February 6, 2019 getLISBON

Between the São Jorge Castle and the Downtown Lisbon is the Limoeiro (lemon tree) Square, where many tourists often pass by. But did you know that it has many interesting stories to tell?In this zone there’s a daily hustle and bustle of tourists that on foot, by tram or by tuk tuk, cross the historic centre of the city, admiring the view over the river and the still typical oldest part of Lisbon.However, this is a very recent reality. The development and the dynamics of a society alter its configuration and occupation of space.The origin of Lisbon is lost in…

December 12, 2018 getLISBON

Bright and colourful, with classic or surprising shapes, the Christmas lights in Lisbon fill the city with magic and joy! https://youtu.be/1qzAwtx9SP0 These luminous ornaments are already a tradition in the main points of the city, from Downtown Lisbon, going along the Avenida da Liberdade until the Marquês de Pombal Square. And of course, in the area of Chiado and of Príncipe Real. Every year more and more spots of the city are decorated and illuminated, just like the Avenidas Novas. The Christmas lights in Lisbon are getting more sophisticated and stunning each time. They’ve been an attraction for the nationals…

November 28, 2018 getLISBON

Today we bring you the Church of Conceição Velha, one of the most curious churches of Downtown Lisbon. It is located in Rua da Alfândega, next to Praça do Comércio and its history has several particularities. The most evident one is the fact that the building still displays an old gate from the 16th century that survived the earthquake of 1755 and that clearly differs from the discreet façades of the Pombaline Downtown. The second particularity is that its story is associated to singular feminine figures. Since its edification in the beginning of the 16th century to its reconstruction in…

November 21, 2018 getLISBON

When the weather is colder, we naturally feel like drinking a warm and comforting drink during breakfast or lunch. We’ve decided to bring you today three curious styles of coffee with milk from Portugal: galão, meia-de-leite and garoto, three varieties that warm our soul and heart. In the current touristic and global Lisbon, the Italian expressions such as cappuccino, latte or caffè machiatto already exist in the menus of modern cafés. But in the most traditional ones the 3 styles of coffee with milk from Portugal still remain as the usual way of the locals enjoying and ordering coffee with…

November 7, 2018 getLISBON

We know that the oldest neighbourhood of Lisbon is Alfama, but the heart of the city is indisputably the Pombaline Downtown. This and its surrounding area is the place of choice of the visitors, an open air shopping centre for the locals and the meeting point for everyone. But these rigorously drawn streets are the result of an enormous catastrophe. If it weren’t for the devastation caused by the violent earthquake of 1755, this place would surely be different. Saying Lisbon before and post-earthquake is the same as saying Lisbon before and post-Pombal. The earthquake brought with it, in a…