So much to see in Lisbon…
2017… Little update after spending a month in the Alcantara area. My first version of this article was written in 2014 after a 3 days city trip that made me totally fall in love with Lisbon. Now I know the area a bit more, I still love the docks and Belem but I’ve also discovered the more peaceful Alcantara, and I have to admit that Lisbon stole my heart once again !
Zoom on Portugal and then on Lisbon and follow your guide…
Discover the “ponte 25 de abril” from all sides…
Starting by from above – or almost – at the “miradouro” of Alcantara close to the palacio das necessidades.
And from the side by walking by the marina.
Since you’re at the docks, have a look at the colourful walls…
Da Estaçao Alcantara-Mar
of the street art areas that you can find all over the city
of the wonderful Azulejos covering the houses’ walls also a bit hidden everywhere in Lisbon
If you feel like going to Belem, you can cycle or walk there
Discovering the small alternative coffee shops
Discovering the very famous Belem tower
You can take a lunch break at the “O navegador” for some fresh fish
And finally stop for one or several Pasteis de nata of Belem (who are the best of Portugal only because they are baked all day long – Watch out, pictures from 2014 -)
To discover the Alcantara area a bit more
Have a look at the cemetery. I always say that visiting the cemeteries is important to understand the culture of the country you visit. Portugal is a very catholic country, therefore silence and calme are more than recommended here.
Visit LX (for Lisboa) factory, an old factory turned into an alternative place where you can find restaurants, a bar in a librairy, a tatoo shop, a barber, an exhibition room, contemporary dance lessons, yoga lessons, pastries, a co-working area… But pass by the LX factory before 7 pm as everything is closed at night there.
And to discover more about the ouest side of Lisbon
Visit the Jardim botanico da ajuda… Gorgeous and very calme.
For the more classical and touristic places to visit
In between the two worlds, you’ll find 2 nice little parcs (Jardim da estrela and Jardim amalia rodrigues), a beautiful miradouro (miradouro do parque Eduardo VII) and a very nice small stylish restaurant serving old style portuguese recipes, a fabrica imperial.
And for the center of Lisbon… Watch out, Pictures from 2014 again !
Bebedouro – rua sao nicolau, 24 – and its ports tasting. The owner of this wine bar is a super dynamic guy and he will, for sure, give you its passion and his taste for the different nice ports, wines and beers he knows and serves in his bar. DO NOT hesitate on the tawny port 20 years… A very nice place for a perfect evening, definitely more than recommended!
Tasca Bela – Rua dos Remedios, 190 – Our first taste of Lisbon’s typical food. Order their delicious octopus salad and broad beans tapas with a bottle of wine and a ruby port to nicely end the evening while listening to music… Nice atmosphere and excellent combination to start a city trip.
Walking along the 28th tram line. ! Warning : Lisbon is a very sloping city, avoid high heels and opt for a comfy pair of sneakers !
Taste the « Bitoque » at the restaurant Casa da India – Rua do Loreto 49 – A place « awesome but chaotic » as my portuguese friend who recommended me this restaurant described it.
Try the best chocolate cake of the world (says our landlady). Landeau – Rua das Flores around the n°111 – at the top of the street. The Genoise is ok but the real secret of this devil cake lies in the chocolate mousse between the 2 slices of genoise… Subtle and tasty, the texture is perfect! This cake is definitely to be put in the “to die for” category! Although it’s not exactly part of the Portuguese food heritage, this chocolate cake is worth tasting.
To discover a bit of the Alfama
« Miradouro » at Alfama area to see the sunset. You should avoid going to santa Luzia as most of the guide recommends but prefer to go to – Calçada graçia 19 – stop a few minutes/hours… and then go to – Calçada Monte 41/Rua senhora Monte 50 – which is one of the highest spot in Lisbon… Take a few beers and snacks with you and you’ll have a perfect beginning of evening!
And have a coffee at Café arts, a very nice coffee shop exhibiting interesting, cool and unknown paintings
And for a pretty finish, this is a very touristic activity where you won’t hear anyone talking portuguese
Spend the day in Sintra to visit the castle and the gorgeous gardens.
Take the train at Rossio station in the city center «Estação de Caminhos de Ferro do Rossio » – Rua 1 de Dezembro – and stop at the very last stop. Don’t take the bus and walk to the castle, It’s easy to find and the walk is pleasant… too bad in these conditions to be packed in a tourists’ bus.