Sun, shopping and longing – a short trip through Lisbon PART I
Exploring in the footsteps of great artists such as José Saramago (“The City of the Blind”), sweet treats such as the famous Pastéis de Nata or the best grilled sardines in the world – discovering Portugal’s capital Lisbon!
The main thing travellers take away from their trip to Lisbon apart from blisters on their feet (the streets of Portugal are rough and can be very steep) is a special feeling- Saudade- a mixture of melancholy, loneliness and longing. A feeling that can only be felt after a trip to Portugal.
A fast trip back in time
The best way to get to know the city is a visit to the museum Lisboa Story Center. The museum, based on the newest technology, gives information about Lisbon in an interactive, short and most importantly exciting way.
Stories of a curious earthquake which occurred in 1755, the reconstruction of the city and a colonial power with Lisbon as a center for trade between different cultures provide an insight into the citys extensive history.
The different historic highlights are presented by virtual protagonists that welcome interaction.
Located at the Torreiro do Paço, the museum is easily accessible, where the Royal Palace once stood before the earthquake, which was then completely destroyed.
Lisboa Story Center
Adress: Terreiro do Paço, 79 a 81, 1100-148 Lisboa
Mo. - Su. 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Adults: € 6,50,-
Senior (from 65 yr.): € 4,50,-
Students (from 16 yr.): € 4,50,-
Kids (from 6 to 15 yr.): € 3,00,-
Over the rooftops of Lisbon
The Elevador de Santo Justa is an artistic elevator that opened in 1902 and is situated in the city center. It connects to parts of the city: Baixa with Chiado and Bairro Alto. The neo gothic elevator is 45m high and made of iron.
Visiting the popular viewing point takes some time. There is room for 24 people in the cabin but the trip takes a long time, since the elevator does not travel at the high speed one is used to.
FashionTouri-Tip: Taking a ride on the elevator is recommended at night. The wait will be cut in half and the observation platform is not as crowded. The view during the night is also special due to the city’s distinct flair!
The view is definitely worth the wait! Visitors look over the Castelo de São Jorge and the roof of the Baixa.
For those who aren’t scared of hights there is the possibility of climbing the spiral staircase to the next two stories with another observation platform, that unfortunately is not for free. If you want to enjoy a coffee above Lisbon’s rooftops, you are at the right address.
The Elevador de Santo Justa is part of lisbons local transport and can be rode with a normal ticket. A single trip with the elevator is significantly more expensive.
Elevador de Santa Justa
Adress: Rua de Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa
Mo. - Sa. 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Adults: € 5,30,-
300m2 of shopping heaven
The Feeting Room offers a variety of Portuguese shoes, accessories, home décor as well as hand made luxury jewellery to fashionistas.
Visitors can shop until they drop! An assortment of womens and mens shoes by the best Portugese brands are available. 300 square meters of unusual designs, classical elegance and practical casual-look.
The local Coffeshop SO Coffee Roaster offers coffee and fresh baked goods that can be devoured during a shopping break.
The Feeting Room
Adresse: Calçado do Sacramento 26, 1200-203 Lisboa
Mo. - Thu. 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Edited by Konstanze Pawlik, Editing FashionTouri
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