I took the funicular, Elevador do Lavra, from Avenida da Liberdade, and when strolling around in the Torel district, I found the Campo dos Mártires da Pátria.
Here is a small square with a statue dedicated to Dr. Sousa Martins, who worked with the poor in the middle of the 19th century. It is believed that his spirit still can cure diseases, and at the statue are many thank-you-plaques, placed by people who has been healed. The statue was erected in 1904 just outside the main Faculty of Medicine, which is part of the University of Lisbon.
There is also a park (“Jardim da Cordoaria”) and a small café named “O Coreto”. Nice place for a sandwich and a little rest.
I took the funicular, Elevador do Lavra, from Avenida da Liberdade, and when strolling around in the Torel district, I found this small 'secret' garden which is named after its former owner and opened to the public back in the 1960s.
I didn't know anything about the garden before I visited, but in the garden is a fountain, a few statues, a café/kiosk, and a nice view of Avenida da Liberdade and downtown Lisbon. IMO there are better viewpoints around Lisbon, but still the garden is OK for a short visit. A nice and quiet place...
I have found this garden and viewpoint when I worked near it.
Although living in Lisbon, i've never heard of it, so I believe it's a well kept secret.
It's a beautiful garden, with a lot of fontains and trees and an excellent view over Lisbon.The view you get from Lisbon is really high, so you get to see Lisbon in an excellent way.
After some renewal, there is a café where you can sit, relax and enjoy it.
You can go up to Jardim do Torel using the "Elevador do Lavra". It's the oldest elevator in Lisbon and really fun.
From Lisbon, to get to Cristo Rei, you have to get the Fertagus train. It is, by itself, a really nice experience as you will cross the Tejo river by train.
There, you can choose to only enjoy the view of Lisbon from the other side of the river or go up Cristo Rei!
The views from the top are even more great, as you are really high and can see much of Lisbon from another perspective, but they're also very good from the ground.
Take the chance to see Almada, a great city also.
My sister read on her travel book about Cacilhas and she convinced me to take a day trip there to explore. I was a little bit anxious about taking the ferry ride, but it was actually very easy to do - we just took a taxi to the ferry station and bought tickets there. Simple. And the ferry was very enjoyable as it gave a different perspective to the views of Lisbon.
To take the ferry, just find a way to get to the ferry station at Lisbons’ Cais do Sodré - (ferry every 10 minutes) to Cacilhas which is at the other side of the river Tagus. Cais do Sodré is situated at Praça do Duque da Terceira (and his Statue) in central Lisbon on the bank of Tagus River.
Transtejo is the main ferry compoany for crossing at the Tagus River. And it's not just tourists who use them, but people who work across the river from their homes. The return ticket cost 1,20 euro (2008) from what I researched because I forgot how much I paid in 2009 - but it was really inexpensive otherwise.
Once in Cacilhas, you won't miss the many seafood restaurants in the banks of the river which I later found out are called "Cervejarias (traditional beer houses)". Naturally, my sister and I picked one which had more people eating (meaning food was good, haha), and we were not disappointed. I ordered a very sumptuous crab meal! :)
Cacilhas is also very picturesque, so we enjoyed walking along its streets and taking pictures, specially at this nice sky-blue-colored church that you will pass by as you walk into the town (see if you can find it, haha).
Also from Cacilhas you can take the bus to the beaches of Caparica.
When in Lisbon or other place in Portugal, try the cherry flavored drink Ginja. Widely available in most grocery stores, you can also try a shot with the cherry fruit at Ginjinha Shops/open windows in central Lisbon.
In 2010, some abandoned buildings in Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo were a “white” canvas for huge grafittis. The authors are Blu (Italian) and OsGêmeos (Brazilians). The grafittis are a social criticism to oil problems and the money that comes from it.
This is the link of the Making Of Youtube
You can get here by subway (Picoas, Yellow Line).
In Terreiro do Paço one of the new attractions is the “Sexiest WC on Earth” by Renova (a Portuguese company which sells products related with paper).
This bathroom is not a must see but it is interesting at the same time, because it is quite different from the normal public WC. It has a corridor and a reception where are displayed some photos and where you can by some art books and products related to Renova brand.
The design is quite contemporary (the bathrooms are decorated with wooden bars) and it’s all very clean and spacious.
The price is 0.50€ per person.
Ler Devagar is a library and book shop on the Lx Factory complex. It is huge and really beautiful! It has 3 floors with an uncountable number of books – old and new. They also have a bar with tables to have a drink on the old machinery of the factory, a silent and comfortable place to read and a corridor with CD’s and Discmans on which you can listen to the CD’s they have there.
They also host various events: workshops, book releases, movie projections, fairs, concerts…
http://livrarialerdevagar.blogspot.pt/ - Their blog
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Livraria-Ler-Devagar/119887341354664 - Their Facebook
Tuesday - Thursday:12:00-0:00
Friday- Saturday:12:00 -2:00
What was it?
“It’s in the year 1846 that a threads and fabrics Company called “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense”, one of the most important manufacturing complex in Lisbon’s history, sets in Alcântara. This 23.000 m2 industrial site was, subsequently, occupied by a set of industrial use related companies.” By Lx Factory website
What is it?
An urban fragment, kept hidden for years, is the LXFactory. A place where you’ll find creative ideas and concepts.It has something for every taste: lot’s of restaurants (fast and light food, ice creams, Asian food, pizzas, chocolate cake…), decoration stores, an huge and beautiful library. Above all the way it was recovered and how they managed to make it look the way it looks. They also host a lot of events such as workshops and fairs.
“At LXF you can actually breath the industrial environment at every step.” By Lx Factory website
This place is still quite unknown, either by tourists or locals but I think it’s quite worth a visit.
It’s located on Rua Rodrigues de Faria, 103 1300 Lisboa and you can reach it by tram (15E) direction Algés. The closest stop is “Calvário”. All the public transports: 56, 60, 714, 720, 727, 732, 738, 751 - 15E, 18E - 201, 203
It’s not the easiest place to find but I think the map will help: http://www.lxfactory.com/PT/localizacao/
Santa Justa lift is one of the normal stopping points in Lisbon and it has been around since 1902. In summer months, every day, tourists queue at the door to go up to the top and appreciate a nice view of Lisbon. But you can go there for free. Go to Largo do Carmo and next to Convento do Carmo’s doors (at right) there is a path that will lead you to the top of the lift. The only con is that the view is obstructed with some grids but you will see everything perfectly. Now it’s paid to get above, to a view without grids, but sincerely 1.50€ for the same view isn’t worth it.
In the path from Largo do Carmo to Elevador is an Italian restaurant. A bit expensive, but not too much: http://www.bellalisaelevador.com/ (lunch menu: 9.5€)
On the left side of Parque de Eduardo VII is placed unexpected part of tropical flora in cold greenhouse. It's called Estufa fria. There is two parts, one with tropical woods and flowers, with small lakes, bridges and caves and upper part with cactuses and suculents. This place is so much beatifull. Flowers are incredible.
If you're planning to stay a little longer in Lisbon and you like phisycal activities like sports or dancing you should check out what'll be hapenning in the Ateneu de Lisboa. It's set on a beautifull old buliding in a very central and nice street (althougt very touristic), just next to the Colisuem in Restauradores.
They have loads of activities there, dance groups, a dance company and the Universty of Traditiobal chinese medicine it's set there too. There are sometimes concerts, parties or workshops hapenning there.
We like walking,and so we did walk to Belem.And we saw much more than going by tram.
We saw that famous red bridge,people fishing,little boats,BIG boeat (made in Finland by the way-like many famous big cruise-boats are) and so was this
And we aw quite expensive-looking sailboats,and walked through area with lots of restauranrs in the row.All were closed,and seems like they were planning to open at the night.Where did they get the customers???From those big cruise-boats?
When we first time used the AMT we had a big laugh.When there was money in to take out,there was this little fellow smiling and jumping up and down :D But once they had problems with bank-connections to Finland,and this little fellow went very sad,and had his face "upside down".My husband said we should have these in Finland too!
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