The place to enjoy pastéis de nata
One of the most absurd things that tourists do in Lisbon? Waiting crazy-long queue in Belém to buy the pastry called pastel de nata – just because most of the guidebooks point you there. Well, forget about what they say in your guidebook. There’s a place to have amazing pastéis without waiting. And in style.
Medieval beauty with several surprises
The Belém monastery is one of the most visited sights in Lisbon – and it is popular for a reason. While its majestic exteriors and church with free entrance are already impressive to see, I suggest you come at the right time of the day and visit also its cloister, a stunning example of the „Manueline style“ .
The favourite fish of Portuguese cuisine
The list of possible variations how Portuguese prepare bacalhau – the surprisingly large pieces of dried fish present in every store – is endless. Be sure to try at least „Bacalhau à brás“, by far the most typical one. But strangely enough, despite being a true pillar of national cuisine, the fish is actually not from Portugal at all!
Walking around at the right time of the year, you can often spot handwritten signs „Há caracóis!“ on the windows and doors of many restaurants. Usually not translated at all, these signs for locals announce availability of a typical Portuguese dish – little snails. Give them a try, they are often really good!
The church without the roof
Did you ever wonder what happened to the church standing high above Rossio square, obviously missing part of its structure? This monument actually reminds one of the most disastrous days that Lisbon has experienced – and certainly is a place that’s interesting to know more about.
Yes, its a cemetery. And yes, you will like it.
Cemeteries aren’t usual part of your must-see list? Still, take your chance and visit this local one in Lisbon. Not only it’s probably very different from the ones you know – but as this place is undiscovered by most of the tourists, it keeps a special character that only few places can compete with.
Little surf village, big attractions nearby
Well-known mainly for its surfing conditions, Peniche is usually recognized as the destination for either renting a board or watching world competitions. But if you happen to be around this village, I suggest you see more than common tourists seeking just windy beaches.