It is always a pleasure to go to Lisbon’s flea market (Feira da Ladra), if only by the tour ride. Every Tuesday and Saturday morning, the Campo de Santa Clara is full of people selling antiques and frippery, books and door handles, used clothes and toys, records and broken things. When the weather is good (which is pretty much always in Lisbon) the market goes on until the afternoon, as long as there are customers to buy something.
Dating from the 13th century, the market has known several locations in the city. Eventually, it established on a hill with amazing views, and next to the neighborhoods of Castelo, Graça, and Alfama.
The best way to arrive at the Flea Market is catching the tram 28 or a tuk-tuk. This is because parking is scarce in those days. It is always possible to go on foot from Pestana CR7 Lisboa hotel – it’s just about half a mile, but it can become a real challenge due to the slope of the hill.
Every day there is a market, you’ll find yards and yards of stalls and blankets on the floor selling everything and a little something else.
The flea market is the perfect place for:
- Shopping addicts who love antiques and old furniture.
- Finding unique handcrafted pieces or celebrity-to-be designer clothes.
- Selling stuff that you don´t need anymore – but beware, a selling permit is mandatory, available here.
- Overlooking the Tagus river and Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods. The famous viewpoint of Nossa Senhora do Monte is the ideal place for a selfie.
- Having breakfast peacefully seated in a street café.
- Knowing the Culinary Arts Center at the beautiful Santa Clara Market.
- Visiting monuments such as the National Pantheon, where great figures of the Portuguese history and culture are buried; or the Church of St. Vincent, dedicated to Lisbon’s first patron.