Around 6.30am I went to the kitchen to have a glass of water and got this image of the sun coming to shine on a beautiful day in Lisbon!
From our rented apartment we walked to Avenida da Liberdade where we got on the bus to Cais de Sodré. Cais de Sodré is an ancient place located by the Tagus River (Rio Tejo).
From Cais do Sodré we walked to Praça do Comércio and from there to Casa dos Bicos. The best street to walk is along Rua da Alfandega where you will see a beautiful Manuelino Portal at Igreja da Conceição Velha.
Casa dos Bicos is Italian Renascence (1523) and had two floors destroyed during the 1755 earthquake. Both were reconstructed on 1983.
We returned by “Rua dos Bacalhoeiros” . On our way we found an excellent place to have lunch: O Galera.
The food was delicious, service was perfect and we will be back next Friday to eat the “leitão” (baby pork).
After lunch we continued through “Rua da Padaria” and took a right to Rua de Santo Antonio, on our way to Largo da Sé. There we saw Sé (dated 1150, looks like a fortress) and at the side of Sé we visited Saint Anthony’s Church (Igreja de Santo Antônio).
If you are in this region I highly recommend you visit “Museu Antoniano” (free and excellent). While we were visiting this small Museum the two ladies that take care of the premises were praying and it was very emotional to be in such a special place listening to two devoted ladies. Awesome!
From Museu Antoniano we took a right into Rua Augusto Rosa that changes names to “Rua do Limoeiro” till “Miradouro de Santa Luzia“.
Tip: Don’t miss a visit to Miradouro de Santa Luzia. The views from there are to die for!
Near Santa Luzia’s Church you will see the “Museu de Artes Decorativas” (Decorative Arts Museum) . It has a beautiful entrance but we didn’t get in as we planned to visit Saint George’s Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) instead.
On our way to the Castle we saw this beautiful piece of art “Cloud” (made with soft steal used to clean pans)
The Castle is a great place to see Lisbon from the top. Entrance cost 7.50 Euros each and it is a great opportunity to enjoy a pleasant afternoon while visiting Lisbon.
I read that the construction we see is not too old, the castle was destroyed and it was reconstructed by Salazar, Maybe this is the reason why Rick Stevens says that if you have few time in Lisbon you can skip this visit. I totally disagree with Rick Stevens and in my opinion everyone visiting Lisbon should also visit the Castle. I totally recommend this place !
When we left the Castle we took pictures of this beautiful square that gets to the Castelo’s Entrance.
We left the castle by Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão and took a right at Rua Milagre de Santo Antonio, where I took the beautiful picture.
From Rua Milagre de Santo Antonio we took a left to Travessa Chão do Loureiro and from there to Rua da Madalena.
From Rua da Madalena we took a right to Rua dos Condes de Monsanto till Praça da Figueira. On Praca da Figueira there’s a splendid view of the Castle that we just visited.
Confeitaria Nacional is located at Praca da Figueira. We went there to drink a draft beer (called ‘Imperial” in Portugal).
After the cold and refreshing beer we went by foot to our rented apartment, walking along Avenida da Liberdade.
We walked many many many miles today!!! Lisbon is a great place to walk, there’s a new surprise waiting for you in each corner! Super charming, very clean and till now… we are finding it very safe as well. 😀