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Hi, just got confirmation that I'm to go for the last week in May to Lisbon. All strictly work related, of course and for the promotion of science . Just wondering if there is anything you could recommend to a fellow water crazy person to distract myself from a busyish conference schedule ?
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Re: Lisbon in May

Lisbon is a great town and there are so many things to see, to taste and feel that is hard to single out.

This is the old town:



You will not have a good idea because only the rectangle with square streets (that end up on a big Plaza by the river) is on a plain. On both sides you have hills.

Baixa de Lisboa (Lisboa) - Distrito de Lisboa | Guia da Cidade | Região de Lisboa

That rectangular streets that start in a Plaza (Rossio) and end up on the big one near the river (Praça do Comercio) a is called the Baixa. All that is interesting on a XVIII cebtury setting.

On the right side you have the oldest part of the city, with the old medieval castle and the Arab town (Alfama). You can see the Sé de Lisboa, a XIII century Cathedral, went up to see the views from the Castelo (medieval fortress) and walk on the old twisting old streets of Alfama. Come back at night to drink wine or diner and listen to the Fado (live), the traditional song of Lisbon (kind of a Portuguese blue).

Alfama (Lisboa) - Distrito de Lisboa | Guia da Cidade | Região de Lisboa

On the left you have the Chiado

http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-chiado-16443

On the Chiado look for the old cafe, A brasileira do Chiado

http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-br...o-chiado-17844

and drink a Coffee in a XIX century ambiance. If you want to try it, drink it like us. You call for a "Bica". If you wanted American style you have to ask for an "Americana".

and after the Chiado you will enter the Bairro Alto, one of the oldest parts of town. Go there from the Baixa directly on an old XIX century elevator designed by Eifel:

http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-el...iradouro-14011

Bairro Alto (Lisboa) - Distrito de Lisboa | Guia da Cidade | Região de Lisboa

You can go there also to listen Fado at night. More animated than Alfama (night life). Ask for the Cervejaria (brewery) Trindade (near the elevator) and enjoy a unique ambiance. Ask for bife (steak) a Trindade.

Cervejaria Trindade

If you like Art, go to Museum Gulbenkian (on other part of the town).

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

The other thing not to miss is Belem, that today is part of Lisbon but on old days was some Kms off downriver. It is the place from were the old sailboats sailed to exploratory voyages.



On the left, by the river you have one of the wonders of the world, the Torre de Belem (XVI century). The funny thing is that it is a fortress. The river used to come more inside and it was more in the water. It is built like a Stone ship, full of cannons and you have to see it to understand why it is so beautiful.

http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-torre-de-belem-13998

On the upper right you see what looks like a football field surrounded by walls. That is a huge Cloister. That was a monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) with a big cathedral. That was built to commemorate the discovery of the maritime way to India in the XV century. It is also a jewel.

http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-ig...de-belem-23814

On the left you have the Maritime museum, a very interesting one and on the other side you have the Museu dos Coches, also a fantastic one:

Visita Virtual Museu de Marinha

Museu Nacional dos Coches > Home

If you want to see a XIX Man of war you have to catch a caçilheiro (Ferry) to the other side of the river to Caçilhas.

http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-mu...-marinha-17857

D. Fernando

http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-fr...e-gloria-21215

Have dinner in Cacillas by the river. You can eat cheap and very well.

Back to Belem, don't miss os pasteis de Belem. I bet it would be one of the best things you ever eat, They are famous and delicious. Have a look:

Pastéis de Belém

As here is the factory/café. It is near by.

Finally to have a global idea of old Lisbon take a ride on the electrico 28. That was selected by the Rough Guide to the World as one of the 1000 experiences not to miss.



Lisboa - Distrito de Lisboa | Guia da Cidade | Região de Lisboa

If you like to eat some traditional food: Bacalhau con todos, Cozido à Portuguesa, Ameijoas á Bolhão Pato, Dobrada, Carne de Porco à Alentejana, queijo da serra... there are hundreds of delicious things to try, all very different:

Jean Anderson Cooks - The Food of Portugal Cookbook

Browse Inside Food of Portugal by Jean Anderson


Enjoy your stay.
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Re: Lisbon in May

I thoroughly enjoyed Lisbon last November--can't wait to go back and explore more.

To add to PCP's list, I would suggest a visit to the Museo do Oriente, located roughly between the center of town (Praca de Comercio and the monastery in the aerial above.

Spend a little time on the large compass rose and world map in front of the "Monument to the Discovers". You'll be impressed with the Portugese contributions to mapping and exploring the world!

And speaking of exploring: I had a great time doing just that in the bars and eateries along Rua de Norte and Rua de Gaveas (?) in Bairro Alto.
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.. Rua de Gaveas (?) in Bairro Alto.
Yes, Rua das Gaveas. A gavea, is, on a tall ship, the small mast that is tied up to the main mast to increase the height of the rig

Two more recomendations, the Museu das janelas verdes (ancient art), in a very nice place with a great views

http://www.mnarteantiga-ipmuseus.pt/

and the war museum. You will find out how a very small country with less than 1 million citizens was for some time the biggest world power.

http://www.exercito.pt/sites/MusMilL...s/default.aspx

Fantastic collection of old swords and weapons among them some that are truly iconic to all Portuguese, mainly the one from D. Nuno Alvares Pereira (sex XIV) a national hero and a great warrior, the winner of Aljubarrota a battle that assured Portuguese independence from Spain (castilha):


"The Battle of Aljubarrota was a battle fought between the Kingdom of Portugal and the Crown of Castile on 14 August 1385. Forces commanded by King John I of Portugal and his general Nuno Álvares Pereira, with the support of English allies, opposed the army of King John I of Castile with its Aragonese, Italian and French allies at São Jorge place, between the towns of Leiria and Alcobaça, in central Portugal. The result was a decisive victory for the Portuguese, ruling out Castilian ambitions to the Portuguese throne, ending the 1383-1385 Crisis and assuring John as King of Portugal......"


Nuno Alvares with an Army of of 6500 soldiers among them 100 English bowmen defeated the "Spanish" Army reinforced with 2000 French heavy Cavalry numbering 31000 soldiers.

Some month later, in Spain he managed to defeat another Spanish Army, on the battle of Valverde with even more unbalanced odds: 3000 Portuguese Against 20000 Spanish. After that Spain (Castilha) give up its pretensions to the Portuguese throne.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Valverde_(1385)

That 700 years old sword has a symbolic value to all Portuguese and even for a foreigner I guess that it will impress you a lot more if you know what you are looking at: The sword of a great warrior.

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Re: Lisbon in May

Thanks guys, this is exactly the info I was looking for. Looks like an amazing city. Time to start working on my basic Portuguese !
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Someone send this to email to me. It is nice and illustrative. Enjoy:

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Re: Lisbon in May

And don't forget to try the fish (especially sardine's, they are not the dinky little canned things most American's think of).
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And don't forget to try the fish (especially sardine's, they are not the dinky little canned things most American's think of).
Nor at this time of the year. They are only good when fat and that means after June till October. Now the popular fish are Jaquinzinhos. Kind of very small fried mackerel.


For sardines you can join two in one and come to Lisbon party day:





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Re: Lisbon in May

Thanks again for these posts. I have the feeling that this will not be the last time I will be visiting Lisbon . Room is booked - actually a cabin on a schooner that serves as B+B. Now to sort out my flight ...
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