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33 things to experience in Lisbon

April 23, 2018

 

                 

From the house of the High Butter Guy ( the one who became rich in his days, appointed by the king to make butter), to the tomb of Vasco da Gama and the poems of Camões, Lisbon will sweep you off your feet, and take you to Fernando Pessoa's birthplace on the 4th  flat of a building! Or perhaps you'd like to "watch ships " go by Napoleon style,  or sip a Ginginha ( sour cherry drink)? Or listen to the story of the English 5 o'clock tea which is in fact the Portuguese 5 o' clock tea since it's invented by Portuguese queen Catarina who was married to a British king that was cheating on her... Or maybe  you would like to shop at the Loreto Candle shop- the oldest candle making store ( 200 years old) that was inaugurated the same day as the French Revolution on July 14th..and have your legs worked out up the hill to the infamous Alfama? 

 

Know that Lisbon is home to the oldest bookshop in the world ( Bertrand Bookstore), a masonic beer place (Cervejaria Trinidade), a dizzy nightlife, roof-less & gold adorned churches, flea markets & cork made products! It has streets filled with lemon, mandarin and orange trees, and with the statue of Jesus over-looking in the distance straight into the eyes of it's taller version from Brazil,  it will claim you as victim of its beauty. 

 

After having 12 remarkable cultural hours in Lisbon with a fantastic guide and actually living in Lisbon for 6 weeks, here are my Top 33 things to experience in this so called city! Just like Fernando Pessoa used to say: Lisbon is not a city, but a condensed art form!  

 

Holly Molly! Now let's dig in!!

 

1) Tram 28

 

For visitors, this is the classic Lisbon tram journey,  as it screeches and wobbles through the steep streets of the city. I was wondering why they still keep this vintage Remodelado tram from the 1930's as part of the public transport network..and the reason is the route of the 28 tram is completely unsuitable for modern trams, due to many gradients and narrow turns. Even if you feel a bit shaky on the ride, how can you not love this delightful little tram? A ride will cost you about 3 euros & it connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique, while passing through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. I actually did a theatre character in Lisbon called Estrela. 

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

2) Get married in a Tuk Tuk! Wait.. what? 

 

A Tuk Tuk ride is a fun & exciting experience to stroll around some historical districts of Lisbon, which you will find at point nr.3

 

I like Os Tuk Tuk Lisboa, because of their tiled 'outfit' and because they suit every demand, from sightseeing, to an always special wedding day, or even corporate parties.

 

Can you imagine your wedding in a tuk-tuk?!

 

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

3) Did I say Alfama? Then I need not say more! But I will anyhow..

 

Originally, the district of sailors, was situated outside of the city walls and was associated with poverty and squalor, where only the poor and disadvantaged resided, and where sailors and dock workers lived. Today, Alfama has shrugged off its grim reputation, being transformed into an eye-candy artisan district, while still retaining its character and dilapidated charm. Plus you can visit some stuff for FREE here like The Roman Amphiteatre. The National Pantheon and The Fado Museum are about 4 to 5 Euros. Also, there are restaurants that spill out onto the streets of Alfama, literally around every corner, most known for their specialty of grilled fish, caldo verte ( Portuguese traditional soup) and cool coffee-places.

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

4) Find a Miradouro, breath in & relax... 


 My favorite view is from Miradouro de Santa Catarina because of its history. It is said that the expression 'watching the ships go by', was coined at  Miradouro de Santa Catarina. You wanna know why? Keep reading!

 

The legend says Napoleon wanted to behead one of Portugal's kings. Just that the King saved himself, and escaped to Brazil in a ship..Napoleon just stood like a fool at Miradouro de Santa Catarina,watching the ships go by.

 

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

At Santa Catarina,  you will experience a miraculous way to end your evenings looking through the endless sunsets,  on local guitar accords &  a glass of sangria. You can either walk up to here, take the tram or use a tuk-tuk.

 

But if you do not like the view from this one, worry not, for you will find others, especially in Alfama..

 
 

5) Get lost on the streets wearing special names..according to the specific profession of the inhabitants..

 

 Every street becomes something else, once you know more about it, more so in Lisbon, where you will find the street of the guys whom were repairing the bottom of the boats, the street of the sailors whom were using charcoal for heating, the street of the aristocrats, and of course the street of the lemon tree...or mandarin tree ..

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

While gazing at the windows, don't forget to look down at your feet at the Calçada portuguesa..

 

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

Portuguese pavement (calcada portuguesa), is a traditional-style pavement used for many pedestrian areas in Portugal, consisting of small flat pieces of stones arranged in a pattern or image, like a mosaic. As a craft is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia, being later brought to Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.  

 

6) Feeling tired? Be a free mason and grab a beer at Cervejaria Trinidade

 

You will find it on Rua Nova da Trindade Chiado, it is built on a former church from 1294..its history changed a lot over the centuries, hosting several other institutional forms and being rebuilt over and over again, on account of fires and earthquakes. It is also the place were Luis de Camões fell madly in love with Catarina de Ataíde in 1542, on a Good Friday & praised her in his poems. Back then, it was known as Trinity Convent ( what, you didn't think Catarina would frequent a beer place right?). Amores de Camões: The Loves of Camões were praised by many critics as they say Camões was ahead of his times and loved women independent of race, origin and looks! Now the Cervejaria is known as a masonic beer place due to its many symbols on the walls. You can also eat here, but the food is over-priced: the Portuguese style is to bring you a cheese entree, you will pay for it if you touch it, if you don't.. probably they will just move it to the next table.

  

 

7) Need to wake up? Sit for a coffee at The Café A Brasileira in Baixa-Chiado

 

 The history of the place is super interesting, politicians were gathering at A Brasileira to manufacture plots..but it has been also a meeting point for intellectuals, artists, writers and free-thinkers. The shop was open by Adrian Telles to import and sell Brazilian coffee in the 19th century, then a rarity in the households of Lisbon. Among the Portuguese, it is quite common to drink meia de leitte ( half milk in a regular cup of coffee).

 

Bonus: the street music band that plays just outside the Café A Brasiliera is insane...

 

                                                             Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

8) Head to Castelo de Sao Jorge, you'll get a nice work-out for your legs..

 

São Jorge Castle is a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic centre of the Portuguese city of Lisbon and Tagus River. The view is price-less!

Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

There is a a gypsy jazz band in Lisbon playing on the streets close to Sao Jorge Castle, make sure you don't miss them! Bad Swindlers play gypsy jazz around Castelo Sao Jorge..they are the most amazing band in gypsy jazz I ever heard!

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

9) Hunt the graffiti patterns

 

 In Lisbon is legal to do Graffiti art! Portuguese are smart!

 

This one is my favorite.. 

 Photo (c): Iulia Malina

 

but also these ones..

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

10) Don't miss the church of Sao Domingos

 

Marked by death sentences, fires & with an entire balcony saved from an earthquake and put back in after the earthquake was over, Sao Domingos is a very special place. It had a black pastor  and is the very church where the Jewish massacre took place, and from whose balcony the Inquisition was ordering deaths..

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 
11) Go for the arts! ..

 

For cool contemporary art exhibitions visit:  Veritas Art Auctioneers..

 

If you want to see some impressive epoque photography head to Arquivo Fotográfico Municipal De Lisboa

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

 If you are into the fashion industry, the exquisite Design and Fashion Museum of Lisbon, widely known as MUDE (Museu do Design e da Moda), gathers together the evolution of fashion & design in the course of the 20th century, is close to Praca do Comercio on Rua Augusta 24 and is fabulous! Trust me! You will not want to leave!

                          Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

Theatre Lover? You will love Lisbon! As much as I  loved Hamlet at Teatro Garagem  -try it  for immersive shows! They also have a cool coffee bar inside.

 

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Also Teatro Camões holds the space for performances worth your time & money, that kind of quality work that is not easily forgotten! ( Teatro Camões  is a concert hall in Lisbon which  began being used by the Lisbon Symphony Orchestra, and is currently stage of National Ballet of Portugal).

 

A República das Bananas-Teatro Politeama is also a super cool place for crazy shows!

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum- Calouste was one of the richest man of our world, and he donated all his belongings to the museum with the same name! There is also a foundation named after him! He amassed an eclectic and unique collection that was influenced by his travels and his personal taste. His wide-ranging collection covers various periods and areas: Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Oriental art, European painting and decorative arts and you can see them all the Calouste Museum!

 

12)   Caso dos Bicos: José Saramago Foundation needs to introduction..   

 

Casa dos Bicos: José Saramago Foundation  ( Saramago is a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist) is thrilling just to look at! Is located down in the Alfama district, inspired by the Italian Renaissance architecture and built in the 16th century.  José Saramago's ashes were buried underneath a hundred year old olive tree on the square in front of Casa dos Bicos.

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

You can dine there next to the Casa Dos Bico with it’s interesting pointed stone exterior.

 

13) Fernando Pessoa & Fragrante Delitro..

 

You have to visit the birthplace of Fernando Pessoa, at the 4th flat of a building in the Largo de São Carlos, just off the Chiado;). For Pessoa, just like for me, Lisbon was not a city, but a condensed art form!

 

Why is Pessoa THIS SPECIAL? Because he used at least 78  literary figures for his writings, yet there were 3 main heteronyms he returned to from time to time, that were his favorites: " Caeiro, through sheer and unexpected inspiration, without knowing or even suspecting that I’m going to write in his name. Ricardo Reis, after an abstract meditation, which suddenly takes concrete shape in an ode. Campos, when I feel a sudden impulse to write and don’t know what.” He also wrote in and translated from English and French, and practiced astrology and the occult all his life!

 

 If besides his birthplace you wanna visit where he also lived for 15 years ( 1920- '35), you will find the house in Campo de Ourique, a charismatic neighborhood in Lisbon. Pessoa's house is a lively house of culture.

 

 

The multimedia space - “Dreamatorium” – and the author’s precious personal library – has been digitized and is available for public viewing online.

 

Tip: Casa Fernando Pessoa has also a restaurant, Flagrante Delitro (just behind it), open every day, Monday to Saturday.

 

14) Eat the SECRET: Pastéis de nata from Pastéis de Belem

 

You can find these sweet, crusty, yet mellow on the inside pastries, near the Jeronimos Monastery a the mighty Antigua Confeitaria de Belém that sells 50,000 pastries every Sunday ( they are open every day of the week though). The recipe is a secret! It can only be memorized, it can not be written down. 

 

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

At Jeronimos monastery, the monks from the order with the same name invented pastéis  de nata, using egg yolks that were exceeding the yolks they needed to wash their cloths  ( perhaps to whiten them..don't ask me..).  Pasteis de Belém sells the pasteis since 200 years ago.

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

There is an annual contest for pasteis in Lisbon among the bakers, but they never count the original receipt from Belém  ..so whichever is the winner is always the second best.

 

The cue in Belem, to get these delicious sweets is monumental...but worth sitting on your nerves... If you buy one, you will for sure buy another two... ..pasteis de nata are the best thing you could have with a meia de leite coffee or tea...if you put cinnamon on it you will get a foodgasm!

 

15) Catch a Bacalhau & Restaurant Tips

 

If you do not have a sweet tooth, maybe you have a salted one! 

 

The Portuguese culture has a  rich seafood diet, so you can find fish and shellfish on most lunch and dinner menus. Bacalhau (salted cod) is an especially popular traditional Portuguese dish. But it's an acquired taste, so you might want to consider a backup option if you're not feeling adventurous. 

 

Here is my Top 3 Restaurants in Lisbon:

 A Cevicheria Lisboa

 A Padaria Portuguesa -if you wanna feel like a real local

 

 

Or you can try the Chinese restaurant Hua Ta Li, with a fabulous view over the city!

                           Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

16) Don't get out of Lisbon without visiting the Mercado da Ribeira

 

What is nice about Mercado da Riberia is that you can also have a glass of freshly squeezed juice! But..you'll go here to see some more fish! This sea faring nation has the highest per capita consumption of fish in Europe and their favorite say is “there are more than 365 ways to cook cod, one for every day of the year"..Lisbon's biggest food market, the lively Mercado da Ribeira (Avenida 24 de Julho, 6am-2pm, closed Sunday), was built at the end of the 19th century and topped by a Moorish dome.

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

Among the flowers and regional cheeses, varinas (fishwives), who once sold their wares from flat-bottomed baskets balanced on their heads, offer a selection of cuttlefish and clams, moray eels and sea bass.

 

At weekends handicrafts and antiques are also on offer.

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

 

17) Avenida Ribeira das Naus

 

Start the day on Avenida Ribeira das Naus, where many of the Portuguese explorers' ships were built, and which opened last year as a new waterfront focus for the city. It has terracing with deckchairs where you can soak up the morning sun after picking up a breakfast of a bica (espresso) coffee and pastel de nata (the custard tart) from a kiosk. 

 

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

 

18) Hunt the biggest natural park- is Lisbon biggest air reservoir!

 

I volunteered in Parque Florestal de Monsanto to paint some trees & the inside of the main building of the park. The personnel was super welcoming, and I received a little tree seed to plant in my home-country, as a gift...

 

Parque Florestal de Monsanto,  is the largest green patch in Lisbon, covering fifty hectares, and offering different geological, flora and fauna environments. They have plenty of Eucalypti trees, and the forest was planted  80 years ago, for green airways to keep the air clean in between the river and the land. I was wondering how come the air in Lisbon is so fresh! So yes, even in capitals you can actually breath! You will also see plenty of cork trees in there. In fact there are so many cork made products in Lisbon that cork is like the number one material they make national goodies from !  ( like cork shoes & bags..)

         Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

The park is located a bit far from the center, but closer to Belem district!

 

19) Sip some wine at Torre de Belem, fabulous sunsets! 

 

Tower of Belem, built in the 16th century in the age of discoveries has some of the best sunsets you will see in Lisbon! People generally gather there for a glass of wine in the evening, there are plenty of kiosks from where you can grab a glass of wine, and if you did not know here they saved the first rhinoceros in the 15 th century, from a drifting ship. They were trying to bring it all the way from Asia, that's why you will see many rhinoceros symbols in the Tower ! The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus river, and is a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.  It is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery).

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

20) Nights of Fado in Bairro Alto..

 

You can hear fado music in bodegas & tascas all over the Bairro Alto. My favorite bodega was: Adega de Ribatejo!

 

Fado ("destiny, fate") is a music genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon, but probably has much earlier origins. In popular belief, fado is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. This is loosely captured by the Portuguese word "saudade", or "longing". My favourite Fado singer is Ana Moura. But if you are not into Fado, know that wherever you go in Portugal you will hear guitar strings. One of their most famous guitar players is Carlos Paredes. 

 

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

21) Not into Fado and good old times guitar? Night life in Cais do Sodré !

 

Go to Cais do Sodré & find Pink Street! You can thank me later..

Sodré is the name of a 15th-century family with businesses in this neighborhood which has always been linked to the maritime trade. The strip of bars is a seedy-weedy,  awesome place where drug dealers are pushy, hookers are beautiful and the famous "music box" stands tall, the one place in Lisbon you DO NOT want to miss if you are into crazy parties! Neon lights will make you seize up, puke out your eyes, and die a heroic death: the booze is more or less free if you consider the euro Monopoly money in some of the bars (like Oslo Bar). But there are plenty of others, including one that was a former brothel: Pensão Amor.

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

PS: The "Wharf of Sodré" is a terminal of the ferries that link Lisbon to Cacilhas and Almada across the river, and is also a train and subway station as well as a major bus stop. Also, don't worry: throughout Lisbon you will find many places to hang out..such as Palco Planisferio

                                                            Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

 

22) Feeling romantic? Shop for candles at the 200 years old Loreto Candle House & more

 

Lisbon is a veritable cornucopia where you can do some unique shopping: like get yourself some candles from the two centuries old candle shops (Loreto Candle House).

 

The Loreto Candle House, first opened in 1789, and is a trip back in time: the very same elaborately carved wood interiors still house hundreds of scented and unscented candles in a variety of hues. There’s a workshop in the back of the store where all the candles are handmade.  Less traditional offerings include fruit-, animal-, and egg-shaped candles.

 

In Lisbon, you can also buy soaps by Claus Porto in art deco boxes (clausporto.com), twinkling sardine tins, retro 1930s packets of flour and ground rice, handmade leather gloves, copper pans, flea market finds and toys you may well have imagined went out with the ark on Tagus River. That's if Noah was Portuguese..

 Photo (C): Nomaddeea

 

Ps: Loja Das Conservas is in trendy Bairro Alto., is the first shop of the traditional Portuguese souvenir that is canned fish. The interior of the shop is decorated with a funky mural with the image of the canning industry, created by contemporary artist Jaime Rydel.

 

 

23) Strike Rua Augusta & Find some Roman Baths close by...

 

If vintage stuff doesn't suit your fancy you can always go international on Rua Augusta.. the Fashion Museum ( MUDE) can be found there as well.

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

This street will be familiar to those who have seen the movie Gulliver's Travels, in which the Lilliputians wheeled Ted Danson, as Gulliver, through the arch. 


Parallel to Rua Augusta is Rua dos Correeiros, where there is a small section of Roman baths beneath the Millenium BCP Bank.

 

24) Relax in Praça do Comércio: Lisbon's Monumental Riverside Square

 

 When you are done visiting Rua Augusta, step out in style, through the triumphal arch (which on the Rua Augusta side has a clock with filigreed stone reliefs) and bump into Praca Do Comercio to watch some more ships go by on the Tagus River and fill your lungs with melancholic joy ( this combination of feelings is possible only in Lisbon..)

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

This vast waterfront square also known as Terreiro do Paço or "the palace's square," is where the royal palace stood for over two centuries until 1755, when its was destroyed by the Great Earthquake. The royal family moved to another residence in the district of Belem, and the new arcade-buildings acted as the port of entry to the city.

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

Tip: On the north side is a triumphal arch and one of the city's legendary cafes, Café Martinho da Arcada.

 

25) See the Church Without a Roof (Carmo Convent)

 

It was built in the 13 th century and it was then the biggest church in Lisbon..now it remains standing as a tribute to the people that died there during the massive earthquake, and subsequent tusnami  from 1755 that occurred during a holy day, All Saints Day. Stories report that the 8.5 – 9.0 quake lasted anywhere from 6 to 9 minutes. Besides damage to buildings there were fires throughout the city, as a result of candles burning in the homes of Christians while they were worshiping in church. Homes of non-Christians were not damaged to the same extent, shaking the faith of the nation at the time. They questioned “why God would spare the brothels and not the churches?”

 

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

26) Kiss the lottery man & change your luck!

 

On the Largo Trindade Coelho Square you will find the bronze statue of a man holding a ticket. You can kiss that statue as I did..people generally just rub his lottery ticket, as he was rushing to get his fortune... it gives a nod to lottery ticket vendors, who still roam the streets shouting out their offer to provide you with a ticket to your potential fortune. 

                                                             Photo (c): Iulia Malina

 

 

27) Go to Rossio and find A Ginjinha Bar!! 

 

This bar is basically a hole in the wall ... to buy a little drink in a plastic cup. It is said to be the original bar that made and sold Ginjinha: a sour cherry drink, made of ginja berries, aguardente, sugar and a little bit of salt. It is one of the most appreciated liqueurs in Portugal and plays a significant role in the cobbled streets during the summer months in Lisbon.  A Ginjinha bar is too small for anything but pouring the Ginjinha, so you drink it standing up in the Rossio plaza with all the other tourists doing it. It is poured by the proprietor quickly as the queue gets bulky quickly. And since your hands will get a little sticky..there is a sink nearby to wash yourself. Ginjinha is sold in many locations in Portugal, and somewhere in Obidos is served in a mini chocolate mug!

 

Some even dare to say that the traditions are changing and the youth pairs ginjinha with sardines..

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea


 

28) Feeling like a book-worm?  The oldest Bookshop in the World is waiting for you in Lisbon..

 

The Bertrand Bookstore in Lisbon, Portugal has been open since 1732. That’s right, 286 years, as I'm typing now and is 2018. It was open by Peter Faure to be a hub of Lisbon’s art and intellectual scene and now has more than 50 stores throughout Portugal. Faure turned the store over to the Bertrand Brothers a few decades after opening it, and the Bertrands got their own printing press, held workshops on printing and writing, and even have their own writing font! How Cool!

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 It hasn’t been at this particular location in Lisbon since 1732, but 'only' since 1755, when the original store was destroyed in the great earthquake that leveled much of the city (and was the inspiration for Voltaire’s Candide). 

 

29) Elevador de Santa Justa

 

It was built by a student of Gustav Eiffel that constructed the Eiffel tower, that's why its iron structures are similar to the Eiffel Tower!  The student's name is Raul Mésnier and he was a French Arhitech, born in Portugal. The construction of Santa Justa Elevador happened in 1902.

 

The elevator is known also as "Elevator of Carmo", as it connects the shopping area from the lower part of Baixa district to the higher Carmo Square & the ruins of Carmo Church, on the Bairro Alto ( basically it connects downtown with the higher district). It is 45 meters tall and was originally powered by a steam! My recommendation is that you visit it on early evening, when the light falls on the western side and it basks in glory Se Cathedral & the Castle.

 

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

30) Sé Cathedral

 

has a beautiful Romanesque styled rose-window. The word Sé derives its name from the initials of Sedes Episcopalis: when translated it means  the Bishop’s Seat. What's funny is that, the first bishop of Sé, had nothing to do with Portugal, he was an English crusader named Gilbert. Just like the English 5 o'clock tea has nothing to do with the Uk, but all to do with Portugal. Queen Catarina da Braganza, married to a British King, Charles II, whom cheated on her regularly. Luckily he died and their marriage was over. Catarina was always getting hungry around 5 o'clock so she asked for some tea and cookies. 

                                                          Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

Back to Sé, this was the first religious building constructed by the 12th century Christian Crusaders and was on the site of an important Mosque that was destroyed.  Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Portugal was baptized in a font at Sé, though he  was born less than 200m  down the hill, at the site of the Igreja de Santo Antonio. 

 

31) The Church of São Roque


Is the most expensive place of worship in Europe! The chapel was built in Rome, blessed by the Pope, then shipped to Lisbon in 1747. The outside of São Roque is quite boring, but inside you'll find ivory, agate, porphyry, lapis lazulli, gold and silver as well as numerous works of art. It is quite modest on the outside, but on the inside there is a whole different story!

 

                                                            Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

32)  Climb into the statue of Jesus Christ  King ( Cristo do Rei) 

 

 It overlooks its taller version on the other side of the world in Brazil....basically they look at each-other..isn't that romantic??

 

...the plus to Cristo do Rei, is that you can feel like Suzanne from Leonard's Cohen poem with the same name, while hoping on a ferry on the Tagus River :)

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

There is a regular and inexpensive ferry over the Tagus, that departs from the Cais do Sodré ferry terminal in Lisbon ( the final stop on the green metro line) and crosses to the town of Cacilhas, where you can find Cristo do Rei statue.  The route takes less than one hour (depending on connections) and the return trip costs around €5.  

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

33) Get your butt out of Lisbon and head to Cascais or Sintra!

 

The Cais do Sodré  terminal is not just a ferry terminal, but also the main terminus for trains to Cascais and the beaches west of Lisbon ;) Cascais is a a jewel and you should definitely see it!

 

To get to Sintra, you'll have to take a train ( every 20 min) from Rossio Train Station, which looks like a museum and hosts a hostel inside, besides a train station! The entrance is via large horseshoe shaped stone doorways and the roof  is topped with small turrets and a clock tower. The plus is it has an interesting history with the child king Sebastian pictured in front, and a Starbucks on the inside!

 Photo (c): Nomaddeea

 

 The End.

Is Only a New Beginning.

XoXo

Deea

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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