Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Lisbon Chronicles | Ribeira das Naus
The Lisbon riverfront is beautiful on sunny days and deserves to be enjoyed with time. Today we suggest a quiet stroll along the Tagus, from Terreiro do Paço (or Praça do Comércio) to Cais do Sodré. You can plan to visit this part of the city wen returning from Alfama, or walking from Rossio, trough downtown. If its lunch time you can try one of the new restaurants in the square, with its sunny terraces and options for all tastes. If you want to opt for a historic restaurant in the city, enter Martinho da Arcada (a favorite spot of the writer Fernando Pessoa).
Across the square, next to the river, you find the emblematic Cais das Colunas (Columns Pier), walking to your right you’ll enter Rua da Ribeira das Naus, where at the time of the discoveries were built some of the ships (Naus) used. Today the space is reclassified and functions as a kind of urban beach where visitors and Lisboetas simply relax under the sun.
On the opposite side are the Navy buildings and the old docks and along the way you can find kiosks and terraces to make a small meal or to drink a coffee. Continuing to the end of the street, you get to the Cais do Sodré square, where you have access to the boat station, where you can catch a boat to the left bank of the river, the train station, were you can catch the train to Cascais, and the Metro station Cais do Sodré, where you can catch a connection to another part of the city.
If only now the appetite as arrived, you can not fail to visit the Mercado da Ribeira, where in addition to the usual selling of fish, fruit, vegetables and the freshest flowers, you can find the Time Out space with a huge variety of gastronomic proposals of some of the most emblematic establishments and city chefs. Absolutely not to be missed!