Cais do Sodré district

14Jun

Lisbon is not like New York, but there is a neighborhood in this city that never sleeps. Facing Tagus River, Cais do Sodré invites those who wake up early to a morning walk or bike ride along its banks. Next, step on to Ribeira Market where you can find the freshest fruit and vegetables and taste a Portuguese specialty – the amazing snails that are very good now (avoid them in the “R” months). When night falls, it’s time to discover the bars and nightclubs of Pink Street until the sun rises again. Come and meet the recently renovated Cais do Sodré, a few minutes walk from 54 Santa Catarina. 😊

 

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Alfama district

07Jun

Alfama is one of the oldest districts of Lisbon and was founded by the Arabs who gave it the name “Al-hama”, which means “source of warm waters, good waters”. Here Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together. Escaped to earthquake of 1755 by being situated in the highest hill of the city. The narrow and untidy streets, the stairways and alleys of Alfama, as well as its people give it its unique character. 🙂

 

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Graça district

31May

Today, we want to invite you to take tram 28, right at the door of 54 Santa Catarina, and go straight to Graça, a neighborhood of the working-class villages, where, in the 19th century, the families of the interior of the country came to live. Next to the church, you can enjoy the view overlooking the Castle and the River, stroll through the gardens and even appreciate urban art. Before finishing, we suggest a visit to Botequim Cafe, founded in 1960 by the poet and politician Natália Correia and reopened in 2010 for the delight of the locals and our fans with whom we share everything about Lisbon.

 

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Lapa district

24May

Today we travel to Lapa district, where palatial buildings belonging to the old bourgeoisie mix with colorful buildings in the streets of Madragoa. It is one of the districts of Lisbon where you can listen to Fado, the original Portuguese song. One of Lapa’s attractions is the Basilica (18th century) and Estrela Garden, easily accessible by the popular tram 28. We invite you all to discover this old neighborhood, just a few minutes walk from 54 Santa Catarina.

 

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