Good to know
Lisbon, the Portuguese capital in southwest Europe, is in many ways simply "more relaxed" than other major cities in Europe. Pushing and scrambling is frowned upon in this city, which accommodates 500,000 inhabitants, one prefers to go about things more calmly. What is also exciting about the city: Both quaint, old and highly modern districts are found there.
An important centre of city life is the Rossio (officially Praça Dom Pedro IV). Beautiful mosaic-set pavings, nice little cafés and the widest possible range of different people alternate here. You can take a pleasant stroll from the Rossio through the Baixa (lower town) to the banks of the river Tejo or climb up to the Castelo de São Jorge.
The medieval castle majestically towers over Lisbon - you cannot miss it. From there you also have a fantastic view over the entire city. And not only from there: Lisbon was built on seven hills. There is another fantastic view, for example, from Parque Eduardo VII in Avenidas Novas. But don’t worry: To overcome the in some cases huge differences in altitude in the city, one can, among other things, fall back on the cable cars and practical lifts (elevadores).
In case you like modern things: In the Parque das Nações (The Nations’ Park) district, the former grounds of the world exhibition, there are shopping centres, restaurants and the Oceanário de Lisboa. Sharks, stingrays and co. swim by right next to you at the second largest aquarium in the world.
A few little facts
In the eléctricos, the nostalgic trams, you can drive comfortably through the narrow streets of Lisbon. You can discover the city's street art in a particularly interesting and vivid manner if you join a street art and graffiti city tour (in English): In Lisbon, many artists were allowed to legally decorate some streets with their colourful pictures.
In Lisbon, it is best never to set off without a camera! A beautiful work of art made from Azulejos (pronounce: Asulaishush) might be awaiting you just around the next corner. You can find these beautiful tiles pretty much everywhere: on houses, stairs and arches. In the Museu Nacional do Azulejo numerous works of tile art tell a lot about Portugal's history. By the way: On Sundays, the entrance to many museums and attractions is free until 2 pm, on Mondays, on the other hand, some of them are closed.
The greatest city trip is no fun without shopping! Those people, whose shoes are worn out from all this running around, can find everything their heart desires - from classic to extravagant neon sneakers - at Sneakers Delight in the Rua do Norte in the Bairro Alto (upper city). Indeed you can find all sorts of cool and crazy shops in the Bairro Alto. However, some of them don’t open before 3 pm - but then they stay open till late at night.
Another great experience is taking a browse around the various flea markets in the city: Feira das Almas, Feira da Ladra and the flea market at the Museu do Fado are just a few of them. Keep your eyes peeled: Maybe you'll pass one of João Leal's booths. Here you can buy stylish belts, which he makes from worn bicycle tires.
By the way: "Thank you" in Portuguese is obrigada (for women) and obrigado (for men).
All this shopping and sightseeing has made you hungry? Excellent. The Portuguese cuisine is simple and hearty, containing a lot of fish, meat, rice and potatoes. You want a quick snack to-go? Try Bifanas. This is spicy pork meat or schnitzel, served in a roll.
Another delicacy is stockfish called Bacalhau or grilled sardines, mussel hotpot and other fish and seafood dishes. The only thing that is missing for dessert (and sheer bliss!) is a traditional "Pastel de Nata" - a small cake, filled with vanilla pudding, which was apparently already baked by the monks in the Hieronymites' monastery in the 18th century.