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2012/07/25

Lisbon: Summer in the City


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Lisboa is famous for its radiant light and all-year mild climate, which enable visitors to enjoy magical moments in the city. In the summer season this European riverside capital invites you to discover the huge range of outdoor activities that take place all around the city.

Lisboa’s new meeting-point, Terreiro do Paço, serves as the starting point for exciting experiences and different ways of discovering the Portuguese capital. It is the point of departure, for example, of Ghost Tours Portugal’s themed walking tours, Lisbon by Segway’s two-wheeled adventures and the Tagus river tours offered by Transtejo’s tourist boats.

Terreiro do Paço is also the ideal place to restore your energies after a city tour. The various outdoor terraces and restaurants – Aura, Terreiro do Paço, Populi, Can the Can, Nosolo Italia, Museu da Cerveja and the Ministerium food court, where you can find Banana Café and Hot Dog Lovers –, or the Ginginha do Carmo kiosk, offer a range of choices to suit all tastes and occasions.

When you want to cool down, the Paço d’Água ice cream parlour has a selection of the best artisanal ice creams, which can be enjoyed while admiring the majesty of one of Europe’s largest squares. Other attractions include Lust, a popular Lisboa nightclub, and an innovative public toilet concept – “The sexiest WC on earth, by Renova”, which deserves a visit just for its own sake.

Yet if an image is worth more than a thousand words, this is the perfect way to describe the magnificent view of Lisboa from one of the terraces dotted around the city’s seven hills. Each terrace offers a different panoramic view, which all visitors are invited to discover during their tour of Lisboa. The city’s numerous panoramic viewpoints include, in particular, the terraces of Monte Agudo, Penha de França, Torel, Parque Eduardo VII, São Pedro de Alcântara, Graça, Nossa Senhora do Monte, Santa Luzia, Castelo de São Jorge (St. George’s Castle) and Elevador de Santa Justa (the Santa Justa lift). From these terraces it is possible to identify and admire dozens of interesting elements of the city’s heritage.

Another interesting summer activity in Lisboa is to visit the various street markets that take place all round the city. The twice-weekly Feira da Ladra (Flea Market), for example, attracts hundreds of buyers and sellers of all types of second-hand objects. Every Tuesday and Saturday, from sunrise to sunset, spread out on the fair’s stands and stalls, visitors will find all sorts of bric-a-brac and thousands of used articles, from books to clothes, coins, records, photographs, furniture and crockery, in an endless array of low-price objects. The Feira da Ladra is located in the old part of the city, in Campo de Santa Clara, right next to the Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora (Monastery of St. Vincent Outside the Walls). The ever-popular 28 tram, one of the most pleasant ways to visit Lisboa, stops here.


Source: Webletter Terreiro do Paço

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