Lisbon Journals

Lisbon, Old World Charm

An August 2000 trip to Lisbon by DT

Quote: I travel to Portugal with my family occasionally. I have always enjoyed Lisbon because of the old world charm that is everywhere. The people are extremely friendly, helpful and they take great pride in their culture and heritage.

Lisbon, Old World Charm

Overview

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Walking around Lisbon is a treat. I enjoy going into the restaurants in the Bairro Alto area to listen to the wonderful Fado music. It is like Portuguese blues. Most of the songs are about your best friend taking your spouse and leaving in your fishing boat. What a drag! It is also tough to beat the food. It is a refreshing difference from French and Italian. Also, don't miss the Ports. Portugal makes the best after-dinner wines in the world. Try as many as you can, but be careful, Port is usually 20% alcohol. Even though Portugal is not a rich country by Western standards, the people take great pride in the things that they do have. The Portuguese are some of the most generous people you cou...Read More

TAVARES RICO

Restaurant

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This is where the Kings of Portugal came to eat. A beautiful dining room and delicious classic Portuguese food. I got the Bacalhau (salt cod), excellent! An expensive restaurant, but very nice. They also have an extensive wine and cigar list. A classic in every way.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2001

TAVARES RICO
Chiado
Lisbon, Portugal

Solar Do Porto

Story/Tip

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The bar/school is where they have 600 different Ports. I guess they do some research here. I did my own research and discovered hundreds of Ports that I have never seen in the States. A must do for wine lovers. It is at the end of the short trolley line that goes up to the Baixa Alta.
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Portugal is famous for its seafood. It you go to a restaurant, you can't go wrong with seafood. The speciality in Portugal is the grilled sardines. A bit fishy for the timid, but this is the true food of the Portuguese. FYI, most restaurants in Lisbon have an English menu. Ask for one if you don't see it.
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The Algarve is the beach resort area of southern Portugal. If you need to go to the train station, take a taxi. It really isn't near anything. Walking seemed out of the question. You will have to take a ferry across the Tagus river. If you get seasick, be prepared, it could be a rough ride. It is about 3 hours to Faro after the ferry ride.