Lisbon’s waterfront is loaded with yacht-filled marinas and bustling ports. To spread out on a beach, you’ll need to head away from the city centre. A 35-minute drive west can take you to one of western Portugal’s most popular belts of sand – Praia do Guincho. This sandy number’s a go-to for surfers and windsurfers, thanks to the steady breeze and consistent waves. Elsewhere, Nova Praia – a 25-minute drive south from Lisbon – is more suited for laidback sunbathing, courtesy of its huge sweep of caramel-coloured sand.
The rooster is one of Portugal’s national symbols, and you’ll find all different kinds of souvenirs in Lisbon sporting this feathery icon. The shops in the old town and the Alfama district are great places to pick up some rooster-themed mementos, including crockery, magnets and paintings. Little rooster statues made of wood, stone or cork are also popular picks.
If you like to cap off your day with a few fruity cocktails, the Chiado neighbourhood’s got your name on it. It’s one of Lisbon’s entertainment hubs, and is known for its bars, theatres and cocktail lounges. The latter are ideal for relaxing with a few drinks, accompanied by some laidback live music.
Bacalhau – a kind of salted cod – is the number-one base ingredient in Portuguese cooking. Supposedly, it’s used in over 365 different local dishes. Bacalhau’s incredibly versatile, and can be boiled, fried, stewed, roasted and grilled. Sit down for a meal in any of Lisbon’s restaurants or bistros and you’ll be sure to find it on the menu in one form or another.
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