May 1, 2019 getLISBON

The International Festival of the Iberian Mask in Lisbon takes place every May since 2006 and is one of the traditions that precedes the Lisbon Festivities that take place in the following month.This festival was held in the streets of the Pombaline Downtown with masked groups from Portugal and Spain. Given the dimension of the event and the gradual increase of the number of participants, it now takes place in the spacious Império Square, in Belém.For four days, this grand event brings together various aspects of the popular culture around the ancestral rituals connected to the use of masks; an…

April 10, 2019 getLISBON

As you can see by the title Armillary Spheres: Misconception Uncovered!, we’re going to clarify a situation related to someone’s statement that many are repeating without reflecting and without observing.getLISBON’s proposal is to approach peculiar, lesser-known, underappreciated (or that we simply appreciate) aspects of Lisbon, but we’ve also been investigating, discovering and revealing unknown or forgotten facts about our city.We’ve had the opportunity to find out that the discreet Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church, which is situated in Rua de São Julião and is one of the unjustly unknown places of Catholic worship in the city of Lisbon, was in…

January 30, 2019 getLISBON

The Changing of the Guard in London, among others, is without a doubt the most popular one. But did you know that in Lisbon you can also watch a Changing of the Guard?Lisbon enchants its visitors with its history, its typical neighbourhoods, the viewpoints with gorgeous views and even its irresistible Lisbon gastronomy. But it’s here that you can have the opportunity of admiring one of the most extraordinary and grand Changings of the Guard and of witnessing the one-of-a-kind performance of the Mounted Brass Band. Changing of the Guard This ceremony of great symbolism and tradition, considered one of…

January 19, 2018 getLISBON 1Comment

‘Excuse me, can I have two pastéis de Belém, please?’ asked a tourist in one of the many cafes in the heart of Lisbon, Chiado. The waiter, tired of giving the same reply, politely said ‘I’m afraid we don’t have pastel de Belém, only pastel de nata (egg custard tart).’ The woman, intrigued, pointed at the tarts that were on the café’s display. This episode was one of several that we witnessed during our incursions through this Seven Hills city, searching for more peculiar and interesting aspects to share with our readers. For those who know Lisbon, this post might…