When you are thinking of things to do in Lisbon you can go simply to go shopping, or nightlife, or tour to see the city’s top attractions. It also may be that your purpose is to find out what Lisbon has to offer for your kids. Or you may also want to check out the other good things like their gastronomy, architecture, museums, and restaurants. Here’s a guide to help you find things and places that will surely complete your visit to Lisbon.
Gastronomy. Having been among the early explorers of the world Portuguese brought rare spices home and went to have modified their native dishes with these. Later, on the days of the so-called New World more and more spices that include tomatoes, potatoes, kidney beans, turkey, and avocados were introduced to Portugal. This is probably what had caused their love of food which is in a manner the wealth and spirit of Portugal, something for us to explore.
Architecture. The city of Lisbon is rich in architecture. It is also crossed with Greek boulevards and monuments particularly in the upper districts and is set in 7 hills with its cobblestones pavements in narrows streets full of art novo cafes. It houses colorful 18th-century squares downtown and the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by the ancient castle. Lisbon has strong links in the past, renovated palaces, magnificent churches and majestic castle near the city’s rich cultural heritage. It is a magnificent blend of the neighborhood; culture and architecture distinguish this capital city uniquely from the other European capitals and make it a truly fascinating and comprehensive city to visit.
Museum. There is a great deal to look for in the museums of Lisbon as they contain rich collections of ancient artifacts made to last to represent an ancient history that we continue to live by until today. Indeed, it will be self-enriching to look back in the past that has contributed so much to where we are at present. This is the reason why the museums of Lisbon deserve our attention and visits. Every museum has each unique living testimony, story or manifestation to share with those who go to see them.
Restaurants. Portuguese’s love for food has made restaurants in Lisbon really flourished. This led towards the fast growth of the business with more colonials coming from Brazil, Mozambique, and Goa, putting up restaurants to compete with Europe’s best. This is really made convenient for restaurant-goers in the city. Their choice can range from restaurants that serve menus of local to international dishes, drinks, and appetizers.
There are a lot more things to do in Lisbon. Let us go further into details of descriptions and facts of the places where you can possibly go with your kids, and of places to see museums, landscape and architecture, restaurants, and where Portuguese food and cuisine are open on the other sections of this travel guide.
There is a great deal to look for in the museums of Lisbon as they contain rich collections of ancient artifacts made to last to represent an ancient history that we continue to live by until today. Indeed, it will be self-enriching to look back in the past that has contributed so much to where we are at present. This is the reason why the museums of Lisbon deserve our attention and visits. Every museum has each unique living testimony, story or manifestation to share with those who go to see them.
When we are out to explore Lisbon’s museums it is the only time we can know that we are in a place in a time of one of the most ancient cities in the world. This gives us the idea that the museums in Lisbon are all worth visiting. Yet, this shall also lead us to first find out some facts which make each really alluring or tempting, and where we can locate them.
Among the famous museums have to be, The Belem Cultural Center is where you can find four exhibition areas divided into three parts in which the first part is dedicated to objects that came from France and Italy, the second reflects the post-war period, and the third came about during the reconstruction of Europe, and a Design Museum that exhibits interesting collections in design and photography, architecture and plastic arts, this also showcases the Francisco Capelo collection that represents the themes of luxury, pop, and cool. The Design Museum houses 200 pieces of collection arranged in a way that it tells about the evolution of the concept of design in the 20th century.
Another is the National Tile Museum that can be found in the Convent of Madre de Deus, which started to exist since 1509 is covered with Baroque paintings, carving, and tiles. The collections in this museum virtually speak for the entire history of the tile since the second half of the 15th century to the contemporary use of the same at present. The 23 meters long mannerist retable of Nossa Senhora da Vida and the Lisbon panel that was left of the 1755 earthquake are well exhibited here. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday except during national holidays.
Also, the National Museum of Ancient Art with collections that dates back from the Middle-Ages to the 20th century. It is here where European artworks, decorative art pieces, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, and excellent collection of ornamental objects from Africa, India, China, and Japan, can be viewed. Its location on the street of Janelas Verdes in Santos o Velho is overlooking the Tagus River. The museum is close on national holidays and Mondays but, opens every Tuesday to Sunday.
There are many other museums that are likewise as valuable in having kept ancient collections that are so memorable of the past history, and even of the contemporary Portuguese arts design built through the years, of not just Lisbon but of Portugal as the whole.
The styles of architecture in Lisbon can be gleaned back from the Roman since it had been through this period that it started to be developed, and one of the proofs is the remains of a theatre of the Roman period in the neighborhood of Alfama. It has undergone modification through the centuries from the Pre-Romanesque to the Romanesque periods. The kinds of which are mostly revealed today in the presence of existing structures like the Saint Frituoso Chapel showing a Greek cross floorplan with rectangular arms and a central cupola decorated with arch reliefs, and indicating a clear influence of Byzantine buildings.
When you have to explore more closely Portugal’s early architecture, it seems to be rich in megalithic monuments isolated in the form of stone circles like that of Vila Nova de Sao Pedro found along the Tagus River near Cartaxo. You are to observe that in this period buildings were developed to remind us of late Gothic architecture in Manueline style like the Monastery of Jesus of Setubal, with aisles of equal height, or with spiraling motifs that of ropes used in ships, the rich array of animal, and vegetal. This continued to develop through the Rennaisance and Mannerist period (1520-1650) during which the best known Portuguese architect was Alfonso Alvares’ with his Mannerist style whose works include the Church of Sao Roque in Lisbon. It was also during this period that the Jesuit architects contributed toward the development, one among whom is the famous Italian Flippo Terzi who built Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora in Lisbon. It is to be seen that the Mannerist style paved the way of the break from the Manueline style to the Plain Style (1580-1640) through its lack of excessive decorations, clear structure, sturdy appearance with smooth, flat surfaces, and moderate arrangement of space. This was the timeless impresses hall churches evolved due to limited financial resources. The period came in line with restoration architecture (1640-1717) typical example if which is the Palace of Marquesses da Fronteira in Benfica remarkably with large tile panels with equestrian portraits and battle scenes or trumpet-blowing monkeys.
Before Modern Architecture first came to the Baroque style (1717-1755) where Lisbon was said to have been provided with water or fountains, as in the work of Manuel da Mais, Antonio Canavan and Custodio Vieira’s Aquas Livres aqueduct that has been described in the present time as the “greatest work since the Romans”, then the Pombaline Style (1755-1860) that is more vividly utilitarian, secular and plain in style, and with a Neo-classical approach to structure. The Baixa district of Lisbon is a concrete example of this architecture.
Modern architecture in Lisbon has clearly come up to be a balanced process of absorbing universal influences that lead its way into positive trends in current architecture well associated with the internationally accredited Alvaro Siza’s legacy to his generation and sons. The most popular work of Modern Architecture is the 25th of April Bridge (25 Ponte de Abril Bridge), a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon to Almada on the left south bank of the Tejo River. This has been based on the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA.
Lisbon For Kids
Lisbon has a lot to offer when it comes to kids’ entertainment, fun and learning, early skills development, and growth. It is really worthwhile to let your kids get involved in activities that will keep them entertained at the same time help them develop new skills. And the best places for kids are certainly just around the city.
Let your kids experience fresh things during your visit to Lisbon. It may bring fun and learning for them to see museums like the Children’s Museum (Museu das Criancas) that can be found within the grounds of the Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa. It is made up of a series of rooms each with a central activity and designed to be perfect for young children. Also, get a chance to explore Knowledge Pavilion – Living Science (Pavilhao do Conhecimento – Ciencia Viva) located just beside the Oceanerio de Lisboa. It holds permanent exhibits and temporary exhibitions such as the “make electricity with potato” and a series of experiments and displays created to illustrate gender similarities and differences. It is also noted for having resembled the style of the Exploratorium, the Ontario Science Center, a reason it became a part of the Expo 98 site.
Your next stop can be a leisure activity for the whole family. Visit places with recreational facilities, that are very accessible and just within the vicinity of Lisbon like the Monsanto Park (Parque Florestal de Monsanto) where they will enjoy a children’s area, walking trails, a restaurant, a horse-riding center, and a botanical garden. You can also go uptown to the Zoo to watch a fun dolphin show and to get them acquainted with around two thousand animals at home and to pay a visit to the “monkey village”. While uptown, it will be great as well to be to the Colombo Shopping Center which is said to have a funfair with the largest indoor park in Europe with roller coasters, other rides, video games, a go-cart track that helps to entertain kids and which allows your shopping to be easier, and more children’s play areas.
Other things that can be done for kids may include rides on the metro, buses, classic old electric tram cars which give you the feeling of riding back in history, vintage funiculars and the Santa Justa Lift, a large elevator that runs up into valleys and hills from downtown, and offers you unlimited rides with the 7 Colinas Card for only 13.50 EUR.
In Lisbon, you got too many good things to do for kids even when you need to find a pastelaria there are a couple on every block since this is always present even in establishments that are partly pastry shops, coffee shops, and restaurants.
There are more other things worth doing for kids to explore with their fairy tale minds Lisbon, such as visits to the Saint George’s Castle, the Marionette Museum with frequent puppet shows, Toy Museum in Sintra, fairytale Pena Palace and gardens of Monserrate Palace.
Lisbon never runs out of events, from major concerts, sports events to film and music festivals. The city will surely make you happy and busy throughout the year. In this segment, you will be given an overview of fascinating Lisbon festivals that you might find interesting and helpful for your visit.
Carnaval em Lisboa. Rio Carnival is probably the most celebrated event in the world but did you know that it all started in Lisbon? Lisbon’s Carnival being a major event of the year is celebrated at the beautiful grounds of Park of Nations. The streets also get really crowded since the processions of floats and parade of jugglers as well as masked performers will start at Praça do Município and will go around throughout the town, going through the old streets of Praça do Comércio, Rua da Prata and ending at Praça D. Pedro IV. You can just drop in along the way to join the fun. There will also be music, dancing, cheering, and various street performances.
Venue: Parque Nações
Moda em Lisboa. Lisbon is a haven for Portuguese fashion. Lisbon Fashion Show is dedicated to all fashion enthusiasts for them to see popular stylists and young talents as they showcase their summer collections.
Estoril Open. It is a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament. The top players of the world gather yearly to compete on the courts of the Nacional Stadium of Estoril.
Venue: Red clay of the Complexo Tenis Estadio Nacional.
Dias da Música. Belem Cultural Center (CCB) holds Days of Music, a marathon of concerts, mainly of Jazz and classical music over a weekend in late April. It also offers various other activities for musicians and music enthusiasts.
Rock in Rio. Famous names in the music industry gather in Lisbon to celebrate this grandest musical entertainment event in the world. It is five days of non-stop party that highlights “World Stage” which presents the best artists in World Music and an “Electronic Tent” where the most popular international DJs spin until morning.
Date: May, June
Venue: Bela Vista Park
Festas dos Santos Populares. Lisbon is filled with fiesta or festivities for their popular saints during the summer season. Saint Anthony’s Day is one of the city’s biggest events. It is the best time to join the people on their colorful street parades down the Avenida da Liberdade and throughout the town and experience their traditional songs and dances. The procession is followed by a huge party.
Date: June, July
Festival dos Oceanos. The Ocean’s Festival is the way of the locals to pay tribute to the oceans. This event will definitely engage tourists in a wide variety of spectacles.
Noite Mágica. Lisbon joins the world in welcoming the New Year with its magnificent fireworks display. The people usually gather afterward at Comercio Square to celebrate and party with the national pop singers and band all night long.
Venue: Torre de Belm/ Comercio Square
More information on these events of Lisbon Festivals.
Portuguese’s love for food has made restaurants in Lisbon really flourished. This led towards the fast growth of the business with more colonials coming from Brazil, Mozambique, and Goa, putting up restaurants to compete with Europe’s best. This is really made convenient for restaurant-goers in the city. Their choice can range from restaurants that serve menus of local to international dishes, drinks, and appetizers.
If you desire to try restaurants serving international cuisine and wants to try gourmet at an average price of 40 euros in a three-course meal, then you have to visit these following venues:
Eleven Restaurant. It is located at Rua Marques da Frontiera, Jardim Amalia Rodriguez, Campolide, Marquez de Pombal, which is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city for having earned a coveted Michelin star.
Address: Rua Marques da Frontiera, Jardim Amalia Rodriguez, Campolide, Marquez de Pombal
Resto do Chapito or Via Graca. If your budget would not allow you that much but you still ache for international cuisine, this restaurant is right for you, located at Rua Costa do Castelo 7, Sao Cristovao, overlooking the city, to serve you a three-course meal at only 18 euros; and, for those ready to spend their big pockets for one of the most popular Portuguese cuisines.
Address: Rua Costa do Castelo 7, Sao Cristovao
Assinatura. the modern Assinatura Restaurant with its classy interior located at Rua Vale do Pereiro 19, Uptown has it all in a three-course meal for the value of 50 euros.
Address: Vale do Pereiro 19, Uptown
There are restaurants too that have to sound amazing with their creative menus or their dedication to healthy vegetarian foods at reasonable prices such as the following:
100 Marianas Restaurant. Located in Rua do Teixeira 35, Bairro Alto, this restaurant is presenting creative dishes such as pieces of cod arriving at your table hanging from clothespins with fresh ingredients, or the good yet not expensive Italian three-course meal at only 20 euros.
Address: Rua do Teixeira 35, Bairro Alto
Casa Nova Restaurant. This restaurant is at located at Av. Infante D. Henrique-Cais da Pedra, Doca do Jardim do Tabaco, Armazem 7 Loja B, Alfama with riverviews, and for good health veggie eaters.
Address: Av. Infante D. Henrique-Cais da Pedra, Doca do Jardim do Tabaco, Armazem 7 Loja B, Alfama
Jardim dos Sentidos. This modern Vegetarian Restaurant at Rua da Mae d’ Aqua 3, Sao Jose, Uptown, 1250-154 Lisbonardim dos Sentidos, may offer you a buffet at lunch and a variety of vegetarian entrees for dinner outdoors in a pleasant backyard at a price of 20 euros and here, in a separate space you can find time to have acupuncture and shiatsu for your therapy.
Address: Rua da Mae d’ Aqua 3, Sao Jose, Uptown, 1250-154 Lisbonardim dos Sentidos
Terra Restaurant. This restaurant has a varied and excellent selection of dishes for vegans, located at Rua da Palmeira 15, Principe Real, Merces, Merces.
Address: Rua da Palmeira 15, Principe Real, Merces, Merces.
Lisbon has lots more of restaurants ready to meet your cravings for good food, and what’s far more enjoyable for both locals and visitors is the hosting twice a year of the Lisbon Restaurant Wee. This is the time when the city’s top restaurants are hosts to fine dining at 20 euros, for the purpose of donating a 1 euro to charitable organizations.
Known as the capital city of Portugal it is also the largest most important city and ranked as its number one most livable city. Fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s trendiest cities, the sunset here in Lisbon doesn’t mean the end of the day but signifies the start of another aspect of exciting Portuguese culture. The typical way to start the evening is to meet up at cafes of Chiado for a drink before heading to a restaurant for a long and relaxed dinner of fresh Portuguese cuisine that will surely satisfy your taste buds.
This is one of the newest and most acclaimed restaurants in the city. Eleven is a gourmet / formal restaurant offering International cuisine. Located atop Edward II Park, its food is the contemporary Mediterranean; Eleven has also earned a coveted Michelin star.
Address: Rua Marquês da Fronteira, Jardim Amália Rodrigues. Campolide. Marquês de Pombal. 1070
100 Maneiras is a modern restaurant offering International cuisine. This restaurant presents some of the most creative dishes in Lisbon All of the ingredients are fresh, bought on the same day at the city’s Ribeira Market. The dishes are therefore always different every day and you can try them in reasonably-priced tasting menus
Address: Rua do Teixeira 35. Bairro Alto.
Alma is a modern restaurant offering Portuguese cuisine. Located in the Santos district, it has an all-white interior where you can enjoy signature dishes largely inspired by Portuguese cuisine. It’s one of the most elegantly designed spaces in the city and a recommended choice to sample contemporary Portuguese cuisine through reasonably-priced tasting menus.
Address: Calçada Marquês de Abrantes 92/94. Santos.
Bica do Sapato Restaurant
Known as one of Lisbon’s hippest restaurants, Bica do Sapato is a modern restaurant offering Portuguese cuisine. This warehouse conversion is the trendiest and most talked about of all Lisbon restaurants. It also has a stylish sushi bar upstairs with a lively atmosphere.
Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Armazem B. Doca do Jardim do Tabaco.
If you yearn for some local flavor, you might want to try spending a candlelit evening at a Fado House. Which are a dynamic part of the city’s culture and a must-try for first-time visitors?
This is the most reputable, authentic, and sophisticated of all the Fado Houses, owned by one of the country’s top Fado performers, Maria da Fé. Several singers perform during the course of the evening and the food is excellent.
Location: Rua do Meio à Lapa, 18, Lapa
Phone: 21 397 7456
After enjoying a taste of the unique flavors of Portuguese cuisine, you might want to try out the cities wide variety of clubs and bars that will surely give u a memorable experience.
Known as one of Western Europe’s least expensive capital, looking around the traditional characterless shops is a very refreshing experience. But, if you want to look around for designer fashions and high-end antiques. Lisbon can very well provide you with a wide array of choices.
A traditional zone of the city, it is also popular with the alternative fashion set, with club and streetwear shops. Here you can find shops of antique and modern decoration, famous Portuguese designers and trendy clothing. For those who like original clothing, Rua do Norte is the best.
CHIADO is an elegant, sophisticated district of theaters, bookshops, old-style cafes, art nouveau jewelry shops, luxurious international names such as Hermes, and local treasures such as the opulently gilded Tavares Rico Restaurant opened in 1784, the fine porcelain shop Vista Alegre, or one of Portugal’s international fashion designers, Ana Salazar.
Avenida da Liberdade
If you’re looking for high fashion and well known international brands head down to Lisbon’s main avenue, Avenida da Liberdade. This boulevard, built in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, is the main avenue of the city. The avenue is also the site of the city’s grander hotels, banks, airline offices, and designer shops, including names like Louis Vuitton, D&G, Tods, Burberry, among others.
In the Luz district, this vast complex is the biggest shopping center on the Iberian peninsula. Its array of merchandise is stunning, a dazzling showcase of the capitalistic system, with more than 420 stores. There’s everything here from an indoor amusement park to a health club, even 10 screens showing different movies. For your dining selection, you face a bewildering choice of 60 restaurants, ranging from a pizza parlor to a Chinese eatery to Burger King.
Address: Avenida Lusíada,
Transportation Metro: Colégio Militar
You can also look around for antique and contemporary hand-painted tiles, distinctive regional ceramics and textiles such as tablecloths and embroidery, handmade goods which are some of the best bargains and make excellent souvenirs.
A Arte da Terra
Genuine Portuguese crafts, from hand-painted tiles to carpets in a beautifully renovated space. Address: Rua Augusto Rosa, 40, Alfama Website: www.aartedaterra.pt
Antiga Casa do Castelo It’s owned by an American but all the handicrafts are Portuguese, including ceramics, embroidery, linen, tiles, and soaps. Address: Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo, 15, Alfama
With the wide array of choices for shopping here in Lisbon you can surely enjoy your time looking around, and shop till you drop.
Lisbon has exceptional devotion to Sports. In fact, the city is the home of many popular sports stadiums and recreational facilities and serves as host for different annual sports tournaments of the world.
Bullfighting. This public spectacle, performed mainly in the regions of Spain and Portugal is considered as sport for brave men. It involves a fighting bull engaged in a series of traditional maneuvers culminating with the ceremonial killing of the bull by sword. Unlike in neighboring Spain, the bull in Portugal is often fought from horseback and is not executed.
Venue: Lisbon’s 8,500-seat Campo Pequeno, Avenida da República
Date: Easter until mid-July
Football. Lisbon has 2 of the biggest football teams in Portugal- Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Portuguese are very dedicated to the sport. Not to mention, Lisbon houses the gigantic Estádio da Luz, one of the largest sports stadiums in Europe.
Venue: Estádio da Luz
Golf. The city is a favorite destination for golfers because of its excellent weather condition and over all pleasant surroundings. Lisbon houses popular courses and one of them is the Clube de Golfe do Paco do Luminar.
Tennis. Estoril Open is a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament. The top players of the world gather yearly to compete on the courts of Nacional Stadium of Estoril.
Venue: Red clay of the Complexo Tenis Estadio Nacional.
Sailing, kayaking, or windsurfing. If you want water sports, you must definitely try Sailing, kayaking, or windsurfing on the beautiful shores of Lisbon. There are also sailing lessons for first timers.
Venue: Marina Parque das Nações,
Travelers are often concerned about gaining weight while on vacation. But, a hilly city like Lisbon you can be sure to burn plenty of calories just by merely walking around or sightseeing. There are also fitness centers in Lisbon or Lisboa, with a variety of equipment available such as, saunas, solariums, weights, steam rooms and aerobic facilities for those who want to do some serious workout.
If you’re into a more hardcore bodybuilding gym this is it. This gym is well equipped with a large selection of dumbbells and plate loaded machines. They also have fitness classes like Martial arts, Jazz, dance, aerobics, and yoga.
Address: 329 R. de São Bento, Lisbon 1250, Portugal
Phone Number: 21 388 56 79
Academia Life Club
This is a very high tech gym; the staff is very friendly and helpful. Kit wise, it has everything. Weights wise there is every kind of leverage and machine system you can imagine, although not that many weights to use. They have a sun deck and you can take classes and do some training outdoors in front of the river. They also have well-appointed swimming pools. There is a café on site which has a range of healthy foods and is not too expensive. You can also book massages and other physio treatments or use their Sauna or steam room.
Address: 1200-109 Rua da Cintura do Porto a Santos, Arm. J. Lisboa
Phone Number: 21 393 40 20 Web Site: http://www.academia-lifeclub.pt
Ginásio Clube Português
Also a very well equipped fitness center. They have outdoor courts, and classes are held in huge studios that are comfortable. They also offer child care for those who are traveling with their children. They also have a sauna, massage, and a restaurant.
Address: Largo do Ginasio Clube Portugues 1 Lisbon Lisboa 1250-111
Phone Number: 21 384 15 80 Web Site:http://www.gcp.pt/ If you’re the kind of person who enjoys jogging, the Docas de Santo Amaro in Lisbon is the perfect place to be. Here you can jog along the riverfront and burn some calories while enjoying the sight.
Lisbon is famous for its undeniably beautiful architecture. It is a perfect place where you will be able to appreciate a variety of architectural styles from different centuries and breathtaking sceneries brought by beautiful monuments, churches, and other top attractions. Other than all these, Lisbon is remarkable because it also offers a different dimension with its theatres.
When you are in Lisbon and you need something that will relax you, going to theatres is definitely one good thing to do. Theatres magically bring you to a fantasy world where we need not worry about anything. We just need to sit there and allow ourselves to be moved by the scenes carefully portrayed by the performers. Here’s a guide to Lisbon Theatres:
Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos. It is a 201-year-old building opened on July 30, 1793, by Queen Maria I as a replacement for the Tejo Opera House that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755. The famous Jose de Costal e Silva designed it with inspiration from two exceptional architectural works, the La Scala in Milan and the San Carlo in Naples. Operas are performed from September to June, as well as concerts and ballets. The theatre is located in the historical center of Lisbon, in the Chiado district.
Address: Rua Serpa Pinto 9 Lisbon, Portugal
The Centro Cultural de Belem. This theater is located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém and also the largest building with cultural facilities in the whole country. It played a lot of shows more than any other theatres in Lisbon. Other than opera, ballet, symphony concerts and events being held here, it also provides spaces for conferences, exhibitions and other artistic venues, in addition to political and research congresses.
Address: Praço do Império Lisbon, Portugal
Schedule: Performances Matinee 5 pm, Evening 9 pm
The Teatro ABC and the Teatro de Trinade. Both theaters offer fantastic entertainment worth remembering.
Address: Parque Mayer 1200 – Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal
Telephone: 21 346 67 45
Schedule: Mon. – Fri.: 9.30-12.00/14.30-18.00 Sat. 9.30-12.00hr
Teatro da Trindade:
Address: R. Nova Trindade, 9 1200 – Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal
Telephone: 21 342 32 00
Teatro la Comedia. For those who want to laugh this theater will be the perfect place to go. It’s the place where you can forget your troubles and laugh your hearts out.
Address: R. S. Francisco Borga, 24 1200 – Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal
Telephone: 21 60 72 99
Lisbon has a diverse musical culture which is the city’s national musical treasure Fado. There are two basic types of Fado which are Lisbon and Coimbra. In Lisbon, it is usually sung by a solo performer. The intensely melancholic songs are usually about love, woes, and pains, or express sadness and longing for things that were lost or that were never accomplished, but in Coimbra, it also occasionally contains humor and political undertones.
‘Fado’, the urban ‘folk’ song of Portugal, has recently been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Heritage, so visit Lisbon and discover for yourself this plaintive music that links Afro-Brazilian music with local genres of song and dance. Fado is generally performed by a solo male or female singer, accompanied by an acoustic guitar and the Portuguese Guitarra, a pear-shaped twelve-stringed lute. It’s a musical form that draws on many different historical and cultural elements, and it’s home in Lisbon, specifically the Alfama district and the Bairro Alto. It emerged as a bohemian art form in Lisbon’s working-class districts of Alfama and Mouraria in the late 18th century and gradually moved up-market.
When visiting Lisbon, spending a night at a “casa de Fado” or Fado restaurant is an essential experience. There are many in the Bairro Alto district, but the most authentic are found in Alfama.
Clube de Fado
Owned by a Fado guitarist, this is one of the most atmospheric Fado clubs. Located close to the cathedral in Alfama, it has an intimate dining room that maintains ancient stone columns, arches, and a Moorish well. The food and the performers are traditional, although younger stars also perform. Location: Rua de São João da Praça, 92-94, Alfama Phone: 21 888 2694 Website: http://www.clube-de-fado.com
Parreirinha de Alfama
Eager locals see Parreirinha de Alfama as one of the best Fado venues. Although it often attracts a large number of tourists, it is reasonably authentic. Located just off Largo do Chafariz de Dentro by the Fado Museum, it often attracts big-name performers.
Location Beco do Espirito Santo, 1, Alfama Phone: 21 886 8209
This is the most reputable, authentic, and sophisticated of all the Fado Houses, owned by one of the country’s top Fado performers, Maria da Fé. Several singers perform during the course of the evening and the food is excellent. Location: Rua do Meio à Lapa, 18, Lapa Phone: 21 397 7456 Website: http://www.srvinho.com