Trams that wind through narrow streets, individually painted tiles on the house fronts and the sounds of fado in the evening – welcome to Lisbon! The Portuguese capital is a gem that should be on everyone’s bucket list. 290 days of sunshine a year are another argument that should help all those still sitting on the fence – Lisbon is not called the “City of Light” for nothing. Exploring the city on foot and discovering the many beautiful viewpoints that offer a wonderful view over the city’s hills is especially worthwhile.
Due to its close proximity to the coast, fish and seafood can be found on every menu in Lisbon. You should definitely try the Bacalhau à Brás with cod, potatoes and egg – this Lisbon dish is famous even beyond the country’s borders. Thankfully, this soul food is offered in almost every restaurant with local cuisine, sometimes interpreted in a modern way for more up-market cuisine. Grilled sardines, which can also be taken home preserved in a can, are another highlight of Lisbon’s cuisine. Your culinary to-do list has to include pastel de nata tarts filled with custard... tasty and irresistible!
1. Start the day with a Galão, a Portuguese latte
2. Wander the historic district of Alfama
3. Go (window) shopping on the Rua Augusta shopping street
4. Enjoy a view of the city from one of the numerous viewpoints (miradouros)
5. Listen to fado in a street bar in the evening
1. Hire a bike and cycle along the banks of the Tagus to Belém
2. Cross over to Almada by ferry and hike up to the Christo Rei statue
3. Walk across the 18th century aqueduct Aqueduto das Águas Livres
4. Join a Tagus sailboat tour
5. Climb the city hills on an e-bike
1. Find out more about the life and work of Fernando Pessoa in the author’s former home
2. Head to the Palácio Nacional de Mafra monastery, the setting for José Saramago’s most famous novel, “The Memorial” (1982)
3. Visit the Fundação José Saramago exhibition, which has several floors dedicated to the life and work of the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.
4. Get inspired at the café “A Brasileira”, where Portuguese authors Fernando Pessoa, Aquilino Ribeiro and Alfredo Pimenta met and shared ideas.
5. Browse in the Bertrand bookshop – the world’s oldest bookshop still in existence (opened in 1732)!
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