Graça is one charming neighborhood on the highest hill of Lisbon and since this week we are celebrating women’s day this all makes sense. In our opinion, this is the most feminine neighborhood, full of Grace where women in arts, literature and history took an important role. And it is one of our favorite spots to see the views, to enjoy the sunset, to listen to fado and we won’t tell more because you will need to join us in one of our walking tours in Lisbon!
Ah Graça! We just love it. It’s colorful 19th century buildings tell us that this is a more recent neighborhood, compared to Alfama and Mouraria. It grew after the big hearthquake in 1755 and the industrialization in the areas of Xabregas and Marvila. That’s why you find so many villas which were used to house the factory workers. It is not to be missed the tiled blue building of Villa Sousa, the cute buildings of Villa Estrela de Ouro and the stylish Villa Berta.
Graça has lots of charm. The colorful tiled buildings, the gardens and the viewpoint of Graça resembles some Parisian way of living. And since the women’s day is near, Graça is the neighbourhood with a strong feminine presence of women that took part of our history as the intellectuals, the feminists and the writers. Natalia Correia, a famous Portuguese poet founded the Botequim in the 70s, a place full of Vintage charm, used as the spot for the intellectuals to meet and exchange new words and ideas.
Do you know that the viewpoint of Graça goes by a different name? It is called Sophia de Mello Breyner Anderson, also a famous poet, who had that viewpoint as her favorite to feel inspired.
Florbela Espanca, a poet with a tragic life also lived in Graça and you can see that reference on a street art work, made in where it was once her house.
If you walk along the streets you will notice more painted art on the walls dedicated to these women. And women are also present in a more symbolic way through street art. Obey Giant, an American artist, left his work in a mural dedicated to freedom and together with Vhils, the Portuguese acclaimed artist, they left another portrait in a more quiet and local street in Graça.
And to end this visit how about heading to one of the best views in the city? Just a tip before heading there: ignore, the selfie sticks and the tuk tuks rush, breathe in deeply and admire the beautiful sunset in Nossa Senhora do Monte viewpoint!
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