I am going to share some photos I made in Lisbon around mid March. Some of these are city landscape shots, which I am submitting to the WP Weekly Photo Challenge.
The other photos though, will join Jo’s Walk at Restless Jo. I know that not only she loves Portugal, but knows the country very well. In her blog you can discover gem locations, outside the tourist trap.
For now, I will take you for a walk, so you can visit gorgeous sights of the beautiful city of Lisbon.
The featured image shows Lisbon harbor area and Cais do Sodre, as shot from Cacilhas, which you can reach in 20 min by ferry boat.
Visiting Bairro Alto
The next two images show the roofs and buildings of old Lisbon, intertwining the areas of Chiado, and Baixa, including the famous S. Jorge castle. To get this view you go to Bairro alto, either walking up hill, as we did, or taking the ‘city tram’, which you will see later.
The view including the water side.
Here is the tram from and to Bairro Alto. If you don’t feel like walking up hill, you can find it at Praça dos Restauradores.
Bairro Alto is said to be a working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city’s bohemian haunt of artists and writers.
It is the city’s vibrant nightlife quarter. You find colorful graffiti-ridden façades (which I will bring later on another post),many traditional and international restaurants, Fado Houses, bars and alternative shops. There you see people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles walking through the cobbled lanes.
On another day we headed to Chiado. On our way, I shot ‘Rossio square’ up from the first level of stairs to reach Chiado.
Rossio is the liveliest square in the city, where people stop to relax, or for a drink at the several cafes with outdoor sitting. On either side of the square are two baroque fountains, and in the center is a monument measuring 27 meters in height. It consists of a pedestal with marble allegories of Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Moderation, qualities attributed to Dom Pedro IV, whose statue stands on top of the monument.
In the 19th century the square was paved with cobblestones in wave patterns, a design seen today in many other pavements all over Portugal, and that has spread to Portugal’s former colonies from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Macao (China).
Estacao do Rossio at night
A bit of Chiado
Chiado is an elegant area with theaters, bookshops, old-style cafes, art nouveau jewelry shops, luxurious brands, and local treasures such as the fine porcelain shop Vista Alegre.
Much of the area was destroyed in a fire in 1988, but has since been reborn. It remains one of Lisbon’s most beloved districts, with reminders of its past as the center of the city’s intellectual life, with statues of literary figures such as Fernando Pessoa, Luis de Camões, and Eça de Queiroz.
Head to Cais do Sodre, if you love to capture the sunset.
Twilight at Mercado da Ribeira
In our last day we took the train and headed to Belém. The first monument to be seen is the Discoveres Monument.
Built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.
It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I carrying an armillary sphere, poet Camões holding verses from The Lusiads, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and several other notable Portuguese explorers, crusaders, monks, cartographers, and cosmographers, following Prince Henry the Navigator at the prow holding a small vessel. The only female is queen Felipa of Lancaster, mother of Henry the navigator, the brain of the discoveries.
If you continue walking along the water, you will then reach the famous Torre de Belem.
Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland.
It is a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery, often serving as a symbol of the country, and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage monument.
While many are waiting in line….
Some prefer to chill out and watch the views.
Just like the seagulls
I will share a few more photos with you on another post.
See you soon.