn't pay for many activities during our time in Lisbon (food takes priority!) but the castle accepts student cards and we were pleased we managed to fit a visit in.

It is mostly just a ruin but a very large ruin at that and fantastically preserved. The entrance fee of 8.50 euros (5 for concessions) is absolutely worth it with the most spectacular view over the skyline and river Tagus.

Have any of you guys been to Lisbon? What was something you couldn't miss?

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