LISBON; A SEVEN HILLS MUST SEE!
Twenty years ago Lisbon organised the World’s Fair and still this city is a true hotspot!
Built on seven hills, at the River Tagus and full with beautiful architecture and good food.
VITA DI LUSSO visited the highlights in three districts: Baixa Pombalina (downtown),
the ancient working-class neighbourhood Alfama and the suburb Santa Maria de Belém.
Hop on hop off
After I hopped off the plane, I immediately hopped on the taxi to go to my recently renovated, historical apartment downtown. This building is named Gaivotas and one of the Lisbon Five Stars. Lucky me; the driver entertained me with all he knew about ‘his city’. So nice to hear all the ‘geheimtipps’ from the locals themselves!
After unpacking my suitcase, I headed up to Praça do Comércio to have dinner and make a planning for the upcoming days.
I just know that the hop on hop off bus is a very nice way to see the highlights of a city. So the next day I bought a ticket for all of the three routes. Definitely worth the money!
Lisbon is well-known for its tasty, yet simple and straight forward food. Did I love my chicken piri piri the other night while enjoying my view over the River Tagus and Ponte 25 de Abril, I also loved the Pasteis de Belém for lunch.
And what a feast! In June Lisbon organizes Sardine Festival. Mainly in Alfama all kinds of pop up restaurants decorate the authentic streets, stairs and alleys. Sardines are grilled and served with Sangria and the traditional Pimba music, which is quite something else than the typical and more sensitive Fado music:- )
For a good morning meal I can surely recommend you Dear Breakfast, but the absolute hotspot is the Time Out Market. Be patient for a seat and a table; it is definitely worth waiting!
Museu do Azulejo
When in Lisbon, you just cannot overlook the Portuguese tiles, which are the national symbol. They cheer up the facades and when the sun shines, you will experience the biggest color explosion ever seen!
In this tile museum you can find out about the history of tiles from the 16thcentury until today. Being a unique variety in the world, there’s a panel that stands out, made with 1300 tiles and occupying 23m in length. It represents an urban landscape of Lisbon, in 1738, before the earthquake of 1755, and it is totally intact. It is considered one of the largest tile panels in the world.
But there is much more, like the beautiful patio in which you can recognise the more oriental style.
Lisboa is a very nice place if you love different architectural styles, local food and shopping as well. Unfortunately, I could not find the time to hang out on the beach, but looking over the river with a glass of Portuguese wine was a good alternative.