Lisbon tourist guide Josephine: walk in area Mouraria, maze of narrow Moorish style streets, shopping, Ginja, Fado & restaurant São Cristóvão
Josephine Lucassen is a professional guide, licensed by the city of Lisbon. She loves it to organise private walking tours for a group of tourists in this old and wonderful city!
Mouraria, Lisbon: Escadinhas de São Cristóvão & Josephine Lucassen, guide
Example: a walking tour through the oldest parts of Lisbon, the popular districts of Alfama and Mouraria, the ancient areas that have survived the earthquake of 1755. The many winding alleys still show the traces of the Moorish domination (from 711-1108). It is said that Fado music was born in Mouraria around 1820.
Mouraria Lisbon: stairs to Rua de São Cristóvão
Mouraria Lisbon: Rua de São Cristóvão in wintertime
Josephine: “I was born in Holland in a small village in Drente. After some travel jobs (f.e. Hotelplan) I prefered to live in Portugal. I’m happily married to a sympathetic Portuguese man, Jorge. Together we have 2 children. My curiosity and also the beauty of Portugal made me decide to study at the University of Lisbon. Now I am a professional, licenced tourist guide with a lot of experience and a passion for history”.
‘A Loja’: Artisanat Portugais, vintage & Curiosités, Rua de São Cristóvão 3
Josephine: “On the corner of this street there’s a nice shop for tourists with typical Portuguese pottery and much more. We continue our walk in the small alleys of the Mouraria area and then we enjoy a drink in one of the pubs: the famous Portuguese liqueur Ginja (or Ginjinha), a must when you visit Lisbon!”
A sua saúde! (cheers!) Josephine in Mouraria Lisbon, area with lots of old bars and narrow streets.
Ginjinha, or simply Ginja, is a liqueur made of a cherry-like berry called (not surprisingly) Ginja. The berries are fermented into a brandy that’s slightly bitter, slightly sweet and very sticky. It is a favourite liqueur of many Portuguese. You can order a Ginja for little money, with or without a cherry in it.
Mouraria Lisbon: historical area with tiny steets and small bars
Josephine: “Where shall we enjoy lunch? Maybe this small restaurant with delicious Cape Verdian dishes (Cape Verde is a former colony of Portugal from 1462 till 1975). After lunch we walk to Rua do Capelão, to visit the house of the first fadista, Maria Severa. Maria died very young after a passionate liaison with a nobleman in 1846. This house will be a fado museum. Also born in Mouraria: Mariza. Amália Rodrigues, ‘queen of Fado’ was born nearby.
Restaurant São Cristóvão Mouraria: owner Maria Levy and Josephine
Restaurant São Cristóvão is a small family-run restaurant, favorite place among locals for its Cape Verdean- and other African dishes. The menu also includes typical Portuguese cuisine such as codfish (bacalhau) and sardines (sardinhas). Moamba de Galinha (Angolan chicken stew) is a very popular dish: € 7.
Mouraria, Lisbon, a hidden place: beautiful very old tiles (azulejos)
Portugal is famous for its decorative tiles (azulejos). In Mouraria there’s a hidden place where you find beautiful tiles representing scenes of Portugal’s rich history and culture. Azulejos are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces and ordinary houses.
Square Martim Moniz February 2013: Kiosk ‘A Preta’: João (Johnny)
Josephine: “Then we finish our trip enjoying a drink in the sun at square Martim Moniz, nowadays with lots of terraces and food kiosks. This is where the historic Mouraria neighborhood starts, a multicultural area. The food here is also very good. Johnny worked a few years in Amsterdam. He speaks a little Dutch (‘lekker!‘)
Lisbon Square Martim Moniz: Kiosk ‘A Preta’: guide Josephine & ???
This man, for both of us completely unknown, asked me to make a picture of him together with this beautiful lady
Starting point legendary tram 28
This square Martim Moniz is also the starting point for the legendary tram 28, a ‘must- do’ Lisbon attraction.
Alfama, historical area in Lisbon: Escadinhas Santo Estêvão
Private city walking tours
Josephine: “For for some years I organize private walking tours for groups. Many tourists miss the hidden gems of Lisbon, simply because they did not know about them!
Lisbon river Tagus viewpoint (miradouro) Santa Catarina or Adamastor
Josephine: “Another idea for a 4-hour walking tour is a start near the river Tagus: Cais do Sodré, famous fish market Mercado do Ribeiro, cute and famous little tram to the top of the Bica area, river Tagus viewpoint Santa Catarina, bohemien neighborhood Bairro Alto, along Sao Bento palace, park in Principe Real with one of the oldest cedar trees in Lisbon. Finally Rossio, a wonderful square with historical buildings and of course: liqueur Ginja!
Tourist attraction Lisbon: sculpture Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, kissed by a young girl more than 75 years after his dead….
“How about a tour tailored to your specific needs? A walking full day tour combined with old trams and funiculars would be a perfect idea”.
Price: from € 12, 50 per person (4 hours). Minimum participation: 4 people (max. 9). From 9:30 to 13:30. Full day tour € 25 pp.
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Tagus river viewpoint (Miradouro) Portas do Sol, Alfama Lisbon