5 secrets spots in Lisbon unknown from tourists
February 16, 2019
by Nelly P
As I had been living in Lisbon for more than a year I can tell that I had explored a lot of different places in the city of the seven hills, and I know a lot of her little secrets. I can tell that I had never got bored in this city, there are really tons of things to do and for all the tastes. For my part, I liked getting lost in the streets and explore the small alleys of the Alfama and It has led me to many unexpected and unknown places for tourists. And I am gonna share with you in this article my five secret spots in Lisbon.
1-Miradouro da Graça
This point of view is located just a little further from the Alfama and overhangs a great part of Lisbon and the Martim Moniz’s square. This is a really nice shaded place situated on the main square of Graça where you can sit and enjoy the view by day and sunset, take nice pictures and I have a drink if you wish to. Indeed, the district of Graça offers you choice for having a drink or having something to eat, by the way, I discovered my favorite brunch restaurant in this area. And if you are lucky to be in Lisbon in June, the most animated period of the city due to the “festas populares” that takes place throughout the month in all around the city, you definitely have to go there enjoy your Sagres and eating local street food like grilled sardines for 3 euros, dancing and having fun on typical Portuguese songs. You will not regret the relaxed and joyful atmosphere, this is Portugal friends!
2-Rua da Bica
This is a street where you can catch and photograph the famous “elevador da Bica” a funicular railway that is going down this street with the Tagus in background view. This is the most typical photography and one of my favorite that you can take of the city. Moreover offering you a nice pix, this place offers you a good alternative to the “Barrio Alto”. If you want to find cheap alcohol and a friendly atmosphere this is a good place to hang out by summer evening with friends. It is situated 5 minutes walk from the metro station Baixa Chiado, under “the barrio alto” known as THE street of thirst in Lisbon and over Pink street where you can finish partying. Definitely, a good place to start the evening, as you can easily switch between the Bairro alto and Pink street and then end up in a club on the Docks for the most motivated
3-Campo de Ourique
I had been living in this nice district of Lisbon during almost my entire year there and I can tell that I have chosen to live there and I absolutely don’t regret. It is really typical of Portuguese life, not only because of the colorful buildings and the tram but there is a really a quiet and familiar where you can appreciate a basic Portuguese afternoon. To get to this area you can take the famous tram 28 but hang on, it’s shaking in the streets of Alfama. You can go out of the tram at Estrella where there is, the “Basilica da Estrella” that is my favorite church in the city, it worth a look if you like visiting churches and you know that in Portugal you are in the right place for that. You will have a lot of choices between basilicas, cathédrale, and churches. Moreover, there is a great parc just in front of the basilica where you can enjoy a shaded walk accompanied by all the ducks, geese and other varieties of birds that wander freely in the parc and in the small pond. You can also enjoy a fresh drink or ice cream in the little kiosk situated in the middle of the park. I also recommend you to take a walk in the streets to admire the earthenware houses in the streets because and going to eat really good food in the market of Campo de Ourique that is the best in the city to me.
4- The panoramic view of Monsanto
This place is a former panoramic abandoned restaurant that offers a superb view from the top of its third floor. The exterior does not necessarily inspire, however, the interior is covered with street art and the view over the April 25 bridge and Christ is superb. It is an atypical place to visit in the middle of Monsanto Park, where you can take beautiful pictures and relax with your friends over a beer (which you bring yourself) in front of a superb view. I very much appreciate this kind of atypical place that Lisbon offers us and which is unknown to most tourists. Fashion shoots are regularly held in this place for its uniqueness. There is a bus to get there and you will need to walk around 15 minutes. It is better to bring google maps because it is not indicated. You can also have a walk in the huge Monsanto park once you have finished in the restaurant.
5- Gardens of the Palace of the marquises de Fronteira
Located in the Benfica district of Lisbon, this palace is known for its magnificent gardens. There are also basins in faience with swans, which is what makes this place so charming. If you are a fan of photos this romantic place will make you happy and you can do a great photo shoot. By the way, a lot of wedding take place there for the romantic atmosphere that inspires the place. And if you like history there are guided tours also. The entry is charged and you can only access it at certain times so it is better to check their website before making the trip.
Here are my 5 favorite places that I discovered by speaking to other expatriates or locals. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do this beautiful city.