A complete travel guide to Lisbon, Portugal
The first part of the article is available here.
In many travel guides, you can find reviews that the most intriguing places to hang out with friends in the evening are hidden in Bairro Alto. It’s true that this area has pretty unique vibes – on almost every street, you can find fancy coffee shops and bars. However, Bairro Alto is not all about the city life – there are also plenty of museums, theaters, and other historical buildings to explore. The architecture is diversified – you can spot there renovated buildings as well as small, colorful tenements with the laundry hanging outside the windows.
For the first time, I’ve heard about LX Factory after a few days in Lisbon from a friend I met during my trip. He strongly recommended me to visit this place giving a lot of reasons why it’s a great spot for everyone interested in the contemporary art and alternative culture. However, I didn’t realize how big epicenter for creative minds it is until I arrived there on my own.
The concept is pretty simple – some creatives decided to transform the old industrial area into the modern and vibrant hub for young professionals.
It’s like a small village in the city where you can find everything you need to work on your projects, find some inspiration or just have a chat with friends. Bookshops, handicraft shops, art galleries, bars, restaurants as well as a coworking space in the one, green (yes – between buildings of the old factory you can find a lot of greenery!) and modern area – could we ask for more?
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It’s hard to say that this chapter will be dedicated to the off the beaten track place because it won’t be. However, in spite of the massive crowds, it’s still worth to explore numerous green areas in Sintra, especially because all of them look like from the fairy-tale!
Sintra is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its various Romantic architectural monuments from the XIX century that include e.g. the Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros), the Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) and the Palace of Sintra (Palácio Nacional de Sintra).
The municipality is a part of The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park - due to this fact all famous monuments, castles, and palaces are located in the mountains between lush plants, forests, and gardens.
Belém is a district in the western part of Lisbon just near the Tagus river. This residential area is often considered the most beautiful neighborhood with a lot of official buildings. There are located famous museums (e.g. Cultural Centre of Belém and Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art),) architecture gems (e.g. The Jerónimos Monastery) as well as the most famous Portuguese monuments (e.g. Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) and Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)).
For some people, the primary hallmark of Lisbon is a yellow tram, while for others it could be Pasteis de Belem.
If I have to share with you the most significant hallmark of Lisbon for me, I would say it’s street art!
Street art works cover almost the whole Lisbon – you can find great pieces of paintings on the buildings, walls, pavements, windows, fences, ruins and at many more places! The creativity of authors seems to have no end, and it’s entirely understandable because in Lisbon you can find works of the most talented local and world-famous artists. The city seems to appreciate the cultural aspect of the street art scene – there are printed books dedicated to the most interesting pieces of art as well as guided tours aim to explore Lisbon’s street art.
Viewpoints of Lisbon
The City of Seven Hills is the nickname of Lisbon. In fact, there are even more hills around, but this name indicates the very significant meaning of hills for local people. In the city, there are a few popular viewpoints called "Miradouros" - all of them have a proper infrastructure with cafes, balconies and benches included.
Viewpoints called "Miradouros" in Portugeese are perfect meeting points for people in all age to hang out with friends, listen to live music and just observe the city or the Tagus river from the top.
Some of the most recommendable viewpoints in Lisbon included: Miradouro das Portas do sol (the view of the Alfama's rooftops), Miradouro de são Pedro de alcântara (the view of the castle), Miradouro da graça (the view of the 25 de Abril bridge), Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do monte (a lot of people admit it’s one the most romantic spots for watching a sunset over the Lisbon).
Have you ever visited this city of Lisbon? If so, share with me your opinion about the best spots to explore.