YOiLO: You’re Only in Lisbon Once!

Fatima, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
Sintra, Portugal
Cascais, Portugal

This past weekend was the trip to Lisbon! It was a really nice time and met quite a few new people also from Erasmus. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best on Friday or Saturday, so I spent a lot of time dragging around my umbrella. But we didn’t actually do too much sightseeing around Lisbon itself until Sunday, when the weather was better. On the way down we stopped in Fatima and saw the church of Our Lady of Fatima, and on Saturday we went to Sintra and Cascais (we actually also went to Estoril but the trip there was just a half hour in a casino…), which were also very beautiful. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures tell the story!

Our Lady of Fatima church – Fatima, Portugal

An outdoor mass was happening at the same time as the indoor mass.

The thing to do is crawl around the church on your knees…

Inside the church in Fatima

These things are actually wax or candles – the thing to do is to melt a particular one according to what hurts – so if your leg hurts, you melt the leg candle. I think.

On to Lisbon!

Pretty building, but we mostly used it for the Starbucks in the lower right-hand corner 🙂

Lisbon! With the Castle of São Jorge at the top.

A cute little street in which the elderly had their photos displayed outside all of their homes.

Don’t look down!


Entrance to the Castle of São Jorge.

View from Castle of São Jorge.

A window to the world.

Beautiful Lisbon.

One of the things Lisbon is known for – trams!

On Saturday we visited the cities of Sintra and Cascais.

Sintra! Cute little village.

A small trek through the woods to see the Moorish Castle. We ended up not actually seeing much of it because we didn’t know we had to pay!

Castle grounds in the woods.

Later, Cascais.

Pretty much the only interesting thing in Cascais, except when I was able to collect some beach sand 🙂

The last day we finally got to go to a few landmarks in Lisbon – the Tower of Belém, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the Monastery of Jerónimos.

The Tower of Belem

Another window to the world.

Tower of Belem

Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun…

Monument to the Discoveries 

El Monasterio de Jerónimos!

This place was huuuuge!

And very intricate! Those monks lived well.

Courtyard within the monastery.

Monastery of Jerónimos.

Later, we had some free time before we headed back to Santiago.

Pastel de Belem – a custard-filled treat with burnt sugar – SO GOOD. 

Holy oldest bakery ever, Batman!

The “25th of April” Bridge and the Christ King statue.

The trip was great but I wish we had been able to just focus on Lisbon instead of running around this area of Portugal – I felt like I didn’t see as much as I could have!


  • Eat a Pastel de Belem, Portugal’s famous custard tart. As you can see in the picture, it’s a little tart filled with custard and topped with burnt sugar. I wasn’t impressed when I saw it, but I knew from the 20-minute line heading inside the bakery that I was in for a treat (literally).
  • Climb the Tower of Belem. It’s free to enter and the view from the top is beautiful.
  • Go to the Castle of São Jorge for a beautiful view of the entire city and to feel like a soldier protecting a fortress.
  • Drink a Caipirinha, Portugal’s signature cocktail. It’s like a sweeter mojito!

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