Here is the second instalment of our recent trip to Portugal. We only spent one day in Lisbon but we packed a lot in! So here are some of our highlights!
If you want to view the whole of Lisbon, look out over the Tagus River and see a little bit of history visit the São Jorge Castle. The castle offers various views of the whole of Lisbon and even boasts a camera obscura. One of the turrets has been adapted to hold a camera obscura that allows you to experience the views of Lisbon in a magical and interesting way. Another way to view the Lisbon landscape is the Santa Justa Lift, although I wouldn’t bother paying to go up the lift, if you head to the ruins (bellow) you can walk across a bridge and get to the viewing platform for free!
Carmo convent and ruins. Struck by the 1755 earthquake this building has partly been rebuilt and restored but a beautiful open roof has been left, allowing the blue sky to flood light into the grounds. It is a great place to sketch and view some architecture from the 14th century. It also boasts a little museum and gift shop with some interesting books of Lisbon.
Expo’98 Portugese National Pavilion by Alvaro Siza. We visited this in the morning before the sun decided to make an appearance, it was pretty soggy… This piece of architecture is sort of mind boggling, it doesn’t seem possible that the thin piece of concrete can drape so easily between the two porticoes. It also has some beautiful coloured tiles on the inside and outside.
And for some great food head to Timeout’s Mercado da Ribeira a fun and interesting food hall that offers a range of food types and drinks! Also the Bairro Alto district offers a lot small bars and pubs that allow you to grab a drink and walk around or to the next pub. We’d recommend checking out the Park Bar located on the top floor of a car park with great vibes and views of Lisbon.