Next May, Rock in Rio will arrive in Lisbon with a massive line-up and a new edition of the festival in Portugal. The event will include an even larger structure, but will maintain the same Rock in Rio atmosphere. It’s a time-honored festival that takes place on three continents, with more than 30 years of history.
Rock in Rio is a great reason to head to Lisbon, but it shouldn’t be the only one to take you to there. As a modern and cosmopolitan city, Lisbon surprises its visitors and inhabitants in all of its facets. The combination of entertainment, culture and some of the best cuisine in the world makes the destination a ‘must’ for travelers, backpackers and people from all over the world. It’s difficult to even imagine the vibrant nightlife in Lisbon, with its numerous bars, bohemian neighborhoods, nightlife and activities for all tastes and groups. If you prefer daytime activities, you can’t miss the tours, such as the São Jorge Castle, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Santa Justa Lift. Plenty of its neighborhoods also deserve your attention, like Alfama, with its staircases and a beautiful view of the Tagus River.
Chiado and Príncipe Real districts are excellent for shopping while also boasting many restaurants, ice cream parlors, coffee shops and nighttime spots to suit every taste. And speaking of nightlife, Lisbon is one of the most vibrant capitals of Europe. For those who like to dance, party and listen to lots of music, we have some good options:
- Silk Club
With an astounding view of Chiado, the heart of the city, the Silk club is a combination of a club and a rooftop bar, making it a perfect place to have some wine and to dance.
- Bairro Alto
After more than 500 years, the Bairro Alto still hosts much of the fun and nightlife of Lisbon. Every night, the stone streets provide the atmosphere of a festival, with plenty of bars and restaurants, where all generations gather at places like the Purex, Maria Caxuxa, The Decandente or The Insólito.
- Cais do Sodré
The pier is bustling with the comings and goings of products marketed to and from Lisbon, but once it’s dark the district has a completely different life. The Rua Nova do Carvalho, also known as “Pink Street,” is a must, due to the bars on the banks of the Tagus River, in addition to night clubs including Pensão do Amor or Music Box.
Finally, this is probably the most famous spot for Lisbon’s nightlife. Well known for receiving some of the world’s best DJs, LUX combines bars, night clubs and concert halls. In addition to the amazing decor, you can enjoy the music and see the spectacular view from the terrace.
And naturally, when you’re in Lisbon, you have to go shopping. Which is why you must go to “A Vida Portuguesa” to check out its traditional products that make for great gifts. LX Factory is another excellent space, created within a set of abandoned warehouses and factories. Keeping the “industrial look,” this place brings together clothes and decor, coffee shops and restaurants, in addition to an open-air market on Sundays. On the other hand, the Embaixada brings together more than a dozen shops, combining the Portuguese tradition with the creativity and innovation in design and fashion.
Obviously, with so much to see and do, you’re probably going to need a coffee break. Luckily, Lisbon has excellent options. Without a doubt, your first stop has to be at the Confeitaria Belém, which for 175 years, has made their Pastéis de Belém (Portuguese Custard Pies) with a secret recipe, and there’s no equal delicacy any other place in the world. The “A Brasileira” confectionery is another destination you’ll have to visit, which adorns the Largo do Chiado with the famous statue of the poet Fernando Pessoa on the terrace. The Chafariz d’El Rei is perfect to experience the history of Lisbon. Try their tea of the Azores, a sparkling sagria or some of their homemade cakes.
It’s obvious that Lisbon also has much more to offer, but you can check it all out for yourself this May, (while you’re not at Rock in Rio, of course). Start looking for flights, and book your hotel. And don’t forget to get your tickets to this party (the international points of sales are described here) http://rockinriolisboa.sapo.pt/en/bilhetes/pontos-de-venda/). See you in Lisbon, this year’s City of Rock.