Category Archive: Lisbon

The fuss about Lisbon’s Pink Street

Lisbon's Pink Street

Have you heard or seen photos of Lisbon’s famous “Pink Street”?

Lisbon's Pink Street

Photo: @insanasemportugal

Lisbon’s Pink Street is one of Lisbon’s hottest nightlife spots. During the day it is a quiet street in which you can take very nice colorful photos and at night it becomes the perfect place for those who want to experience Lisbon’s nightlife. You can bar-hop among several popular bars, such as Pensão Amor and Sol e Pesca or go dancing at Music Box, one of the city’s hottest dance clubs.

According to the New York Times it is one of the top 12 favorite streets in Europe.

Pink Street tourist

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Lisbon’s “Pink Street”, originally known as “Rua Nova do Carvalho” had some shady origins. Located near the river Tagus, the street was known for decades as the street of the red light district. 

Sailors and criminals would go by to enjoy the company of women at the brothels and bars, named after European capitals, like Copenhagen, Oslo or Roterdão. As you can imagine, the street had a terrible reputation. But starting in 2011 it had a complete makeover. The city closed down the brothels and the shabby bars in order to open new cafes and a different kind of nightlife. As a result, the street now attracts locals and tourists from all over the world.

art works Pink Street

Photo: @chl0e_jnn

As you can see in the photos, the pavement between the terraces, bars and clubs is painted pink. The old scandalous buildings have turned into art works and the street is now one of Lisbon’s most popular destinations.

Pink Street Terraces

Photo: @sandrabbz13

Portugal Day, what do Portuguese people celebrate today?

Happy Day of Portugal

Every year, June 10 marks officially the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities.

 

Portugal Day is an official holiday only observed in Portugal, but the Portuguese communities all around the world celebrate the National Holiday. The date commemorates the death of Luís de Camões (June 10, 1580). The reason why it is celebrated on his death date is due to the fact that his birth date is unknown.

 

Praça Luís de Camões, Lisbon

Praça Luís de Camões, Lisbon

 

Camões was an adventurer, fighter and a literary icon that wrote “Os Lusíadas”. The Lusíadas is a national epic poem that celebrates the15th-century Portuguese Explorations and achievements, that brought fame and fortune to the country. This poem became a symbol of the Portuguese Empire and is considered one of the most important works in Portuguese literature. When he died, in 1580, the Portuguese succession crisis happened resulting in Phillip II of Spain claiming the Portuguese throne. After this, for three decades Portugal was ruled by three generations of Spanish kings. It was until 1640 when the country regained its independence and John of Bragança, became King John IV of Portugal.

 

Guardia Nacional Republicana

Photo: Guardia Nacional Republicana

 

During the Carnation Revolution, Portugal Day celebrations were officially suspended in 1974. The celebrations resumed after 1974 and were expanded to include the Portuguese Communities, Portuguese emigrants and their descendants living in communities all around the world.

 

Happy Day of Portugal

Happy Day of Portugal

 

We wish you a very happy Day of Portugal! If you are Portuguese, tell us in the comments how do you celebrate it where you are?

 

Best “Tascas” in Lisbon

If you want to be authentic and eat like a local, you should definitely go to a “Tasca”. And what is this thing that all the Portuguese people love so much?

“Tascas” are known to be inexpensive, most of the times they are tiny spaces that serve home-style food in large portions at affordable prices. The only risk here is that you might feel so comfortable that it would seem like you’re at home. These traditional places are great to learn more about Portuguese culture because for us Portuguese, having a meal is an important part of our daily routine.

Here are some of the ones that I highly recommend:

 

This is the kind of place that feels like home, it is very typical and familiar. Even the paving (floor) is typical from Portugal, the Calçada Portuguesa, one of the oldest features of the city, it is one of Lisbon’s trademarks.

Contacts: Tv. do Sequeiro 38, 1200-259 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 21 347 9243.

 

This is the best place for “petiscos” (typical tasty delicacies similar to tapas) like moelas or pataniscas. This is the typical Tasca, where you have the traditional environment of a tavern, with the aluminum display case and the enormous jugs of wine.

Contacts: Rua dos Sapateiros, 230 Lisboa 1100-581.213425135. https://www.facebook.com/Merendinha-do-Arco-363697533735831/

 

This Tasca is very known for the Fado (popular Portuguese music genre), here you can eat traditional Portuguese food while enjoying traditional Fado music, normally accompanied by Portuguese guitar.

Contacts: R. do Diário de Notícias 39, 1200-141 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 961 339 696. http://www.tascadochico.com/

 

The best dish to eat here is the “bacalhau” (codfish), this restaurant, located in Mouraria has tasteful traditional Portuguese food.

Contacts: R. João do Outeiro 24, 1100-584 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 21 886 5436.

 

This place has all the traditional Portuguese food you can think of, the pleasant atmosphere allows you to taste some of the best wines of Portugal. It’s the perfect combination between a restaurant and a tavern.

Contacts: Rua dos Fanqueiros, 161, Lisboa. 218 870 290.

 

This is definitely an affordable place that you don’t want to skip. The barbecue, especially the entrecosto (pork ribs) is great and served in big portions so that you can share it.

Contacts: Beco dos Surradores, 3, Lisboa. +351 218 869 641.

 

  • Rui do Barrote

The “picanha”, “maminha” and “bitoque” steak are a must try, this restaurant has great beef and well-grilled strips that you should not miss. It is in Marvila, a neighborhood that is becoming a hot spot.

Contacts: Rua Zofimo Pedroso 33, Lisbon 1950-290, Portugal. +351 21 868 9300.

 

Tascas are very simple, cheap and typical but the pleasant flavor is appreciated by everyone. The food is well served, looks homemade and the dishes are typical Portuguese foods. It’s a great way to know more about Portuguese Culture without breaking the bank!

 

Written by Ines Andrade e Sousa, Master in Tourism and Communication.

 

References:

AFAR: The Experiential Travel Guide (2019). Retrieved from https://www.afar.com/

New in Town (2019). Retrieved from https://nit.pt/

Time Out Lisboa https://www.timeout.pt/lisboa/pt

A tasca do Chico http://www.tascadochico.com/

Taberna da baixa https://www.tabernadabaixa.pt/