A little bit hidden in the former Moorish quarter Mouraria, in a small street of one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, there’s Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’. Open for a typical Portuguese lunch (almoço) from 12:00 till 16:00. Closed on Sundays.
Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’ & very friendly staff, June 2019
Great typical Portuguese food and, also important, very nice people and an informal atmosphere 🙂
Lunches only. One of my favorites! (Air-conditioned in summertime).
Delicious almoço (lunch)! Bifinhos aoalinho (garlic steak), 4 pieces (meio dose! half serving). Bill for 2 persons, including wine, water and coffee: € 22,50. Desert (sobremesa) from € 2.50
June 2019: Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon & Artur Domingos 😉
On the wall in this restaurant there’s lots of portraits of famous fado singers, born in this neighborhood: Mouraria.
Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon June 2019
No neighborhood in Lisbon is praised more in Fado music than Mouraria. It is said that the melancholic sounds of the music and singing of the Moorish people was at the base of Fado (meaning fate) music, often described as the Portuguese blues. More…..
Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon June 2019
Together with Alfama, the Mouraria area is a muddle of very narrow streets and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age. Nowadays it is a trendy area.
Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon, June 2019
Delicious: codfish (bacalhau). When you stay in Lisbon a must-try is bacalhau (dried and salted cod). The Portuguese adore it and it’s said that they know at least 365 different ways to cook it…one for each day of the year!
Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon
Lunch is almost always fully booked; We waited for about half an hour in the street. Go early ( around 12:00 o’clock) or around 15:00. One of the best Lisbon restaurants! 🙂
Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon. Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier, July 2019
Welkom! Prima uitgangspunt om Lissabon te ontdekken, hartje stad, tot 6 pers. Nederlandse eigenaar, verhuur sinds 2006. Geen aparte kamers te huur. Rustige privé patio (30 m2). Met 2 pers. : € 60-70 p.n. , met 3/4 pers. € 80/100 p.n. Vanaf 3 nachten. Bij 6 of meer nachten 10 % korting. Langere periodes mogelijk. Schoonmaak € 40. Prima (eco) verwarming.
Voor wie er van houdt tijdelijk tussen de bevolking te vertoeven in een 900 jaar oude volkswijk.
Patio (30 m2) & keuken. Juli 2018. Foto: Margaret Schöttelndreier
120 jaar oud appartement in Mouraria, historisch Lissabon, 2e etage (ca. 110 m2) met 3 slaapkamers, gratis gebruik WiFi en smart TV met o.a. Ned./Belgische zenders. Uitstekende stoelen en bedden. Mobiele airco.
Geen nachtelijk café-lawaai, wel komt er bij vlagen verkeer door de nauwe straatjes .
Taxi & metro
Afstand vliegveld ca. 8 km. (per taxi € 10-12 incl. bagage). Het appartement is erg makkelijk per metro te bereiken (metro, halte plein Martim Moniz).
BBQ met vrienden Erik Herter en Liesbeth Niebling: dourada 🙂
Mouraria was ooit de bakermat van de ‘de Fado‘ muziek, nu is het een oude multiculturele (volks)wijk en toch typisch Portugees, met fado restaurantjes.
Appartement in oude Moorse wijk Mouraria, Lissabon: april 2018
Nieuwe sofa 🙂
In de buurt: bakkers met heerlijke verschillende soorten verse broodjes) en onweerstaanbaar lekkere Portugese gebakjes, zoals bijvoorbeeld het beroemde roomtaartje Pastel de Nata: een caloriebom !
Kamer appartement Mouraria, Lissabon: lunch met Liesbeth Niebling & Erik Herter, maart 2018 : erwtensoep 🙂
Restaurantjes in de buurt
De supermarkt is 10 min. lopen vanaf het appartement, er zijn veel kleine winkeltjes in de buurt en typisch Portugese restaurantjes (ca. 10-12 euro p.p.). Het is veelal goedkoper om uit eten te gaan dan om zelf te koken.
Het weer in Lissabon is het hele jaar door zeer aantrekkelijk. In de winter kan het overdag op een terrasje heerlijk warm zijn, ‘s avonds kan het, ook in voor- en najaar, behoorlijk afkoelen. Neem altijd een jas of trui mee. Actueel weer. .
Mouraria appartement Lissabon: Paula Ferreira verzorgt de (uitstekende) schoonmaak
woonkamer met 2-zits comfortabele bank en grote antieke uitschuifbare eet/computertafel met 4 stoelen (Linum, ook geschikt voor terras) en een gemakkelijke extra stoel (Linum). Originele balkenvloer in alle kamers. Frans balkonnetje, PVC- ramen met geluidisolerend dubbel glas aan de straatkant. Smart/Satelliet TV met o.a. Ned. zenders, 123 cm, radio, CD-speler, WiFi-aansluiting;
3 slaapkamers met uitstekende bedden (geen kleiner Portugees-, maar Hollands formaat):
slaapkamer met 2 een persoons (boxspring, 2 x 90×200) bedden, aan de straatkant, grote antieke kledingkast en een gemakkelijke stoel. Frans balkonnetje, PVC- ramen met geluidisolerend dubbel glas;
tweede rustig gelegen slaapkamer (met raam, uitzicht op de tuin van de buren) en een 2-persoons bed (210×180), antieke linnenkast;
derde rustige slaapkamer (met raam naar de patio) en comfortabele uitschuifbare bedbank voor 2 personen (2 x 90×200);
Chicco baby/kinderbed plus matrasje 0-4 jr. en babybadje;
badkamer met douche, ligbad, bidet en toilet. Gebruik wasmachine en droger inbegrepen, ruime hoeveelheid handdoeken van goede kwaliteit (geen strandlakens). Haardroger;
zonnige (van half maart tot eind september) en rustige prive patio van ca. 30 m2. Tuintafel met 2 comfortabele stoelen, 2 bamboe stoeltjes en een zonne/slaap stoel. Comfortabele Linux stoelen uit kamer en slaapkamer kunnen ook buiten gebruikt worden. Barbecue gedeelte met marmeren aanrecht, 2 BBQs en 2 muurparasols;
de indeling van het appartement biedt voldoende privacy. Mobiel airco apparaat. Goede verwarming voor de wintermaanden via Heatwafer ecopanelen in iedere kamer.
Juni 2018: BBQ met Rob, Felipe, Joanna, Fernando en zoon Aleksander (3)
Mei t/m augustus, feestdagen en vakantieperiodes (10 % korting bij een boeking van 6 nachten of meer). Informeer naar aanbiedingen.
70 € per nacht met 2 personen, €90 met drie personen, bij 4 personen €100, 5/6 pers. €110 . (Vanaf 2 personen te huur).
September t/m april (m.u.v. feestdagen en vakantieperiodes):
€ 60-70 euro per nacht met 2 personen, €90 met drie personen, bij 4 personen €90/100, 5/6 personen €110.
10 % korting bij een boeking van 6 nachten of meer.
Informeer naar aanbiedingen of verhuur voor langere periodes. Kinderkorting in overleg. Kinderen 0-4 jaar gratis. Chicco reis babybed en badje is gratis beschikbaar.
Alles inbegrepen, excl. schoonmaak 40 euro. De bedden zijn opgemaakt bij aankomst. Mooi bedlinnen (Essenza), ruime voorraad handdoeken (geen grote strandlakens). Prima verwarming in de wintermaanden via Heatwafer panelen in alle 6 kamers € 25 per boeking.
Historische buurt Mouraria in Lissabon
de buurvrouwen (as vizinhas).
Appartement in Mouraria Lissabon: badkamer met wasmachine en droger
WiFi internet (wel eigen laptop(s) meenemen) en satelliet TV met vele kanalen, o.a. Nederlandse en Belgische zenders.
Startpunt legendarische gele tram 28: 5 minuten lopen vanaf het appartement
Een ‘must do’ Lissabon attractie: het legendarische trammetje 28, startpunt is vlakbij het appartement. Een ideale- en goedkope manier om de historische wijken van Lissabon te zien en de ‘miradouros’ (mooie uitkijkpunten) over de rivier De Taag.
Appartement Mouraria Lissabon, 2e rustige slaapkamer, met raam naar de tuin van de buren
Appartement Mouraria Lissabon, 3e rustige slaapkamer, met raam naar het terras. Comfortabele uitschuifbare bedbank voor 2 personen (90×200)
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.
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
Large but cozy Asian restaurant ‘WOK Oriental’ is also a tourist attraction, like the nearby Santa Justa Lift. The food is very tasty and cheap. They serve Chinese, Japanese, and also Brazilian (picanha), Portuguese and vegetarian food. Lunch € 7.95, dinner € 8,95/11,95
Eat as much as you want.. 🙂
In this Asian restaurant they also serve grill, meat, seafood, soup, vegetables and salads. Choose your ingredients to be cooked in front of you and eat as much as you want. There is also a sushi and sashimi bar, and of course, spring rolls .
The famous tourist attraction Santa Justa Lift. Picture: Martijn Kramers
WonderfulLargo do Carmo is one of my favorite squares in Lisbon! Beautiful trees, historical buildings, fascinating church ruins, the extraordinary Santa Justa elevator and amazing city views!
Largo do Carmo Lisbon, September 2017
This picturesque square is very popular, well known for the terraces, in addition to being the scene of several shootings, both (science fiction) films or documentaries and commercials. Music and traditional dance are performed here during the summer.
Originally from South America, these beautiful trees of the Bignoniaceae family arrived in Lisbon in the mid-17th century and ever since, between May and June when they’re in flower, they have lovely bunches of lilac-toned petals.
Largo do Carmo Lisbon
Portugal’s history & Carnation Revolution
The headquarters of Carmo (Quartel do Carmo) is a very important building for Portugal’s history. Marcelo Caetano(former dictator António de Oliveira Salazar’sreplacer) found refuge in the main Lisbon military police station at the time of the revolution.
On April 25, 1974, the day of the Carnation Revolution,this building was surrounded by the MFA (Portuguese Armed Forces), which pressured Marcelo Caetano to cede power to general Spínola. It was here where the Estado Novo (New Regime) officially came to an end after almost 50 years. More..
Largo do Carmo Lisbon April 25 1974
1974: The Carnation Revolution (Revolução dos Cravos) & Eurovision Song Contest
The Carnation Revolution was a largely bloodless coup. Remarkable: there were two secret signals in the military coup: first the airing of the song “E depois do adeus” (“And after the farewell”) by Paulo de Carvalho, Portugal’s entry in the 6th of April 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, which alerted the rebel captains and soldiers to begin the coup.
Largo do Carmo Lisbon & entrance Carmen Convent
Next, on April 25, 1974 at 12:15 am, the national radio broadcast Grândola, Vila Morena, a song by Zeca Afonso, a progressive folk singer forbidden on Portuguese radio at the time. This was the signal that the MFA gave to take over strategic points of power in the country and “announced” that the revolution had started.
Here you can also find an entrance to the famous Archeological Museum, the gothic ruins of the 14th century Igreja (church) Convento do Carmo).
Ruins of the Convento do Carmo & horrible earthquake in 1755
Open from Monday- Saturday 10h – 18h, cheap entrance. The construction of this monument started in 1389 by order of Nuno ÁlvaresPereira. The church was destroyed the first of November of 1755 by the horrible and well known earthquake. A lot of people died. More information..
Exotic garden Tapada das Necessidades in Lisbon is a guarded secret even the most Lisboetas don’t know about. Beautiful grounds and palace peeling pink paint, with an incredible cactus garden and a setting for a picnic you usually only see in films. Since a few years it’s open to the public/tourists and it’s free!
Tapada das Necessidades garden Lisbon: birthday picnic party June 2012
Between the famous Prazeres cemetery (also really worth a visit!) and the river Tagus (Tejo) you can find this large (about 10 ha) exotical park, including a wonderful picnic area, a network of walkways, historical buildings, a garden and lakes. The grounds of the palace contain a remarkable collection of exotic plants known as “Tapada das Necessidades”.
Tapada das Necessidades Lisbon: Lilja & the candy-pink birthday cake, June 2012
Surprise birthday picnic & special birthday cake
Our lovely friend Lilja (70) from England, born in Iceland, was invited for a surprise birthday picnic. This beautiful lady likes shopping, like handbags, hats and shoes, and she loves to try on every pair of shoes before deciding whether to buy anything at all 😉 . That’s why this special birthday cake: a pink ‘hat’ decorated with elegant ladies shoes and a small handbag on top.
Exotic garden ‘Tapada das Necessidades’ Lisbon: prime location for a picnic or a lazy afternoon
The Palace (Palácio) das Necessidades was built in the 18th century in gratitude for prayers answered by Nossa Senhora das Necessidades (Our Lady of the Needs, a title dedicated to the Virgin Mary), whose first devotional chapel stood on this site.
Garden ‘Tapada das Necessidades’ Lisbon: walk through the immense, amazing garden
The ‘Tapada das Necessidades’ has been the stage for some important events in Portuguese history, as exemplified in the famous case of the box that king Dom Pedro V installed at the door, in wich everyone could leave their messages and complaints to the sovereign.
From 1910, the palace remained unoccupied for almost 40 years. In around 1950 it became the headquarters of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Garden Tapada das Necessidades Lisbon: Rob and Felipe, June 2012
Sanitairy facilities & trees
It is really wonderful to walk in this garden, you have the feeling that it’s all yours, because there are almost no other people around… In the park are no sanitairy facilities, the guardians at the entrance cried: ” enough trees here”!…. 😉 😉
There are three lakes surrounded by exotic vegetation, sculptures, a waterfall, a fountain and a pool. Really beautiful but faded elegance….
“Hello? Thank you! I’m currently in Lisbon.. Yes! Celebrating my 70th birthday”
Small pink-washed cottages & gossip
Besides: officially the few small pink-washed cottages in this park were once the little prince’s playhouses. But there are rumors that young women lived in those little pink houses, being the mistresses of the king … 😉
One of the little pink-painted houses in the garden: playhouse for the little prince?
The abandoned buildings create a mysterious atmosphere…..and inside there’ s a lot of trash……. More pictures of this park, the historical buildings and the exotic plants and flowers: Beautiful garden pictures getportugal.com
Tapada das Necessidades garden Lisbon: entrance/exit near the Palace
How to get there? Take the 28 tram to Prazeres.
The main entrance of the park Tapada das Necessidades is through the Largo das Necessidades. This park is open to the public every day of the week – including Saturdays and Sundays, the entrance is guarded but entry is free.
Terrace ‘Portas do Sol’(Gates to the Sun) is located in Lisbon’s historical center, close to the famous viewpoint (miradouro) with the same name, at Largo das Portas do Sol. A coffee , cocktail bar and restaurant, and an exceptional location.
The lounge area of Portas do Sol, September 2010
Amazing views overlooking the Alfama rooftops and the river Tagus! After visiting the nearby São Jorge Castle(the Castle of St. Jorge), this is a place where you can sit down, chill out and enjoy the beauty of Lisbon.
Entrance Porta do Sol cafe, bar/cafe and restaurant, 1000 m2 terrace
This cafe/bar and restaurant is very easy to reach. It has direct access on the tram 28 which is the more touristic of the Lisbon trams.
The lounge area of Portas do Sol Lisbon
Portas do Sol is a lovely spot to sit down and relax with sofas and soft lounge-music, a place during the day where you can hang out and have coffee and snacks.
The lounge area of Portas do Sol Lisbon, in love! 🙂
They serve wines, cocktails, champagne and menu’s.
Live music with a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. Beautiful bar with crystal chandlers and chairs in art deco and romantic style (250m2).
Open daily from 10am to 12pm.Fridays, Saturdays and nights before a public holiday until 2am.
Seen from the nearby famous viewpoint with the same name, a very popular place for locals and a famous tourist attraction. One of the most beautiful places in Lisbon!
Viewpoint (Miradouro) Portas do Sol Alfama Lisbon, by night
The Belvedere Portas do Sol is a balcony space that all people of Lisbon are proud to have at their disposal. Magnificent view of Lisbon and the typical Alfama district that spans several narrow, winding streets to the river Tagus.
View from the nearby small terrace
Located in between several highlights of Lisbon (like the viewpoint of Santa Luzia) , the Portas do Sol miradouro is the terrace that every person living in Lisabon would like to have at home…..
Statue of São (Saint) Vincent, Portas do Sol
There is also a statue of Saint Vincent holding a boat with two ravens, the symbols of Lisbon. Saint Vincent of Saragossa, better known locally as Saint Vincent of Fora, is the patron saint of Lisbon.
In this wonderful 17th C. former city palace, currently houses the Museum of Decorative Arts. Anyone interested in decorative arts in general and the Portuguese Empire in particular will find this collection fascinating. Beautiful azulejos (tiles)!
On the wall of the church are two beautiful tile panels (azulejos): one of Lisbon’s majestic Square Praça do Comércio before the earthquake in 1775, and another one showing the Christians attacking (the nearby) Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George’s Castle) in 1147.
Miradouro Santa Luzia
Azulejos (tiles) have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture. This place is a wonderful tile treasure!
Lisbon in June: wine, sangria, beer, the smell of grilled sardines, mojitos, caipirinhas, fado,pimbamusic and lots of people eating, drinking and dancing in the streets of the historical areas.
On the eve of Saint Anthony day, the ‘matchmaker ‘ (Santo António, June 13), Lisbon turns into a huge open air party!
June 12, party time! Historic area Mouraria Rua da GuiaLisbon: Eve of Santo António (Saint Anthony)
In June, the month of the Festas dos Santos Populares (Feast Days of the Popular Saints), the Lisbon nights are filled with lively festivities that take over the city’s historical center. In the ancient Alfama, Mouraria, Graça and Bairro Alto neighbourhoods it all takes place. Of course, you are welcome to join the festivities!
Santo António (Saint Anthony), Lisbon’s most popular saint
Santo António(Saint Anthony of Padua), was a Portuguese catholic priest. Many miracles have been attributed to him and he is considered a protector of the souls of purgatory, guardian of good marriages, defender of animals, healer, and advocate of lost objects. Saint Anthony was born in Alfama (1195) near Mouraria, one of the oldest areas of Lisbon.
Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’ : delicious typical Portuguese food and a popular tourist attraction in a former Moorish quarter of Lisbon, Mouraria. In the month of June, all the streets in the historical center are decorated with garlands and lights.
In the ancient neighbourhoods it all takes place, but this party is also held in other parts of Lisbon, like Adamastor, a popular Tagus viewpoint, with the most breathtaking views on the Tagus river, the 25th of April Bridge and the Cristo Rei monument, overlooking the city of Lisbon.
The entire month of June in Lisbon is devoted to the Saints festivities, but June 12 is a very special day. While walking around you see people eating and drinking in the streets. The crowds can be immense, there’s music everywhere and everyone around you is in a very good mood, a wonderful feeling! ‘
A cool and very popular lounge bar in this street is Bicaense, near the bars of the bohemian district of Bairro Alto, possibly one of the best spots in Europe for a night out. Not only in June, but every night hundreds of people from all over the world are drinking mojitos, caipirinhas and beer out of plastic cups in the narrow streets.
Even the beggar near the cafe started dancing spontaneously …..people are dancing on Pimba music – a term used for a variety of popular Portuguese folk solo singers and bands whose songs are frequently driven by metaphors with sexual meanings.
Mouraria Saint Anthony Lisbon – pots with manjerico (basil) & small love poems
Basil & love poems
During the Santo Antonio (Saint Anthony) festival it is a tradition to offer a small pot of basil to loved ones, and in the narrow streets there are also stands where pots with manjericos (basil) are sold. Traditionally bought by boyfriends and given as a present to their girlfriends in Saint’s Anthony’s night.
Historical area Mouraria Lisbon in June: religious procession
At Avenida da Liberdade, from around 8h30 pm June 12, there will be the yearly parade, with people dressed up in beautiful costumes. There’s also the Saint Anthony’s brides.
Rossio train- and metro station (Estação do Rossio) is incredibly unique, located between Rossio and Restauradores in Lisbon. Formerly known as Central Station (Estação Central), and that designation still appears in its façade. The beautiful neo-manueline architecture was designed by architect José Luís Monteiro, completed in 1887.
Rossio train- and metro station Lisbon
The Neo-Manueline façade dominates the northwest side of the square and is a Romantic recreation of the exuberant Manueline style, typical of early 16th century in Portugal. Its most interesting features are the two intertwined horseshoe portals at the entrance, the watch in a small turret and the abundant sculptural decoration.
Inside the station, the platform is connected by ramps to the façade level and is covered by a cast-iron structure. The station is an important example of Romantic (façade) and Cast-iron (platform cover) architecture in Portugal.
Rossio train- and metro station Lisbon
Downstairs is Rossio’s metro station (green line). Metropolitano de Lisboa, Lisbon Metro official page (also in English), you’ll find a map with a network diagram and explanation of the metro lines.
Rossio train- and metro station Lisbon
Visit Sintra and Queluz, easy to reach by train from Rossio train- and metro station
The wonderful Rossio train- and metro station is a must see if you visit Lisbon.
Trains to Sintra (and vice versa) leave every 15 minutes, a 45 minute trip. The access of trains to the Rossio station is made by a tunnel more than 2600 m long. This tunnel was escavated under the city and is considered one of the most important works of engineering of Portugal in the XIX century.
Besides: if you prefer to go by car to visit Sintra, the IC19 superhighway takes you directly from the city and it comes to an end at Sintra . Parking is possible, 10 minutes walk from the center of Sintra.
The Pena National Palace, built by a noble man for his Portuguese wife