Lisbon Journals

Things to Experience in Lisbon

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An October 2011 trip to Lisbon by Slug

Restaurante Esquina de Alfama Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Things to explore and do in the wonderful city of Lisbon!

The Alfama

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Attraction | "Explore your favourite parts of Lisbon"

The Alfama Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Unlike cities like London, Paris and Barcelona, there aren't really any "must see" places in Lisbon. The city itself is the place to visit to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the fabulous gothic buildings (although some of them are in a state of disrepair). However, with a population of almost 3 million people, Lisbon is a big city with a large shopping centre (and the lovely thing about Lisbon is that the shops are not just ubiquitous euro chain stores you see everywhere), and lots of different neighbourhoods each with their own style and atmosphere. I like wandering round the working class area of Alfama, where traditional Fado music is performed on a nightly basis. While I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2011

The Alfama
South East Section of Town
Lisbon, Portugal

Castle of St. George (Castle of São Jorge)

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Attraction | "Trace the footsteps of Vasco da Gama"

Castle of St. George (Castle of São Jorge) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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It's hardly off the beaten track, but I always enjoy a couple of hours at the Castelo de Sao Jorge for its fantastic photo opportunities over Lisbon and the chance to scare myself witless peering over the castle wall walkways. In truth, there often isn't a great deal to see for your 7 Euros entrance, although we have visited when there was a fantastic craft market going on in the grounds, but there is usually a busker, the little restaurant is open for a beer, and there is chance to wander along a maze of walkways on top of the castle walls. I always get a little scared up here as I dislike heights and the walls in places are quite narrow with side walls perhaps 3 foot high. I always congr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2011

Castle of St. George (Castle of São Jorge)

Lisbon, Portugal

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)

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Attraction | "Explore Islamic Art and More"

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon’s Musee Calouste Gulbenkian is a great place for a whistle-stop tour of great art. Gulbenkian was an Armenian oil baron who donated his art collection to the city of Lisbon after his death in 1955. The museum itself was built in an area on the edge of Lisbon city centre purchased by Gulbenkian for a mansion that was never built. Unfortunately, the building was created during one of architecture's down periods, in late 1960's concrete. While the building looks like a failing comprehensive school, the gardens are worth a brief stroll around, and inside the displays are perfect. Gulbenkian seemed to share a lot of the same interests as I, and so there aren't too many displa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2011

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
Av. De Berna 45a
Lisbon, Portugal 1067-001
21 782 3000

MUDE-Museum of Design and Fashion

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Attraction | "Get Design Clever at Mude"

MUDE-Museum of Design and Fashion Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Mude is a surprising museum as it stands on the site of a former bank in the centre of Lisbon's main shopping centre – the place is free to enter so we decided to kill an hour wandering round the exhibits. Mude seems rather new and unfinished; not helped as the bank owners obviously took the expensive marble walls and ceilings with them when they left, leaving bare concrete and chunks of adhesive all over the walls and ceiling. Inside the ground floor is a rather sparse collection of design icons from chairs, to handbags and dresses. The collection isn't fantastic, but is interesting enough. There are lots of gaps both in terms of styles and genres and in physical exhibition space. S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2011

MUDE-Museum of Design and Fashion
R. Augusta 24
Lisbon, Portugal

Restaurante Esquina de Alfama

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Restaurant | "Enjoy Traditional Fado at the Esquina de Alfama"

Restaurante Esquina de Alfama Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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One of the real Lisbon experiences is to spend the evening at a Fado bar. Fado is basically Portuguese folk music, and very strongly defended by the older population as back in the day, Fado music enabled dissent against fascist dictator Salazar. Lisbon and Coimbra (to the north of Portugal) are regarded as the two cultural hearts of Fado, so you could experience some of the best Fado during your Lisbon stay.Fado is very ritualistic; there tends to be a black shawl on display when Fado is being performed, and artists pass it onto to the next singer when they finish their performance. The songs are often the usual tales of falling in love with the wrong person and family distress. While I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2011

Restaurante Esquina de Alfama
Rua de Sao Pedro, 4
Lisbon, Estremadura 1100
351 21 887 05 90