Wandering around Lisbon's downtown neighborhoods is a great way to see some of the most special characteristics of this city. This photo was taken in Alfama, a maze of narrow streets--some so narrow that they're too small for vehicles--that is one of the oldest sections of Lisbon. Baixa, the downtown grid in the heart of the city, is full of everyday shops and businesses. The Bairro Alto, up the hill to the west of the city center, is another old district, with lots of of tiled buildings and cobblestones. Chiado, stretching from Bairro Alto down toward the river Tejo, is the fashionable district where you'll find the classiest shopping and cafés. Graça, further up the hill past the Castelo, also boasts a wealth of lovely tiled buildings and a down-to-earth atmosphere.
All around Lisbon are paths and squares made up of small square blocks. They are all hand chipped and shaped so that fit amazing well together. The use of mosaic paving style came into being in 1840 with the use of basalt and marble blocks in black and white. Today craftsman mainly use their skills for patching roads and paving.
Padrao dos Discobrimentos.
In Belèm; along the Tajo river, you can see this 52 m. high monument.
It was built in 1960 in memory of the 500th anniversary of Prince Hernry's death.
Several famous people are carved on this huge caravel shaped sculpture; Henry The Navigator, Vasco Da Gama and many others.
Portuguese beers are not as famous as the ones from northern and central European countries (Belgium, Czech, German, Ireland, etc.). Nevertheless, pale lager beers are quite popular mostly among young people (the elders prefer the wine).
The 2 most spread and well known trade marks are Superbock and Sagres.
Superbock (http://www.superbock.pt/EN/index.asp) is the most popular beer in Portugal and also well known in other countries of the world. It is brewed by the Unicer brewery (http://www.unicer.pt/), which is located in Leça do Balio in the north of Portugal.
Sagres (http://www.cervejasagres.pt/) is brewed by the Central de Cervejas brewery (CentralCer, http://www.centralcervejas.pt/default.htm) in Vialonga. Since 2007 it’s owned by a consortium between Scottish & Newcastle, Carlsberg, and Heineken (which means that they also produce Carlsberg and Heineken here in Portugal).
Both companies have quite different labels from lager to pils, dunkel, stout or alcohol free, and some fancy labels (with lemon, etc.)
I personally enjoy very much some dark ones, especially the old recipes Abadia Rubi and Abadia Gold (from Superbock, http://www.unicer.pt/gca/index.php?id=436) and Bohemia (from Sagres, http://www.centralcervejas.pt/default.asp?s=11727&parent=11975).
Cintra (http://www.cervejacintra.pt/) brewed in Aveiras close to Santarém, and Coral (http://www.cervejacoral.com) brewed in Madeira are other companies with less market, and in my opinion, the beers they trade are not so good... but of course it is a matter of taste.
Generally speaking in Portugal you can get a 33cl beer for 0.7€ on the supermarket, 1.2€ in most of common restaurants, 2-2.5€ at bars and upper class restaurants, 5€ in more fancy places. A nice website to compare the prices over the world http://www.pintprice.com
Unicer and CentralCer welcome visits to their factories. In that case email them directly and you can visit the factory and enjoy their products at the bar at the end.
Note: most of these pages are in Portuguese and according to the law these companies have a question to let you in their pages -"Are you over 18?" (or 16). In that case answer "SIM" on their webpage
A blog related to Portuguese and Spanish beers http://cervejapt.blogspot.com/
Estadio da Luz
The Estadio da Luz is home to the Portuguese football club Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
The stadium was inaugurated in October 2003 and it hosted several matches of the EURO 2004 including the final.
With a capacity of 65400 it is the largest stadium in Portugal.
The Eastdio da Luz was built on the ground of the previous stadium which was one of the largest stadiums in the world with 120000 seats.
I visited the stadium on a matchday when SL Benfica was facing Vitoria Setubal. Unfortuntaly it was almost impossible to get tickets for the already sold out match. The ticket prices at the black market were way to expensive for me.
The Estadio da Luz is situated northwest of the city centre. The nearest metro stop is "Colegio Militar/Luz" (blue line).