Our honeymoon story- Lisbon ⛵🌊

When we first started talking about our honeymoon we had a few ideas and options. However, after we found affordable plane tickets to Portugal – we immediately agreed. Lisbon, here we come. 😍

First thing first, we had to find us an accommodation for 8 nights. Our only wish was that it had a view over the lovely Tagus river. After searching for a few days, we found a flat with this view on airbnb.

Our room view

Wouldn’t mind waking up every morning to this view. Don’t you agree?

Mornings in Lisbon

We started every day as locals usually do! Ham and cheese toast, coffee and a bit of olives (as my husband is obsessed with them😁) in the local coffee shops. It was very interesting to see old people, young people, gathering around and chit-chatting with the morning coffee.

Don’t forget to try a pastel de nata with your coffee. A famous Portuguese dessert for only 1 euro (usually).

Pastel de nata

What we would recommend as a must see on your honeymoon trip to Lisbon is:

1. Belem tower & Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Belem is a fortress that rises up from the Tagus River. It was designed as a fortress to stop any attack on Lisbon. It was actually built on an island even further out in the water but changes in the river’s course of the centuries have brought it closer to the bank. Belem has a status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get inside, at it was closed due to the strong wind.

Belem tower
Belem tower

Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a monument located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the rest of the Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

You can climb on top of the monument and have an amazing view of the city!

View from the top of the monument – Padrão dos Descobrimentos
View from the top of the monument – Padrão dos Descobrimentos
View from the top of the monument – Padrão dos Descobrimentos

You can go walking or by bike from one point to another. The walk is all along by the amazing river. 😍

Don’t forget to take a Portugese wine with a view and enjoy amazing wine and even better view. They even let you take the glasses with you as a souvenir. Great idea, right ?

Wine with a view

2. Praça do Comércio was constructed in 1755 after the great earthquake of Lisbon destroyed the entire Baixa district. Before the earthquake, the most important royal complex, the Ribeira Palace, was situated on the site of the Praça do Comércio but this was totally destroyed by the tsunami that proceeded the earthquake.
The Rua Augusta Arch is a historical building on the Praça do Comerçio. You can get on top of it and enjoy the amazing view over the Lisbon famous commercial square.

View of Praço do Comércio

3. São Jorge Castle is the third must see location we recommend you to visit! The castle complex consists of the castle itself, some ancillary buildings, gardens, and a large terraced square from which an impressive panorama of Lisbon is visible.

View of San Jorge Castle

There you can also take a wine with a view! 😉

View from the San Jorge Castle
Portuguese flag

Don’t forget to bring some comfortable shoes, as you will walk a lot (we did approximately 15 km per day) and there are a looot of hills surrounding Lisbon.

As for honeymooners or just romantic souls we suggest you take a drink next to the river and enjoy the smell and the calming sounds.

Drink next to the Tagus river

Also take your wine with a view glasses and enjoy a drink from your balcony (if you’re lucky enough to have a view as we did :)).

Wine with a view

Or just get lost in the amazing old streets of the Alfama district. Or pick up oranges as there are oranges trees everywhere. Or enjoy the famous Portuguese tiles on almost every house. Amazing, right ?

P.S. Of course, Lisbon is also very attractive for the delicious sea food and the breathtaking ocean. You can read more about it here. 🙂 Enjoy🎄❤

Croatia and its coastline – the beautiful Adriatic Sea

This time I´m not really going to write about just one place, it´s more of a combination of two trips to the same country I did in the past, something like a #flashbackfriday but on a Sunday. The most fitting description I found on the web was #postsomethingonyourblogsunday, and I´m going to shamelessly adapt it for our blog.

So: two trips, both of them to Croatia, to the isle of Brač and the town Tučepi. The first one was two years ago, a summer trip with my friends, were we spent 4 nights and 5 days at the isle of Hvar. Our only goal was to have a good time, and frankly, we didn’t have troubles with that on Hvar. Over the day we chilled on the beaches near the town of Jelsa (the town´s beach was a construction site, but as we had a car we drove to some beaches nearby). Most of the time we spent on this mostly concrete beach (which was a minus), but it had some of the clearest water I have seen in my whole entire life (I spent hours just looking at it), so it balanced out.

You can also visit some places if you are into sightseeing – we visited Stari Grad, which I would recommend if you are into medieval merchant towns. While there we ate at the restaurant Konoba Pharia and they had some really good, fresh fish dishes.

 

Hvar stari grad
The streets of Stari Grad

 

The nightlife on Hvar (more precisely, the city of Hvar) is bonkers – everyone and their mother is having a good time. There were people from all over the world, and everybody is just looking to party and have fun. It is just plain amazing. I would recommend some of the beach bars (Hula Hula beach & bar or Carpe Diem Hvar), because where else can you dance and drink in the open next to the sea?

Just a little tip – Hvar and its nightlife is a bit pricey, so your wallet is going to thank you for a little bit of preparty at home.

My other trip I wanted to talk was Tučepi. It´s a small coastal town also located in Croatia. I went there with my fiancée and our goal was to relax, charge up our batteries and enjoy every moment we had together. The town isn’t really flashy – it´s a smaller town with 1763 inhabitants (according to Wikipedia), but the scenery is straight up amazing. You have the mountain Biokovo watching over Tučepi which results in some of the most beautiful sunsets, and the coastline is like from a postcard.

 

Tucepi more
The clearness of the water is stunning

 

When you are on the beach, you will always have a view on the clear sea and the isles of Hvar and Brač. Another thing I also loved was the smell: if you ever experienced the salty smell of fresh sea air mixed with the smell of pines coming from the woods, you will know what I am talking about. I get dizzy just thinking about it.

The only thing we put effort into was getting a tan. We did this on the beach Jadran which is nearby a hotel. The beach had showers, toilets and once daily two ladies visited on a small fishing boat and sold fresh fruit. We tried some other, but agreed that the Jadran beach was the best place to spend our days.

 

Tucepi beer
Beer tastes the best on a hot summer day

 

Also, on a side note, a must-have for a day on the beach for a lot of people is a book, and I got my hands on the novel “City of thieves” by David Benioff. I would recommend it, as it reminded me how fun reading can be – its easy readable and I “devoured” it in 2 days.

Now back to the town: if you are into partying Tučepi wont really be for you – you maybe should drive to the nearby town of Makarska as it offers those possibilities. Tučepi is more of a family-friendly type of place with a lot of nice restaurants. Of course, you should try their fish dishes as you won´t get fresher fish than in a coastal town.

We had the luck to be there at the time some kind of seafood festival, the fisher’s nights (ribarske noći) took place. You can get a whole mackerel and a little cup of Bevanda (a drink typical for the Croatian coastline; it’s a mixture of, most commonly, red wine and plain water) for 20 Kuna (the Croatian currency; 1€ is around 7,4 Kuna). The experience was special as for that time I felt I had everything I need: My loved one was there, we had delicious food and watched the sunset over the sea. It was perfect!

 

Tucepi sunset
Sunset in Tučepi

 

The Croatian coast and the Adriatic Sea are always going to be special places for D and me, as we both spent almost every summer vacation since we were kids there. If you like the sea, nature and good food, I beg you to visit it, and promise you won´t regret it.