Pedrito and chum are going surfing this weekend! Just across the bridge from Lisbon. Portugal’s longest stretch of uninterrupted beach await!
Today I wish to introduce you to the "Arsenal Apartment", a good homely vacation rental that I stumbled upon (literally), the other night as I was finishing up some star cheese (Queijo Serra da Estrela) with Douro wine in the lower Chiado area of Lisbon.
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.
So you've come to Lisbon on an austere shoestring or a fat northern purse? Looking for a place to sleep? Pedrito lives around the lowest part of lower Chiado, the gritty grotty one (Chiado is a pedantic quarter for fat cats, but the lower part is more mainstream authentic).
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.
You want to speak like a Portuguese navigator or a Portuguese fishmonger? You want to speak the language of discoveries of the soul(mate) or simply order some bacalhau and a beer? Let Pedrito and chum teach you some useful sentences to interact with the locals in Lisbon!
Portuguese food is usually quite good, and has that home-made look and taste you won't find everywhere these days. Soak everything in olive oil if it's not already swimming or submerged in olive oil.
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it used to be lined up with Art Deco and Belle Epoque stately homes and palaces, most of which have unfortunately been replaced by uglier modern buildings, luxury hotels and expensive designer shops.