The first week of March 2019 a friend and I visited the beautiful city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal. We stayed there for a complete week, walking through the different quarters and learning deeply about its culture and history.
Panoramic view from Our Lady of The Hills, for us, the second best view of the city. At the top left the "St. George Castle", at the top center the "25 de Abril bridge", at bottom right, the Alfama quarter.
We flew from Zaragoza at late evening, when the sun was going down. The chosen aeroline was, of course, RyanAir.
The main street of the capital is "Rua Augusta", built after the quake-fire-tsunami of 1755. This street is bounded north by the Rossio Square and south by the Triumphal Arch (and the Commerce square). The Commerce square is presided by a brass statue of the King José I.
As the night falls, the main character of the city is the beautiful "25 de Abril" bridge and it's amazing lightning. It's meant to exist as connection between Lisbon and the towns south of Tagus river. It's commonly described as the point between river and sea at the Tagus stuary.
The old Lisbon quarter, named Alfama, is famous for its narrow streets full of stairs, the antique tram lines (12 and 28) and the beautiful viewpoints.
Two of the main touristic attractions in Lisbon are the Belem Tower (left) and the Strela Church. Lisbon, as most of European cities, has lots of churches, each of them with its own story.
Out of the trendy-touristic places to visit in Lisbon, I found two things related to the city that made me fall in love with it. First, it's the european capital of light, with over 2800 hours of sun a year. The paviment covering the whole city is known as "portuguese road", and it's mainly made of white limestones and black basalt. Through the reflection of the light, it ,akes the city even brighter.
The TimeOut market is a traditional market converted into a food court. The most famous chefs of Portugal have their own "mini-restaurants" where you can order traditional food and drinks. After placing your order, you can share food from different restaurants with your friends in one of the multiple tables. If you want to live the "real-experience" market, every morning it's open to make your grocery shopping.
Only 25 minutes by train from Lisbon you can find Cascais, one of the most famous places in south Portugal. It's a small town with a clear-water-white-sand beach and a beautiful fortress. It's mainly touristic oriented and it's hard to find real portuguese stuff, but it deserves a try. Also you can sleep during the trip to there because it's the last stop of the train.
Where we found something different was in the surroundings of "Aguas Livres" acueduct.It was a small vecinity of Lisbon which was kind of a traditional town. The houses and streets seemed more authentic. The main downside of this place was how close to the ground the planes where flying. Apparently the airport was near.
Following the road through the mountain we reached the Monsanto panoramic viewer. It's high in the mount and it takes about 45 minutes to reach from the acueduct. It gives the best views of the city, with its fantastic 360 degree panoramic viewer. It's not a famous place in the recommendations but we think it deserves to be on the top 5. As you can see in the third picture, the current conditions in here are near ruin.
The side of the river is always a place to relax, let the time pass and meditate. You can start walking from the always crowdy "Commerce square" down the river and enjoy a beautiful walk besides the water.
Back to reality time. We catch our flight again at late evening and these are the last images of our trip. Thank you Lisbon.