So it is not a secret that we are no football lovers. When I tried to book last minute a room in Lisbon before our trip with EUROPA 2 I thought Booking.com was going crazy when I saw prices up to 6000 euro for a room. Oh how little did I know that the UEFA final took place in Lisbon on that very same day? Anyway I don’t give up easily and managed to find a reasonable price for a room with shared bathroom in a new guesthouse. When the taxi drove us to our new home for the night, the driver mentioned that the area where we are staying has a reputation of being dangerous. Our friend Luis Miguel Correia said the same, when we told him. So far so good, we love this vibrant upcoming neighbourhood with trendy bars and multicultural vibes.
Our neighbourhood has beautifully authentic Portuguese facades
We enjoyed drinks and snacks in O Dos Joanas, literally 1 minute from our guesthouse. We discovered with joy one of my new favourite shops in Lisbon, A Vida Portuguesa, which showcases beautiful Portuguese-made products.
Our favourite shop, A Vida Portuguesa
A bit further we made another great discovery on the Praça do Martim Moniz. Under the name MERCADO DE FUSÃO the square has been invaded with multicultural food stalls and creative interventions of all sorts. The whole square was full of beautiful people enjoying the evening sun, drinks, food, music and each other.
After we soaked up the pre-match atmosphere on the Praça do Pedro IV we had dinner with Luis Miguel in FABULAS (I discovered this gem last time). On the menu is the famous Bacalhau à Brás (shreds of cod, potatoes and eggs), one of the yummie Portuguese specialities. No problem if you don’t eat meat or fish the vegetarian version tasted and looked fabulous.
When walking home we emerged with Real Madrid’s happy football fans singing, and dancing.
Day 1 = a happy day.
Pictures: Mike & Véronique
The multicultural festival on the Praça do Martim Moniz
Party time for the supporters of Real Madrid