Get Together + explore Lisbon on your own
Thursday, August 22, 18:30-21:30
Estufa Fria, Lisbon
Participants are welcome to join the Get-Together event, an informal gathering to enjoy a networking evening in the beautiful atmosphere of Estufa Fria. The Estufa Fria is a greenhouse located in the heart of Lisbon city.
To help us better organize space, during registration in ConfTool, please tick the events you are planning to attend. Participants are welcome to register their partners and guests (max. 2 persons), but they must pay online a small contribution for them. Participants may come in casual attire.
Buses will leave at about 18:30 from the different locations. Please book your ride.
Exploring Lisbon on your own
After the event participants can decide to explore Lisbon on their own. From Estufa Fria, the most lively and nice areas of the city are reachable within walking distance. Participants can go back to their hotels by taxi, Uber or train.
Impressions of Estufa Fria
Estufa Fria de Lisboa, Parque Eduardo VII, 1070-099 Lisboa, Portugal
Explore Lisbon on your own
From Estufa Fria, the most lively and nice areas of the city are easily reachable. Below some tips about the different areas of the city.
This is where you’ll find the city’s most popular and best-known areas. The historic center – the Baixa Pombalina, with its traditional shops and museums, and the lively streets of Chiado, with their eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional stores – are some of the city’s main places of interest.
The Baixa and Chiado neighborhoods are a must for anyone visiting Lisbon. Besides containing countless tourist attractions, they also feature a vast number of cultural and food spots that are very popular with the locals.
Chiado, Lisbon’s perennial upmarket neighborhood, is a place of studios, original shops, renovated spaces and marvelous pavement cafés for watching the constant coming and going of those shopping, wandering and those still trying to figure out where the river is.
Baixa, more traditional and authentic, serves up souvenir shops, famous patisseries and adventurous eateries. Take your time to discover the streets and corners and all their charms.
In some of Lisbon’s oldest and most traditional neighborhoods, you’ll find a nightlife and festive spirit that you’ll find hard to believe in the center of the city. The streets fill with people of all ages who come to catch up, have a drink, watch the people passing by and discover all the many new things there are to be found.
There’s little point asking a Lisboeta where the best place is to go out at night. The whole city meets at the center of its nightlife, where there are places to suit every taste and music for every genre. The more experienced guarantee that Lisbon’s nightlife consists of a steady downhill motion – and the more poetic of them swear that every conversation is spoken in italics. Why? Because it always begins in Bairro Alto with its many and varied bars and restaurants, then heads down to Bica with a glass in hand and always ends in Cais do Sodré, where the most popular nightclubs intermingle with the old sailors’ bars, combining an original mix of cultures and ambiances. Whether you like 80s classics, hard rock or the freshest of musical sounds, you’re bound to find something that’s tailored to suit your tastes.
In the Santos area, which traditionally attracts a younger crowd, the atmosphere is more homogenous and rowdy, and is not recommended for anyone over the age of 25 unless they are hoping to relive the madness of university nights long since passed. During the day, Bairro Alto is home to various alternative shops, from records to art and hairdressers; Cais do Sodré has countless restaurants for recharge and Santos, Lisbon’s design district, is full of studios and unique shops selling fantastic and irresistible objects. Take a different perspective of Lisbon home with you.
Lisbon wouldn’t be Lisbon without the River Tagus (by Cais do Sodré) and the ferries, cruise ships, cargo ships and the sailboats and frigates which cross it every day. There are tourists who have just docked in the port; Alfacinhas (locals) doing exercise or out for a walk; and the people coming and going from one side of the river to the other, all making up the many different cities of Lisbon rolled into one.
The Tagus is a constant presence and responsible for the mythical light which illuminates the city and brightens the life of those who live in it. It’s where people go to have a coffee, sunbathe in the outdoor cafés, enjoy a drink, have lunch with a riverside view and, for braver souls, go for a sail.
Water sports are hugely important in the city’s river life: every weekend the river fills with young novice sailors in their Lasers, Optimists, and 420s, alongside larger cruising sailboats. It’s true that many sailors prefer the atmosphere aboard to actually hoisting the sails, but on regatta days the Tagus fills with boats of all sizes and styles in a spectacle that is truly unforgettable.
The River air also inspires all the other sportsmen and women who run, cycle and walk day and night beside the deep waters running into the Atlantic. The Tagus is also host of several major international events, such as the Tall Ships Races – which provides a unique view of the world’s largest sailing ships – and the Volvo Ocean Race – where you can meet the crews and yachts in this impressive round-the-world race.
If you’d like to get a unique view of the city, hire one of the many boats and catamarans to sail along the river or catch the mythical cacilheiro, the ferry which links Lisbon to Cacilhas. These are special ways to discover Lisbon. And if you bring your trainers, you can walk for miles beside the river in total safety and with an impressive view.
The oldest and most traditional neighborhood in Lisbon, with cobbled lanes and alleys and steep, grueling inclines, should be discovered little by little, stopping frequently to savor the view, atmosphere and authentic spirit of the oldest side of the capital. Take a deep breath and start to climb the hill that will reveal one of the best views of the city.
There are many ways to get to where old Lisbon is hidden away. Whether you come by boat, metro, bus or even tram, the tangle of streets punctuated by rails below and flower boxes above has to be discovered on foot. How else could you discover Beco do Forno do Sol (answer: in Graça, on the way to Vila Berta) or Cruzes da Sé, to which references exist from 1690? Or even Escadinhas da Saúde or Beco do Quebra-Costas, a street that has existed since 1565?
The cobblestones, testimony to the centuries and centuries of history, also await your footsteps. Enter the Sé (cathedral), dating from 1147, where you can still see the Tesouro (treasury) and the Roman ruins which preceded it. Continue up and don’t forget your camera: from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia you can see the pure essence of Alfama and the splendor of the Tagus, which is particularly impressive on sunny days. Once you’ve recovered your breath totally and let the sweet chords of the Portuguese guitar soothe your soul – it is at the heart of Fado, after all – climb up to the Castelo de São Jorge and visit the City Information Centre.
Only after absorbing every angle of Lisbon and feeling like a true conqueror of the city can you – and should you – go to Portas do Sol and enjoy the outdoor cafés which give the square its name; or climb up to get an even higher and even more special viewpoint. Even if the sun sets, there are countless restaurants and Fado houses where you can recharge your batteries and let the city cast its spell.