It’s always good to get tips and inspiration from insiders
Mansion Global has asked Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina, Chef Jose Avillez and the longtime concierge of Hotel Ritz Lisbon Patricia Coutinho about their insider recommendations.
Mayor Fernando Medina’s tips are in our opinion by far the most interesting tips. His Path of the East has been topping our person list for at least 3 years – since we blogged about the neighbourhood for the first time almost 3 years ago. But that is of course a matter of interests…
Mayor Fernando Medina’s: “The path of the East” – a section of riverside territory that goes from the Beato borough, passes through the Marvila neighborhood and is bordered by the borough of Parque das Nações—is a hidden treasure. It’s a diamond in the rough. The area, a pillar of Lisbon’s economic base from the early 1900s, still has small factories and workshops.
True examples of industrial archeology, these obsolete old factories are, little by little, gaining a new dynamic. The two artisanal beer factories and emerging restaurants are attracting Lisboners and foreign foodies. The Beato Creative Hub, where several technological start-ups, multinationals and other companies in the areas of innovation, research and creativity will work, is not to be skipped.”
Lisbon, which is a center of commerce, entertainment and arts, is the oldest city in Western Europe.
The 4 million tourists who visit annually are attracted by its global vibe, its history and its beaches. The city’s art is underfoot (the streets are paved with intricate mosaics called calcada portuguesa) and up above (the buildings are illustrated with murals made of azulejo tiles).
From sightseeing to sampling the latest cuisine, Lisbon’s mayor, a star chef and a top concierge share what they love about the ancient city built on seven hills.
Read Nancy A. Ruhling’s feature on Mansion Global
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