Distrito de Lisboa Local Customs

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Distrito de Lisboa Local Customs

  • Food and drink

    Lisbon Local Customs

    Be sure to try the pasteis de Belem (or pasteis de nata) while you're in Lisbon. They are custard tarts and every bakery and cafe sells them. You can sprinkle some powdered sugar on them, and eat them with coffee/tea. They are absolutely delicious and make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.

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  • local architecture

    Sintra Local Customs

    While the climate is described as Mediterranean, the low cloud descends the mountain, there is quite an eerie feel when walking the narrow streets and lanes. The rainy times are in autumn and spring but generally sunny from April to October.

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  • Useful information about Lisbon

    Lisbon Local Customs

    Learn to say “Bom dia”, “Obrigado/Obrigada” and “Me desculpe” which mean “Good morning”, “Thank you” and “Excuse me”.These few words will get you far so learn to say them well because you will use them often. “Bom dia” to the downstairs neighbors, to the baker at the coffee shop you go to each morning for a sweet roll and café au lait, to the old...

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  • Fado music

    Sintra Local Customs

    Fado first appeared in Portugal at the end of the eighteenth century, as a nostalgic form of song favoured by sailors. Its name derives from the Latin word fatum, meaning 'fate' or 'destiny', being sure of one`s own existence, and of the suffering and happiness that guide our lives. In 1820, fado became popular in Lisbon and was best embodied in...

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  • Festivals

    Lisbon Local Customs

    As in many parts of Europe in the month of Feburary, Lisbon too holds its carnival. It may be a far cry from Venice or Rio, but the locals have their share of fun too, young and old alike. Recently, though, the celebrations have become more simple, owing perhaps to the economic crisis which means less money to spend for this. Nowadays, less people...

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  • fountains

    Sintra Local Customs

    I decided to walk up the steep hill to the Moorish Castle and walked past the Sabuga Fountain and noticed a couple of people filling up large water bottles and placing them in a van. I’m sure it was for their own consumption and that they weren’t selling it on to the general public! There’s a local saying that says “anyone who drinks Sabuga water...

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  • Social interactions

    Lisbon Local Customs

    This is the oldest barbershop in Europe. Barbearia Campos’ undertook their first shave in 1886 and since then they have never stopped trimming hair and beards It opened in 1886 and it is still family owned. Located in Largo Chiado 4, 1200 Lisbon - have a haircut or a shave.

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  • piriquitas

    Sintra Local Customs

    like many others portuguese locations Sintra has it's own and tipical pastry. at breakfast or in the afternoon on yur lunch time break yu should have to try - queijadinhas de sintra - or - travesseiros - right at the historic centre at "piriquita's". everybody tries and if you are the lovepastry type, (and even for those who aren't ) just go...

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  • Fado music

    Lisbon Local Customs

    I was not familiar with Fado music outside of what I read in a travel guide, until I arrived in Lisbon. Fado is a beautiful and emotional musical art form based in Portugal. Usually there are guitar players and a lady wearing a black shaw singing. Although I do not speak Portuguese, I was able to understand the emotion in the music. While in Lisbon...

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  • Fair of São Pedro

    Sintra Local Customs

    This Market dates back to the time of the Christian Reconquest. In the time of Dona Maria I it was subjected to municipal regulations and is the most characteristic event of the kind in the Borough of Sintra, owing to the quality and diversity of the products transacted. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

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  • Coffee and cafes

    Lisbon Local Customs

    The Portuguese have a real sweet tooth so you will find some of the best pastries and cakes in all the little cafes. The 'national pastry' is considered to be pasteis de nata, which is a delicious custard filled tart. If you journey to Sintra you can find queijades de Sintra, which I foolishly thought would actually taste like cheese. They are very...

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