The weather in Lisbon is mild all year long, as a consequence you can visit the city in every season. If you are likely to feel kind of nostalgic, you should go there during the summer. Like all the sea cities, it can instill you a bit of melancholy during the winter.

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Built on seven hills and crossed by the river Tejo (in English Tagus), Lisbon is an old-fashioned capital city.

The feeling we had was like being back living the daily life in the 70’s, when we were kids and grandma brought us shopping to the corner store where we bought sweets. They were sold unpackaged and, after being weighed, they were given us in paper bags.

Prices are reasonable everywhere and the city can be visited leisurely either on foot or by moving around by streetcar or tourist bus.

We found the atmosphere adorable!

Worth seeing

The Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) commonly known as Terreiro do Paço (Palace Yard): there was the Royal Ribeira Palace, destroyed from the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

After the earthquake the place was completely remodeled as part of the Baixa.

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El Grasciaro

Elevador de Santa Justa commonly known as El Grasciaro. Walking from Praca do Comércio through the arch in Rua augusta you can get to the wonderful Elevador de Santa Justa, a lift linking the lower and upper parts of the city. There is a 30-metre gap between the ground floor, where the ticket office is (Rua de Santa Justa) and the upper one (largo do Carmo).

The structure of the lift is beautiful: the cabins are made of wood and mirrors.

The Alfama

When in Alfama, the oldest district of the city, take your time to reach the Castelo de Sao Jorge by feet. It is one of the symbols of the city and also the highest panoramic viewpoint.

You can admire the red roofs and the river Tagus. You will have fun while getting lost among the alleys, the laundry hanging in the sun, the building’s sides decorated with azulejos. The atmosphere you can enjoy here will surely put you in a good mood.

The Torre di Belem

The famous Belém Tower (Bethlehem Tower or Tower of St Vincent) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the nearby Jéronimos Monastery which, according to the inclination of the sun, glimmers in a different way.

It consists of a 30-metre bastion with four towers.

The Monastero dei Jerónimos

Jéronimos Monastery is where on 13 December 2007 the Treaty of Lisbon was signed, which is the treaty amending the previous treaties at the basis of the European Union.

According to the legend, the monastery was built on the ruins of the Hermitage of Restelo (Ermida do Restelo), where the seafarer Vasco de Gama and his crew spent a whole night praying. That was the night before the day they went on the journey that let them discover the sea route to India, an essential discovery for the human history.

What to eat

Some meat recipes really have to be tasted, like the cozido à portuguesa, a traditional stew of meat and beans or the sarrabulho, made of pork liver or duck meat marinated in red wine and thickened with pork blood.

Alcuni piatti di carne meritano di essere assaggiati come il cozido à portuguesa, stufato a base di carne e legumi, il sarrabulho, con fegato di maiale o anatra marinata nel vino rosso e legato con il sangue di maiale.

Don’t get scared if, as soon as you sit down, before asking for anything, you will be served some starters such as black olives, cold cuts, sheep cheese and a type of smoked ham, it’s a tradition here.

Where to spend the night

Lisbon is a quite affordable city and finding a place where to sleep isn’t a problem at all.

Who can afford to spend a bit more can book a room in one of the pousadas, historic and valuable houses that were modified to become hotels.

The pensao are typical family-run boarding houses, very comfortable and cozy.

There are also some bed & breakfast for those who don’t want to pay too much and some apartments too, called here quartos, aparthotel or turismo de abitacao, for those who want more freedom.

Have a good time 🙂

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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