Within a half hour commuter train ride from central Lisbon, lie the beaches of Estoril and Cascais. This world famous strip of coastline is popular with Lisboans and royalties. Here you will see the bare all ladies and lords of the beach.
Fado is part of the Portuguese soul, fado tells life as it unfolds. It may sound a cliché, but be warned, it is not. Fado is sung life and fate as the lights are low and the audience and the performers share an understanding of music and poetry.
The nice weather is a good excuse to party in Lisbon. The food is good, the ladies are slender in the wind, and the men with somber mood need a drink or two. Austerity measures or not, it is imperative to stay merry until dawn, or to talk it through a night of revelry in the forever young streets of Lisboa.
We've put up two walks for Alfama. Kids will love hide and seek in the winding maze of narrow alleys. Those adults with excess energy can run the whole stretch if they want, but that's not the way in Lisboa.
Laid out in 1879, Liberty Avenue is Lisbon's biggest at 90 metres wide and 1.1 kilometre long. Styled after the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, it used to be lined up with Art Deco and Belle Epoque stately homes and palaces, most of which have unfortunately been replaced by uglier modern buildings, luxury hotels and expensive designer shops.
Over the ages, many people have trudged up the hill to the Castle of Saint George. We suggest you take electrico 28 (the little tourist tram) from Chiado up, and then amble down Alfama, rather then tire yourself performing the reverse commotion.
We're starting our walk on the edges of Alfama with noble residences and stately homes. But you are not far from the underbelly of Lisbon. Set up in the 12th century, the Feira da Ladra (market of the woman thief) takes place every Tuesdays and Saturdays from sunrise to sunset...
Today I wish to introduce you to Pastéis de Belem. This is the oldest, most beloved coffee house ongoing in Lisboa. It is right around the corner from Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Monastery of Jerónimos.