🌎 3 Day Guide to Lisbon From Someone That Lives There
Planning a trip to Lisbon? Get ready to be swept off your feet, and not just because of the steep hills. This city has it all: stunning architecture, rich culture, and amazing food. But don't worry if you're feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities, I got you! I fell in love with this city the first time I saw it and have been planning bespoke trips and sending clients here for the past 5 years. It’s no wonder I decided to move here in 2022. This FREE 3 day city guide will help you navigate the city like a pro even if you can't speak a word of Portuguese. This guide includes 👉 Detailed outlines of what you should do each of the 3 days 👉 16 recommendations of places to visit that I have personally seen before 👉 2 tour suggestions 👉 4 hotel recommendations that I have personally inspected and sent clients to before 👉 8 restaurant recommendations (and a link to more!) 👉 Links to my TikToks highlighting my visit to a place
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Legend has it that Lisbon was founded by Ulysses himself, after he got lost trying to find his way home from the Trojan War. Fortunately, he didn't encounter any Sirens on his way to Lisbon, but he did discover a city with a rich history and a great port for ships to dock.

From then on, Lisbon became a hub for trade and exploration during the Age of Discovery, with Portuguese sailors setting sail to find new lands and spices.

Later on, Lisbon was rocked by a devastating earthquake, but the city bounced back with the help of some savvy urban planning and a few tons of cement. Today, Lisbon is a thriving city with something for everyone, from historic landmarks to trendy bars and restaurants.

And if you're ever lost in Lisbon, just remember: Ulysses did it too.

💬 Language

Most people speak Portuguese as their first language, although many locals also speak English, especially in tourist areas.

💸 Currency

Euro (EUR)

✈️ Main Airport

Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)

🗓️ Best time to visit

April-June or September-November

⏰ Recommended stay

3-4+ days

💰 Tipping

Portugal doesn't have a standard tipping culture as in US. You will find many people leaving a few euros at the end of their meal. (For example, if your bill is 37 Euros, you would round up to 40 when paying). 

However, for professions more exposed to tourism (drivers and guides) I would recommend to tip 5-20 Euros. 

🚂 Recommended transportation

Take the metro, bus, the tram, or walk. Lisbon has a modern and efficient metro and bus system that connects the city's main areas.  

🦺 Safety

Lisbon is generally safe for tourists, but it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to ensure safety, such as keeping valuables secure, using licensed transportation, avoiding poorly lit areas and alleyways, and staying informed about the current safety situation.

Day 1

Half Day Food Tour and Wandering around the City 

Start the day by exploring some of my favorite parts of the city on your own. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes because the city is incredibly hilly! 

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
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Carmo Convent
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Church of Sao Roque
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Praça do Comércio
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Lisbon Cathedral
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You can also get familiar with Lisbon through a food tour. Here are some of my favorite options!

Day 2

Day Trip to Sintra 

Sintra is like a fairytale land come to life, with its whimsical palaces and enchanting gardens. It's no wonder that even the Portuguese royal family chose to spend their summers here.

It's located further inland, 45 minutes from Lisbon. You can either go there by yourself or by taking the train from the Rossio Station (you can buy tickets onsite and there's a train every 30-45 min).

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However, be mindful that you will still be doing a lot of walking once in Sintra. 

I would recommend to pick 2-3 palaces and explore. For many of the palaces, you can buy tickets online to avoid waiting in the long lines. 

Sintra National Palace
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Quinta da Regaleira
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Park and National Palace of Pena
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Palácio e Parque Biester
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This is hands down my favorite palace in Sintra
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Villa Sassetti
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Monserrate
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Castelo dos Mouros
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Alternatively, you can take a guided tour. Here are some of my favorites!  

Day 3

Belem 

Belém is the land of pastries and monuments right next door to Lisbon. It's a place where you can indulge in sweet treats while gazing at historical wonders. It's like having your cake and eating it too, while also getting a dose of culture and history.

I would recommend to start today by visiting the Quake Experience where you can learn about the 1755 earthquake that changed the city forever.

Quake - Lisbon Earthquake Centre
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Afterwards, I would continue strolling down to Belem. Here are some of my favorite places to visit. 

Jerónimos Monastery
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National Coach Museum
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Pastéis de Belém
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LxFactory
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**TIP: Try not to visit Belem on a Monday as you will find many of the locations are closed. 

For your last evening in Lisbon, I would recommend to experience some Fado. Fado is a traditional style of Portuguese music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics often expressing a sense of longing, nostalgia, or sadness.

Here are two of my favorite spots.

Tasca do Chico
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Mesa De Frades
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I would also consider some other fun activities like taking the ferry to Cacilhas and watching the sunset there, going to Mercado do Campo de Ourique or even trying a home cooked meal in a Portuguese home. 

Hotel Recommendations 

The Lumiares Hotel & Spa
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The Lumieres Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel located in Lisbon's Bairro Alto neighborhood, offering chic and modern accommodations with a beautiful rooftop.
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Brown's | Avenue Hotel
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1869 Principe Real House
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Iberostar Selection Lisboa
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Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisboa
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Memmo Príncipe Real
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AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado
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Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel
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Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel
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The Corpo Santo Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel housed in a restored 19th-century building. What I like most about it is attention to detail, down to the fresh pancakes they serve each traveler upon arrival. It's 5 minutes walking from the Praco do Commercio.
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Palácio Ludovice Wine Experience Hotel
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The Palácio Ludovice is a charming 18th-century palace of the architect to the king that has been transformed into a boutique hotel. The hotel has a remarkable port wine collection and as a guest, you can attend one of the wine tasting they offer. It sits directly across the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara.
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H10 Duque de Loulé
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The H10 Duque de Loulé is a contemporary boutique hotel housed in a restored 18th-century palace, offering stylish and comfortable rooms, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views, and a central location near Marquez de Pombal Circle. It's blue and white decor mirror the azulejos you find all over the city. It's a great 4 star option!
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Restaurant and Bar Recommendations 

Restaurante Pica-Pau
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SUL Osteria Do Povo
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Liberty: brunch, coffee & wine
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Manteigaria - Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata
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O Arêgos
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A Nossa Casa
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Oyster & Margarita
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Restaurante Federico
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Café de São Bento
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SEM Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Matiz Pombalina Cocktail Bar
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Jam Club
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Great for 90s music, come for beer, not fancy cocktails you'll feel immediately welcomed. Say hi to Joao for me!
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For more restaurant recommendations, feel free to head to my blog. 

Have fun!

You're going to have a wonderful time in Lisbon! Make sure to follow me at @mazepa.travel on Instagram or @mazepatravel on TikTok. I would love to see pictures of your travels!

**Disclosure: this guide may contain affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my link at no cost to you. 

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🌎 3 Day Guide to Lisbon From Someone That Lives There
Planning a trip to Lisbon? Get ready to be swept off your feet, and not just because of the steep hills. This city has it all: stunning architecture, rich culture, and amazing food. But don't worry if you're feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities, I got you! I fell in love with this city the first time I saw it and have been planning bespoke trips and sending clients here for the past 5 years. It’s no wonder I decided to move here in 2022. This FREE 3 day city guide will help you navigate the city like a pro even if you can't speak a word of Portuguese. This guide includes 👉 Detailed outlines of what you should do each of the 3 days 👉 16 recommendations of places to visit that I have personally seen before 👉 2 tour suggestions 👉 4 hotel recommendations that I have personally inspected and sent clients to before 👉 8 restaurant recommendations (and a link to more!) 👉 Links to my TikToks highlighting my visit to a place
45 Places • 115 Saves • ago
Free

Legend has it that Lisbon was founded by Ulysses himself, after he got lost trying to find his way home from the Trojan War. Fortunately, he didn't encounter any Sirens on his way to Lisbon, but he did discover a city with a rich history and a great port for ships to dock.

From then on, Lisbon became a hub for trade and exploration during the Age of Discovery, with Portuguese sailors setting sail to find new lands and spices.

Later on, Lisbon was rocked by a devastating earthquake, but the city bounced back with the help of some savvy urban planning and a few tons of cement. Today, Lisbon is a thriving city with something for everyone, from historic landmarks to trendy bars and restaurants.

And if you're ever lost in Lisbon, just remember: Ulysses did it too.

💬 Language

Most people speak Portuguese as their first language, although many locals also speak English, especially in tourist areas.

💸 Currency

Euro (EUR)

✈️ Main Airport

Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)

🗓️ Best time to visit

April-June or September-November

⏰ Recommended stay

3-4+ days

💰 Tipping

Portugal doesn't have a standard tipping culture as in US. You will find many people leaving a few euros at the end of their meal. (For example, if your bill is 37 Euros, you would round up to 40 when paying). 

However, for professions more exposed to tourism (drivers and guides) I would recommend to tip 5-20 Euros. 

🚂 Recommended transportation

Take the metro, bus, the tram, or walk. Lisbon has a modern and efficient metro and bus system that connects the city's main areas.  

🦺 Safety

Lisbon is generally safe for tourists, but it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to ensure safety, such as keeping valuables secure, using licensed transportation, avoiding poorly lit areas and alleyways, and staying informed about the current safety situation.

Day 1

Half Day Food Tour and Wandering around the City 

Start the day by exploring some of my favorite parts of the city on your own. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes because the city is incredibly hilly! 

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
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Carmo Convent
@taliamazepa
Hint: if you go behind the convent to a set of stair that lead you up to a Bacalhao shop, you will find yourself at top of the Elevator de Sao Justo. The views from here are incredible!
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Church of Sao Roque
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Praça do Comércio
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Lisbon Cathedral
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You can also get familiar with Lisbon through a food tour. Here are some of my favorite options!

Day 2

Day Trip to Sintra 

Sintra is like a fairytale land come to life, with its whimsical palaces and enchanting gardens. It's no wonder that even the Portuguese royal family chose to spend their summers here.

It's located further inland, 45 minutes from Lisbon. You can either go there by yourself or by taking the train from the Rossio Station (you can buy tickets onsite and there's a train every 30-45 min).

Rossio Train Station
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However, be mindful that you will still be doing a lot of walking once in Sintra. 

I would recommend to pick 2-3 palaces and explore. For many of the palaces, you can buy tickets online to avoid waiting in the long lines. 

Sintra National Palace
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Quinta da Regaleira
@taliamazepa
I would recommend to buy tickets in advance. You might see a line for the initiation well so this palace may take more than an hour to see.
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Park and National Palace of Pena
@taliamazepa
I'd definitely suggest to buy tickets in advance and arriving at the front gate at least 20 minutes before your palace entry time so that you have time to walk up.
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Palácio e Parque Biester
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This is hands down my favorite palace in Sintra
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Villa Sassetti
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This is free to enter and the gardens tend to be very quiet and beautiful
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Monserrate
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Castelo dos Mouros
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Alternatively, you can take a guided tour. Here are some of my favorites!  

Day 3

Belem 

Belém is the land of pastries and monuments right next door to Lisbon. It's a place where you can indulge in sweet treats while gazing at historical wonders. It's like having your cake and eating it too, while also getting a dose of culture and history.

I would recommend to start today by visiting the Quake Experience where you can learn about the 1755 earthquake that changed the city forever.

Quake - Lisbon Earthquake Centre
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Use my code TALIAQ10 to get 10% off of booking your tickets. The whole experience should take you about 1.5 hours.
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Afterwards, I would continue strolling down to Belem. Here are some of my favorite places to visit. 

Jerónimos Monastery
@taliamazepa
I would suggest to buy tickets online for the monastery
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National Coach Museum
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Pastéis de Belém
@taliamazepa
Don't be taken aback by the long lines. They move quite fast!
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LxFactory
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**TIP: Try not to visit Belem on a Monday as you will find many of the locations are closed. 

For your last evening in Lisbon, I would recommend to experience some Fado. Fado is a traditional style of Portuguese music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics often expressing a sense of longing, nostalgia, or sadness.

Here are two of my favorite spots.

Tasca do Chico
@taliamazepa
Come early (no later than 8) so that you can find a seat before the show starts at 8:30.
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Mesa De Frades
@taliamazepa
This is a little more upscale. I would recommend making a reservation in advance.
Add to
Details

I would also consider some other fun activities like taking the ferry to Cacilhas and watching the sunset there, going to Mercado do Campo de Ourique or even trying a home cooked meal in a Portuguese home. 

Hotel Recommendations 

The Lumiares Hotel & Spa
@taliamazepa
The Lumieres Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel located in Lisbon's Bairro Alto neighborhood, offering chic and modern accommodations with a beautiful rooftop.
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Brown's | Avenue Hotel
@taliamazepa
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1869 Principe Real House
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Iberostar Selection Lisboa
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Memmo Alfama Hotel Lisboa
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Memmo Príncipe Real
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AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado
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Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel
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Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel
@taliamazepa
The Corpo Santo Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel housed in a restored 19th-century building. What I like most about it is attention to detail, down to the fresh pancakes they serve each traveler upon arrival. It's 5 minutes walking from the Praco do Commercio.
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Palácio Ludovice Wine Experience Hotel
@taliamazepa
The Palácio Ludovice is a charming 18th-century palace of the architect to the king that has been transformed into a boutique hotel. The hotel has a remarkable port wine collection and as a guest, you can attend one of the wine tasting they offer. It sits directly across the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara.
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H10 Duque de Loulé
@taliamazepa
The H10 Duque de Loulé is a contemporary boutique hotel housed in a restored 18th-century palace, offering stylish and comfortable rooms, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views, and a central location near Marquez de Pombal Circle. It's blue and white decor mirror the azulejos you find all over the city. It's a great 4 star option!
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Restaurant and Bar Recommendations 

Restaurante Pica-Pau
@taliamazepa
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SUL Osteria Do Povo
@taliamazepa
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Liberty: brunch, coffee & wine
@taliamazepa
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Manteigaria - Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata
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O Arêgos
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A Nossa Casa
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Oyster & Margarita
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Restaurante Federico
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Café de São Bento
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SEM Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Matiz Pombalina Cocktail Bar
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Jam Club
@taliamazepa
Great for 90s music, come for beer, not fancy cocktails you'll feel immediately welcomed. Say hi to Joao for me!
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For more restaurant recommendations, feel free to head to my blog. 

Have fun!

You're going to have a wonderful time in Lisbon! Make sure to follow me at @mazepa.travel on Instagram or @mazepatravel on TikTok. I would love to see pictures of your travels!

**Disclosure: this guide may contain affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my link at no cost to you. 

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Feeling like you want to explore more?

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👉  I also want to see other cities. 

👉 This was helpful but I don't want the headache of booking all the guides, drivers, hotels, train tickets, etc.

I got you! I've been working in the luxury travel industry for 10 years and have been a Morocco, Spain and Portugal expert for 5 of them. 

Check out my other services! 

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Hi, I’m Talia! I’m the owner of Mazepa Travel and currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. I was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. Throughout the course of my life, I ended up moving 18 different times and living in 8 different countries including Saudi Arabia, China and Spain. This ignited my passion for travel. I love the feeling of discovering a new culture, a new phrase, a different time to eat dinner or a different way to express gratitude. I’ve pursued this passion by spending the last 12 years studying and working in the luxury travel and hospitality industry. I love helping travelers discover hidden gems and build connections through authentic experiences. Let me help you discover your adventure.
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