Lisbon treasures

Composit Viuva Lamego

We’re often asked whether you can see Lisbon in a day or two. Sure, you can drink an espresso at Brasileira, take a brisk walk through Rossio and Terreiro do Paço, climb to Alfama to tour the castle, and rush right back down to go to Belém. Once there, you can try the famous Pasteis de Belém and go for a quick visit of the Jerónimos monastery and the Belém tower.

You’ll have seen a lot, but you will not know Lisbon. The city doesn’t reveal itself on a one night stand. To understand Lisbon, you must take the time to walk around and discover its many hidden gems.

One of these gems is Viúva Lamego, a store that has sold handmade tiles and ceramics since 1849. The blue-tiled back of the building faces the bustling Avenida Almirante Reis. If you walk around in search of the main entrance, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of one of the most exuberant facades in Lisbon.

There are many other jewels to discover in Lisbon: beautiful gardens, graceful architecture, quaint shops, enticing vistas, and wonderful neighborhood restaurants.

Those who discover some of these treasures get hooked and as soon as they depart, they start planning to come back.

The Viúva Lamego building is located on Largo do Intendente Pina Manique, 25.

21 thoughts on “Lisbon treasures

  1. Definitely agree about getting away from the Tourist track. We spotted this fabulous building when we were on the no28, so pleased we did as it was on my ‘things to see’ after seeing their stunning tiles in Estoi.

  2. I only spent one day in Lisbon, and it’s definitely on my list of places to go back to. Thanks for sharing! I always thought the tile ceramics of Lisbon were beautiful! It’s amazing that there is an actual store where you can purchase some.

  3. Hi Dave,

    Great to hear from you…although short & sweet out of necessity.

    The dust is still flying here, trying to prepare for our open house on 4/16/16. Yikes! Now the concept of moving has become a reality. Yikes again!

    Just wanted to share this wonderful website, which provided us with rare insights beyond the travel books. It enhanced our stay in Lisbon as well as our road trip down the coast of Portugal into southern Spain. Look for their post on Porto.

    We will meet in Providence to have a major gabfest before long…after the dreaded open house. We’ll be in touch.

    Love to you & Gen, Peggy

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Lisbon is the first place of Portugal which I have visited. Standing at the Warsaw Chopin Airport little did I know just how much that journey would change my approach to Portugal, and my life afterwards.

  5. Thank you. I was going to dash about between an espresso and a quick meal at Pasteis de Belem, exactly like you said. Now I think I’ll rush down to grab some tiles after the cakes. Hope there’s a garden I can cross on the way; maybe I can take a photo of locals relaxing. 🙂

    Nice post.

    1. If you go to see Viuva Lamego you will actually see a small garden in Intendente designed by Joana Vasconcelos, the same artist who made the giant shoes out of cooking pots (we just blogged about that).

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