LISBON, THE CITY OF LIGHT
Portugal’s ‘white’ capital is an unbelievably lively, creative city, which playfully straddles its long tradition and enthusiasm for new trends. We’ve explored the fascinating city on the seven hills and we want to share with you our top tips. First off, we have a fashion tip for a trip to the city: our popular soft shell jacket. It’s wonderfully light, windproof and soft on your skin.
From Rua Augusta, take the Elevador de Santa Justa. This striking steel lift is a real landmark of Lisbon. It takes you up to the district of Chiado. We recommend a detour to the terrace above the lift. From here you have possibly the most beautiful view of the city and the Tejo beyond. If you need some sustenance, head for one of the cafes of restaurants.
The quarters of Chiado and Bairro Alto are side by side, but very different. While Chiado is ideal for a daytime stroll around its charming buildings, cafes, restaurants and traditional shops selling specialities, the Bairro Alto is the place for cool holidaymakers and nightlife. If you enjoy the cooler nighttime temperatures or the sudden weather changes, it’s a good idea to take our G.I.G.A. DX raincoat with you.The storm-tested ladies classic is trendy and also totally waterproof. We recommend taking the funicular to the two popular districts. Gloria and Bica carries passengers straight to the top.
From Sao Pedro de Alcantara walk down to Rua Nova do Cavalho. The pink street is a meeting place for those out to enjoy the nightlife. At the end you reach the covered market da Ribeira. Built in 1882, the Mercado da Ribeira is the oldest and largest covered market in Lisbon. Stretching over 5000 m2, the market contains more than 30 restaurants.
The former market of thieves, as it is in English, at the centre of the Alfama has become the charming flea market Feira da Ladra. Every Tuesday and Saturday you can browse the bric-a-brac and genuine antiques. The cafe there is worth a detour. The tram 28 stops nearby. It goes through the popular tourist quarters of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. It’s a classic route for visitors.