LISBON BY DRONE
Lisbon is an illuminated city. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colours – highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty. As we walk through Lisbon – whose history spans back thousands of years – we find streets filled with heritage monuments, and characteristic neighborhoods where the city first developed and can still be experienced at its most genuine level.
Have fun in Lisbon, where nightlife continues till dawn. Practice sport in Lisbon – with excellent Golf courses and beaches close at hand. Experience calmer moments in Lisbon in the city’s parks, gardens, belvederes, cafés and terraces. Or simply enjoy the pure pleasure of being in Lisbon, through its gastronomy, luxury hotels, spas and shopping centers.
Lisbon. A personal experience.
Sodré is the name of a 15th century family with businesses in this neighborhood which has always been linked with the maritime trade. Over time, the entire area from the waterfront to the two blocks north of it became known as “Cais do Sodré.” The “Wharf of Sodré” is a terminal of the ferries that link Lisbon to Cacilhas and Almada across the river, and is also a train and subway station as well as a major bus stop. Across the station is Praça Duque da Terceira, a square named after the Duke of Terceira whose bronze statue stands at the center.
To the west of the square is a huge dome under which stands the city’s main food market, Mercado da Ribeira and next to it is another square, Praça Dom Luis. It’s filled with palms and other trees, and is overlooked by a 19th century statue of the Marquis of Sá da Bandeira.
Rua Nova do Carvalho behind the market was for decades known as the city’s “red light district,” with bars named after northern European capitals to attract their sailors who stepped off the boats nearby. It’s now a seedy-chic street lined with hip bars and clubs, quite popular at night.
Lisbon’s most elegant and trendy neighborhood is where everyone meets for coffee, shopping, or before dinner and a night out in neighboring Bairro Alto. Most of the buildings are from the 1700s (many of them renovated in the 1990s by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira after their destruction by a devastating fire in 1988), but the neighborhood is a flashback to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the “Belle Époque” when writers such as Fernando Pessoa and Eça de Queiroz used to write at the now-historic cafés.
This is also the neighborhood of theaters, of charming old bookshops, local fashion designers and major international brands, giving it a lively cosmopolitan ambience at any time of the day.