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Lisbon, a city of which you hear again and again how great and beautiful it is. Above all the flair, as well as the warm people would make the city something very special. You should definitely visit it.
These are enough arguments for an authentic visit. How much is there about what is said about the city? What is the flair about the city and how is it really there?
Olà Lisboa, you happy one
Immediately after your arrival in the Portuguese capital you will notice that the standard we have in German speaking countries is not self-evident.
Chaotic. Dirty. Unorganized. Old.
These are the words that went through my mind in the first few minutes. But that’s exactly what makes the city so beautiful.
Everything doesn’t have to be perfect.
Not every corner has to be clean.
Not every facade has to be renovated immediately.
Not every pavement has to have its place.
Lisbon is a city full of narrow alleys, sometimes evenly, sometimes alternately up and down. In the beginning you will think that here nothing has its order and everyone lives as he would like it.
Free. Openminded. Happy.
But then you will find that this is exactly the way to live that is typical of Lisbon and that makes up the city.
Everywhere and on every corner there are colourful posters inviting you to the next party. Street art gives back to the sometimes grey districts the colourful life that is throbbing in the inhabitants.
In the heart of Lisbon
Arrived in the center of the capital, the chaos gets a little more its order. Numerous places of interest attract the tourists and make for an unforgettable time.
Here you can either have a wonderful stay, where you can enjoy yourself in the numerous cafés. You will find great restaurants like the Steakhouse Atalho. Just get yourself a tasty ice cream. Or have a cosy evening full of deep conversation, fine shisha and delicious cocktails in Coctail and Shisha Bar Lounge.
Lisbon is alive and waiting to cast a spell over you.
Every visitor to Lisbon naturally wants to see the typical sights. Be it by the way or by hunting for them.
As in all other big cities in the world, Lisbon is packed with great places that will amaze you.
Besides the very lively city centre there are of course also buildings like Elevador de Santa Justa. Even if it takes a little patience to get to the top and you might ask yourself why you are doing this to yourself. But believe me, the view from above is so awesome, that you will forget the 30 minutes waiting time very quickly.
By the way, just behind the lift there is a cool corner and a small restaurant that you should visit before shutting down.
For the football fans among us there should be a short detour to the Pestana CR7 Hotel. As the name suggests, the hotel belongs to the football legend Christiano Ronaldo.
Even if not everyone can afford a room there, or would like to at all. A drink in the bar CR7 Corner, directly underneath, should actually be inside.
Delicious food is always welcome by many visitors. So I can recommend to absolutely go to the next bakery and treat oneself to the delicious pastel de nata.
Or 5-6 pieces, like me.
Pretty much every bakery sells this sweet little thing. But I can especially recommend Manteigaria. Besides the especially good taste, there is also the possibility to watch live and on the spot how the delicious dessert is prepared.
What I would not recommend so much is to buy the same tartlet in the Pastel de Belem bakery. Unless you like, stand in line for 1-1,5 hours to get more or less the same.
What is typical for Lisbon as Praça do Comércio. Thousands of people gather here every day to enjoy a beautiful sight and to dive through the big gate into the city centre and forget themselves and the world.
On almost all typical photos from Lisbon, one can always see the tram 28. During my stay, I thought for only a short moment whether I really wanted to treat myself to the ride. I quickly decided against it, because honestly? To stand in line forever and then feel like a sardine tin during the ride? And still pay for it?
No, not with me!
But if you really want to and would otherwise have the feeling that you have missed something, then go early in the morning and get in at Martim Moniz or Campo Ourique.
With a little luck and after a long wait you will feel like at least a sitting sardine.
Much more I can recommend a ride with Elevador da Gloria. The ride is also in a classic tram, with the extra that it is not overcrowded, you can enjoy on the way up horny street art and on top can enjoy a nice view of the city.
A 3-in-1 package!
Can it be some San Francisco feeling?
The bridge of 25 April or Ponte 25 de Abril, as it is actually called, is a really beautiful part. Already from a distance you can see it with its beauty and immediately in front of it it is even more magnificent.
It is a really nice feeling to just walk along the promenade, see the bridge and enjoy a delicious coffee with the view.
On the other side of the bridge is the statue of Christ.
As you continue along the promenade, you also arrive at Monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
Typical Lisbon is hardly possible.
Ready for the highlight?
Torre de Belém is probably the most beautiful landmark in Lisbon. It is best to go there towards the evening, because then the view is most beautiful. From one side it still appears completely bright and irradiated by the sun. From the other side you see almost only the silhouette and in the background the sunset.
On the way there is a short detour to Santa Maria de Belém. The church enchants with its especially beautiful and atypical construction.
The not secret insider tips
During my stay in Lisbon, there were two places that I remember particularly well. They are perhaps not the most famous quarters and perhaps that is why they are so special.
On the one hand there is the Alfama quarter. Our stay was just here, why we discovered it at all.
Here, life takes place in the numerous narrow alleys, especially at night. Besides the many small bars and sweet, atypical restaurants with the finest cuisine, you can also enjoy a nice evening accompanied by fado music.
For the cooler among us, there’s the LX Factory just under the bridge of April 25th. Besides many small restaurants and bars, there are also a few shopping possibilities and other things to spend a cool time.
The audience here is rather younger or young at heart.
Alternative. Hip. Vintage.
What is Lisbon really like?
Before the visit to Lisbon, as already mentioned in the introduction, I often heard how beautiful it would be on the spot that the city had this certain flair and that the people were very affectionate.
The city is chaotic, partly run down. The many small plates on the facades often reminded me of Salvador da Bahia, which may also be due to the Portuguese history on the other continent.
It’s not beautiful in the conventional sense, and that’s exactly what’s beautiful about it!
I hope you understand me.
The people are terribly sweet, polite, cheerful and courteous. Also here the assertion was confirmed that people with less possessions are happier.
Lisbon is chaotic. Lisbon is dirty. Lisbon is beautiful.
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