SOME PLACES TO ENJOY
IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A MEAL SEEING THE BRIDGE AND THE JESUS CHRIST YOU CAN GO TO "DOCAS" THAT IS A PLACE JUST BEASIDE THE RIVER AND YOU CAN FIND THERE SEVERAL RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS. IT IS REAL NICE! IT IS IN ALCÂNTARA AND NOT FAR FROM BELÉM.
NEAR THE CASTLE, YOU WILL FIND GOOD RESTAURANTS AND SOMEONES WITH NICE VIEWS. AND TAKE A WALK IN ALFAMA. ENJOY YUUR STAY!
'What's Happening in Lisbon?
Consult a copy of What's On in Lisbon or Your Companion in Portugal, available at most newsstands.
You might also consult Sete, a weekly magazine with entertainment listings, or the free monthly guides Agenda Cultural and LISBOaem.
Your hotel concierge is also a good bet for information, because one of his or her duties is reserving seats.
The local newspaper, Diário de Noticias, carries all cultural listings, but only in Portuguese.
Miradouro in portuguese means view point and there are many miradouros around Lisbon. The one I liked the most is miradouro near the Castelo de São Jorge in the center of the city. From up there ou can see Praça do Comercio, Baixa, river Tejo, the statue of Cristo Rei... It's just spectacular!
I defy anyone to be able to wander Lisbon’s streets for more than a few minutes and fail to be captivated by the myriad wonderful examples of the traditional art form of glazed tiles or azulejos. Nothing for me shouts “Portugal” as loudly as one of these beautiful blue panels, or ornate street signs, or even whole buildings gleaming in the sun. You will find them everywhere - on walls of churches and monasteries; in palaces and on ordinary houses; adorning park seats, fountains, shops, and railway stations. Their images may be of saints, or of historical events or purely decorative. And no matter how many photos I have taken of them, I can never resist lifting my camera to my eye again each time I spot one!
The word azulejo comes from an Arabic word az-zulayj, meaning "polished stone", but the main influence on early Portuguese tile-work was in fact Spanish, when King Manuel I was inspired by the Alhambra to decorate his own palace in Sintra with them. As these first tiles were imported from Moorish Seville, they were purely geometric in design, obeying the Islamic law that prohibits the portrayal of living figures. But when the Portuguese started to produce their own tiles they soon moved away from this tradition, and animals and people became common, illustrating religious, mythological or historical themes. The most common colour scheme is a simple blue and white, influenced by a fashion for Ming Dynasty porcelain in the 17th century, and these are my personal favourites, but there are plenty of other colours for those who seek more variety. So grab your camera and start exploring!
Try the Vinho Verde while in Portugal. That is translated to "Green Wine." Yes, although it is technically a white wine, they call it specifically a green wine. It is made from young, underdeveloped grapes. The underfermentation causes the wine to be a bit sparkly, but not to the extent of champagne. Vinho Verde is a light, crisp, refreshing drink perfect for a summer drink, with fish or cheese or whatnot. Click on website for more information.