Have you decided to travel to Lisbon? If you are preparing your trip and your schedule in order to know what to see in Lisbon, you have probably verified that the Portuguese capital presents a tourist offer like very few cities in Europe.
But today we will leave the topic. All those who already know this city, already know that its neighbourhoods, its streets or its houses are what give off its magic.
Below, we give you a series of recommendations for you to enjoy neighbourhoods like some of the great monuments of Lisbon. Let yourself be advised and take note in your agenda. Let's start!
Visit Lisbon: Green destination 2020
As you have had the opportunity to see in previous posts on this blog, traveling to Lisbon in January is an extraordinary option for your getaway to this amazing country: better prices, mild temperatures and quiet and cosy streets.
But there is more. Lisbon has just been chosen as a green destination in Europe 2020. The Portuguese capital is the first capital in southern Europe to receive this recognition.
If you are a lover of sustainable tourism, you will find your suitable destination in Lisbon, which has been chosen at the end of last year as the best urban destination in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the WTA, the World Travel Awards.
What to see in Lisbon? Its neighbourhoods
There are many ways to discover a city. Lisbon does not surprise us anymore, but the city offers, like very few others, a special art in its streets and corners, and some of its neighbourhoods, which like no other city become an essential attraction on your visit to Lisbon.
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Let yourself be seduced by the charm of Lisbon
This is how the old quarter of Lisbon is known at the foot of the São Jorge Castle. It is said that fado of Lisbon was born among its steep and winding streets. This neighbourhood is the home to the fado museum. We can get there walking or taking tram 28, another of the city's attractions.
This is the most central district of Lisbon. It was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1755 by the Marquis of Pombal. Take a look, for example, at the facades covered by azulejos (tiles). Do not miss the commercial area of the city on the majestic Avenida da Liberdade. It is essential to stop at the Restauradores square, Rossío and the Comércio square.
It is the bohemian neighbourhood of central Lisbon. It has been considered the Montmartre of the Portuguese capital. The best option to get to Chiado and Bairro Alto is also tram 28, the Santa Justa Lift or the Gloria funicular.
There are several areas that you should not miss, the ruins of the Carmo church and Praça Luís de Camões, one of the scenes of the Carnation Revolution of 1974. And, of course, the A Brasileira Café, one of the most classic from the city and from all over Europe, on Garret street.
It is the symbol of the alternative side of Lisbon, and, next to the Alfama, it’s the best place in the city to listen to fado. It is a multicultural neighbourhood and its streets abound with graffiti and clothes hanging on its windows.
The night entertainment of the Bairro Alto stands out. A dinner at one of the restaurants in this area is especially recommended.
Belém and Jerónimos
A little further from the centre, the Belém neighbourhood is well connected and it’s one of the most visited neighbourhoods in the city. T’s located on the banks of the Tagus river from which the Portuguese explorers left to cross the sea. Here you can find several of the essential monuments of Lisbon.
You have before you the Jerónimos Monastery, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, the Belém Tower, the monument to the discoverers, and the 25 de Abril Bridge, among others. Oh, by the way, a must-see is the Pastelaria de Belém, where you can taste the typical pastéis de Belém, a centuries-old and exclusive recipe from this establishment that makes them one of the inexcusable attractions of Lisbon. Get this: more than 15,000 cakes are dispatched a day.
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