Martinho da Arcada RestaurantRestaurant
In Terreiro do Paço, in the northeast arcade of one of the most beautiful squares in the capital, stands the Café Martinho da Arcada which opened in 1782. The oldest café in Lisbon, it was also one of Pessoa’s favourite places, especially in his latter years. It was here that the poet used to eat or meet other people associated with the magazine Orphéu. In tribute to Pessoa, the table where he used to sit still exists.
Address: Praça do Comércio 3, 1100-148 Lisbon
Telephone: +351 218 879 259 / Fax: 218 867 757
Getting there: Metro: Terreiro do Paço (Blue Line), Baixa Chiado (Blue Line/Green Line), Rossio (Green Line), Cais do Sodré (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line) / Train: Cais do Sodré (Lisbon-Cascais Line) / Boat: Terreiro do Paço Terminal (Lisbon-Barreiro).
GPS: 38°42'30.97"N 9° 8'9.28"W
Opening hours: every day from noon-3pm and 7-10pm.
A Brasileira in ChiadoRestaurant
One of the best known spots in the poet’s itinerary in Lisbon is undoubtedly A Brasileira. This café was the scene of countless intellectual, artistic and literary gatherings. Besides Pessoa, it was frequented by other writers and artists who met around the figure of the poet-general Henrique Rosa (Pessoa’s adoptive uncle). Today, the bronze statue of Pessoa is recorded in the many photographs taken (unceasingly) by tourists every day.
Address: Rua Garrett 120-122, 1200-273 Lisbon
Telephone: +351 213 469 541
Getting there: Metro: Baixa Chiado (Blue Line/Green Line), Rossio (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line), Cais do Sodré (Green Line), Terreiro do Paço (Blue Line), Martim Moniz (Green Line) / Train: Rossio (Lisbon-Sintra Line), Cais do Sodré (Lisbon-Cascais Line) / Boat: Cais do Sodré Terminal (Lisbon-Cacilhas, Lisbon-Seixal and Lisbon-Montijo), Terreiro do Paço Terminal (Lisbon-Barreiro).
GPS: 38°42'38.3"N 9°08'31.9"W
Opening hours: every day from 8am-2am
Casa Museu Fernando PessoaMuseum
Located in Campo de Ourique (temporarily closed), as the name suggests this house was inhabited by the writer during the last 15 years of his life. This place of worship to the Pessoa cult is home to the poet’s legacy, a documentary collection classified as a National Treasure. With two libraries – a public one, specialising in Fernando Pessoa and world poetry, and Pessoa’s private library – the house contains and exhibits objects, furniture and documents belonging to the writer, as well as a collection of artworks by artists from different generations and movements.
Address: Rua Coelho da Rocha 16, 1250-088 Lisbon
Telephone: +351 213 913 270
Getting there: Tram: 25 e 28 / Bus: 709, 713, 720, 738 and 774 / Metro: Rato (Yellow Line).
GPS: latitude 38.7166508 / longitude -9.1624939
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.
Mosteiro dos JerónimosMonument
This is one of the most beautiful and majestic monuments in the capital and where Fernando Pessoa is buried. The poet’s tomb is located inside the monastery, in front of which stands the lovely and well cared for Jardim da Praça do Império, a garden with olive trees and lush greenery which, for a few moments, blots out the hubbub of the city.
Address: Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisbon
Telephone: +351 21 362 00 34 / Fax: +351 21 363 91 45
Getting there: Bus: 27, 28, 729, 714 and 751 / Tram: 15 / Train: Belém (Lisbon-Cascais Line) / Boat: Belém Station (Lisbon-Porto Brandão and Lisbon-Trafaria).
GPS: 38°41'51.9"N 9°12'25.9"W
Opening hours: October-April 10am-5.30pm. May-September 10am-6pm. Closed Monday.
Rua dos DouradoresPoint of Interest
“I’m sure that even if I held the world in my hand, I’d exchange it all for a tram ticket back to Rua dos Douradores.” Pessoa was not the first great figure in literature to roam central Lisbon. However, The Book of Disquiet will forever mark the fourth floor in Rua dos Douradores.
Getting there: Metro: Baixa / Chiado (Blue Line/Green Line), Rossio (Green Line), Cais do Sodré (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line) / Train: Cais do Sodré (Lisbon-Cascais Line)/ Boat: Terreiro do Paço Terminal (Lisbon-Barreiro).