BARRIO ALTO AND ALFAMA. They are the most characteristic neighborhoods, those that take you back in time and make you breathe the most authentic soul of the Portuguese city. Go there during the day to admire the narrow streets dotted with dilapidated but splendid buildings, the azulejos with bright colors and intense smells, the clothes hanging carelessly on the balconies and the faces marked by time that overlook the windows or doors less than three steps away from the passing tram. Come back in the evening to eat bacalhau and listen to the notes of fado, the music of nostalgia, intensely Portuguese, which acts as a counterpoint to the intense light of this city.
TRAM 28. It is usually crowded and you will struggle to get on and especially to be able to sit down. Finding a window seat, even better immediately behind the driver, is the way to truly appreciate the journey beyond the destination. We only went there twice. One forced because it was pouring rain (the last day), the second instead of evening. Here, the latter was the best. Sitting, the window down and the feeling of being able to reach out and caress the walls of the streets on which you descended quickly and then brake and climb up. For the rest, I limited myself to photographing him continuously.
CASTLE OF S. JORGE. From the Islamic era, it is located on one of the hills of Lisbon. You get there by passing through Alfama and making a stop at the Lisbon Cathedral. The walk between the old walls offers in my opinion the best view of the entire city, unique even compared to all the other Mirador that dot Lisbon. Plan a short stop at the Tower of Ulysses: children will have fun watching the city at 360 ° through the periscope.
TOWER OF BELEM AND THE MONASTERY OF S. GERONIMO. This is where the Tagus merges with the ocean, this is where the sailors left for the routes of the New World, this is where Vasco Da Gama set sail for the route of the Indies. The Tower seems suspended over the water, more a place of fairies than a defense outpost, the Monastery, which survived the earthquake of 1755 and is a UNESCO heritage site, is majestic in its whiteness, the cloister is fascinating, where it blends into the silence of the place the Gothic style with the Moorish one.
PASTRY BELEM. In Belèm, stop off at the most famous pastry shop in Portugal to taste the famous Pastel de Nata, created almost two centuries ago right here …
There is usually a long queue outside for take away, we sat inside: I assure you that times are faster and you can still ask the waiter to make you some pastel to take home.
OCEANARIO DE LISBOA. If you are traveling with children you cannot miss the Oceanàrio de Lisboa: a journey of discovery of over 400 different species of fish.
CHIADO. Start from Baxia, the most elegant district of the city, go to Piazza Rossio and Piazza Figuera and arrive at Chiado, the neighborhood loved by Fernando Pessoa: and if you are short of ideas on what to see and you want to go back in time, read the Lisbon guide written by Pessoa in 1922.
CAFE ‘A. BRASILIERA. Take inspiration from the great Portuguese writer (yes, again Pessoa) and stop for a coffee at the historic A Brasiliera. If you like it light (coffee), order a bica de carioca.
MIRADOR. Choose your Mirador at sunset, from that of Graca to that of Santa Luzia to that of Santa Caterina (behind it the Pharmacia museum, and the restaurant of the same name, to be noted for a different stage than usual). .
if you don’t want to make too much effort for the climb, rely on the usual 28 or an elevador.
BACALHAU. Do not leave Lisbon without tasting bacalhau, having bought sardines (or mackerel or cod …) in a can (to buy, taste and photograph) and have drunk a glass of ginjinha, the typical liqueur made from sour cherries.
Here are other beautiful views of the city photographed by Miralda Colombo, foodblogger, travel-loving journalist and mother of three children.