Lisbon: Get to know Mouraria…l Athena Advisers15 June
At the beginning…
Its tangled streets with colourful houses date back to 1147. At this time Christians had conquered Lisbon and expelled the Moors to this part of the city, which is where the district’s name comes from. Many of its medieval parts survived the earthquake of 1755 that levelled most of the city and its winding alleys still show traces of Moorish domination. The area’s multicultural foundations gave birth to Fado music, famous for its melancholic tones, around 1820. Most of Fado’s big names lived in Mouraria: Maria Severa Onofriana (first Portuguese faddist) and Fernando Mauricio, the ‘the king of Fado’.
Since 2010 a series of regeneration efforts have made it one of the safest districts in Lisbon, and one which continues to be a meeting point and home for people of all cultures and origins. Its old taverns, traditional boutique shops, Fado houses and even a mini-Chinatown make it a popular place to visit, every day of the week. The Martim Moniz square where you can buy spices and food from every corner of the globe is a must see destination, as is the Largo do Intendente square. This was long a place to avoid but is now trendy with new cafés, bars and restaurants amongst beautiful period Pombaline buildings.
Things to do in Mouraria
Enjoy at drink at the Rooftop Bar facing the Castle Sao Jorge. Located at the top of Hotel Mundial it has amazing views of the castle and the capital, and is an ideal place to finish your afternoon after a long day of exploration.
Address: Hotel Mundial, Praça Martim Moniz, 2, Mouraria, Lisboa
Experience what has long been acknowledged as the best seafood restaurant in Lisbon by visiting Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Cervejaria Ramiro’. You’ll mix with locals and well-travelled visitors in an authentic setting full of ambiance. This restaurant has been open for 50 years and keeps on managing to surprise its clients.
Av. Almirante Reis nº1 - H, 1150-007 Lisboa, Portugal
Last but not least, Miradouro do Monte Agudo is the one of the best viewpoints in Lisbon. You won’t find a huge throng of tourists there as it’s still a bit of a secret, but you will find a peaceful setting from which to enjoy panoramic views from Avanidas Novas all the way to the waterfront.
R. Heliodoro Salgado, Lisboa, Portugal