Lisbon Passport

Souvernirs

For long as I can recall I’ve always enjoyed keeping stuff during my trips. Souvenirs that make me go back to a city I’ve visited, a subway ride, a great dinner (or not so much) or a show.

Nowadays there’s an ever-growing number of records made on social media networks but, for me, that’s not the same. Being able to touch the papers changes how the memory works, perhaps it turns it into something more real…

Page of identification in Lisbon Passport
Page of identification in Lisbon Passport

Quite recently I’ve heard about Lisbon Passport and I’ve really enjoyed this concept. I’ve got mine already and soon I will start stamping it 😉

What is it

Lisbon Passport is a diary of the trip to the Portuguese capital. In a tiny booklet with little more than 30 pages, we can register everything we’ve seen and visited.

For me, the document in itself is interesting right away. The pages let us know a bit more about Lisbon’s history. There’s a total of 17 milestones which register events like the conquest of the city against the moors, the departure of Vasco da Gama to India, the 1755 earthquake or the more reccent event Expo 98.

Interior of Lisbon Passport
Interior of Lisbon Passport
Interior of Lisbon Passport
Interior of Lisbon Passport

There’s also a children’s version, exactly the same size, but with more blank pages.

The stamps

The goal behind Lisbon Passport is, like I’ve said, to register what we’ve seen, using stamps that are made available at the city’s main attractions. Of course you can (and should) also write down your personal notes, for instance your remark on a particular spot you’ve visited.

Another quite interesting detail is the stamps. These are design pieces made precisely for this diary. Each one will remember you of the spot you’ve seen, not only because of the name, but also due to the drawing itself.

Attractions worth visiting

In this moment there are around 40 stamps available, in 40 tourist attractions in Lisbon (and surroundings). It’s worth mentioning that these stamps are available in public access spots, so you don’t have to enter and purchase a ticket or consume anything in order to stamp your passport. In other words, if you want to see a specific attraction from the outside you can also make a register about it.

Attractions are located in Lisbon, Queluz, Almada and Sintra. They are not far from the Portuguese capital’s centre.

The places worth visiting can be:

  • Areas like Alfama, Rossio, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Avenida da Liberdade, Príncipe Real, Rua Augusta or Belém;
  • Monuments like Castelo de São Jorge, Castelo dos Mouros, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon Sé, Cristo Rei, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Torre de Belém or Panteão Nacional;
  • Palaces (Belém, Pena, Sintra, Queluz or Ajuda);
  • Football stadium (Luz);
  • Experiences like taking the Tram 28, visiting Ginjinha Sem Rival or even Pastéis de Belém or also the Hard Rock Café;
  • Museums (Carmo, Calouste Gulbenkian, Oriente, Etnologia, Fado, Campo Pequeno, Marioneta, Santo António, Coches, Arte Antiga, Azulejo, Arqueologia)

These are unavoidable landmarks and you will surely visit some.

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