So in order to take full advantage of squeezing the most travel in before we left Europe and moved back to the US, we decided to book our flights back to Miami with a 24 hour layover in Lisbon, Portugal.
Portugal has been on our list for quite some time, and although we only had 24 hours we were determined to enjoy every last minute of our trip.
We flew from Nice to Lisbon, just a quick 2 hour flight…..
We landed in Lisbon at 1:30pm local time, and jumped in the taxi and headed towards our accommodations (which were outstanding, by the way). We arrived by 2pm, checked in with Maria and dropped off our things and the dogs. Yes, that’s right…we traveled Internationally with two little pumpkins who were perfect little angels the entire trip. These dogs are probably more travelled than most Americans, but I suppose that is a whole other post!
So based on my research there was a great little wine bar up the hill near the Castelo (castle). It was a recommended place to explore….so explore we did. We walked up towards the castle and on the way found some treasures. We decided to forgo the castle tour, and just get straight to the wine and tapas. According to my research, the wine spot was called Corvo Azul. We looked and looked, and finally realized that it was Sunday and it was closed. We started back down the hill with our tail between our legs, when we discovered another cute little wine stop called Wine Bar do Castelo. We went straight in and proceeded to have such a good time that we stayed for 5 hours!!!!!!
We started by explaining which was our taste in wines, immediately our friend Rui Costa brought us 3 different to try. We each tasted them and decided which we wanted to have a full glass of. We took the charcuterie and cheese plate along with some olives and we were in HEAVEN!!!
Next round, we decided to up our prices….and the next round was even better than the last. We had troubles deciding which to go with. But ultimately we each chose the same, and it was one of my favorite wines I’ve ever had!
And of course we couldn’t leave without some Port wine!! So we did another tasting of 3, and I went with the 20 year tawny, which was buttery and chewy and FAN-tastic! All the while we had struck up a conversation with a fellow wine lover at the next table over and the two waiters from the wine bar, Rui and Luciana. All lovely people, whom I’m so pleased to have met!!
At that point we decided to go, because if we didn’t we might miss dinner. Again, I had done my due diligence and had picked out a restaurant that came highly recommended called Cafe de Sao Bento. Now the name doesn’t sound like anything too great, however the reviews were glowing so we had to give it a shot.
I can easily say that this was the best steak of my entire life. It was the buttermilk steak and it was cooked to perfection, tender, juicy and the flavors from the buttermilk were absolutely outstanding. David had tried the other steak dish, which was GOOD but not nearly as good as my selection. We followed it up with a gorgeous passion fruit dessert and my day was complete!
The next morning we were sure to get up nice and early to take advantage of the morning in Lisbon. It was pretty cold, but the sky was so beautiful and clear….which made for great photos!
Our taxi picked us up at 10 and we went back to the airport for our flight to Miami. It was such a great stop-over trip which I would highly recommend it to anyone. The only problem, is that you want to see more…..but I guess we will just have to come back!