Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, tourism-wise. As cities go, it is very easy on the eye, with many charming squares populated with statues, obelisks and distinguished buildings. Lisbon is a city of distinct neighbourhoods: the downtown Baixa area (while still attractive) could be almost anywhere in southern Europe, but districts such as the Bairro Alto, Chiado and Alfama are quite unique and it is these which give Lisbon its special character. Four miles west of the city centre is Belem, the spot which was the start point for the voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries and is home today to three major tourist sites, including the iconic Torre de Belem.
Torre de Belem Praca do Comercio Castelo de Sao Jorge Mosteiro dos Geronimos Padrao dos Descrimentos           Sintra Queluz Setubal Estoril Coast   Out of Town Greatest Hits Worth a Look Museu Gulbenkian Sao Vincente da Foro Se Patriarchal Parque das Nacoes Pantaeao National

Sightseeing Whispers

Hotel Whispers

Hotel Santa Justa  Website Trip Advisor Page Hotel Santa Justa is in a perfect location in a pedestrian street in the central Baixa area, close to train, tram, metro and bus connections. It is a modern hotel in an old building and is fitted out to a very high standard indeed! The street outside has a dozen places at which you could eat: admittedly these are a bit touristy, but the food available isn’t vastly different from that at more highly-recommended restaurants elsewhere in the city. The hotel breakfast is a bit expensive, but there are cheaper alternatives in the vicinity. The hotel has a nice little bar area just off the lobby and this is staffed by young, ultra-polite staff. As a place to stay, the hotel Santa Justa is hard to fault. (Rua dos Correeiros 204, Lisbon 1100-170)
Santa Justa
Santa Justa - Exterior Santa Justa - Reception and Bar Santa Justa - Restaurant Entrance Click to enlarge

Restaurant Whispers

A Lota  Trip Advisor Page A nice little family-run restaurant in a bustling restaurant area at the south-eastern corner of the Placa dos Restauradores. Good, wholesome, freshly-prepared Portuguese food at low prices. The house wine in carafes is very acceptable. (Rua Jardim do Regedor 15, Lisbon 1150) Il Mulino  Website Trip Advisor Page A lovely Italian restaurant just opposite A Lota. Great quality food (especially the pizzas!) served by confident, affable staff. Fills up very quickly and a bustling atmosphere soon develops. Well worth trying. (Rua Jardim do Regedor 40, Lisbon 1150) Maria Catita  Trip Advisor Page A classy Portuguese restaurant in the same street as Hua Ta Li. The food is of a high quality and the well-trained, knowledgeable staff can offer good advice on wine choice. The atmosphere is cosy due to the beautifully appointed dining area and the buzz of a satisfied clientele. (Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 30, 1100 Lisbon) Popular  Trip Advisor Page Almost directly opposite the front door of the Hotel Santa Justa in a street full of restaurants. Trip Advisor reviews are not encouraging, but the Popular is actually among the better restaurants in the area. Handy if you have just arrived and can’t be bothered foraging for a meal. (Rua dos Correeiros 207, 1100-165 Lisbon)
Maria Catita Popular
A Lota
Il Mulino
A Lota Il Mulino Maria Catita Popular Santa Justa - Bar/Restaurant Click to enlarge
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A “must do” experience in Lisbon is to sample the city’s renowned Pasteis de Nata or custard tarts. The Pasteis de Belem cafe in Belem (Rua de Belem 84) has the reputation of producing the best examples of these, but actually they are delicious everywhere. Best eaten freshly-made and still warm.
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Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is one of Europe’s best- kept secrets, tourism-wise. As cities go, it is very easy on the eye, with many charming squares populated with statues, obelisks and distinguished buildings. Lisbon is a city of distinct neighbourhoods: the downtown Baixa area (while still attractive) could be almost anywhere in southern Europe, but districts such as the Bairro Alto, Chiado and Alfama are quite unique and it is these which give Lisbon its special character. Four miles west of the city centre is Belem, the spot which was the start point for the voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries and is home today to three major tourist sites, including the iconic Torre de Belem.
Hotel Whispers
Hotel Santa Justa  Website Trip Advisor Page Hotel Santa Justa is in a perfect location in a pedestrian street in the central Baixa area, close to train, tram, metro and bus connections. It is a modern hotel in an old building and is fitted out to a very high standard indeed. The street outside has a dozen places at which you could eat: admittedly these are a bit touristy, but the food available isn’t vastly different from that at more highly-recommended restaurants else- where in the city. The hotel breakfast is a bit expensive, but there are cheaper alternatives in the vicinity. The hotel has a nice little bar area just off the lobby and this is staffed by young, ultra-polite staff. As a place to stay, the hotel Santa Justa is hard to fault. (Rua dos Correeiros 204, Lisbon 1100-170)
Restaurant Whispers
A Lota  Trip Advisor Page A nice little family-run restaurant in a bustling restaurant area at the south-eastern corner of the Placa dos Restauradores. Good, wholesome, freshly-prepared Portuguese food at low prices. The house wine in carafes is very acceptable. (Rua Jardim do Regedor 15, Lisbon 1150) Il Mulino  Website Trip Advisor Page A lovely Italian restaurant just opposite A Lota. Great quality food (especially the pizzas!) served by confident, affable staff. Fills up very quickly and a bustling atmosphere soon develops. Well worth trying. (Rua Jardim do Regedor 40, Lisbon 1150) Maria Catita  Trip Advisor Page A classy Portuguese restaurant in the same street as Hua Ta Li. The food is of a high quality and the well-trained, knowledgeable staff can offer good advice on wine choice. The atmosphere is cosy due to the beautifully appointed dining area and the buzz of a satisfied clientele. (Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 30, 1100 Lisbon) Popular  Trip Advisor Page Almost directly opposite the front door of the Hotel Santa Justa in a street full of restaurants. Trip Advisor reviews are not encouraging, but the Popular is actually among the better restaurants in the area. Handy if you have just arrived and can’t be bothered foraging for a meal. (Rua dos Correeiros 207, 1100-165 Lisbon)
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Sightseeing Whispers
Santa Justa Torre de Belem Praca do Comercio Castelo de Sao Jorge Mosteiro dos Geronimos Padrao dos Descrimentos           Sintra Queluz Setubal Estoril Coast Out of Town Greatest Hits Worth a Look Museu Gulbenkian Sao Vincente da Foro Se Patriarchal Parque das Nacoes Pantaeao National A “must do” experience in Lisbon is to sample the city’s renowned Pasteis de Nata or custard tarts. The Pasteis de Belem cafe in Belem (Rua de Belem 84) has the reputation of producing the best examples of these, but actually they are delicious everywhere. Best eaten freshly-made and still warm. Maria Catita Popular A Lota Il Mulino