Imagine you were a butterfly. You just needed to spread your wings , fly over one of your favorite cities and observe it from different perspectives. This is what I feel about Portugal since I visited Porto. You might not like its decadent architecture but I’m sure you would appreciate all the history behind the city.
But this time we are not going to talk about Porto but Lisbon, the city of the light. If someone asked me about the main places to visit in this city, I guess I would answer the ones we used to find out in the travel guides (Torre de Belém, Bairro Alto, the Cathedral, Monasterio de los Jerónimos…).
However, we will fly over this magical city with Desirée, one of the freest souls I have ever met. She moved to Lisbon in 2015 and, despite she came back to Spain for a couple of years, she started to feel Saudade ( Portuguese word that means ‘the nostalgic status for the memory of something with a desire for it.’). This feeling made her to moved again to this bustling city that she can call home. She will show us her favourites places for the good memories she has of them.
Ready for the flight?
*MIRADOURO DE SANTA CATARINA
Sunset is the most magical moment of the day in terms of light. Not only to take the best photography but also to take joy in this splendid light show when day and night merge and give us this harmony and colorful sky. From this viewpoint, we can catch sight of the port of the city and the famous Ponte 25 April over the horizon. This icon bridge symbolizes the Carnation Revolution that established the democracy in Portugal.
*MIRADOURO DA SENHORA DO MONTE
If you want to have an overview of Lisbon, you shouldn’t forget to go to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. It’s another magical point to enjoy the sundown but, in this case, instead of contemplating the scenery of a city ready to sleep, the city seems that is mapping out the nightlife through its lights. It’s time to take a drink in Bairro Alto.
*FIESTAS DE SAN ANTONIO
Desirée told me that if we want to experience the delightful culture of Portugal, we should attend the San Antonio Festival, during the 12th and 13th of June. Under the steaming smell of roasted sardines and the colorful decoration, the Portuguese sing and dance to the sound of Fado.
*MIRADOURO ARCO DE RUA AUGUSTA
After the third viewpoint in this post, you will have guessed Lisbon is the city of ‘miradouros’. From this city viewpoint, located in the north side of the Praça do Comércio, you could admire the unique architecture of the city: Commerce Square, Terreiro do Paço, Castillo de San Jorge, the Baixa Pombalina… From this picture we can see the Rua Augusta with its galleries, terraces and its people. Let’s make a stop to pick up some traditional Pasteis de Belem in Fabrica da Nata.
One of the aspects I like the most about Desirée´s personality is her commitment with the environment as she is a researcher at MARE – Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente in Lisbon. So there’s no better way to end up this virtual Portuguese trip that visiting the Estufa Fría in Eduardo VII Park. You will be fascinated by the diversity of exotic plants you could find in this greenhouse complex.
If you are a nature lover, don’t hesitate to spend time admiring all this green beauty. And after flying over all the city all day long, there’s no place our inner butterfly would rather be…What do you think?
I don’t know you but I wouldn’t miss all these places in my list of What to see in Lisbon (Portugal)… What do you think of them? Do you have any other recommendations for this country? And If you liked this ‘virtual trip’ through a native or resident’s favorite places, stay tuned for the next posts.
Thank you Desirée for sharing with us your unique corners in this singular Portuguese city.
PICTURES: Desirée Luna