Portuguese Fado

Fado and Saudade in Lisbon

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.

Party Hotspots in Lisbon

Party Hotspots in Lisbon

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.

Walking the Streets of Lisbon

Walking the Streets of Lisbon

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.

Walking from Avenida da Liberdade to Chiado in Lisbon

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it used to be lined up with Art Deco and Belle Epoque stately homes and palaces, most of which have unfortunately been replaced by uglier modern buildings, luxury hotels and expensive designer shops.

Alfama West Walk in Lisbon

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.

Alfama East Walk in Lisbon

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...