From Place To Space: Lisboa

July 1, 2012 0

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Today I am taking you to the Portuguese capital – to Lisboa as it is called in Portuguese. Prior to going to Lisbon, I heard so many promising comments. Lisbon is young and vibrant. Lisbon is creative and vivid. Lisbon is sunny and beautiful. And after my little trip I can say: yes, yes, and yes.


Alcantara, Chiado, Baixa, Alfama, Bairro Alto – these are the dulcet names of some of Lisbon’s central quarters and main spots for visitors. Lisbon is also referred to as the ‘City of the Seven Hills’ and thus quite hilly indeed. The best is to discover the city by foot to get an idea of the layout, architecture and hidden corners. But no worries, Lisbon has a good metro network and you shouldn’t miss the famous tram no. 28 – a great way to enjoy the city’s sights from a sitting perspective.

I adore Portuguese ‘fado’ so I would recommend a visit to one of the fado bars in Alfama, one of the oldest districts. Moreover, take a walk down to the Tejo river to see the world heritage, the Belém Tower. From Tejo river back to the city you will pass through some major shopping streets. For a good afternoon break head to the famous Café A Brasileira – as popular and crowded as it can get, it still is a real gem with its original Art Deco style from the 19th century. Enjoy a good, strong Portuguese coffee – a ‘bica’ if you’re the espresso type or a ‘galao’ if you love it milky. To accompany your coffee don’t miss a ‘pastel de nata’, the famous Portuguese egg tart pastry. 

Tiles are also a big thing in Lisbon. The ‘azulejos’ tiles are evident on many buildings, in parks, for interior design purposes. Moreover, you will find many shops selling tiles – from antique to contemporary to souvenir style. Make your choice and bring a bit of Portugal back home. One of my friends actually bought many different styles to tile her balcony. Well that’s another type of souvenir, don’t you think? Have a happy week!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Uncle Beefy July 2, 2012 at 00:34

    Gorgeous! I would love to see Lisboa some day. But, for now, a wonderful virtual trip on a Sunday night. Sigh. 🙂

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt July 2, 2012 at 08:07

    I was wondering where you would take us today (by the way, is there any place on this earth you haven’t visited?!!). Funny, I never thought much about Lisbon until I met my husband who has always wanted to visit and loves fado music. Well, it’s his wish to arrive there on a sailboat one day so who knows what the future holds.

    I have a crush on the yellow trams.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic July 2, 2012 at 08:24

      Well then your husband and I share a passion for fado music. I love it and Lisbon is really beautiful. You will enjoy it when you get there!

  • Reply Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo July 2, 2012 at 09:16

    Why you didn’t let me know you are here,we could have a drink together…Next time please do it!!! 🙂

    • Reply Igor Josifovic July 2, 2012 at 09:51

      Promised Sanda!!! Ovo je bilo pre nekoliko godina, inace bih se sto posto javio kod tebe!! Sledeci put definitivno!

  • Reply Bojana July 2, 2012 at 10:25

    Mondays are fundays with Igor! 🙂 First, beardless Igor? Second, I love when your posts make me search for tickets and hotels. And it happened today. 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous July 2, 2012 at 10:45

    I love Lisbon soooo much – did you make it to the flea market Feira De ladra, if not if you go again you must try and go, there are a few snaps from it on our blog if you get a chance to look- http://thenostalgiaexchange.wordpress.com/
    Such a special place – thanks for the inspiring blog spot again

  • Reply Sonia vd Zwaan (gosto) July 2, 2012 at 12:39

    my city! miss it… thanks!

    regards from the netherlands.

  • Reply Dawna July 2, 2012 at 15:03

    It’s a truly beautiful city rich in color and culture by the looks of it!
    http://www.dawnajonesdesign.com/

  • Reply Karen@PasGrand-Chose July 2, 2012 at 16:00

    Oh, so happy to see your pics of my favourite city in the world. I used to live in Lisboa & go back there whenever I can. A bica and pastel de nata at Brasileira is my best thing to do! Thanks for a great post :))

  • Reply Nordic leaves July 2, 2012 at 18:11

    Never been to Lisbon, but now I sure wanna go :))
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply William Taylor July 3, 2012 at 10:13

    Lisbon is a really great city, great sun and great food. I’m an azulejos fan, so look at this all made in azulejos
    http://www.bocadolobo.com/le/heritage_sideboard.html
    hope you like it

    • Reply Igor Josifovic July 3, 2012 at 18:06

      A very interesting piece of furniture! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Floor July 3, 2012 at 15:21

    Lol, last week I searched your blog to check if you had a blogpost about Lisboa… Without success! So I was very surprised with this article today :). I’m going to Lisboa next month and I’m getting more and more excited because of your pics 🙂

    • Reply Igor Josifovic July 3, 2012 at 18:06

      Perfect – hope this helps and inspires a bit:-)

    • Reply Floor July 5, 2012 at 13:53

      Yeah it definitely inspires me! Especially the azulejos. I guess you can also buy nice ceramic stuff in Lisboa? My mother really loves nice ceramic plates so perhaps I can buy her something nice.

  • Reply holly@hvhinteriors July 3, 2012 at 22:01

    Always good information and inspiration here Igor. Looks like it was a fun trip. Beautiful indeed. Recently my friend visited too, and she brought me back a small modern Portuguese tile. I was soooooo happy!

    Xx.

  • Reply Fenny Setiawan July 4, 2012 at 02:30

    you certainly travel to so many beautiful places in the Europe. You inspired me more to travel to Europe continent :).

  • Reply Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne July 5, 2012 at 23:51

    You always take us to these amazing cities, and Lisbon is no different! If I can only travel like you, sigh! 🙂

  • Reply Funkytime July 6, 2012 at 09:12

    Lovely pics!!! Going to lagos in august, cant wait!

  • Reply TheYoupiTouch December 20, 2012 at 09:19

    We’ll go to Lisboa in March, so I came back to your blog to find some good ideas and adresses, thanks !

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