The Portuguese also enjoy their bullfights and you can go see the sport in the praca de touros (bullring) off of Avenida de Republica between May to October. I snapped this photo of the Moorish-style arena on the ride from the airport into town. Tickets are cheapest if purchased outside the bullring.
The fights last about two hours and are similar to Spanish bullfighting, but not exactly the same. The bull's horns are dulled by capping them with leather or metal balls and the animal is not actually killed in the ring, although he is usually destroyed after the fight in a less public place.
The fights in Lisbon are said to be a bit more tourist oriented than those in the Ribatejo provinces, so if you want authenticity, head to Santarem (about an hour northeast of Lisbon).
Like all of Europe, Portugal is wild for their soccer teams. Lisbon has two teams, SL Benfica and Sporting (Sporting Club de Portugal) and the two teams have been rivals since 1907.
Pav and I, both having played soccer most of our lives, inquired about going to a game, but unfortunately, there was none scheduled when we were there. Benfica was set to play their main rival, Porto, only a few days after we left. :-((
Between September and June, you can attend a game for a relatively inexpensive price (under 10 Euros for most tickets). Benfica plays at Estado da Luz (metro: Colegio Militar-Luz)
Euro 2004 is arriving!
I'll be creating detailed info about the event. I'll also be there so if you can't go (shame on you!) I'll be documenting my experiences in a traveloge.
Not quite a sporting activity, more an historical sporting theme on this.
Outside the Stadium of Light stands a smart statue of the great Benfica and Portugese international Eusebio.
It will be the biggest event in Portugal in 2004, so don't miss it...
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Have fun!! And... take the chance to know this beautifull country a litle bit more
This staidum and the last one belong to one of the most important teams of soccer in portugal. SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL.
this is the new euro2004 stadium.
this is an aerial view from the 7th floor of both stadiums. sorry about the qualitty of the pic but i was using my small digital cam not my usual canon eos1.
If follow the coast line from lisbon to cascais, you might find some nice waves. Specially during the winter. The best waves usually show up in carcavelos. a bit crowded, though...
With 30 lanes, BIL is the largest Bowling alley in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe. The area also has a zone with restaurants, gaming machines and a shop
Great weekend. Best hotel in Lisbon for gardens and outside pool 5* and so not cheap. Excellent...more
The Ritz lives up to its name as one of Lisbon’s finest hotels offering fabulous views of the city....more
Hotel Britania is a very quiet and intimate hotel, while it is only one block away from the Avenida...more