Helen RayComment


Helen RayComment

Our recent trip to the Alentejo coastal region of Portugal began in Lisbon.

It was my first time in the city and sadly it was a very brief introduction.

Landing late in the eve, we needed a cheap place to rest our heads for the night that was close to the airport.

After a quick search on booking.com I discovered Lisbon Woods House where we bagged a bed for the bargain sum of £63!

The owner Ana was an absolute angel and offered to collect us from the airport which was a 5 minute drive to the apartment. This made everything super easy and stress free late at night. The place was immaculate, the bed was heavenly and because Ana didn’t have any more guests arriving until later the next day, we were able to leave our bags the following morning and head out to (briefly) explore with a few spare hours remaining before going to pick up our hire car.

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Ana recommended taking a 20 minute walk down to the local area of Parque Das Nacoes, a modern, redevelopment that was mostly built to accommodate the world fair of Expo 98. Overlooking the Tagus river, the area comprises of green spaces, public art and restaurants.

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We stopped for some breakfast and took a ride on the Telecabine Lisboa cable car offering sweeping views of the estuary and never ending Vasco De Gama Bridge (all 17km of it!) which we would later be crossing en route to Comporta.

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On the walk back we stopped by the Lisbon Oriente Station to check out the amazing architecture and pretty, interconnected web of glass lattice that covers the roof. Apparently it looks even more beautiful when illuminated at night.


We only scratched the surface of the city and I am definitely keen to return to Lisbon to explore more thoroughly. Perhaps next time I would choose to be based in a different district but for this trip, Lisbon Woods House couldn’t have suited us more perfectly and Ana was the perfect host!