Lisbon wasn’t originally part of our itinerary, but when we checked our map we realised it wasn’t far from Madrid, so we added it last minute. It turned out to be a great decision as it was such a beautiful city.
From Madrid to Lisbon it was a short 1 hour 15 minutes flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with TAP Portugal Airlines. If you want to save one night accommodation you can choose to catch a sleeper train from Madrid to Lisbon instead.
Once in Lisbon, we caught the Aerobus into the city centre for €3.15.
Barcelona was full of architectural wonder and, although we had some delicious meals, the food was even more impressive in Madrid. If you are a foodie, Madrid is the place to go.
Madrid has a much slower and relaxed pace in comparison to the super crowded and busy streets of Barcelona. There were moments when we felt like we were the only tourists around, which was pretty much impossible to experience in Barcelona. In terms of architecture, however, Madrid is a little less impressive, in fact we had to leave our walking tour halfway because we were so bored (sorry, Madrid, I blame the tour guide).
Whenever people ask me for recommendations on accommodation the name Airbnb seems to pop up a lot. I’ve used Airbnb many times in the past and 99% of the time it has been a good experience.
– In Japan we were provided with free pocket Wi-Fi, which meant Wi-Fi everywhere!
– In Lisbon the host picked us up from the bus station and walked us to the apartment. She even got her husband to help us with our luggage.
– In Antwerp, our host treated us with a bowl of free chocolates which we snacked on everyday.
Airbnb usually provides a more personal experience and makes you feel like you are staying in a home away from home. If you’ve never booked with airbnb before, click here to make an account and get a discount off your first booking.
With everything, where there is money involved, there will always be people out there trying to benefit illegally. I have heard many horror stories about Airbnb scams. The most common being people turning up to find a home that looks different to the listing. But, if you stay wary, there are many precautions you can take to avoid a nightmare experience: