June/July 2018

BARCELONA

Stay: HOTEL CASA BONAY

DAY ONE

12PM – taxi to hotel

Afternoon Bike rental: http://www.greenbikesbarcelona.com/ – this was a great way to explore! We stopped for tapas and sangria and just wandered the whole afternoon

8PM Stroll down to Barceloneta beach @ sunset

9PM La Barra for dinner – An incredible 9 course tasting menu experience by the water. Highly recommend!

DAY TWO

Breakfast at the hotel

9:30 – 10:30 La Sagrada Familia guided tour – An architect or designer’s DREAM. This is where every tourist will be, but it’s 1000x worth it. We highly recommend the tour to get the history and story of the space – it only amplifies it’s grandeur.

Cab / Walk to Park Guell (32 Minute Walk) – Gaudi is a mastermind. I was so happy that day, feeling inspired and marveling at what kind of creators God creates.

11:30 Tickets to Park Guell Monumental Core – you have to have tickets to get into this additional part of the park, and it was well worth it.

1:00 Grabbed lunch at a local restaurant along the way

Freshen up and then explore El Born neighborhood (Picasso museum) & Walk down La Rambla!

5:45 PM Tour through Boqueria Market and Local Cooking Class (PAELLA YUM)

From here our night got hazy since we made 8 new friends from around the world at the cooking class and all went out drinking through the streets of Barcelona until 2AM – which started over Paella and ended at McDonalds, a truly authentic culinary experience…

DAY THREE

Late brunch at Flax and kale – gluten free paradise!

Shopped for artwork – we try to bring a print, painting or original sketch home with us from everywhere we travel (unframed so that it’s easy to carry!)

4:45 Leave for airport

LISBON

8:15 Arrival – 262 Boutique Hotel (WOW DO NOT STAY HERE. I am laughing thinking about it – It was completely fine to lay our heads at night but not what we were expecting at all)

We went and got street food near our hotel that night – and it was SO GOOD.

DAY FOUR

Breakfast @ Mercado do Ribiera food stalls, See the “steps”

Stroll through A Vida Portugesa, Bairro Alto Hill, Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara Viewpoint

Lunch at Pateo at Bairro do Avillez

Take Tram 28 to Alfama, the oldest part of Lisbon, to explore, Miradouro de Santa Luzia Observation Deck, St George’s Castle 

*Side note, highly recommend traveling Europe during the World Cup, we had the absolute best time watching the matches at local bars and in the squares and cheering alongside everyone!

7:00 Lisbon sunset sail (2 Hours) – we LOVED this so much. A beautiful way to see the city, from the water! It was relatively private with two other couples and the sailboat was STUNNING. They served wine and cheese which was the icing on top.

We found a dinner spot along the way home – and had honestly our best culinary experience. I so wish I had written down the name of this restaurant but I recommend always leaving room in the itinerary to find a hole in the wall with food authentic to the area

DAY FIVE

Early Train to explore Sintra (1 Hour) – (Pack lunch, bring backpack, wear hiking shoes!)

Cab to Pena Palace, Explore palace and walk down through gardens to the entrance – we’ve had other friends that have visited that take buses / cabs between the spots, but our favorite part was the hiking and getting lost in these endless gardens!

Hike through Sintra National Park up to Moorish Castle

Take scenic route, walking back down to the Sintra Historical town center (follow signs)

Tuk Tuk to Quinta da Regaleira

8:00 Dinner at The Insolito, Rua Sao Pedro de Alcatara, 83 @ The Independente Hotel – we loved the views from here! We sat on the roof overlooking the city, great cocktails

Redfrog Speakeasy (Hidden by a doorbell, cocktails)

DAY SIX

On our last day we took a ferry from Belem > Porto Brendau > Trafaria and ended up at the São João Da Caparica for a beach day. It was a bit windy, but we needed a relaxing day so it ended up being perfect for us.

We tried unsuccessfully to get into A Taberna da Rua das Flores for dinner,  you might have better luck than us!

Next we flew to London to visit friends, which would be an ENTIRELY different itinerary

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