When we won last May’s Iberia contest to become the city’s #iberiamayors; we couldn’t resist our excitement!
Lisbon is, without hesitation, our favorite Portuguese town and it brings us uncountable memories from the time I lived there while working as an intern for a sustainable architecture firm. Coming back in June was going to be huge! During this month, neighborhoods celebrate big festivities and sardins’ smoke as well as live music can be found in every corner!
That’s how we got to spend from Saturday to Monday in Lisbon recording a video-guide that we’ll bring you as soon as it gets live on Youtube.
Ladra’s flea-market, Alfama and its castle and neverending terraces, Baixa and St.Justa lift, a good bunch of viewpoints in 4 of the different hills, Camoes, Marques de Pombal square, Liberdade Avenue, Cristo Rei statue, April 25th bridge, Belem and Xeronimos’ monastery, eateries, bars, clubs, Tram number 28, Baixa-Chiado subway station, Cais do Sodre Ferry Terminal and Tajo river were all in our itinerary!
Built on 7 hills, getting around in Lisbon is an easy but necessary art to master.
Subway, public boats and trams or convoios – along with walking (Thank god, the urban and cosmopolitan city centre’s distances are walkable!) – would be someone’s best bets to arrive in time without having to break the bank.
On the other side, relying on public buses, trams and private motor vehicles of all kind can get you in a traffic jam quickly.
Urbanists and architects in charge of the city renovations that took part in 1755 after a big fire caused by an earthquake probably hadn’t in mind how much the city could enlarge and that traffic was meant to take over in these days.
Finally, bikes are reserved for those fit enough to try.
Thanks to VisitLisboa that provided us with two Lisbon cards to find our way around and to Next Hostel, my former and lovely apartment nowadays turned into a cozy and central hostel in the beginning of Almirante Reis street that gave us the opportunity of bringing back a lot of memories and curing our saudades (*) for a while. All opinions are, as always, our own.