Lisbona, Portogallo

On Europe western extremity there is this nice, welcoming and interesting city: Lisbon. I already told about it after a tour of Portugal, now I’m going to dedicate it it’s own page. Lisbon, because of its position, it’s perfect for a stop over to the Americas, flying with its national airlines company, TAP, very nice, so as Lisbon airport which is really a nice surprise.

Lisbon is all ups and downs.

It is on a river whose banks are linked by two bridges, the vasco da Gama one is really huge.

Interesting to see is also the Barrio Alto district, whose alleys, during the night are crowded by young people looking for all kinds of transgressions. Maybe is better, the spouthern district where you can find more “sophisticated” bars and clubs.

Not to be missed the area between Largo Chiado e Praca do Commercio, the city’s chic area and shopping area with its heart in Rossio.

The Oceanarium is very interesting so as Don Jeronimos Monastry, in which cloister “lays” Pessoa, maybe the most famous historical character of the city and omnipresent; very funny, a statue representing him seated in front of one of the most fascinating and histor ical bars of the city: the Cafè A Brasileira.

Another distinctive tract of Lisbon is its kitchen, with two big and undiscussed stars: the “bacalhau” and the  “pastel de nata“, a pastry that if served just made and hot is really delicious.

A gem for breakfast: the Padaria do Bairro in Rua da Misericordia. Excellent espresso, many kinds of bread, several natural juices, and especially the best pastel de nata of Lisbon.

Few steps from Padaria there is a very nice store selling small characteristic paintings where you can buy a nice souvenir for few euros.

In the area between Praca de Luis Camoes and Largo Chiado there are three beautiful churches, among which stands out “the italians one” (Igreja do Loreto).

 

Talking about churches, the Dome deserves a visit

In Praca do Commercio,under the archs, there is a market with many local products. To have a look, you could find something nice (such as hats) for example.

In the end, for the soccer’s lovers, a mention goes to the “Da Luz“, the wonderful stadium of Benfica, the most famous Portugal team.

 

I can’t not mention also a very beautiful store (and a bar, very beautiful) in Rua Augusta, the pedestrian street queen of shopping.

I recommend this walking tour leaving from teh Bairro Alto:

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Without forget the Alfama district

Dominated by the “Castelo de Sao Jorge” (price of ticket € 8,50)  from where you can admire an enchanting view. A stop not to be missed.

In the end a gem: Rua da Bica De Duarto Belo (that then becomes “Calçada da Bica Pequena“),an amazing  sloping street  crossed by two elevators -trams going  back and forth (ticket 3,9€, maybe too much) at the end on the right there is a very nice bar in Largo Santo (O Alemao da Bica).

Restaurants:

Clubs:

  • Topo Clube (very busy also the Lux)

To sleep we advice one of the many hotels, or why not, an apartment in a quiet Bairro Alto area; they are very cheap, so as in all the city.

A really surprising and welcoming city.

About transfers, for those from the airport is recommended taxileader while for those citizens taxis (very cheap) or the metro.

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