Wander around town. you can do...
Wander around town. you can do that for days and days and discover new things every time. Take your photocamera with you wherever you go. look from the hills to the city and enjoy. This is so old and so beautiful ! Shopping in Biarro alto, climbing the stairs in the oldest parts. The friendlyness everywhere and so on and on......
Chiado is one of Lisbon's most popular districts for shopping and coffee. Its famous Cafe Brasileira attracts both locals and tourists, especially its statue of Fernando Pessoa, a famous Portuguese poet that used to write in this cafe.
Casa dos Bicos (House of Spikes)
The Casa dos Bicos is one of the most emblematic buildings of the Portuguese Capital, not only because of its curious name, "House of Spikes", but also for its façade decoration, covered with diamond-shaped stones (a total of 1125).
Situated on the "Campo das Cebolas" (the "onion field", as the onion market was here once), actually on the Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, on the western side of the Praça do Comércio, this 16th century palace was built by the son of Afonso de Albuquerque, the Portuguese viceroy of India, maybe after this business man returned from a trip to Italy where he saw for the first time the Diamond Palace of Ferrara and some palaces of Venice. That’s why we can spot a quite unique architectonic style, marked by the Italian Renaissance, with an irregular distribution of the windows and doors, all in different shapes and dimensions. Nevertheless, the two upper floors have exuberant arched windows characteristic of the Portuguese Manueline style making the façade quite eclectic.
In 1755, the earthquake destroyed part of the building. The main façade was destroyed, and the two upper storeys of the façade facing the Bacalhoeiros street (the current main façade) came down. The house was kept in possession of the Albuquerque family until the 19th century, when it was acquired by a codfish trader. It was used for years as a storage house for codfish (Bacalhau). Around 1960 the house was acquired by the Lisbon Municipality. In the 1980s the house was restored and partially rebuilt according to pre-1755 drawings and paintings. It was then housing the Comissão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries’ Commission) which among other things prepared the Expo 98.
Its interior is not usually open to the public, except when it hosts occasional special exhibitions. Nevertheless, it houses parts of the archaeological set discovered during the conservation works, including four Roman salting tanks, part of the Moorish defensive walls, part of a medieval tower and a piece of a mudejar pavement.
It is currently in the process of turning into the home of the Saramago Foundation, a space dedicated to the Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese writer. It will host special literary events and contain the author's library.
There are tourist shops in the vicinity as well as cheap restaurants known for their traditional grilled fish dishes.
Walk from Praça do Comércio (Comércio Square) where you have many buses.
Only opens for temporary exhibitions.
I know they probably taste great here, but I don't like caracois (snails). Ricardo, my lisbonese friend, told me Portugueses love snails and even eat them as a summer snack.
Look at these hanging snails!!!!
Want to see the major stars of the tennis world while in Lisbon. In here you can do. Estoril Open in Jamor, really close to the city of Lisbon, is the main tennis event in Portugal. Generally it happens in May and is a WTA and ATP clay court tournament. This tournament has attracted big names of this sport such as Muster, Moyà, Ferrero, Federer, Safin, Kuerten and others. The female side is much weaker in terms of stars it attracts.
This tournament is also a society highlight. Many of the Portuguese high society go to the court to see and be seen.
There is possibility than in future years the tournament will change place to a nearby location. Bring sunscreen and a hat since in the courts it can be really warm if it is sunny