Three unique experiences in Lisbon
Take a stroll along the Tagus to the magnificent Ponte 25 de Abril Suspension Bridge. The 2.3km span bridge was completed in 1966 and was originally christened the ‘Ponte Salazar’ – named after Prime Minister Antonio Salazar, leader of the ruling fascist Estado Novo regime. Come the Carnation Revolution on 25th April 1974, the citizens of the city forcibly-removed Salazar’s plaque and painted ’25 de Abril’ in its place:
Climb the Padrao dos Descobrimentos – the ‘Monument to the Discoveries’ which was constructed in 1960 to mark 500th anniversary of the death of the Infante Dom Henrique, known outside of Portugal as ‘Henry the Navigator.’ Henrique was the driving force behind the Age of Discoveries when Portuguese sailors began exploring the west coast of Africa and colonising the islands of the Atlantic (in the early 1400s). The monument itself is made up of thirty-three massive sculptures depicting the major figures of the Age including Henrique himself, Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias (the first Europen to rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1488):
Book a table at the Beco Gourmet Cabaret at Bairro do Avillez . The menu isn’t revealed in advance, other than there are twelve ‘culinary moments’ along the way, (designed by owner/chef Jose Avillez ). The Beco space itself is inspired by the cabaret club of the 1920s – the show and dinner are intertwined and the whole experience lasts around two and half hours:
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