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“The city of natural light”

“A cidade da luz natural”

The city of natural light built on 7 hills

Lisboa, a city built on 7 hills and also called the city of natural light. Famous products are Fado and Pastéis de nata. Read this post to inspire yourself about this charming city near the Tagus river.

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Lisbon Metropolitan Area


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7 hills, natural light, fado, pasteis de nata, Tagus river

We discover the city of natural light

“The 7 hills and wide Tagus give the light”
Lisboa praça do comercio baixa natural light tagus river

Welcome in the capital of Portugal, Lisboa. Lisboa also is called the city of natural light and built on 7 hills. On and around all these hills, you find neighbourhoods with passion and a lot of viewpoints over the city and the river. This makes it possible to get natural light from almost every side you are looking. The Tagus river, o rio Tejo, is the wide river crossing this city. The 2 sides of the river are connected with 2 bridges: 25 April bridge and the 17km long Vasco da Gama bridge. But, of course, it also is possible to cross the Tejo river by boat. A lot of locals do this every they. Because they work in Lisboa, while they live at the other side of the river.

Lisboa fado music 7 hills
Lisboa Belem pasteis natural light
“Typical music and food”

The typical Portuguese music, Fado, has his home in Lisboa. It is born in the old part of the city. Read further below for information about this. Another famous product of Lisboa is Pastel de nata. Or the original custard tarts from Belém, the largest city part of Lisboa, called Pastel de Belém. These have a unique secret recipe. Only a few people has this recipe in their head. So, it is nowhere written.

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What are the most well known neighbourhoods of Lisboa?

“Every place has his charm and passion”

As told above, Lisboa is built on 7 hills. So, around each hill is a wonderful neighbourhood situated. Near the river, in the center of all these hills, is a lower part situated. This is called Baixa. Discover below all these neighbourhoods:

Why buy a Lisboa card?

“Amazing city card with a lot included”

The Lisboa Card is a must have when you visit Lisboa for the first time. With this card you have many discounts and free entrances to monuments included. Also by some monuments, you have the “skip the line” feature. Finally, best of all is the public transport. All your public transport inside the city is included. Also a some trains outside the city. Because some monuments outside the Lisboa city center are also included in the Lisboa Card. For more information, follow the link of the image below.

Santo António

“The patron of Lisboa and Portugal”

Saint Anthony, Santo António, is the patron of Lisboa and Portugal. He was born in Lisboa on August 15, 1195 and died in Padua (Italy) on June 13, 1231. His year of birth is not sure, some sources say it was 1191 or 1193. On his birthplace, in the Alfama, stands the Saint Anthony church. Every year, their are huge parties in the whole country for Santo António. But the most impressive and well known are these in Lisboa. These take place in June, before and around the 13th and they are part of the Festas dos Santos Populares.

Lisboa santo antonio church igreja natural light

What is Fado?

“Saudade in typical Portuguese music”

Fado is born in Lisboa. Mouraria, a neighbourhood on the walls of the castle, is the cradle of the Fado. This is a typical Portuguese music style which is full of melancholy, hope, happiness, love, sadness, absence. In the Portuguse language, they also have a popular word for all this: Saudade.

The Portuguese guitar is a typical instrument in fado music. The difference with traditional guitars, is that the Portuguese guitar has 12 strings. In stead of 6.

Lisboa alfama Calçadas fadista amalia rodrigues 7 hills
Lisboa natural light fado museum

Aside of this, in most Fado music, you also have the Fadista. When we talk about the Fado of Lisboa, most of the Fadista’s are women. The most famous Fadista’s were Maria Severa and Amália Rodrigues. Now these days, fadista’s like Mariza, Ana Moura and Cuca Roseta make international fame in this genre.

Lisboa mouraria cradle fado


“The national sport of Portugal”

A national sport in Portugal is futebol, European football. When you get in a small talk with a local, it is very common that you end up in a short time about football. Almost everyone, man and women, have their favorite club. So, Lisboa has also 3 famous clubs in The Primeira Liga.

Sporting Portugal SCP estadio josé alvalade

Sporting Clube de Portugal (SCP)

Nickname: Leões

Supporters: Sportinguistas

Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade

Lisboa Benfica SLB estadio da luz light

Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SLB)

Nickname: Águias / Encarnados

Supporters: Benfiquistas

Stadium: Estádio da Luz

Lisboa casa pia primeira liga light natural

Casa Pia Atlético Clube

Nickname: Casapianos / Os Gansos

Supporters: Casapianos

Stadium: Estádio Pina Manique


“Lisboa you don’t visit it, you experience it”

Once you visit Lisboa and let the city come to you, you will feel the charm, warmth and openness of the locals. This together with the relaxed atmosphere will bring you the passion of the city. After you discover the feeling, you will understand what I mean when I say: “Lisbon or other language variants doesn’t exist!”

It is Lisboa, only Lisboa.

Pronounce it as Lisjboa.

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