LISBON - GREATER LISBON
A VISIT TO CASA-MUSEU DR ANASTÁCIO GONÇALVES
A large iron gate in the Art Nouveau style invites the visitors to discover the elegant China, Portuguese painting, furniture, silverware, amongst many other collections of decorative art objects found inside this beautiful building. (213 540 823. Av 5 de Outubro, 6-8. Tuesdays 2 pm – 6 pm; Wednesdays to Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm. Closed Monday, 1 Jan., Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 Dec. Free admittance until 2 pm, every Sunday and public holiday)
A VISIT TO THE ZOO
This is a great place for both kids and grown-ups. Not only is it one of the best gathering of live animals in the world, you can also watch birds flying freely, (between 12.15 pm and 4.30 pm), dolphin shows (at 11 am and 5 pm, except on Tuesdays), and you can feed pelicans (2.30 pm) or sea lions (10.30 am and 2 pm), among many other event. (217 232 910. Estrada de Benfica, 158-160. 10 am – 6 pm. Children from 3 to 11 years old € 11,50; adults €15; senior citizens €12,50).
A WALK ON AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE
This is a very large and broad avenue, connecting the Rossio to the Marquês de Pombal roundabout. It starts at the Restauradores, with its obelisk, where the buildings flaunt their Neoclassical, Parisian-influenced façades. It stretches straight as an arrow, with wide sidewalks dotted with big trees. It both invites one to amble leisurely or to choose one of its many terraces to rest for a while.
TEA AND PASTRIES AT PASTELARIA VERSAILLES
One of the most historical confectionaries of Lisbon, founded in 1922. It is decorated according to the Art Nouveau principles, making up a lavish interior, filled with mirrors, stucco ceilings and large candelabra. (213 546 340. Av da República, 15-A. 8 am – 9 pm).