Have you heard or seen photos of Lisbon’s famous “Pink Street”?
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.
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.
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.
Lisbon is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Western Europe. Its amazing weather and affordability make it the perfect holiday destination. If you will be spending the most wonderful time of the year in the city of light, this list might be of good use to you.
Places that you must see during Christmas in Lisbon:
Have a walk at Praça de D. Pedro IV, also known as Rossio. Decorated with Christmas lights, is a very nice area to walk around and enjoy traditional Portuguese pastries. Here you will find Lisbon’s oldest pastry shops, Confeitaria National and Pastelaria Suíça.
Photo: Confeitaria National
Head to Praça do Comércio, once home of the Royal Family. This square is decorated every year, just like the Rossio Square, and it’s only a 10-minute walk away from it. Last year, its Christmas tree was the largest in Europe (more than 230 feet tall). Source here.
Visit Estrela Basilica, Mártires Basilica, Lisbon Cathedral, the National Museum of Ancient Art and the National Tile Museum to admire the impressive 17th and 18th century nativity scenes made for the aristocracy.
Presépio de Machado de Castro Basílica da Estrela, Lisboa. Photo: www.barry4kids.net
Attend a concert. This is the best time to attend classical music concerts and events, which take place in churches and theaters. Check out Lisbon’s cultural agenda for more information.
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. Photo: Alfredo Rocha
Have fun at Wonderland Lisboa, a Christmas fair where you’ll find: music, fair rides, food and drink, ice rink, a cave and other seasonal entertainment. More information here.
Go shopping. If you are in the mood for Christmas shopping, check out Avenida da Liberdade, Centro Colombo, Amoreiras Shopping Center and Armazéns do Chiado. For alternative boutiques and traditional Portuguese products head to Bairro Alto.
Avenida da Liberdade. Photo: @diogo.santosremax
Eat traditional food. Find a place to enjoy a “bolo-rei”, one of the traditional Christmas desserts!
Bolo Rei. Photo: @vincechierchia
We hope you enjoy yourself in Lisbon, if you are already there and have seen other places of interest please do let us know! Happy Holidays!