Overlooking the river Tejo and with an easygoing way of life, Lisboa is historically rich, cosmopolitan, “fresh”, bohemian, unique and drop-dead gorgeous. A city with everything that you may desire just there, waiting to be discovered by you: from Roman and Moorish ruins to white-domed cathedrals and beautiful squares lined with sun-drenched cafes. Everything is a delightful surprise that will give you unforgettable memories to take back home.
For me, a perfect day in Lisboa would start with a ride in our yellow trams and clatter through narrow streets up and down Lisbon’s seven hills. Let’s make a stop in Alfama (one of our beautiful old quarters) and get in touch with the friendly locals to gossip over a “Bica” (expresso) or a glass of “Ginginha” (Lisbon’s traditional liqueur) before getting up to the castle to enjoy 360º breath-taking views of the city!
With all that walking I’m getting hungry, aren’t you? Let’s go down the hill towards Belem and try that one delicacy, for which Lisbon is famous for! When in Belem, it is a must to eat the traditional delicious custard tart, the “Pasteis de Belem”! Let me also show you the beautiful quarter of Belem, Lisbon’s most monumental and historical area where you can find all the picturesque monuments related to the Portuguese Discoveries.
It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery: Among others, Prince Henry the Navigator on the first overseas expedition to conquer Ceuta in Morocco, Vasco da Gama to discover the sea route to India and Christopher Columbus stopped in Lisbon on his way back to Europe after discovering the New World.
In the afternoon let’s head to one of my favourite locations in Lisbon. In the nearby Alcantara quarter, you can find the LX Factory, which is a must-see – nowadays it’s one of the hippest, coolest and trendiest areas of Lisboa. This former factory from the 19th century was recovered in 2008, and from the factory ruins LX Factory project was born.
Nowadays it is pumping with hundreds of advertising companies, communications teams, artists, temporary exhibitors who have pushed the creative boundaries and very cool shops. Every space has an industrial look, attracting curious crowds to regular events like the “Open Day,” with exhibitions, music, and other activities throughout the day.
TIP: Every Sunday there’s an open-air market of a variety of products, from second-hand articles to original crafts.
Lisboa also reveals its youthful alter ego at bohemian bars, riverside clubs, late-night street parties and eye-catching boutiques, selling all things classic and cutting-edge. So what better way to end the day as with a stop at Cais do Sodré & Chiado quarter. Elegant new bars jostle with contemporary restaurants and even the beautiful 19th-century fish market is set to unveil a new food court, which is mixing gourmet fare with traditional petiscos.
Can you tell I’m very proud to be a Lisboeta (born and raised in Lisbon) and that it’s my pleasure to have the honour of showing you the most beautiful city in the world? Come and visit us soon and I’ll tell you more!
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