Travel to Lisbon, Portugal – Episode 448

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Hear about travel to Lisbon, Portugal as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nelson Carvalheiro about the capital of his native country.

Nelson recommends we start in the old quarter where the people sing the music called Fado and where the people still live like they did 50-60 years ago. The kids still play football in the street in front of a church.

“Lisbon kept all the layers of empire that were in this land: the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and all the Christian kings. All this maze of streets up and down, Lisbon is a very hilly city, of history with 18th century buildings. There is a whole lot of grandeur. Lisbon is a petite city. There are some streets close to the castle where two people can’t walk side by side.”

Lisbon has 300 days of sunshine per year so the city has trendy rooftop bars to take advantage of the weather and the sites. The city is dominated by a castle with its belvederes although Nelson prefers the view from the Miradoura de Graca. Lisbon also has almost 10 Km of riverfront with a riverwalk. After visiting the old town you can walk down to Belém where the Portuguese voyages of discovery sailed from.

Nelson says that Lisbon is a more affordable city than some other European capitals. “One of our main snacks is a pint of beer and a few prawns on a dish and it will cost you 3 euros”. He gives us a number of his favorite restaurants to try and dishes to eat.

The city has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower. The Belém Tower was built in the middle of the river to prevent pirate attacks.

Every city in Portugal has a patron saint and Lisbon’s is St Anthony. Nelson recommends coming for the Santo Antonio Festival in the middle of June when the whole city turns into one big street party.

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Show Notes

Nelson Carvalheiro
Lisbon
Go Lisbon
25 de Abril Bridge
Lisbon Travel Guide
São George Castle
River Walk
Belém
Jerónimos Monastery
Belém Tower
Pastel De Nata
Cervejaria Ramiro
Ponto Final
Rossio Square
A Merendinha do Arco Bandeira
Santo Antonio Festival
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
Sintra
Sintra Botique Hotel
Lisbon Museums
National Museum of Ancient Art
Roman Theater Museum
Palácio Belmonte
The Independente
Valverde Hotel
Luxury Hostels of Europe
Park Bar
Ginjinha

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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