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5 different places in Lisbon and surroundings

Lisbon is a destination that has become very fashionable in recent years. It has many places of interest, such as the famous Alfama neighborhood or the banks of the Tagus River. But the Portuguese capital is much more than that. We make a tour of the city and its surroundings looking for different places in Lisbon that will enrich your visit.

one. Different places in Lisbon: Feira da Ladra

Feira da Ladra – Kimble Young / Flickr.com

The first of the different places in Lisbon that we want to show you is the Feira da Ladra, which It is celebrated on Tuesday and Saturday mornings in Campo de Santa Clara.in the Alfama neighborhood.

It is a beautiful and special place, especially because of the great number of different things that can be found there. In its stalls you can buy from handmade products to antiquespottery, clothes, books, etc.

There are many who think that it has nothing to envy the Portobello Market in London, and, although saving the distances between one and the other, it’s great to miss you one morning. The site is somewhat complicated to get to, as there are a thousand hills, as in the entire city, but it is well worth it.

2. Ribeira Market

Time Out Market – Garrett Ziegler / Flickr.com

The second place we will talk about is the Mercado da Ribeira (Avenida 24 de Julho, Cais do Sodré). This is another different and special place, from the decoration to the atmosphere and, of course, the food.

In one part of the enclosure is the market. On the ground floor is the Time Out Marketa huge space with tables in the center and around them many different food stalls.

There are from pastry shops to typical Portuguese restaurantsgoing through Chinese food or sushi. You buy the food from the place you want, look for a place and share a table with other people. Recommended is a chicken stall, where it is served in a thousand different ways.

It’s a great option for dinner one nightand it is also very close to the Barrio Alto, the area for drinks and parties par excellence.

3. The neighborhood of Belém

Belém Tower – LALS STOCK

Something further from the center, but very accessible both by car and by public transport, is the neighborhood of Belém. Most people leave it for the last day. But if this neighborhood is not discovered, the visit to the city is not complete.

There is the well-known tower of Belém, which can be visited and which is beautiful from the outside. The visit to the interior is perhaps not the most worthwhile thing in the area, but if you leave with enough time it may be an option.

Also in the neighborhood is the Jerónimos Monastery, an extremely beautiful place and that even manages to impress in a certain way. In addition, very close to the latter is the original pastry shop where the original Belém cakes (Rúa de Belém) are cooked and they are delicious.

 

“It could well be that Lisbon, contrary to what it seemed, was not a city, but a woman, and the perdition was only love, if the restrictive adverb has a place here, if that is not the only and happy perdition.”

Joseph Saramago

4. Sintra

Quinta da Regaleira – Jose Ignacio Soto

We have already visited some of the different places in Lisbon that are worth discovering. We are now going to its surroundings. About 20 minutes by car is Sintra, our fourth recommendation. It is a small, beautiful town with unforgettable corners.

It is located in the middle of a natural parkso seeing its palaces and historic buildings in the middle of the mountains and surrounded by so many trees is spectacular.

Of all the palaces that can be visited there, you cannot miss the Quinta da Regaleira. A magical and mysterious place that is worth it for everything you can see: the palace itself, labyrinths, waterfalls, nature… It is necessary to spend practically the whole day to discover each and every one of its corners.

5. Cascais

Cascais – Niamor83 / Flickr.com

Very close to Sintra is Cascais. It is a very tourist town due to its many fine sand beaches and that it is worth visiting if you want to spend a day at the beach. Yes, the water is cold.

It is a perfect destination to enjoy the tranquility of a town, its beaches and a step away from the capital and its maelstrom. If you have time, It is an ideal excursion from the Portuguese capital.

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