Gloria was off travelling again. This time she made her way to the capital of Portugal: her tips for your next trip to Lisbon
The beautiful and melancholy Portuguese capital lies directly on the Atlantic coast and has all rights to belong to Europe’s top travel destinations. Here romantic, twisting alleys invite you on a stroll through the old city, where some corners smell seductively like the heavenly sweet aroma of pastéis de nata. Here are my tips for an unforgettable weekend. And otherwise: just let yourself float through the pearl of Portugal and you’re sure to find your own enchantment.
Hotel: Memmo Alfama
This beautiful design hotel is located in the neighborhood of the moment, Alfama, in the heart of Lisbon. Whereas the exterior of the hotel fits into its neighborhood of traditional residential houses, it offers captivatingly puristic and clean interior design. And since discovering the local area is the concept of the hotel, guided walks through the old city are offered daily.
Favorite place: Arco da Rua Augusta
An absolute highlight (and not only for tourists, but also the establishment) is the just recently completed observation deck on the Arco da Rua Augusta. From the top of the arch, you can see the whole square of Praça do Comércio on the bank of the Tagus and the wonderful Rua Augusta, the central axis of the elegant Baixa Pombalina neighborhood, in the other direction.
Museum: Museu Colecção Berardo
Even though this museum for modern and contemporary art in the Belém district was just opened in 2007, it already belongs to the most-visited museums of the world. The collection includes the most important movements in visual art from the 20th and 21st Centuries with a particular emphasis on Portuguese artists.
Dinner: A Cevicheria
Like the name already gives away, this enchanting local restaurant is specialized in that Peruvian classic of lime-marinated fish. In the open kitchen – and in the grips of a giant octopus fixed to the ceiling – head chef Kiko Martins whips up the best ceviche in town. If you have to wait a little longer than expected, a pisco sour or two makes for a perfect way to pass the time. It’s a delightful drink made from a grape liquor and lime juice that, depending on who you ask, originally comes from either Peru or Chile.
Quite surprisingly, the entrance to this spectacular rooftop bar is found in a dingy parking structure on the edge of Bairro Alto. You’ll hardly believe your eyes when you arrive at the top floor – this lushly planted roof terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun sink into the ocean and bathe the city’s roofs in that sunset afterglow.
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Translation: Melissa Frost
Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.