A Guide to Europe’s “It-Girl”: Lisbon, Portugal

Like many other juniors at Wake Forest I am currently experiencing one of the most exciting times in my college journey- study abroad. While I am eager to explore every corner of my new home city, Copenhagen, the prospect of traveling to virtually any destination in Europe during my free time has always been one of the highlights of relocating my studies from our beloved Winston-Salem campus.

My parents have always had an affinity for traveling, so prior to studying abroad I had been fortunate enough to visit a variety of European cities. I wanted to make sure that I would get to a country that I had never been to before, and after hearing travels stories from my fellow DIS classmates, it didn’t take long to determine that this location would be Portugal.

Here’s my guide to: Lisbon, Portugal!

Things to Do:

Lisbon is one of western Europe’s oldest cities, so it certainly does not fall short when it comes to historical sightseeing. You might not want to spend your entire visit at tourist sites, but the Jerónimos Monastery, São Jorge Castle, and Praça do Comércio are three places that will provide unparalleled views of Lisbon and its rich culture

Where to Eat and Drink:

Undoubtedly my favorite new brunch destination in Europe, Lisbon is teeming with cute cafés, such as Fauna e Flora and Café Janis, if you are searching for a delicious avocado toast or yogurt parfait.

For a true taste of Portuguese cuisine, try perusing the many stalls of Time Out Market in Bairro Alto. Pastéis de Belém is also a necessary stop, to indulge your sweet tooth in the original version of Portugal’s delightful national pastry.

At night, take a walk down Pink Street– its inviting bars offer the opportunity for a sip of Port wine or Ginja, and will have you dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Traveler Tip:

If you find yourself with some free time or encounter bad weather, spend a few hours inside of the Berardo Collection Museum. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions contain modern art that I guarantee will not disappoint!

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