Portugal has been one of the most sought after destinations for Brazilians, both for traveling and also for living. For you to have an idea, Brazilians are the largest foreign community living in the country, with approximately 85 thousand people! The ease of language and the country’s location are undoubtedly two of the main factors that attract Brazilians there.
The country has wonderful cities, one of the most important of which is Lisbon. In addition to being the capital of Portugal, it is the second oldest city in Europe, coming just after Athens. Being a super old place, it is incredible to see the historic buildings and stroll through the neighborhoods, observing every detail of the place. If you are planning a trip to Lisbon, or want to visit the city in the future, write down all the tips that I will tell you now 😉
When to go
The climate in Portugal is pleasant almost all year round. Some cities have very high temperatures in all seasons and the sun is shining for most of the day. In the case of Lisbon, the climate is a little milder when compared to other regions and even reaches negative temperatures in winter.
If you want to escape the rain, avoid going between November and February! July and August are the hottest months of the year. That is, if you do not want to stop enjoying the beach, you can book the trip for that time of year. Be sure to bring a good sunscreen and sunglasses in?
The documents to travel to Portugal for tourism are very basic. Brazilians do not need a visa to enter the country, so we can travel for up to 90 days across the European Union. You can even visit other nearby countries!
The only things you will need to bring are your passport, international health insurance, round-trip tickets and proof of stay. They don’t always ask for all these papers, but it’s good to have them on hand to make the process go faster ser
Lisbon’s public transport works very well and is one of the best ways to get around there. The subway is one of the most used means, because it reaches several points in the city center. The bus card can be topped up with individual trips or a pass valid for one or more days, which is very interesting for those who want to make a tour with places away from each other.
Buses and trams are also great options for those who want to stroll around the city. The electric tram, with its characteristic yellow color, is the most traditional transport in Lisbon. If you plan to rent a car, be sure to take at least one trip on the tram!
As most of Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, their cuisine is not so new for us. Still, there is nothing better than tasting the dishes in their true place of origin, right? Pastel de nata, for example, is one of the most common sweets there. It was first made in Lisbon, at the beginning of the 19th century. Anyone who wants to taste the sweet must go to the place where it all started, in Pastéis de Belém.
Regarding savory, fish, seafood and meat are part of most typical dishes in the country. Vegetarians and vegans may find it a little more difficult to find good places to eat, but soon I will make a post with restaurant tips for you.
Lisbon may seem like a small city, but with a huge concentration of interesting places to visit. The neighborhood of ma, for example, is super traditional, with narrow streets and several typical Portuguese houses. Another region highly sought after by tourists is the Alto neighborhood, known even as the city’s Montmartre. The nightlife in this area is very lively, with great places to have drinks.
The neighborhood of Belém is also not usually left out of anyone’s itinerary. In addition to the famous pastéis de Belém, it is there that the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery are located. For those who enjoy more alternative neighborhoods, be sure to go to Marvila. It is very cool, with vintage shops, art studios and more different and modern restaurants!
Another more alternative space and for those who like relaxed places is the LX Factory. The place is in Alcântara and is an old industrial area of the city, which was abandoned for a long time. It has existed since 1846, but only in 2008 did the region become what it is today – one of the most frequented places by city residents.
The most industrial footprint has been maintained until today, without denying the origins of the region. There you will find interesting shops, such as the Ler Devagar bookstore, lots of street art and great restaurants. There’s a little bit of everything there, so book a good part of your day to get to know the place without haste 😉
Lisbon’s architecture is fascinating. Both the simplest houses and the grandest buildings are charming. The city is a mixture of different references, including Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassical, Art Deco and many other styles. This combination makes Lisbon, as a whole, unique.
The famous Portuguese tiles are also super present in the decoration of various places. If you like to keep souvenirs from places, a good idea is to buy a tile tile that you like.
Last but not least, fado! Every country usually has a specific musical rhythm, and with Portugal it would be no different. Fado is known for being a more melancholy and sad genre, being known even as “song of exile”.
Because it is a very common genre across the country, to this day there are several fado houses in Lisbon and other cities. The Portuguese and also tourists gather in these places to enjoy the fadistas. Alfama is one of the neighborhoods with more places to listen to fado, and Bairro Alto also has great options for those who want to know this part of Portuguese culture.
Taking advantage of the fact that we talk a little about Europe, be sure to watch our vlogs in Rome! Here on the site also contains several tips about the city, to read just click here 🙂