Welcome to In Love with Lisbon – one woman’s love affair with the beautiful city and the land of Portugal. I hope you enjoy browsing the pages here. My aim is to make this a resource for all things connected with this Lisbon and also Portugal in general. I am currently learning Portuguese so if you are learning as well why not join me on my journey? I would be happy to have you along for the ride and share your experiences.

Um abraço
With Love

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  1. Ubi
    September 19, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Good morning!

    I have to say, this is one of the only places on the Internet that I keep on coming back to and see what you have new, to share with all who love Lisbon and Portugal in general!

    Mine is quite a long story and who knows, I might start a blog to tell it all and add, as you do, what happens to me from now on.

    I am referring to Lisbon and to so many different occurrences in connection with Portugal.

    Thank you for your stories, articles, observations, anecdotes and everything else you add to your blog!

    Kindest regards,


  2. July 19, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks a lot! I have also placed a link on my site at:

  3. Angela
    July 22, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to tell you – I’m completely, utterly, in love with Lisbon too! I was so glad to come across your blog before I headed to Lisbon and used some of your tips and I can’t take to get back. I love the city, the language, the food, the people, the fado, the culture… everything! My dream is to save up and live there for 3 months over a summer.


  4. Lily
    July 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Angela
    Glad to meet another lover of Lisbon 🙂 Fantastic place isn’t it. I do hope you achieve your dream. I hope to move over there in the future. I don’t know when yet – I just keep thinking those positive thoughts and learning Portuguese! I’m going back over to visit in October though so more material for the site x

  5. July 24, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Hi Lily,

    First of all thanks for visiting my blog, and second congratulations on yours! Lisbon surely deserves the best, and although I always feel that it’s so hard to put down in words why is Lisbon so different from everywhere else, I can’t be less than happy while knowing that someone else also writes about my (our) city.

    Keep up the good work, I’m promise to follow your post from now on!


  6. July 28, 2008 at 10:26 pm


    Congratulations on your blog! so much interesting news, stories and necessary links about (also my) favourite city…



    p.s. some photos of “Lisboa, cidade antigua” you can see on my site: http://flickr.com/photos/janusz_st_andrasz/

  7. Lily
    July 29, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Janusz
    Thankyou x Your photo’s are lovely! Please feel free to submit them to the In Love With Lisbon Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/437017@N22/ – I have invited some of your photo’s already 🙂

  8. Madalena
    September 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Boa noite de todos,

    Estou sou feliz que podia descobrir esse lugar lindo. It will not be a news to let you know that I am a big lover of Lisbon as well. Lisbon lives in my heart and is like my homeland that I had to leave and there is no way to come back. I am dreaming about moving there for good but it is not easy as my pathways are complicated. Lisbon is calling me with a sound of Tagus’ waves, wispering my name. That is why I am going there again in 2 weeks time – only one weekend – another weekend of happiness, smiling eyes and bacalhau before returning into the gray world of responsibilities. I am very into music, had a great opportunity to talk to Tiago Bettencout from Toranja, Ive seen Mariza, Madredeus, Sara Tavares in concert and looking forward to see some concerts during this year on Atlantic waves…… looking for friends to talk about Lisboa Rainha do Mar and exchange news and chat about Portugal…… abracos

  9. Lily
    September 12, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Olá Madalena
    Muito prazer 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment. Always good to meet those who love Lisbon and Portugal. I understand the feeling of being pulled back to the beautiful country. Have a wonderful time when you visit. One week later I will be there too!

  10. September 26, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Lily,
    Just found your blog In Love With Lisbon, very good.
    I lived in Lisbon for about 3 years and loved the place.
    I now live near Cabo da Roca, Sintra, where the pace of life is a little slower.
    I still love visiting Lisbon and hope to take another walk soon around the historical district of Alfama.
    Keep on blogging

  11. November 12, 2008 at 9:10 am


    love to read your postings about Lisbon. makes me can feel how deep your passion about that place. Wish I could be there and find the truth.

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  12. Lily
    November 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy my website and I hope one day you are able to travel to Lisbon. Thanks for the link too x

  13. Marpessa
    January 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Dear Lily,

    thank you so much for your wonderful site, your imense love for my hometown Lisboa!

    I’ve just found you by accident, or better said, by fado! Through your eyes I see a Lisbon that is a fascinating new universe, not the distressed calçada of those that run it everyday on their daily routines and chores, too busy to notice and re-appreciate what they already know and seen thousands of times.

    I’ve revisited Lisboa virtually through your site and I too could smell the air pregnant with coffee and toasted bread and fresh baked pasteis de nata in the rua Augusta on an early morning. Or hear the loud traffic while crossing Rossio, always busy with thousands of people in a hurry to get in or out of town, and then around the corner the smell of just roasted marroni wrapped in yellow pages cones. And when the night falls to walk the unwalkable Bairro Alto and finish the night hearing singing Fado and thinking again how did it all started, what was real, what was imagined.
    Ahhhhh, how I miss Lisboa! Thank you so much for this trip to Lisbon, for your accuracy, for details that are forgotten or not seen at all, for reviving it and bringing to people in other places, with other cultures. Your Lisbon is my Lisbon.

    Huge hug


  14. Lily
    January 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Marpessa
    Thankyou for your beautiful words. They are very much appreciated, especially from a Lisboeta 🙂

  15. Ana
    January 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Bom Dia/Hello Lilly,

    Um Prazer conhecer-lhe.

    I am very happy to have found your blog. Your site is inspirational, and I am happy that you have a passion for Lisbon. I am Portuguese, living in the UK and feel similiar to how you feel in regards to Portugal. It is always nice to discover passion in people, through places.

    Although I lived most of my childhood in Portugal (Sintra) and was born in Lisbon (Lisboeta) I never really got to know Lisbon inside and out, as I was more familiar with the coast alongside Sintra (Cascais, estoril) and the North of Portugal, where my grandad lives. About 4 years ago whilst at University, we visited Lisbon part of an Urban Regeneration course, and that was like my first proper chance to get to know Lisbon. We visited many places, that I had never been before. The old, and the completetly new, and we learnt about the history of the city, as well as the current reality of it, through urban and social changes. It was a very rewarding and enlightening experience. Since then I have been back many times, as I have a strong connection with the city.

    I also love other parts of Portugal, and when going back I always like to discover new places. Beautiful place, always in heart. 🙂

    Lovely to have found you.

    As melhoras para voce.


  16. Lily
    January 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Olá Ana
    Thanks for your comment and it’s lovely to meet in cyber-space 🙂
    Ooh Sintra is such a beautiful place too. I re-visited last year and fell in love with it all over again. It must have been a wonderful place to grow up.

  17. Sarawanee
    April 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Cara Lily,
    Olá ! I found your website by accident and I love it ! I was looking for a nice Portuguese radio station to listen to and found your great blog-thank you so much for offering all these interesting and useful information, thoughts, comments, and passion toward all aspects of this charming city ! I myself was an exchange student from Banguecoque to Lisboa during 1978-9. I keep going back to visit my host family and friends until today. I can speak Portuguese fairly well (I guess !) but since there’s a rare opportunity to practice the language around here, having been able to interact somewhat with the use of language through internet like this is a wonderful help ! Quando vai voltar visitar a Lisboa de novo ? Ou já está lá agora ? De qualquer maneira, espero que esteja com saude boa e tudo corra bem consigo. Muito obrigada mais uma vez pelo seu marvilhoso website e quem sabe…um dia…talvez encontraremos em Lisboa ! Um beijinho e um abraço
    de amizade ! Sarawanee

  18. Lily
    April 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Muito Obrigada Sarawanee 🙂
    I am hoping to go back to Lisbon this year but I don’t know when as yet. Yes – I would be wonderful to meet one day in Lisbon!

  19. keith
    May 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Dear Lily,
    Just stumbled across your website and I love it. Thank you for going to so much time and effort. I saw your article on Principe Real. This is the section I stayed in when I was in Lisbon. I stayed in Lisbon for 30 days and did not want to leave. Every part of Lisbon and actually Portugal is special but I can not really put into words why.
    I feel like there is a hole in my heart, I have to go back. It is nice to
    know that there are more people who feel this also.
    Thank you for your blog,

  20. Lily
    May 24, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Keith
    Yes Lisbon does have a way of leaving a hole in the heart – we come away knowing the true meaning of Saudade I think! Thanks for your comment, glad you like the site 🙂

  21. feb
    June 3, 2009 at 4:37 am

    You have a very wonderful & helpful blog. My family is planning to go to Lisbon in the middle of next month and knew nothing about Lisbon. Luckily, I stumble across your blog and got so much useful information.
    Thank you so much for your effort putting it together 🙂

  22. Lily
    June 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Feb
    Great to hear you are finding the blog helpful. I hope you all have a fabulous time in Lisbon x

  23. Ricardo
    June 13, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Hehe, it’s so cool to see so many people “in love” with Lisbon, the city in lived in for all my 28 years :).

    My job allows me to visit a lot of countries, from Tokyo to Seattle, Paris, London, New York and more. I love a lot of these cities, but… my true love is to Lisboa.

    Of course, I live here and I’m Portuguese, so I’m “almost” obliged to like it, but I truly love my city.

    I think it has a lot of soul and nostalgia, almost as it is alive, a very distinctive personality.

    I also think it’s a great city to visit for culture, food, modern and old arquitecture, and night life. How i LOVE Bairro Alto and Lux…

    Of course, having 2 big football clubs also helps to ease my football appetite.

    Anyway, loved the blog and to know, some foreigners share the same passion, even if some locals don’t appreciate the city much!


  24. Lily
    June 13, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Hi Ricardo
    Thanks for your comment. I agree having a good football team is an added bonus 🙂

  25. João
    July 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I guess it’s only human to fall in love with settings and atmospheres which are radically different from our own – or to not fully appreciate what is ours. I live in Lisbon and quite often friends from abroad tell me I should appreciate my city, rather than criticising what I think is wrong…but in all honesty, I just lived one year abroad and I didn’t have any nostalgic feelings about returning home. Personal thing, I guess, but I just do not feel this city [and country] as many others do.

    Oh well, cheers to your page, it’s much better at promoting my city than me.

  26. November 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Hi there – I just wanted to congratulate you on your blog! I’m travelling to Portugal for the first time at the end of November and am very excited because everyone I know who has been there tells me how bewitching it is. Then I found your blog and it’s helping me to prepare – with what to see, do, where to eat, where to visit. For that, I thank you!! and look forward to writing a Portugal series on our return. Will definitely let you know how we get on.

  27. Lily
    November 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Epicurienne – thanks for your comments. I’m desperately needing to get over to Lisbon as I haven’t been for a whole year and I miss it – tenho saudades! I wish you a fabulous trip. If you haven’t seen it already, do check out http://www.golisbon.com as there’s a wealth of resources there to. I look forward to reading all about your adventures!

  28. November 9, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Olá Lily,
    I have been following your blog for sometime and I thoroughly enjoy your adventures through this beautiful city.
    I am the child of Portuguese immigrants and although I do not live there I am very familiar with Lisboa having walked its cobblestone streets many many times since I was a little girl. (My mom is a Lisboeta).
    It’s so nice to see someone take such a keen interest in this city–there are so many places and stories to be told!
    I wish to add a link to your site from my blog, http://olivamor.blogspot.com/ if possible.

    Muitos Parabéns! Cristina

  29. Lily
    November 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Olá Cristina
    Muito obrigada. Gosto o seu blog! I have added a link from my blog to yours. It would be great if you are happy to link to In Love With Lisbon as well. Your chestnut soup recipe looks lovely.

  30. January 6, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Hi, I’m from Lisboa I have been in Texas for 34 years and have not visited Lisboa but I enjoy to read about everything related to Lisboa or Portugal in general. Good shop e obrigado.

  31. January 6, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Hi, I’m from Lisboa I have been in Texas for 34 years and have not visited Lisboa but I enjoy to read about everything related to Lisboa or Portugal in general. Good job e obrigado.

  32. Lily
    January 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for your comment Grace. Wow, Texas is a huge leap from Lisbon. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading 🙂

  33. keith
    March 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Lily,
    Just got back from 2 weeks in Lisbon. I went 3 years ago by
    myself but this time I took my son and his wife. There were a
    few changes I noticed.
    The people of Lisbon were friendly and helpful and courteous
    on my last trip here. Pretty much they were impatient and
    not courteous drivers. One big change is now taxis and buses
    and regular drivers will stop for you even if you just look like
    you are going to step off the curb into a marked crosswalk. I
    am not in a hurry when I am in Lisbon so this doesn’t really
    matter to me but I am sure the the locals and most visitors
    really appreciate the change. Now if they can just pick up after
    their dogs.
    One other change was a few more beggars and lots more street
    peddlers. No one I asked seemed to know if this was because of
    more tourists coming to Lisbon or just because of the economy.
    It is not something that bothers me though because I am used
    to seeing tons more here in cities like San Francisco, California.
    I had another fantastic time in Lisbon and my son and daughter-
    in-law fell in love with the pLace also. Now I will see if I can get
    them to follow your blog too.
    One last thing Lily. You have a link to the Spotted by Locals
    website. I would encourage anyone traveling to Lisbon to check
    out their website for different or new places to eat or visit.

  34. Lily
    March 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Keith
    Thank you for your recent Lisbon experience – sounds like you had a great time! It’s good to hear the cars are stopping, especially as I always tend to look in the wrong direction because our traffic drives on the other side in the UK!

    I agree – I definately recommend Spotted by Locals for all my visitors. It’s a terrific website with tons of information about Lisbon 🙂

  35. Julia
    June 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hi! 🙂

    I’m really in love with that song you have on your video with the love phrases. Is there any change that you could send me that song to my mail? 🙂 Or can I find it anywhere? I would be really happy! 🙂

    Thanks a lot! / Julia

  36. Lily
    June 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Julia – Oh that’s very kind of you, thank you! It’s a piece of music I wrote many years ago called ‘The Frost’. I will see if I can get it uploaded on here in the next few days (probably at the weekend). I’m happy to email you when it’s up if you send me an email to lily@inlovewithlisbon.com but I’ll come back here and leave a message anyway x

  37. Lily
    June 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Julia
    Oh dear I have a major problem. The music program I used to create the file has just crashed repeatedly on me so I’m unable to retrieve this at the moment. I thought I had it as a seperate file somewhere but it seems not. It may be a while before I’m able to put this up for you. I’m really sorry x

  38. Akashadina
    September 21, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Ola Lily,
    I am happy to have found your all loving Lisbon blog, via Fado.
    I plan a first trip to Lisbon (with friends) next year and can use
    all possible good, solig, heartful advice.
    I plan also to learn at least some basic Portugeuse.
    I am IN LOVE WITH FADO so I have to feel and see the place
    it comes from; saving money for that.

    I am reading F. Pessoa and J.Saramago, at the moment. I had the chance, 2 years ago, to attent a miraculous show, in my hometown, of the Fado artist Mariza. It was WONDERFUL!

    Muito obrigada for what you do.

    Warm greetings from Timisoara, ROMANIA.

  39. Lily
    September 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Olá Akashadina
    Thank you for your lovely message.
    Îmi pare bine – I hope that says ‘pleased to meet you’ 🙂

    You will LOVE Lisbon. If you love fado it is the place to go! I recommend the Fado museum. You will learn a lot about Fado there as well. Pessoa is wonderful and so is Mariza. I have also discovered a band called Deolinda. They draw their musical influences from fado although are a little more modern in sound. You may like them too.
    Please let me know when you go to Lisbon. I would love to hear all about it. I am also planning another trip next year.
    Obrigada x

  40. Andrea
    December 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I found this blog while I do some research about Lisbon and poetry. All this passion to my city touched me and made me remember the pride of the beautiful city I have.
    Thank you so much for admiring Lisbon and Fernando Pessoa, who is one of my favorite poets.
    I have one musical suggestion to do. “dead combo”, their music have Lisbon like inspiration.
    Hope you like it.
    A Kiss From Lisbon


  41. Lily
    December 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Andrea
    Thanks for your comment and I love Dead Combo! I hadn’t heard them before but listening to this was wonderful. Thank you so much for the suggestion. I’m going to listen to their albums on Spotify 🙂
    It means so much to me that you appreciate my passion for your beautiful city, culture and language.
    Muito obrigada

  42. April 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks Lily for putting my blog in your Blogroll.
    Keep showing Lisbon, our “menina” deserves to have nice blogs dedicated to her.

    All the best

    • Lily
      April 13, 2011 at 7:21 am

      Your very welcome Mike 🙂
      You have an excellent blog and I look forward to reading more.

  43. May 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm


    we share at least one thing, and it is a big one. Our love for this city/country. Check out my blog, I am sure you will find many familiar feelings. I will def. follow you. Will be in Lisboa in 2 weeks, finally again. Cheers!

    • Lily
      May 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Julia, thanks for your comment. Lovely to meet you. I’ve added a link to your blog and yes I see we have similar feelings 🙂

  44. Mike
    July 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t think I have seen this section of In Love with Lisbon before but reading it makes me feel the Saudade more than ever. What a wonderful group of people meet on this site! Wish I could meet some of them in real life! Lisboa vai estar no meu coração para sempre

  45. Mike
    July 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I now have a FNAC on-line account and I have ordered a Cristina Nóbrega CD I couldn’t get in the UK. Mind you it was pricy as they send using DHL but the delivery time is quite good. Oh to live in Lisbon and visit FNAC Chiado again!

  46. Mike
    March 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Just passed through lovely Lisboa en route to Fátima. I had a most interesting start to my trip. The flight from Gatwick was so delayed
    that I missed the last bus from Lisboa, Sete Rios, to Fátima so an overnight stay in Lisboa was the best option. A friendly security guard at the nearby metro station pointed me in the direction of nearby hotels – not where I would ordinarily have chosen to stay – the business type ones, like Ibis, Novotel etc. As I was somewhat knackered I didn’t quibble at paying 53 Euros for a night’s comfort. If I’d had more energy I might have headed for Rossio and Praça de Figueira. Better scenery AND better Pastéis de Nata! In any case to go to Fátima by cab would have cost around 100 Euros (at least that’s what it cost me few years back) so the hotel was still the cheaper option as the express bus I caught the next morning only costs 11.50 Euros. The Lisboa hotel buffet-breakfast was excellent. I still prefer my hotel in Fátima which I find more comfortable and, being out of the City, cheaper.

    • March 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Mike
      Fab to hear you are in Portugal again! Thanks for sharing your experience and great that you got to spend an unexpected night in Lisbon!

  47. March 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Congratulations, great blog! I lived in Portugal for a year, managed to learn some portuguese and actually going back in September..I wish I had known your blog before going to Lisbon! I have a quite fresh blog, already added yours to my blogroll. Here´s something about my love for the city if you ever wanna check it:


    Take care and..boa sorte!

  48. Mike
    April 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I remember some time ago hoping that Fado music might be available (sem fadista) in a music only orchestral version, perhaps a suite based on some of the well-known Fados much as orchestral suites have been based on pop-songs. Well tonight on RTPi there was something along those lines, featuring Katia Guerreiro. Details as such are at:

    It was an interesting mix of orchestra and the traditional fado instruments. I hope there will be more such offerings!

  49. May 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm
  50. February 4, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Deer Lisbon Lovers,
    there are not foreigner people that loves Lisbon. I had traveled a lot and it’s always an happiness to come back.
    It’s the light, the Tagus River, the architecture, it’s realy dificult to explain how we feel good here. OH! I’m so glad I had born and groun here!
    Now I plan to say that to the world in our products, and remember the world how big we can be when we are commited to that.
    For now, you can visit my page and take a look at some informations and pictures I put there each time I can.
    Love from Lisbon.

  51. March 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I really like your blog and I thought you might be interested in checking out my exhibition at the exciting new art space Adamastor studios. .”Still Worlds” is an exhibition of figurative paintings by the award-winning Scottish artist Owen Normand. Opening on Saturday the 15th of March at 21:00 at Adamastor Studios, a brand new gallery and cultural centre offering exhibitions, theatre, cinema and workshops.

    Owen Normand

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