A stroll through Lisbon in the autumn and winter months will lead you to one of the many temptations on offer in this foodie’s paradise.
Farah M., general manager of Delta’s corporate communications team, fondly recalls the scent that greeted her as a child living in the Portuguese capital.
“On our way home from school each afternoon, we would stop and buy something to warm ourselves up and hold out until dinner time,” Farrar said. “Sometimes the crisp autumn air and the pleasant aromas from local bakeries and cafes make me want to sip coffee with sweet pastries.”
If bica (strong coffee similar to Italian espresso) and pastel de nata or savory cheese toast (tosta de queijo) aren’t your thing, a soup is a better way to warm yourself up. Farrar recommends the Sopa de Caldo Verde. If you think chicken soup is good for your heart, consider adding this traditional Portuguese soup made with potatoes and collard greens or kale to your repertoire. . Please ask if it is Compolco when ordering.
“If you’re a foodie, you’ll be in heaven,” Farah said. Don’t be surprised if you love seafood, good wine and trying new foods, you’re in the right place.
In a temperate climate with mild autumn and winter climates, you’ll enjoy all that and much more when you’re with the warm, generous and welcoming people who call Lisbon home. The best way to immerse yourself in Lisbon’s vibrant culture is to attend a game of Hutbol (football for Americans). Both Sporting Lisboa and Benfica Lisboa football clubs play in packed stadiums of over 50,000.
Lisbon is fairly easy to travel from the US. Located at the westernmost point of Europe, it’s a direct flight from Delta’s New York-JFK hub in approximately seven hours. There are daily direct flights from JFK. (See access details at delta.com.)
Travel to Lisbon with four options: Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin. Recently announced Delta Premium Select passenger enhancements include spacious seats with additional recline and adjustable foot and leg rests. Extras include an extensive culinary selection, Grown Alchemist-scented towels, a special ‘Bubble & Bite’ service, and a premium snack basket.
Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at his five other must-see attractions. Wear comfortable walking shoes to traverse Lisbon’s historic cobbled sidewalks.
Visit the Belem Region
Protected by a 16th-century fortified lighthouse, Belém is home to a palace owned by the Portuguese royal family and now the official residence of the country’s president. Also, see Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, built in the early 1500s. After visiting this sacred site, stop by Pastis de Belem to taste the pastry of the same name, made using what the nearly 200-year-old shop says is a secret ancient recipe from a nearby monastery. please look for it.
Walk along the Tagus River
No, it’s not the Golden Gate Bridge. But you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in San Francisco when you saw the 25 de Abril Bridge, the 46th longest suspension bridge in the world and he’s over 3,300 feet (1,000 meters). You can also see the towering monument of Christ the King overlooking the city, inspired by the Christ of Corcovado statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Climb to the top of the Bairro Alto district
Didn’t you bring your walking shoes? Don’t worry. Tram number 28 will take you to the top where St George’s Castle is located. No matter how you get there, you’ll find the best views of the city at the top.
Farah said Portugal is known for its handicrafts. Farrar’s father and grandfather owned a textile factory when he was growing up in Porto. Painted tiles can be found all over Portugal, and the best art can be found in the small streets of the city centre.
take a coastal train
Enjoy views of Cascais and Estoril. If you arrive on a particularly mild day, snap some influencer-worthy photos during a sunny beach walk.