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How to turn a 6 hour layover into a city adventure.

Have you ever booked a trip, and the only way to get there was with a painful multi-hour layover?

Last week, after we booked tickets for the Pencils of Promise project, our best option for travel was a 6 hour mid-day layover in Lisbon. Rather than stay stuck in an airport, I wondered, how we can see the city and spend those six hours wisely?

In scouring Google results, I found a tour company right up our alley called We Hate Tourism Tours, which allowed us to create a DIY off the beaten path adventure. They picked us up from the airport, and gave us a well rounded and unique glimpse into the city, leaving us curious of seeing more.

Here were my favorite stops:

1) Montana Shop & Gallery Lisboa: a small shop of artisanal graffiti supplies for street artists. You can see from the picture in the gallery they have a really beautiful wall of spray paint cans that are color coded.

2) A Vida Portuguesa: a shop of vintage Portuguese brands, with trinkets like bars of soap, notebooks and other gifts with vintage packaging design.

3) We Hate Toursim Tours shop/office. (The last pics in the gallery above.) The tour company was started by a graphic designer so the brand is on point and they have a lot of fun trinkets to go along with it.

To create a mapped out itinerary of our tour, I teamed up with my friends over at Mosey. You can check that out here.

We interviewed the founder of Mosey, Matthew Loyd on Shoptalk Radio last week. Check it out here.

Have you been to Lisbon? What are your favorite underground shops and restaurants to visit?

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  • C

    When I dicouvered your blog a few months ago, with your amazing post about zack and kelly and valentines day, I forgot to save it in my feedly. So I missed your call for tips of great spots in Lisbon (my hometown).
    So there’s a lot to discouver in this city. You’ve already discovered a bit. So there are the amazing views from the miradouros: not only the ones in Graça but also S. Pedro de Alcântara, Santa Catarina, or also the one in Castelo de S. Jorge (castle).
    And then there’s Belém from where our sailors departed to discover the world through the sea, with the amazing Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) from 1500’s. This is not underground but sure is a must see.
    There is Praça do Comércio, onde of the most beautifull squares in the world with the river as a scenario, and from wich you can get a boat and cross the river to Cais do Ginjal and aprecciate the viewof the city from the other side…
    You can catch different flavours in the fusion market in Martim Moniz, with food carts from across the world. You can enjoy the scenario from one of the amazong terraces in the city like SKy bar or Bairro Alto Hotel Terrace. Them you can have dinner in Cais do Sodré, maybe trying a bit of portugues food in Casa de Pasto and then continue enjoying the night with the crowd in the pink street, grabbing a drink at Pensão do Amor…
    In fact, I could go on and on… If it’s June you have the town’s day with a popular party on the night of the 12…hundreds of people on the streets of the old town. If it’s a nice weather you can explore the beaches… we’re a small country but with amazing and diversified beaches…
    Maybe next time I can help you with some tips 😉
    Thanks for appreciating Lisbon 😉
    <3
    C

    • Nick Onken

      Thanks for reading C! I wish I had more time in Lisbon, but one day I will come back. It was beautiful there. The way you describe it sounds beautiful and amazing and makes me want to come back!

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