Curiosities

Jau street, a tribute to the enslaved people of Lisbon

There is a curious street in Alcântara about a strange man: Jau.

An old artists' villa hidden in Principe Real hills

Vila Martel hides behind a closed door at the number 55 in Rua das Taipas, on the slope of Glória.

Rua do Arsenal, home of the cod shops, witness to history

The trade of Lisbon's favourite fish for Christmas dinner has been more intense in the past, but it still survives in the street that witnessed the most important events in Lisbon's recent history, from the earthquake to 25th April.

A barge and two crows: Saint Vincent, the ancient patron saint of Lisbon

January 22nd marks another anniversary of the death of Saint Vincent, the saint that was once the patron saint of Lisbon and the Kingdom of Portugal, until he was replaced by Saint Anthony, today unbeatable in the preference of Lisboners.

The library that resisted the earthquake and housed the King mistresses

Anyone who gets a glimpse of this pleasant 17th-century palace, serene under the shade of the Alvalade trees, has no idea that the Coruchéus Library has lived several lives, survived the great earthquake, served noble purposes and less noble ones, like when it hosted the extramarital escapades of Felipe II of Spain, I of Portugal.

In this garden leisure plus nature equals mathematics

For those who walk by Campo Grande it may go unnoticed, but around the 11 hectares of the renamed Jardim Mário Soares, there is a collection of games dedicated to mathematics.

The Church that founded Italy, in Chiado

In the middle of Chiado, there is an italian pearl, 500 years old. It is the Church of Our Lady of Loreto, near Largo Camões. It is a meeting point and even the birthplace of the Italian Nation. 

The hidden secret panels of the Alcântara Marine Station

The first painting with a black person in a position other than subordinate, among a series of subversive and polemic drawings.

Palácio do Grilo in Beato, a place to dream

Palácio do Grilo is many things: a palace-museum-restaurant-bar-theatre, whatever the visitor wants. With more than 200 rooms to visit, the Palace's atmosphere takes you to another dimension, to dreams, to a live movie, to the fantastic.

Queijadas Finas de Sintra: the Nata rival

This is a sweet little tart with a special place in Portuguese gastronomic and even literary heritage. It makes up the list of Portuguese desserts prepared with cheese and rivals another giant of Portuguese pastry, the pastel de nata.

In Alvalade, a film club keeps alive the memory of neighborhood theaters

In Alvalade, nine friends united their love for the Bairro with their taste for cinema and gave life to a project that mobilizes the neighborhood's neighbors.

Jacarandás, the purple Lisbon

In the spring, it is from the Tagus that we best see the purple mantle that invades the city of Lisbon with its jacarandas. And rightly so, because the Tagus has everything to do with the history of these trees - they arrived in the 19th century coming from Brazil.