bilan travels // (not so) hidden gems cascais + lisbon

Growing up I knew little of Portugal aside from the geography facts [I pride myself on being a geography nerd 😎 ] that it’s in Europe, it borders Spain, and the capital is Lisbon.

Now I can tell you that it is a culinary capital with beautiful views, personable people and an amazing art scene. If it isn’t on your travel list, it needs to be!

Cascais, Portugal


Who walks the red carpet when you can walk the blue one?


Boca do Inferno…Let’s just say that it was beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. You can’t help but be captivated by the rough tides crashing against the rocks.


Ladies and gentlemen, this is what happens when you get lost in Cascais. The pastel colors invite you to explore Cascais and discover what this picturesque city has to offer.

Lisbon/Lisboa, Portugal


Of all the places that I’ve been to, Lisbon is most definitely the most beautiful from above. Make sure to go to Barrio Alto and snap yourself a shot of these uniform rooftops!


The famous trolley of Lisbon…although I have to admit, we didn’t take it. We walked up the hill. Oh the money-saving ways of a study abroad student!


Walking around this part of Lisbon reminded us of the business district of any other city. The statue photographed here is of Christopher Columbus.


After getting a recommendation from a girl from Porto, Portugal (who knew Lisbon quite well), we headed straight for Santini. Let me tell you, this is probably the second best gelato I’ve ever tried (first was La Romana in Madrid)!1452102_10151795684093845_1037883298_n

The graffiti of Lisbon is some of the best in the world. There are whole scenes depicted on the walls of every turn. This was one of my favorites.


Tranquility was the name of the game. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Lisbon is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Definitely a must-see!


Yeah…just casually roamed around a castle, no big deal. Castelo Sao Jorge in Lisbon should definitely be on your list, if not for the numerous photo ops, certainly for the views. This Moorish castle offers views of Lisbon from multiple angles and be sure to go at sunset. It’s simply breathtaking.


Everyone that knows me knows that I love colorful buildings, this is probably my favorite picture from the whole trip simply because this is Lisbon.


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