Mini Moon Ideas – Our Lisbon Honeymoon
Our wedding at the height of wedding season so we couldn’t take a big honeymoon straight away. This seems to be becoming more and more popular with couples now. They’re taking a mini-moon directly after the wedding and putting off the bigger honeymoon until later in the year.
We went to Monart for 2 nights directly after the wedding just to chill out and reduce the comedown. It was super handy as it was only 30 mins drive from our wedding venue and also, it’s Monart!
After Monart we flew to Lisbon on Thursday until Saturday. We booked Lisbon because we’d heard so many good things about it. It ticked all our boxes which are 1. Great food 2. Nice people 3. Stunning achitecture 4. Easy to navigate 5. Sunny. Too many to accomplish in the few days we had there. Also, we wanted to relax.
Darran booked our accommodation, we stayed here. Because it was our mini-moon we paid more than we usually would. We’ve both agreed that it wasn’t really worth what we paid. The spa area and pool were definitely a big plus after a day spent wandering the hills and steps of Lisbon. The service was incredible but the rooms were a little dated and noisy.
We flew AerLingus, it was an early flight but it meant we had the whole day in Lisbon. We booked Thursday – Saturday but in retrospect, we should have stayed until Sunday. There is loads to do in Lisbon, so the more time you have the better. Anywhere we like to spend the first day orientating ourselves. Figuring out where we’re staying in relation to the ‘action’ and that evening we make a plan of action for the remaining days. We found Nathalie.ie to be a really handy guide. I kinda know her so knew we were on the same wavelength.
Day 1 – Lisbon rambling
We wandered the streets admiring the gorgeous tiles, sampling the Pasteis De Nata and just soaking it all in. We climbed the steps of the Elevador de Santa Justa for a jaw-dropping view of the city from above. It’s €1.50 to climb the steps and you get to skip the queue for the lift. Which we’ve heard can be 40+ minutes long, no thank you!
Our first day in Lisbon wasn’t the best weather-wise so we took cover in the Time Out Market, we tried some gorgeous empanadas and then pulled up a pew in Sea Me where I had the cuttlefish and Darran had an octopus hotdog, would recommend both. The secret to day time boozing in Lisbon is to drink the Vino Verde. It’s a low alcohol wine that is both refreshing and sweet. It’s perfect for a lunchtime tipple.
Once the rain had cried off for a while we headed down to the Praça do Comércio. It’s surrounded on 3 sides by the most impressive walkways. Within these are bars and restaurants. It’s here you’ll find ‘The Sexiest Toilet on Earth’ it lived up to the hype. The heavens opened again so we sought refuge in a covered outdoor market. Here we ate fried chorizo, cheese, bread and drank loads of Vinho Verde and beer! That even was tame enough, we’d eaten enough throughout the day so we headed for a cocktail in Monkey Mash, it had just opened and the staff was sound. Cocktails were lovely but we were definitely too old to be in there.
Day 2 – Belem
We rose early and took advantage of the breakfast buffet, who am I to say no to a breakfast mimosa? I’m only human after all. We hired bikes from Lisbon Bike Rentals for €20 each for the day. It was an easy cycle and a great way to see more of the city. We scooted out along the coast to Belem, home to the stunning Tour de Belem and the best Pasteis de Nata in Lisbon (or so they say). There may or may not have been a couple of boxes of them in our case on the way home.
Strolling around the Palace de Belém was gorgeous but we didn’t pay to go in, we were enjoying all there was to see outside. We stopped by LX Factory on the way back. This place is amazing. It’s a former industrial site that has kept the charm. It is now full of artists selling their wares and a bar on the top floor. This gives an amazing view of the bridge and the surrounds. Not to mention a killer atmosphere.
We had to scoot back in the road faster than planned as the bikes had to be back for 6pm. We found a lovely little tapas bar that I can’t remember the name of that converted Darran to Sangria. It was divine.
Loads of people had recommended the bar in the car park bar called Park so off we set trying to find it. It’s a bit dodgy but if you put it into your maps and keep climbing up the steps towards the noise, you’ll get there eventually. And it’s totally worth it. There’s a really nice vibe, a mixed bag of people, another amazing view of the city. And of course, the obligatory jug of Sangria, we may or may not have had 2 of them. Early night for us 🙂
Day 1 – Alfama love
This was also check out day. Our hotel was really sound, not only did they keep our bags for us while we explored some more, they allowed us to use the spa and pool facilities to freshen up before going to the airport. But before that, we had a full day left for more exploring.
We were warned to head for the Castelo de S. Jorge early so off we went. We walked, you can get a tram, taxi and also buses but we decided to walk. It’s no mean feat and it’s steep. Loads of steps but there’s also the famous outdoor escalator to help you some of the way. There are some gorgeous tiled buildings on the route so if you can, walk. We spent a good while wandering around the castle grounds, it’s really something beautiful. You can also get a sneaky glass of wine from ‘Wine with a View’ and feel REAL fancy 🙂
We spent a good while wandering the streets of Alfama. This is the area surrounding the castle. Soaking up the atmosphere, eating some delicious food, sampling the local cherry liqueur in chocolate cups and general site seeing. Alfama is definitely the more traditionally pretty area of Lisbon so if that’s what you’re after I’d base myself out of there.
That was it for our Lisbon mini-moon, we headed back to the hotel. Here we showered and relaxed with a final glass of Vinho Verde before getting a taxi back to the airport. Below is a mix of phone and camera photos.
Mini Moon Ideas – Lisbon Honeymoon