Here is the continued article of “Portugal: Lisbon ( Part 1)”.
Lisbon is full of tuk tuks
Lisbon is also full of tuk tuks ready to take you up those seven hills! They have only made an appearance in big numbers in the last few years, but tuk tuks are now a popular way for tourists to navigate the narrow streets and not have to walk up the hills. These vehicles were originally made in Italy post WWII as a cheap way to increase transportation, but caught on much more in crowded cities in Asia and Africa. Now they’re back on the streets of Europe, and although taxi drivers and locals may not be so happy about them, they do seem to suit the geography of Lisbon and look like they’ve been a part of the city for as long as the trams have.
The age of discovery began in Portugal
Dozens of exploratory voyages around the world began from Lisbon, so it feels right that travellers the world over should want to visit here and see where it all began. A monument to the explorers of the world, many of them Portuguese, has been built on the bank of the Tagus river.
The buildings are something else
And by something else I mean all painted all sorts of colours or covered in unique tiles. While tiles in art are common the world over, in Lisbon they became part of the architecture of the buildings themselves. They first became popular in the 1500s, before their popularity waned but was revived again in the 1950s. On a stroll around Lisbon today it’s impossible the miss he beautifully tiled buildings, and the huge amount of street art that’s all over the city.
Codfish cakes are everywhere
Actually, cod is everywhere, in almost every form. I was reminded of Forest Gump when I saw some of the menus in Lisbon; fried cod, grilled cod, salted cod, cod fish cakes… you get the idea! Codfish cakes are particularly popular though. On the main street in central Lisbon we went to Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau where the traditional cod fish cake is stuffed with delicious cheese and served with a side of white port wine. You can watch them making the cakes in the traditional way through a glass window. And the verdict? I love fish cakes, so I thought they were awesome!
So are custard tarts
Pasteis de nata are famous the world over for being from Portugal. When I first tried them in Macau, a former Portuguese colony, I wasn’t really sold on them. A visit to Portugal meant I needed to give them another go, and I made an about face on them this time! Some are more like custard and some are more eggy, for lack of a better description. Everyone has their preference so try more than one!
In fact, the bakeries all over Lisbon are amazing
Depending on where you looked you could find some great deals for food in Lisbon, but I did think in some ways it was more expensive than Spain. Or maybe I’m just too used to my free Spanish tapas in Almería! Thankfully, Lisbon has awesome bakeries where you can purchase both savoury and sweet food at a fraction of the restaurant cost.
You can get fire cooked chorizo at your table
While we’re on the topic of food, I have to take a moment to mention the delicious sausages they light on fire. Chorizo is the most common type, but I’ve also seen black pudding type sausages done in this way. They have special dishes made just to put cooking alcohol in the bottom and light it on fire at your table
Hope you enjoy your stay in Lisbon!
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