We were up early, packed and ready to go with two hours to kill before our train departure for Lisbon. So, the four of us took a final walk to the beach to see the sun rise on the cliffs. It was absolutely spectacular. The sea was calm and the tide was out so we could walk around the point to a private beach we did not see earlier, closer to the sea stacks and caves. It was a perfect backdrop for photos.
Our favorite taxi driver, Sonya, picked us up at 11:30 and took us to Portimao train station. Hugs and we were on our way.
Three hours later we arrived at Sete Rios station and were greeted by our host, Nuno (charming young man), and delivered to our apartment. He had wine waiting for us! We are in the LXFactory region of Lisbon which is a rejuvenated industrial zone. Once bustling with factories in the early 20th century, it fell into an abandoned state for years until it was recently made over into trendy shops, restaurants and night clubs. The streets were full of people when we arrived. Colorful lights, music and laughter filled the night air.
Nino gave us a thorough, if rapid, overview of what to see and where to go. He then took us around the corner and made dinner reservations for us at his favorite seafood restaurant, Da Placa. The rest of the evening was spent enjoying great food… salmon ceviche, baked cod and pork skewers.
Here are the photo highlights of Day 9 – Lisbon arriving