Lisbon seemed to be a calm and not too commercialized city with nice architecture, exotic nature, and old-town hills. Houses are glued with mostly blue ceramic tiles with ornaments, ships, and various other images. Sidewalks are based on two-colored stone ornaments. There are several viewpoints showing the whole city and the passing-by Tejo river.
One rechargeable e-ticket allows you to use buses, trams, and metro. The ticket itself costs 50 cents and the usage of public transportation costs 6 € per day. The distances among the main touristic objects are quite large and even when taking the public transportation, you should be ready to walk a lot. Anyway, you might be surprised by training equipment and music instrument area on the way.
It’s worth trying sea food in Lisbon. There are various fish, squid, and octopus dishes. It’s difficult to find fast-food there, however there are quite a lot of restaurants with their well-established rules of conduct. When you sit at a table, the waiter brings you some snacks (toasted bread, butter, paste, cheese, olives). If you don’t refuse and start eating, you’ll need to pay for each of them at the end. When you order wine from menu, the waiter will bring a bottle and will pour for a man at first. He has to try it and give a sign that the wine is appropriate to drink for the lady. The main sea-food dish is usually served with baked unpeeled or with boiled potatoes. After the main dish you will be offered a dessert (usually some ice cream or ice-cream cakes like Creme Catalana). After the dessert you will be offered coffee. When your belly is full, you can continue going up and down the hills and being amazed by narrow streets and short vintage trams.
Those who were in Lisbon, suggest to visit the Saint George Castle, Belem Tower, the Monument to Discoveries, Berardo museum, Oceanarium, Park of Nations, the Tower of Vasco da Gama. You can find even more at GoLisbon.com.
The night life is mostly active at Bairro Alto district which contains lots of small bars, wine inns, and restaurants. Black men go around in the streets and try to sell different hats, shades, and flickering toys for the evening fun. I doubt if anybody buys them. The visitors of the bars are of different ages, both youth and more mature people. There are quite a lot of German tourists. These bars impressed me mostly: Majong, Pensão Amor, Jazz bar Paginas Tantas, Clube da Esquina, Old Pharmacy. We happened to visit, they say, the best club in Lisbon Lux Frágil. That’s quite a posh club. They were playing indie rock and some pop music on one floor, and techno on another. According to the official website, sometimes world-wide-known DJs are curating the parties there.
And now there are some more photos.
Here and there you can find tangerine trees.
The sidewalks of Avenida da liberdade and other streets are based on stone ornaments.
I guess, they lay out the image in black stones at first, and then they fill in the spaces with the gray stones.
Houses in the old town are decorated with images and ornaments of ceramic tiles.
The tram number 15 goes from the old town to Belem Tower, Monastery of Jeronimos, the Monument to Discoveries, and the Coach Museum.
The Monument of Discoveries. √
Belem Tower. √
The Monastery of Jeronimos. √
The Coach Museum. √
There is Santa Justa lift in the old town, which raises you to a viewpoint for 5 €. I think, it is not worthy to wait in a queue and pay this price, because there are some other free viewpoints.
The museum of Archeology in a former church without the roof.
Lisbon by night and the Nacional Pantheon.
St. George Castle.
The Tower of Vasco da Gama.
Me eating fish.
An exhibit at Berardo modern and contemporary art museum. Free entrance there.
Another exhibit at Berardo museum.
Training equipment between the Monument to Discoveries and Belem Tower makes the trip much more interesting.
Music instruments at the Park of Nations.
As we tried the instruments, others joined us and continued playing for a long time.
The not so famous and not so central aqueduct.
We also found some abandoned houses.
Optimistic street art.
I liked this travel. It is worth going there at least once in your life.