LISBON DAY 2
What better way to get to know a city then by foot? Lisbon is small enough to let you do it. This 6 km route stretches through five different areas and holds the best view points of the city. Along the way you’ll see most of Lisbon’s beauty and will get a great understanding for the city. Of course there are also plenty of pleasant stops on the way to rest and fill up the energy level. Tie on your sneakers, you’re about to have an amazing day! We started by the majestic square Praça do Comércio which is situated in the city center near the Tagus river. From here we went east to Alfama, the oldest district of the city with a maze of narrow cobbled streets and steep alleyways. We popped in Conserveira de Lisboa, a small shop specialized in canned fish, which is a dream for lovers of beautiful packaging. Another Portuguese specialty is Pastéis de Nata, tasty custard tarts sold in every café. Grab one on the way! Next stop was Lisbon Cathedral from the 4th century and the oldest church in the city. Continuing uphill further east we soon reached Miradouro das Portas do Sol offering a beautiful view to the east and south of rooftops and river Tagus. Miradouro das Portas do Sol has two different terraces with similar views, the second one is just a few step further north from the first, and one might as well visit both. Next viewpoint Miradouro da Graça, lied about ten minutes straight up north. This place faces the west and from here you can enjoy the view seated at a cozy outdoor café while having a coffee, juice or whatever you fancy. There is one more viewpoint another ten minutes further north, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. The last bit is quite steep uphill but will be well worth the effort, because from here you’ll see a big part of Lisbon. Time for lunch and lower altitudes! We walked north west for about 30 minutes to reach the vegetarian restaurant PSI. At PSI we had a quiet expensive (for Portugal) but delicious and healthy meal in a green environment. When recharged we walked south west to Avenida da Liberdade which is the most fancy street in the city with expensive restaurants and stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. However it’s really nice strolling along this wide boulevard in the shade of the tall trees lining the street. We continued towards Barrio Alto, the neighborhood with the cool shops and intense nightlife, and had a beer in the street. We also ate a gelato at Mú. The gelato was melting too fast for a photo, but believe us when we say it was about the best ice cream we’ve ever had. Don’t miss it!
In the evening we went to Chiado for dinner. Chiado is a trendy neighborhood with slightly higher prices than the rest of the city. We started with a beer at Castro Beer, a somewhat weird but fun place for a trendy IPA, and then ended the night with great Lebanese dinner at the colorful restaurant Muito BEY.
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