Lisbon’s colourful streets and awe-inspiring architecture have as much unexplored wonder and beauty as they have art, culture, and sheer man-made beauty. Here’s taking a look at the hidden gems of Lisbon that almost every itinerary for the place has missed till date. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Bordalo Segundo’s Street Art
Bordalo Segundo or Bordalo II is a young artist from Lisbon who took to the streets for putting a message out via his art. Centring around the materialist, greedy nature of man that has and continues to wreak havoc on the planet, his art can be found on the streets across Lisbon and are worth taking a trip around the city for. When you look at any of the following three artworks, know that these were ingeniously created from trash:
The Raccoon at Belem, near the Belem Cultural Center
The Giant Bee at LX Factory, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103
The Fish Bank at Avenida Ceuta – Alcântara Terra
2. The Azulejo Museum
Azulejo Portugues are the Insta-famous Portuguese blue mosaic tiles that can light up any and every space they’re put into. Now, imagine an entire museum dedicated to these gorgeous, vibrant, intricate tiles. It goes without seeing that the museum itself is a treat to the eyes. The colour palette is truly striking and is something hard to find enveloped under one roof. After the museum tour, head to green terrace on top of the museum to enjoy a meal at their in-house restaurant to make a day out of it.
3. Streets Around The Sao Jorge Castle
Lisbon is best explored on foot, especially if you’re around the Sao Jorge Castle. The streets of Alfama, Se, and Mouraria are possibly one of the best we have seen so far for strolling and gazing at this impeccable architecture. You’ll stumble upon old-school restaurants while losing your way on these cobble stone alleys and even viewpoints that are unnamed but offer majestic views of the city. What a way to spend a day absorbing the true essence of Lisbon!
4. Fiera Da Ladra
This flea market which stocks on vintage stuff truly hides a thousand gems in itself. Also known as ‘Thieves Market’, this is Lisbon’s largest flea market located in one of the most underrated parts of Lisbon. Once you go in, you never know what you bring with yourself since there’s only one of each item here in Fiera Da Ladra, promising vintage exclusivity.