Are you looking for thrilling facts about Lisbon? Great, you are in the right place!
As I run tours for families with kids, I am trained to answer to any kind of question kids can make. And if you have kids, you will surely know that kids are extremely curious!
THE BEST FACTS ABOUT LISBON
Keep reading to discover the most secret and interesting curiosities about Lisbon! And if it still not enough for you, come and visit Lisbon with Tapsy Tours, the best is yet to come…
1. WHY MANY PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO GET INTO BELEM TOWER
The most famous tower in the capital of Portugal has been used for many different purposes over the years. From the telegraph post, to the lighthouse, to the customs office, it has covered more roles than Sylvester the Cat when trying to catch Tweety! The most interesting one? Long time ago, it was employed as a prison…not surprising that it wasn’t a popular meeting point at the time…what about now? It is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the meeting point for the Tapsy Tour of Lisbon as well! Can you spot me near it?
2. UNUSUAL ARTISTIC SPOTS AND WERE TO FIND THEM
Most people believe that to find great pieces of art you need to get into a museum…right…except if you are travelling to Lisbon. In fact, the best pieces of art in the capital of Portugal can be found on the streets: I am talking about the amazing graffiti that cover Lisbon and contribute to make it one of the most interesting capitals of Europe.
3. WHY TOURISTS WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTS
Try to guess what’s the most iconic Lisbon attraction: a castle? An ancient ruin? A monument? NONE OF THESE
It is a TRAM…yes a T-R-A-M, and exactly the yellow and old fashioned number 28!
As you see it, you will immediately understand why tourists adapt their touristic route just to enjoy a ride over it! Are you ready to discover it with me?
4. LET’S TALK SERIOUS, LET’S TALK ABOUT FOOD!
People in Lisbon can get very serious about that: the secret receipt of the Pastéis the Belém! Are you wondering what’s so special about them? Well, basically they are custard tarts, or pastéis de nata, but they are still confectioned according to the 1837 Jerónimos receipt, which is more than a secret receipt. In fact, patissiers working at the Pastéis de Belém cafè, have to follow a precise code of rules: they can’t write the receipt down, they can’t be on the same flight, they can’t order the same dish at a restaurant and many others you can ask me while tasting a delicious pastéis de nata during the Tapsy Tour of Lisbon!
5. ART IS THE AIR…AND ON THE GROUND!
In a city where trams and graffiti become touristic attractions, you won’t be surprised if I suggest to focus your attention on the ground…
Colorful, meaningful, artistic and absolutely amazing are only some of the adjectives that will come to your mind as you step the typical Portuguese pavement. Getting lost in Lisbon can lead to unbelievable discoveries if you remember not to rise your head!
6. A LIVELY ICON OF LISBON
When you think of an iconic animal for a city, you imagine a lively, powerful or at least cute animal…like a DARK RAVEN! Right?
OK, not really what came to your mind first, but hey, I am mole and any animal is my friend!
Why do people have the cult of ravens in Lisbon? Because, according to an old legend, the body of São Vicente, the patron saint of Lisbon, during his trip back to the city, was accompanied by two ravens. The cult is so solid in Lisbon that once, in São Jorge Castle, you could even find a large cage with ravens!