Miguel Júdice was born and bred in Lisbon, the city where he lives and loves. He’s an entrepreneur in the hospitality field, the former president of the Portuguese Hotel Association, and the author of the awesome guide “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon”.

 

We love and always recommend your book “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon”. What would you say are the top 5 hidden secrets of Portugal?

The beaches south of Porto Covo, the small towns of Alentejo like Serpa and Terena, the Douro International Nature Park, the abandoned villages of the Lousã Mountains, the Montesinho Park.

What’s your ideal day trip to escape the city?

For sure the Alentejo, whether the coast or the inland part. It’s the most pristine area of the country and it’s easy to access it from Lisbon.

Praia do Malhão, one of the glorious beaches south of Porto Covo, and a view over the small town of Serpa in Alentejo
Aldeadavila dam in Arribes del duero, Salamanca, Spain. international douro natural park, Portugal
The Dam at the Douro International Nature Park and a Schist Village in Lousã
What are your fondest memories from Portugal?

The summers I spent as a kid in Coimbra, at Quinta das Lágrimas, my family’s ancestral home.

I want a snack and a drink like a true local. What do I go for?

A glass of vinho verde in summer or a glass of Moscatel wine in winter time.

Where can you get the best view?

Lisbon is a city with many viewpoints but for me the one that beats them all is the one in Cerca Moura (Miradouro de Santa Luzia).

Quinta das Lágrimas, Miguel’s family home which also happens to be one of Portugal's most historical sites in Coimbra, and a luxurious 5-star hotel
View from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Tell us about a place that looks like nothing special but is in fact a real gem.

I love going to a place called Casa Independente, located in a shabby, run-down building in Intendente. You go inside and step into a different world, a very cool hipster and alternative bar with live music, an outdoor terrace and a permanent fun groove.

Tell us about your favourite neighbourhood to hang out in.

I love spending time in Príncipe Real because it is a mirror of what Lisbon is today, a blend of old and new. It’s a neighbourhood full of cool shops as well as traditional ones, hip restaurants, small tascas (Portuguese taverns), and a great vibe that is visible on peoples’ faces.

Describe your perfect day in Lisbon.

My perfect day in Lisbon is a spring Saturday that starts with breakfast in a bakery in Chiado, then a walk to my favourite antiques shops or to Feira da Ladra to hunt for oddities and curious treasures, then lunch in a traditional “tasca”. The afternoon would be spent relaxing at home and then drinks with friends in Príncipe Real and dinner at a new restaurant in the old town.

"Príncipe Real is a mirror of what Lisbon is today, a blend of old and new."

– Miguel Júdice
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Casa Independente in Intendente, and Príncipe Real
Portugal, Lisbon, old objects in Ladra flea market
Portugal, Lisbon, old objects in Ladra flea market
Retro finds at the iconic Feira da Ladra flea market in Lisbon
I want a culture fix that is unique to Portugal – which monument, historical site, gallery or museum should I visit?

The Museum of Tiles (Museu Nacional do Azulejo), which is a gem of our culture.

For the romantics, what is the best place to take someone on a special date?

A picnic on the lawns of the Palácio de Monserrate (Monserrate Palace) in Sintra.

Palácio de Monserrate (Monserrate Palace) in Sintra
A place to eat that is cheap but amazing?

The “Food Temple” in Mouraria on a warm summer night and seating outside, on the stairs of the small square where the restaurant is located.

What is the Portuguese dessert or sweet treat to try, and why?

My favourite is the Travesseiro of Sintra (eaten warm). It’s light and sweet, made with a delicate mille-feuilles dough and an egg and almond cream.

What should visitors take home as a souvenir?

Portuguese wines, which are hidden treasures too.

Obrigada Miguel!

 

We love and always recommend "The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon", written by Miguel Júdice.
The following photos are licensed from stock.adobe.com:
Serpa town © Jorge Anastacio
Douro International Park © Alfonsodetomas
Schist Village in Lousã © Jorge Anastacio
Miradouro Santa Luzia © Henner Damke
Feira da Ladra © klublu
Palácio Moserrate © JCas
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