WHY TO VISIT LISBON
Lisbon is a popular, indolent and melancholic city, like all the big seaside cities, especially those that are a little further south.
And so are its inhabitants whose character is understood first and best listening to Fado, the songs that Portuguese sailors sang on ships with which they set out to conquer the world.
We invite you to discover the districts of the capital of Portugal, from Bairro Alto up to the Baixa, passing through Belem and Chiado: only in these areas can you discover the true cultural identity of Lisbon, see the locals doing exquisitely daily actions such as shopping or walking the dogs and hearing the characteristic and melancholy fado played in some typical place.
WHAT TO SEE IN LISBON
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Torre de Belem
- Jeronimos Monastery
- Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)
- Bairro Alto
- Castelo de S. Jorge
- Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora
- Basilica da Estrela and Jardim de Estrela
- National Pantheon
- Ajuda National Palace (Palácio Nacional da Ajuda)
- Santa Maria de Belem Church
- Igreja de Sao Roque
- Convento dos Cardaes
- Miradouro das Portas do Sol
- Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
- Miradouro da Graça
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- Palacio Chiado
- Casa do Alentejo
- Mercado de Campo de Ourique
- Madragoa neighbourhood
- Viuva Lamego Factory
- Eléctrico 28
- Elevador da Glória, Elevador da Bica, Elevador da Lovra, Elevador de Santa Justa
WHEN TO GO TO LISBON
Best period to visit Lisbon is from April to October.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Lisbon.
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN LISBON
main airport is the Lisbon Airport.
download the transportation map
WHAT TO DO IN LISBON
typical dishes of Lisbon are:
- Bacalhau á bràs (scrambled eggs with salted cod, potatoes and onions; popular in Estremadura).
- Lulas recheadas à lisbonense (stuffed squid; a Lisbon speciality).
- Tripa à moda do Porto (tripe; available for those of a meaty disposition in Porto).
- Queijadas de Sintra (cheese tart found in Sintra).
- Açorda de mariscos (shrimp stew cooked in a bread bowl).
- Caldo verde (green soup made with finely shredded green kale leaves in broth).
- Pastéis de bacalhau (codfish cakes).
- Arroz de Tamboril (monkfish cooked in a laurel, garlic and tomato stew with rice, almost like a risotto).
- Alheira de Mirandela (a type of fowl sausage).
- Arroz de Cabidela (chicken (or rabbit) cooked in its own blood and served with rice).
- Cataplana de Marisco (fish stew made of white fish, potatoes, seafood, peppers and a hint of chilli).
- Francesinha (sandwitch made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce served with french fries).
- Sapateira Recheada (stone crab is stuffed with its own roe and insides and served with a type of potato salad).
- Caracois (snails cooked in an oregano based broth with lots of garlic, laurel and thyme. ).
- Salada de ovas (salad made from cod or hake roe sacs sliced and mixed with onion, tomato and bell peppers).
- Torta de Azeitão (soft, spongey cake with sweet egg yolk spread on top, and rolled up).
- Pastéis de nata (traditional custard-filled tarts typical of Lisbon).
- Aguardente (a sugar cane based drink).
typical souvenirs of Lisbon are:
- Claus Porto Soaps
- Azulejos, the Portuguese ceramic tiles
- Beeing the largest producer of cork in the world, there are many interesting cork design items
- Wool wear
- Presunto dry-cured ham, Portuguese cheese, Chouriço spices sausages and olive oil (it is available also an extra-virgin olive oil that contains 24-karat edible gold flakes)
- Red and white wine
- Ginjinha cherry liqueur or Porto liqueur