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Connie's Wanderlist Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon! One of my favorite cities. I don't know what I love most: The Avenida Liberdade, the Rossio, the Praca do Comercio, the Alfama, the Bairro Alto. There is so much to see, to do, to enjoy in Lisbon. I've traveled all over Portugal and did visit Madeira, "The Pearl of the Atlantic". It is always a good idea to do a little research before you go and you'll have an idea what to include in your itinerary. Have fun!
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Praça do Comércio, 1100-148, Portugal
At the end of Praça do Comercio, on its border with the Tagus you can see the location where the old Discovery Caravels landed with the goods that the Portuguese brought back from the new found territories over seas. When The Portuguese...
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Praça do Comércio 78, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
The ancient city of Lisbon has a long and varied history. After studying its history for years, I was very interested in visiting the Lisboa Story Centre that opened in September, 2012. The museum is located in the recently refurbished Praca do...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon... You ask "What is there to do in Lisbon"? When I am in Lisbon, the first thing I do is to stroll down the Avenida Liberdade gazing at the tiles and designs of the sidewalks. I wander down to the Rossio after buying a Lisboa Card at the...
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1100-605 Alfama, Portugal
I love all the streets & doors
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Largo da Sé, 1100-585 Lisboa, Portugal
Take the old trolley #28 up to the Alfama and exit the trolley at St. Anthony's Church. You will see the Se directly behind St. Anthony's. St. Anthony's is a Baroque church that was built in the 18th c. over the birthplace of the saint. There is a...
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1150-175 Lisbon, Portugal
Fernando de Bulhoes was born in the Alfama district of Lisbon in 1195. He was the son of a very wealthy family. There is not much history about his early life but it is known that by 1220, he was studying at Coimbra Univrsity then entered the...
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R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa, Portugal
Castelo de Sao Jorge, which dominates the pinnacle of Lisbon's panoramic skyline by day, becomes magical by night. The ruins of this 12th century fortress take on a Disney-esque quality and a golden patina from the uplighting that bathes it's...
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R. 1º de Dezembro, 1249-970 Lisboa, Portugal
Might be one of the most beautiful train stations in Europe, Rossio Train Station is located in Rossio Square. It connects Lisbon to near by cities such as Sintra and Cascais. The station was designed by a Portuguese architect, José Luís Monteiro,...
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1100-240 Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon's well worn grit takes on a magical golden beauty at night. Here, on Lisbon's main square Rossio, the Rossio train station beckons travelers to step through her horseshoe shaped doors and step into the adventure of train travel. One of the...
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Praça Dom Pedro IV, 1100-201 Lisboa, Portugal
The national theater of Lisbon is located in the Rossio Square. It opened in the square in the 1840's. The theater is the backdrop to the wavy mosaic sidewalks of the square. The Rossio has been one of Lisbon's main squares since the middle...
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this famous Lisbon landmark has a wonderful bar and also serves a really decent lunch in the downstairs restaurant. Take the stunning little fin de siecle elevator to the upper town (it is like a mini Eiffel Tower style elevator!) and wander the...
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Largo São Domingos 8, 1100-201 Lisboa, Portugal
A Ginjinha was the first establishment in Lisbon to commercialize the drink called Ginjinha. Ginjinha is a liqueur made with ginja berries, aguardiente (Portuguese brandy), sugar, water, and cinnamon. Francisco Espinheira, a Galician friar of the...
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Lisbon, Portugal
One cannot go to Portugal without indulging in the national dish... Bacalhau or Codfish. One of my personal favorites is the calorie busting traditional dish, Bacalhau com Natas.. literally codfish and cream. While it is often served at Christmas,...
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In the Rossio in Lisbon, there is a tiny, very popular tavern called "Ginjinha Sem Rival" (Ginjinha Without Rivals or The Best Ginjinha), 7 Rua Portas de Santo Antao. This shop was the first to sell this now famous liqueur. The family has produced...
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Pátio de Dom Fradique 14, 1100-624 Lisboa, Portugal
Some might see Palacio Belmonte as one of the most veiled secrets in Lisbon and the history of the place is the story of Portugal itself. It is the oldest building of its kind in the city, the Palace was the residence of the Marques d'Atalia,...
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R. Augusta, 1100 Lisboa, Portugal
One of the best things about wandering around Europe is discovering amazing street performers along the way. In Lisbon, head to Rua Augusta in the heart of the city's historic center. A stroll down this wide pedestrian thoroughfare, lined with...
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R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa, Portugal
The Santa Justa Lift is a popular tourist attraction in Lisbon. Which, is why I decided to pass on my first trip to Lisbon. Recently, however, I was in Lisbon again and got an insider tip: you can actually go the back way (by an old church, ask a...
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Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is a hilly city, to say the least. There are a number of public transportation options to help you navigate all the hills, but a short funicular ride takes you from the city's central plaza up to a very artsy area. There are lots of...
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Lisbon, Portugal
A must buy in Lisbon...chestnuts roasted over an open fire in central Lisbon...can be found all over the downtown area. One caution, eat sooner rather than later, the nut becomes harder the longer you wait and it may be a tooth that cracks instead...
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Av. da Liberdade, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
In Liberdade Avenue, some of the kiosks offer live music. It's a good place to hang out a bit at the end of the day, enjoying a drink or sampling cheeses and sausages together with various breads.
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Praça do Comércio 3, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
Martinho da Arcada is a Lisbon legend. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, I passed through it just to experience the phenomenon and look inside. The cafe was founded in 1778 as Café do Gelo (the Ice Cafe) and mostly sold beverages and ice. After...
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Terreiro do Paço – Ala Nascente nº 62 a 65, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal
The beer museum recently opened in the newly renovated Praca do Comercio. The dining room serves delicious, typical Portuguese food - especially great steaks that go so well with the Portuguese beers and wines. The museum is on the first floor and...
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Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal
In 1755 on November 1st, the King and his family were at the 9:00 mass at the Carmo Cathedral with hundreds of residents of Lisbon. It was a holy day. Within minutes the ground began to shake and a devastating earthquake totally destroyed this...
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R. do Carmo 87, 1100-581 Lisboa, Portugal
Shopping in Lisbon is a great experience.Lisbon is considered one of Europe's best shopping cities. Handmade goods such as hand painted tiles, luxurious soaps, ceramics, textiles, the cork handbags, and the 19.2 K gold products are good choices....
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When I arrive in Lisbon, I can hardly wait to amble down the Avenida Liberdade gazing at the unusual tiled sidewalks.These sidewalks are maintained all over Lisbon and Portugal. The labor is time consuming and is a daily job, but the beauty of...
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Av. da Liberdade 185, 1269-050 Lisboa, Portugal
As I stood on my balcony at the Tivoli Hotel on the Avenida Liberdade, I gazed down at the beautiful Portuguese calcada ( pavement). The small blocks are fashioned into different designs. The sidewalks of the Avenida Liberdade have elaborate...
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Praça dos Restauradores 24, 1249-970 Lisboa, Portugal
When I walk down the Avenida Liberdade to the Praca dos Restauradores, 24, I have to stop and gaze at the Eden Theater. I have great appreciation for this old building. The exterior of the Eden has been restored to its former beauty. It has a...
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Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
The Confeitaria Nacional, Rua do Duc 22, has served delicious biscuits and pastries in this beautiful shop since 1829. When you walk into this pastry shop on the Praca de Figueira, you will be tempted with every imaginable delicacy. The choice is...
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R. das Salgadeiras 10, 1200-396 Lisboa, Portugal
Portugal produces at least half of the world’s cork, harvested from its many cork oak forests. A design shop in the Bairro Alto neighborhood sells umbrellas, handbags, and kitchenware made from the recyclable material. Rua das Salgadeiras 10,...
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Av. da Liberdade, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
Along the Avenue Liberdade in Lisbon there are kiosks where the locals and tourists mingle while stopping for lunch or a cool drink. After shopping in the elegant stores on the Avenue, I'll stop and sit and have something to drink or a snack. In...
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R. do Vale Formoso de Cima, 1950 Lisboa, Portugal
Some people think it’s disgusting to eat snails, but I love it! Snail season starts in May and goes till August, so during this period, visit a restaurant or snack bar that serves snails, order a beer (or "imperial" as we call it), and be sure to...
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Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa, Portugal
Across from the Cais do Sodre railroad station in Lisbon, is the Mercado da Ribeiro - the market. The building, topped with a Moorish-style dome, and with an iron interior, is a beautiful, historic structure built around 1882. It has been...
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1200-161 Lisbon, Portugal
Across the street from the Cais do Sodre train station, the “river market” is Lisbon’s preeminent food bazaar. Beneath the building’s 1930s dome, vendors sell fresh seafood, meat, fruit, piri-piri peppers, and flowers. The second floor houses a...
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Av. da Liberdade 2, 1250-144 Lisboa, Portugal
What fascinated me about the Hard Rock Cafe in Lisbon was the building itself. I found out that this building was constructed in the 1950's. The building originally housed the Condes Theatre. After many years the theatre was less popular and run...
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Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
The churches in Portugal are uniquely beautiful in a way that is is ornate but not flashy or gilded. The Manueline style of architecture used to build the St. Jeronimos Monastery was a transitional style that combined Renaissance and Gothic...
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R. de Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
The best portuguese tart ever
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Lisbon, Portugal
On a visit to the Belem district of Lisbon, I took a tour of the Palace which was built from 1796 to 1860. The palace is an example of the striking neoclassical architectural design of the time. The Ajuda Palace became the permanent residence of...
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Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
No trip to Lisbon is complete without a visit to the beautiful district of Belem and seeing the Big Three... the Monument to the Discoveries, the magnificent Jeronimos Monestery and the Belem Tower. All are located within walking distance of each...
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Iberia
In 1966, Portugal completed the longest suspension bridge in the world ( at that time). It was known as the Salazar Bridge named for Antonio Salazar who was the Prime Minister. The bridge finally linked Lisbon with the south bank and crossed the...
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Obidos, 2510, Portugal
Obidos is an extremely small and very well preserved town about an hour north of Lisbon (approximately 55 miles). It was first given to Queen Isabel by King D. Dinis in the 13th century as a wedding present, starting the tradition until the...
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Obidos, 2510, Portugal
As in so many places in Portugal, porcelain tiles line the entrance into Obidos. A lady sat there the whole day selling her embroideries to visitors.
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Iberia
Many typical Portuguese dishes use extra virgin olive oil, Portuguese wine, and garlic as their main ingredients. One of these delicious dishes is Pork and Clams Alentejana which is a combination of loin of pork and clams. The small pieces of pork...
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2710 Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is every storybook fairy tale that you've ever seen or imagined, brought to life. After a 45-minute train ride from Lisbon, you are transported to a land of times past: an entire city in the hills filled with castles, moats, palaces,...
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Largo do Chafariz, 9000-080 Funchal, Portugal
While traveling to Portugal, I decided to plan about five days on Madeira Island. Madeira has been called "The Pearl of the Atlantic" because of its lush beauty. When we arrived, I could see just why this little bit of heaven was given that title....
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Rua 5 de Outubro 78, Funchal, 9000-079, Ilha da Madeira, Funchal, Sé, 9000-079 Funchal, Portugal
While in Madeira, you of course visit the Madeira Wine Institute and Old Blandy"s Wine Lodge in Funchal. Both offer tours and tastings. Madeira wine has always been popular especially with the British. For some years, the interest in Madeira wines...