If you visit Lisbon, a 10-minutes ferry trip to the other side of the Tagus river is really worth it! Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio is one of my favorites, a small paradise! 🙂
Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, Cais do Ginjal Lisbon & delicious (fish) lunch with Margarethe de Vrieze and Marjolein Petersen (& dog Nelson) May 2022
Right next to the elevator to the Cristo Rei Statue, restaurant Atira-te ao Rio (litt. ‘throw yourself into the river’) is a space blessed by fabulous views over old town Lisbon.
Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, Cais do Ginjal Lisbon & friend Josephine Lucassen (official tourist guide), March 12, 2020
The menu is typically Portuguese: dishes with good presentation and tasty. We ordered one of my favorite dishes, salada com polvo (octopus salad), and shrimps. Bill for 2 persons around 50 euro
Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, Cais do Ginjal Lisbon & view 25 April bridge
These pictures are made in September on a beautiful sunny day, but in wintertime there’s also the possibility to enjoy the views of old town Lisbon inside the restaurant.
Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, Cais do Ginjal Lisbon, September 2017
In wintertime the large windows allow the view to be equally (almost as) good as outside. The restaurant features an indoor room with a burning stove and a terrace with heaters and blankets.
Cous cous & cool white wine Restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, Lisbon
Although on Facebook there are some negative posts about this restaurant, my experience so far is very good !
View from restaurant Atira-te ao Rio, old town Lisbon
After passing some abandoned and ruinous very old warehouses (lots of lovely graffiti ), there’s restaurant Atira-te ao Rio. ca. 10 minutes walk from the ferry,
How to get there?
Wonderful very old abandoned warehouses with a long history
Take a (cheap) ferry trip from the Cais do Sodré ferry terminal to Cacilhas, (timetable vice verca) and after a 10 minutes walk along abadonded warehouses near the river Tagus there’s restaurant Atira-te ao Rio.
Picture: restaurant Atira-te Ao Rio
Contemporary Art Center ‘Casa da Cerca‘ is located at the south side of the river Tagus. Views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge are amazing!
Superb Lisbon city views! 🙂 Garden Art Center ‘Casa da Cerca‘, Lisbon, February 2019 & tourist guide Josephine Lucassen. YouTube
How to get there?
Cais do Ginjal , Cacilhas Lisbon, February 2019
As you get off the ferry, it takes about 15 minutes to walk along the river (Cais do Ginjal) to reach the elevator, after passing lots of ruinous warehouses (could be a place for a movie set…!), and a few restaurants, both worth a visit 🙂 : Atire-te ao Rio and Ponto Final.
Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier. July 2019
The elevator (elevador ‘da Boca da Venta‘, mouth of the wind) is convenient and free.
View 25 April bridge. Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier, July 2019
Former palace Casa da Cerca : art gallery, botanical garden & small cafetaria.
There are several exhibition spaces, a patio gallery, a cistern, a wonderful sculpture park, a chapel and a Botanical Garden – which, separately or jointly, present a regular program of individual, collective or thematic exhibitions.
Former palace Casa da Cerca & contemporary Art Center Lisbon, February 2019: tourist guide Portugal Josephine Lucassen
The former Cerca Palace is considered to be the most characteristic example of civil architecture from the 18th century, constructed between the 17th and the 18th century, with Baroque and Romantic influences, being restored in the end of the 20th century.
Art center Casa da Cerca Lisbon & tourist guide Portugal Josephine Lucassen, February 2019
Wonderful! Source: Wikipedia
The property was acquired by the City Council in 1988. Refurbished and adapted to the expository purposes for which it was intended, opened to the public in 1993 as a Center for Contemporary art. The first exhibition focused on a core of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso’s work.
Exhibitions, cafetaria & lovely botanical garden ‘O Chão das Artes’ (‘floor of the arts’): Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Center for Documentation and Research Mestre Rogério Ribeiro:
Tuesday to Friday from 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h
Art Center Casa da Cerca Lisbon & ladies room 😉 😉 , February 2019
The south bank of the river Tagus is my favorite place in Lisbon: views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge are amazing!
Riverfront terrace restaurant ‘Ponto Final’, Cacilhas, amazing view downtown Lisbon. September 2017
As you get off the ferry, it takes about 15 minutes to walk along the river to Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’, after passing lots of ruinous warehouses.
Abandoned and ruinous warehouses, Cacilhas (Almada), Lisbon
Picture: Svetlana Borodina
Cacilhas used to be a bustling area for a long long time when shipping and fishing were still major economic activities in Portugal.
Abandoned and ruinous warehouses, Cacilhas (Almada), Lisbon
Picture: Edith Bering, February 16, 2022
You will love the typical Portuguese menu. Fish, meat and great Portuguese wines.
Restaurant Ponto Final Lisbon, September 2019
€25/30 a person incl. wine. Quite reasonable prices if you consider the view! If you’re not in the mood for food, just relax, order a coffee or a glass of wine (bottle from € 7.50) and enjoy the scenery.
Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ & lunch with friends Svetlana and Sergy Borodin from Prague
We enjoyed olives, ripened cheese from Alentejo, cod salad with chick-pea, octopus salad, dogfish soup, a delicious bottle of restaurant Ponto Final’s housewine, sweet rice and a custard dessert.
Bill for 3 persons € 58.50.
Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ Lisbon May 2015: Sophie Lever and Jurre Schöttelndreier
Very good Portuguese cuisine. Especialidade da Casa (specialty of the house): arroz de Tamboril (rice with monkfish), Entrecosto Assado no Forno (roasted ribs) and Peixe Fresco Grelhado (grilled fresh fish). The wine list has a quality assortment of Portuguese wines.
Great lunch in Restaurant Ponto Final, Lisbon together with Edith Bering and Anita van Zadelhoff, February 16, 2022
Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ is a perfect location for a great dinner overlooking Lisbon by night. Make sure that you book a table outside in advance.
Restaurant ‘Atira-te ao Rio’, splendid view old town Lisbon
In caserestaurant ‘Ponto Final’ is closed, the neighbor restaurant ‘Atira-te ao Rio’, Portuguese and international cuisine, is also a great place to enjoy your lunch or dinner! 🙂
Cacilhas and the famous Cristo Rei statue
The elevator to reach the Cristo Rei statue (free) is situated quite close to restaurant Ponto Final .
Svetlana & Sergy from Prague
Stunning views! Close to the elevator.
Ferry from Cais do Sodre , Lisbon to Cacilhas, the other side of the river Tagus
During winter season in Lisbon this place is also worth a visit 🙂 ! But it can be rather cold and very windy!
Wintertime Sunset video.
Cristo Rei Statue, Cacilhas, Lisbon
The 82m (270ft) high pedestal (by elevator). This enormous monument is built in 1959 in thanks to God for having spared Portugal during World War II, inspired by the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro. ‘God opens his arms to the city’.
Restaurant Ponto Final February 16, 2022 : Anita van Zadelhoff, lovely dog Nelson 😉 and Edith Bering
You can go back to the Cacilhas ferry terminal by bus # 101.
Lunch July 3, 2021, friend Margriet de Vrieze & delicious pataniscos de bacalhau (salt codfish cakes, recipe in English) 🙂
Restaurant Ponto Final, Cacilhas Cais Ginjal 72, Cacilhas / Almada,
‘BIANCA’ s mission is to save abandoned animals and animals in risk situations. YouTube: Rescue of 4 puppies in the toxic landfill Sesimbra
The shelter of Bianca is located in Sesimbra – 30 km south of LISBON.
You can find much more on ‘BIANCA ‘s webpage & blog
Foster a dog on distance
If you cannot adopt, you can also help increase the animals’ life quality in the shelter: foster a dog on distance – choose your dog, choose a monthly amount you want to donate and help 🙂 🙂
Lovely calendars 2022
Association Bianca is proud to present its 2022 calendars.
There are 2 types of calendars, wall and table, both with photographs of dogs and cats, in 170gr chouché matte paper and silver rings.
Each calendar cost 7,50 Euros (+ shipping). Bianca can accept orders via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
´‘BIANCA’ save the animals, give them a temporary shelter, treat the sick ones, vaccinate them and finally find new, responsible owners.
The shelter YouTube
Association BIANCA’ was officially created on 17th July 2002. First, it had neither kennel nor any other physical structure. Its work was based on private houses and hotels for animals. In 2006 the kennel was opened – with a capacity for 50 animals. Today more than 400! 🙁
‘BIANCA’ does not want to be a deposit place for animals. They deserve much more than that!
‘BIANCA’ receives around 50 new animals every month. It is always a struggle to keep a reasonable number of them in the shelter and to be able to rehome as many as possible every month.
Many animals that ‘BIANCA’ receive are in a very bad state: after an accident, with broken bones and wounds, puppies and kittens found dehydrated in garbage bins, animals physically abused.
‘‘BIANCA’ has always many female and male dogs to sterilise. Females are always urgent.
The volunteers of ‘BIANCA’ count with the help of the vets who give them discounted prices but nevertheless the monthly veterinary bills are significant. Every animal that is given for adoption from the kennel is vaccinated, dewormed and has a chip. All adult female dogs and cats are sterilised and many male dogs and cats castrated.
Help the animals to increase their life quality!
Female puppies and kittens are given for adoption on the basis of an adoption contract in which the new owner obliges himself to have them sterelised when they reach the right age.
If you fly – on vacation or for work – from Lisbon to Belgium, Holland, Germany or Denmark, you can help the pets. You can take an animal with you to its new home.
Gerrie (Bianca T-shirt) and John Sexton at the airport of Lisbon
You don’t need to do (or pay) anything except transporting the animal.
4 little dogs going to Amsterdam
Little dogs flying from Lisbon to Amsterdam
They will have a new good life in Holland!
2 dogs arriving from Lisbon Portugal & new owners waiting at Schiphol airport Amsterdam
You don’t need to do (or pay) anything except transporting the animal.
‘BIANCA’ Association for the protection of homeless animals
Address: ‘ BIANCA’ Rua das Esmeraldas S/N, 2970-218, Sesimbra, Portugal
Bianca can accept orders for a calendar (7,50 euro excl. shipping) via email: email@example.com
The unmistakable smell of roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas) is announcing autumn’ s arrival in Portugal. ‘Quentes e boas’! ‘(Get’ em hot!). This cry goes out on the Lisbon streets.
‘Hot and good, a dozen for € 2“.
Much to the chagrin of many, the traditional paper cone made out of the Yellow Papers has been replaced by soulless paper packages, which takes something away from the ritual of chestnuts.
Baixa area, the commercial heart of Lisbon
St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on November 11
It’s called Magusto. This day is the peak of three days, often with very good weather, known as Verão de São Martinho (Saint Martin’s summer).
St. Martin’s Day dinner at home with friends, November 2018
The Portuguese celebrate St. Martin’s Day with jeropiga (a traditional delicious sweet liqueur wine) and roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas).
Rossio, Lisbon in December
On St. Martin’s Day traditions dictate that family and friends gather around a glowing hearth or bonfire.
Chestnuts are roasted, traditional alcoholic drinks are served, like água-pé (a watered kind of wine), jeropiga, vinho novo (young wine), or the slow smooth burn of aguardente (‘firewater’, alcoholic drinks between 29 and 60 percent).
Chestnuts and jeropiga
Because this pagan festival is a celebration of life, there is food and drink and plenty of fun: in some regions people smother themselves with ashes, black themselves up and sing around the fire.
Largo do Chiado, Lisbon
Located on a privileged spot right near the river Tagus, a view at the 25 April Bridge and right next to the Bélem Marina, Restaurant do Clube Naval in Lisbon is a great experience.
Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon & children sailing lessons
The bright sunlight of Lisbon floods the terrace on the ground floor. On the first floor there’s Clube Naval’s cosy restaurant overlooking the river through the enormous glass windows.
Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon, January 2017
The inside first floor restaurant is a great place during the colder wintermonths. Especially on Sundays Portuguese families like to enjoy a lunch together. Go early. Great atmosphere 🙂
Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon, January 2017
Excellent fresh fish
Very friendly waiters! The menu is varied: always fresh fish and traditional Portuguese dishes, like f.i. roasted fish fillet with razor clams, prawns, sirloin steak and black pork. Ask for the ‘daily suggestion’ (prato do dia).
Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon , September 2018 & Josephine Lucassen, tourist guide
Because the climate in Lisbon is mild all year round, it is often possible to enjoy your meal on the terrace near the river. Octopus salad (salada de polvo) € 8.50, mussels (mexilhões) € 9.50. Bottle of white wine € 10.
Lisbon, Belém & Monument to the Discoveries
View from restaurant Clube de Naval’s esplanada. The restaurant is located right next to the Bélem Marina and the Monument to the Discoveries ( Padrão dos Descobrimentos). A visit to this historic city region of Belém is a must for every Lisbon visitor!
Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon & river Tagus esplanade
O Clube Naval de Lisboa (Naval Club)
The restaurant is located in a part of a building of a sailing school, founded in 1892, a private non-profit association. The school currently has a paddling tank, various types of boats for learning rowing and sailing. 160 years celebration: YouTube
Building Associação Naval (sailing association) & beautiful wall drawing
Rua Nova do Carvalho in Lisbon, located near the river Tagus, was for decades known as a street in the city’s red light district with bars named after European capitals (like Copenhagen, Oslo or Roterdão (Rotterdam) and Jamaica to attract the sailors who stepped off their boats here.
Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon: wonderful drawings on the walls of the stairs
Former red light district In Lisbon
‘Pensão Amor’ is located in a typical Portuguese 18th-century building. Once a cheap pension with rooms rented by the hour to prostitutes and their clients to enjoy a short moment of love 😉
Along the 5 floors of the building you can admire remake copies of old posters from burlesque shows and peep shows.
Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon: burlesque decor & ceilings with frescoes
The ceilings of this former ‘guesthouse’ are painted with frescoes, the walls are covered with mirrors, paintings and old posters, and decorative pieces give the space an old burlesque, relaxed atmosphere. Amazing! The wonderful décor is recalling the history of the building.
Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon: the pole dance room
Pole dance & YouTube: Marina mey
Now ‘Pensão Amor’ is one of the most popular bars in Lisbon with various spaces for events like concerts, ateliers, a book store (love/erotica), a trendy hair saloon, bars and a bar with Peruvian specialties. The pole dance room is decorated with leopard and gold. Pole dance workshops are held here to learn the tricks of seduction…
Rua Nova do Carvalho, hip and trendy street in Lisbon
Nowadays this area is a hip and trendy region in Lisbon. YouTube
Rua Nova do Carvalho is a street lined with hip bars and clubs that become crowded after 2AM when the bars in the legendary area Bairro Alto start to close.
Rua Nova do Carvalho, hip and trendy pink street in Lisbon
More remarkable bars in this street:
‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon – Erika Reusens admires the bar in burlesque style
Open: every day. More information : Facebook
Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon – stairs to the bar
Bar ‘Pensão Amor’ Lisbon : drawing stairs to the bar
Cascais is a famous & chic vacation spot in Portugal by the Atlantic Ocean, quite close to Lisbon (about 25 km; 30 minutes by train, 15-20 minutes by car).
Center of Cascais in summertime
Cascais is a pleasant mix of history, tourism and local life. Once a small fishing village, nowadays packed with elegant boutiques, luxury hotels and restaurants. But still many small colourful fishing boats are bobbing up and down in the water in front of the village’s sea front. Fresh fish every day! 🙂
Fishing boats in the bay of Cascais, Portugal: Praia dos Pescadores
Cascais is situated on the north side of the mouth of the River Tejo which flows through the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Cascais’ popularity dates from 1870, when King Luís I decided to convert the 17th century Citadela here into his summer residence.
Cascais, very popular place for tourists: Rua Direita , 2016 ( nowadays this street is called Rua Frederico Arouca)
Portuguese pavement workers are real artists! What a lovely design, you feel like you’re walking on waves like Jesus did 😉 😉
Terrace restaurant, cafe & bar ‘O Poéta’ Cascais
Restaurants Cascais center & aggressive waiters
On this square aggressive waiters try to entice you to eat in their restaurant.
Football lovers : huge screens are strategically placed outside and inside the restaurants.
Vegetarian restaurant House of Wonders in Cascais: great, quiet location 🙂
Vega Restaurant House of Wonders Cascais: Sofia, Pasang, Sandeep & Bipek, November 2019
My favorite vegan restaurant and roofterrace in Cascais is House of Wonders, delicious vegetarian food
Lovely new terrace Vega Restaurant & cafe House of Wonders Cascais
Restaurant Maritimo, Cascais & Ben Weijers, owner of holiday paradise Quinta do Corvo in Colares (near Sintra)
In case you prefer fresh fish or meat, go to nearby restaurant Maritimo
Set under 2 centuries-old trees there’s tiny restaurant Maritimo ‘s terrace where you can enjoy fresh fish and salads. Instagram
Restaurant Maritimo Cascais & delicious prawns with garlic: 15 euro.
The big square next to the restaurant is an ideal place to let the kids play. Portuguese family restaurant Maritimo (closed on Sunday).
Largo Cidade de Vitória 37, Cascais
Cascais in September
Cascais: Museum Conde Castro Guimarães
This Municipal Museum is near by the sea and it keeps a very original architecture because its aim is to promote art. The palace is from 19th century and it was property of Manuel Castro Guimarães (a Portuguese Count from Cascais). MORE
How to get there from Lisbon?
Lisbon, train to Cascais
Return ticket: cheap.
Cascais & wonderful pavement, November 2019
Great beaches, and a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available.
More: Visit Cascais
Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo’ (The Crow) in area Mouraria Lisbon is one of my favorites. This part of the city is still quite authentic, although tourism has increased the last few years.
Largo dos Trigueiros, historic area Mouraria Lisbon & a ‘sweater’ wearing beautiful tree 🙂
A bit hidden in Lisbon’s city center there’s a wonderful small square surrounded with colourful old houses, and a small old fountain in the middle. Just lovely!
Square Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ (The Crow)
Wonderful very old fountain. Largo dos Trigueiros, Lisbon
2016: Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ (The Crow) Largo dos Trigueiros, Lisbon
Small terrace pleasantly shaded by a tree
Square Largo dos Trigueiros, once forgotten and lined with cars, is nowadays one of the coolest places of Lisbon. In march 2016 cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo’ opened his doors.
Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ (The Crow), December 2018
In summertime the terrace is shaded by the spreaded branches of a beautiful tree with a colourful ‘sweater’ wrapped around the trunk : knitted graffiti 🙂
September 2017: Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon
The menu offers affordable meals: a variety of dishes, also vegetarian. Opened in March 2016, cafe-restaurant ‘O Corvo’ is a friendly, easy-going place serving homemade foccacia among others, and homemade cakes.
August 2018: Dorade (larded with peppers) € 12, 50. Delicious!
Entrecôte (500 gr) for 2 persons, potatoes and salad € 28; um copo de vinho tinto/vinho branco (a glass of red or white wine) € 2,60; small bottle of water € 1,80, coffee € 1,00.
September 2017: Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon: entrecôte for 2 persons
Mix and match of antique furniture
Inside the restaurant there ‘s a mix and match of antique furniture, vintage pieces, wooden movie chairs, stone-clad tables and sofas from the last century. Everything recovered and in good condition.
Home made chocolate cake € 3:60
When entering restaurant O Corvo it seems that it ‘s only one space and an open kitchen (very nice people!) but there’s another, greater room. The place is suitable for a group (50 seats).
September 2018: Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘ Lisbon & Margriet de Vrieze
Historic area Mouraria
The cobblestoned former Moorish quarter, roughly between the Castle of Saint George (São Jorge) and Rossio square, is a friendly and super-central neighborhood where Fado was born and which today presents a mix of long-time residents and a multicultural community, complemented by artists, students and other young people.
Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon & nearby street with photos on the walls
Area Mouraria in Lisbon is a muddle of narrow streets, stairs and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age. Houses painted in several pastel colours or covered with antique tiles (Portuguese: azulejos).
Area Mouraria Lisbon & photo printed on wood
Photographer Camilla Watson : fabulous photos printed on wood
Um tributo à Mouraria (‘A tribute to Mouraria): a permanent exhibition of fabulous photos printed on wood on the walls of the streets in a tribute to fadistas or people with a strong connection to the neighborhood. Amazing!
British photographer Camilla Watson has been living in this area for 6 years.
Cafe/restaurant ‘O Corvo‘, area Mouraria Lisbon & one of the spaces
Location & how to get there:
10 min. walk from startingpoint tram 28, square Martim Moniz: walk via Rua da Madalena, then go up the stairs (Beco dos Surradores) until Largo dos Trigueiros , and turn right.