It you come to Lisbon by boat or by plane
As soon as you land, you must go to Belém
For there you can try sweet pastries so fine
They serve them in heaven since 1837
There’s an old monastery, majestic and faery
And a tower that’s built with such precious marbles
Fish jump from the Tagus to see how it sparkles
If it is time for lunch
You do as you wish
But do not go home
Without trying codfish
Clams Bullhão Pato you also must try
It’s a dish so sublime
Foodies rave about it in prose and in rhyme
Which restaurant to choose?
If you really insist
We’ll tell you our favorites
Click here for a list
There are three main plazas that are worthy to see
Terreiro do Paço where the king used to live
Rossio that’s spacious and pretty like few
And then there’s Chiado with shops old and new
You must go to Alfama
The sole place to survive
The Lisbon earthquake of 1755
Then you can relax in an old coffee shop
And pencil a poem about love or loss
If you need inspiration, we know where to go
For a glass of “ginginha” that’ll make your words flow.
You can shop for a gift
For whomever you pick
Here’s a list of suggestions
Diverse and unique
If you’d like to hear fado, stop by Sr. Vinho
To see singers in black make their voices go far
Embraced by the sound of an ancient guitar
Lisbon forgives if you leave for a day
To see Sintra‘s palaces
Cascais and its bay
But you must come back soon
For the city has charms that it only reveals
To those who spend time in its seven hills
9 thoughts on “A rhyming guide to Lisbon”
I like it, I really like it!
Wow. Seriously. The best travel guide I have ever read, love the concept! You could go on with Lisbon tourist information service 😀
Thank you for such a nice comment!
Thank you for this wonderful poem. It brings back memories of our trip this August to Lisbon. For some reason, we did not visit Belem. A reason to return.
Thanks for your comment. There is no doubt you have to come back to Lisbon!
This brings back so many memories of our visit earlier this year. Thank you for the lovely poem. We are definitely going to visit Lisbon again
We hope to see you back soon!