Lisbon is a quiet and very warm city that I’ve loved at first sight.
“For me no flowers can match the endlessly varied colors of Lisbon in the sunlight”,
declare the poet Fernando Pessoa about his beloved native city.
1. The ‘Miradouros’
Lisbon, as many other cities (like Rome, Edimburgh, Barcelona, Prague) was founded on seven hills.
The best way to enjoy the amazing views that Portugal’s capital can offer is doing some uphill walking, discovering interesting and hidden corners and stopping in various miradouros, the scenic spots where you can relax and watch this brilliant city from above.
Not to be missed, among the others, Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Miradouro da Graca, Miradouro S. Pedro de Alcantara, Miradouro de Santa Caterina.
2. Street Art
Lisbon has become one of the world’s biggest capitals for urban art and this is not a coincidence.
There are many street art tours that you may explore: you can go to Picoas to see the Gemeõs, descend with Gloria elevator and admire the Urban Art Gallery (GAU) or visite the Lx Factory, an abandoned factory area which has been recovered and converted in a cultural and artistic center representing nowadays a vivid and alternative meeting point.
Thanks to local authorities that decide to cooperate, support, and promote this kind of art instead of restricting it (Lisbon is the only city with a governmental urban and street art department), Lisbon is one of the most interesting destinations for urban art lovers.
Fado is the heart of Portugal culture and part of alfacinhas (Lisbon’s inhabitants) life! Indulge in fado music- maybe tasting a glass of good wine- appreciating its melancoly, its recall to love gone, to distant places and moments that will never come again: you will enter into the deep soul of this city.
Avoid turistic places and get lost in the small streets while searching for places frequented by locals. And, entrust me, listen to the show in strict, religious silence. Fado, here, is a meaningful thing.
4. First Sunday of the month: free museums
Almost every monuments and public museums are free on the first Sunday of the month, until 2pm. Why not taking advantage of this generous offer?
Not to be missed the stunning Mosterio de Jerónimos, one of the most important monuments in Lisbon and Unesco World Heritage Site since 1983, together with Torre de Belém. Both of them exemples of manuelito style, they are the symbol of the important role that Portugal played in the great Age of Discovery.
Nice to visit as well Museo Berardo: the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum hosts interesting temporary exibition and a permanent collection which includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalì, Jackson Pollock, Piet , Andy Warhal (open 10am-7pm, close on Monday).
Don’t pass through Lisbon without tasting ginjinha, the traditional portoguese liqueur made by infusing ginja berries (sour cherries) in alcohol. Well to be honest this is not exactly free but nearly..one shot for roughly 1€! THE place where to try it is A Ginjinha, in Largo Sao Domingos, which was the first establishment in the city to commercialize it. It’s a small cafè, very popular among locals which drink ginjinhas all along the day, ‘with ginja’, that is with one or more sour cherries inside the shot glass but, if you prefere, you can order it ‘sem ginha’, without berries.
“..steep streets where trams trundle along…a southern city at once scorched and fresh with the promise of the sea on the horizon.”
Simone de Beauvoir
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