We arrived mid afternoon yesterday after a two hour flight from Paris Orly airport to Lisbon. We were pleased to be greeted by mild weather.
After settling in, we decided to explore our immediate neighborhood. The mix of old and new (or renovated) seems everywhere. Little shops and restaurants are only a block away from the stores featurering Global Brands.
After a great night’s sleep, we decided a walk was in order. We decided to explore the hilly Alfama District, one of the oldest parts of the city.
We refreshed ourselves on the subway system and four stops later we were at the waterfront facing a daunting climb/walk/hike up a formidable hill to the Se Cathedral, originally built in 1150 AD. It was damaged over the centuries by three earthquakes and finally rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake.
Next we continued our walk farther up the hill top of the Castelo fortress and the old neighborhoods nestled against the walls. It was a rewarding walk that made sure we knew we weren’t in Paris anymore.
The rewards for scaling these hills is view after view.
Total distance 4.7 miles, 22 flights of stairs.