Lisboa is full of surprises and hidden wonders. These are just a few. We’ll give you some more tips face to face when you check in.
When visiting Lisbon, spending a night at a "casa de Fado" or Fado house is an essential experience. There are many in the Bairro Alto district, but the most authentic ones are found in Alfama. Fado music started as an expression of the Portuguese word 'saudade', which symbolizes a feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent life long damage). It is soul-moving music.
Check out as many miradouros (view points) as you can. Here is a map of them
, with pictures. Walking from one miradouro to the next is a great way of discovering the city.
Pastéis de Belém
Rua de Belém, no. 84-92, Lisboa
Sublime, divine traditional pastéis de Belém custard tarts are the eggiest, lightest, crispiest tarts you will find in Lisbon; served warm with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar on top. The centuries old recipe is secret, but these pastries taste like they've been made by angels.
Centro Cultural de Belém
Praça do Império, 1449-003, Lisboa
Originally controversial for its striking modern architecture next to the historical Jeronimos Monastery, it is now home of the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. You can check it out for free. The terrace café on the first floor with a garden overlooking the river and the Discoveries Monument is a perfect place to relax.
Rua Rodrigues de Faria, 103-1300, Lisbon
An old textile company has been transformed into a concept hub of fashion, publicity, communication, fine arts, architecture, music, etc. It hosts a wonderful urban market every Sunday.
Costa da Caparica
With 30 kilometres of sand, sea and sky, Costa da Caparica is Europe’s largest beach and is only half an hour from Lisbon, on the southern bank of the Tagus River.
Sintra is a mystical land, a fairytale town full of palaces, castles, magical gardens and wonderful museums. We specifically recommend the Quinta da Regaleira and Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe, “where the land ends and the sea begins”, in the words of Portugal’s most famous poet, Luís de Camões.