June 6, 2018 getLISBON

June has arrived, the festivities have just started. This is the most awaited month of the year! But what are the origins of the Festas de Lisboa? Marked by the great involvement of the population and of those who visit us, the Festas de Lisboa (Lisbon Festivities) dedicated to the popular saints reunite several cultural initiatives, revelry and religiosity. The popular festivities brighten the city with music, food and beverages and lots of liveliness. Lisbon smells of grilled sardines and febras (pork steaks), farturas (a deep-fried sweet roll sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon) and manjericos (a plant traditionaly used during…

May 30, 2018 getLISBON

Today we highlight 5 Municipal Libraries from the eighteen that are spread over Lisbon. Going to the library isn’t necessarily to conduct a bibliographic search. We present you a different perspective of these spaces of culture that are installed in buildings with history. The Municipal Libraries are spaces that depend on the parishes or directly on the City Council of Lisbon and where you can consult and borrow books, magazines and newspapers, as well as use computers and the internet. Nowadays, they have a much more dynamic role. Besides their inherent function, their cultural agenda is filled with exhibitions, workshops…

May 23, 2018 getLISBON

Every year with summer right around the corner, nets with gastropod molluscs appear hanging by some restaurants’ doors. These announce the return of one of the most appreciated appetisers by the Portuguese, the snails and the caracoletas (big snails). That’s why we have prepared 5 suggestions where to eat snails to present to our readers.This delicacy emerges with the warm season of the year and, it is at the end of it that, unfortunately, it disappears. One of the combinations that the people of Lisbon love the most is, without a doubt, eating a plate of snails accompanied by an…

May 16, 2018 getLISBON

Today we challenge our readers to venture on a visit to Solar dos Zagallos, an old small palace in Sobreda, 15 minutes away from Lisbon, right next to the city of Almada on the South bank of the Tagus River. In this surprising palatial house of the 18th century, currently belonging to the City Council of Almada, is installed the particularly dynamic Cultural Centre. Here are gathered the patrimonial value of the house and the cultural contemporary activities that justify our choice for a pleasant stroll. From the second half of the 17th century, this region began to be occupied…

May 9, 2018 getLISBON

On the Dia da Espiga (day of the ear of a cereal plant, usually wheat), during the morning, the streets of Lisbon are invaded by street vendors selling branches of ears. Some carry them in wicker baskets, and some fill strong-coloured plastic big bowls with fresh branches. The Dia da Espiga is commemorated on the Ascension Thursday, the day in which Christians celebrate Ascension of Jesus into heaven, 40 days after the Resurrection. People believe that the ears picked on that day provide happiness and abundance to the home. According to tradition, between 12.00 and 13.00 (holy hour), they go…