Avenida da Liberdade
Little things about Lisbon.
Avenida da Liberdade boulevard is the natural continuation of the square of the Restauradores to the Marques de Pombal square.
In 1859 a suggestion was made the Board to open a wide avenue that would link the Passeio Publico from the Rossio to São Sebastião da Pedreira. On August 1879 the works for opening the avenue began. With the avenue still incomplete, on May 25 1886, the inauguration was performed with an official parade, integrated in the program of parties for the marriage of D. Carlos, still a prince, and Princess Dona Maria Amelia of Orleans.
Today the Avenida da Liberdade and Rua Castilho are the two most expensive shopping streets of the city, separated by a few meters they may be the fashion district from Lisboa.
Lisbon by night
Lisbon by night is well worth seeing, because most squares, churches and historic buildings in the Baixa district are beautifully illuminated. Among them are: Praca Dom Pedro IV (Rossio), Praca da Figueira and the Praca do Comercio.
Another great area for fantastic nightviews is the Doca da Santo Amaro from where you can enjoy the views of the illuminated Ponte 25 de Abril and the Cristo Rei Statue. Please read my "Nightlife" tip for more details.
Even if Lisbon is located on...
Even if Lisbon is located on hills, the best way to get to know the city is to walk.
During a not-so-hot-day (temperatures were up to 32C while there - and journeys were a bit tough!!) but it's a MUST to walk to Castelo de São Jorce (or take the tram 28 to east from Baixa).
Coffee is quite popular in Portugal and most people drink it in the morning, during the day and specially after meals.
However, there are different kinds and if you are not used to the names, it can be confusing to know which one is which.
If you just ask for a coffee (or café in Portuguese), you will get a very small cup half full with strong coffee, which is known as "bica" here in Lisbon. If you ever had a coffee in Italy it is very similar.
- Bica. The abovementioned "standard" coffee that you will get unless you don't specifically ask for a different kind.
- Bica cheia. "Full coffee", meaning you get the same cup, just that it is completely full with the same amount of coffe, just some more water.
- Café duplo. Just a "double" coffee, two servings of coffee in the same cup (you will be charged two coffees).
- Italiana. Same cup, less water, more concentrated coffee. This is just one or two sips of the drink.
- Café com cheirinho. Literally, "coffe with a scent" it is a bica with some "Aguardente" or "Bagaço" (similar to brandy) added.
- Carioca. Coffee topped with hot water. (Different from "bica cheia" as it is usually served in a larger cup).
- Galão. Tall glass of (hot) milk with some coffee (more milk, however).
- Garoto. Coffee topped with milk.
- Descafeínado. Decaffeinated coffee, like a bica
You can also get Capuccino's in some places, but they are not very traditional.
Don't expect "American style", huge cups of coffee anywhere (unless maybee in a hotel or so).
I think that pretty much covers it. I would just like to add that "Portuguese coffee" is considered to be one of the best.
A fantastic institution, with good books, interesting international colleagues, tasty food in the cafetaria and planes passing overhead to Telheiras that make the windows shake!
You used to have to ask for `chapa, chapinha' at the `mesa de requisicao', but now it's all electronic.