After a busy week in New York, it was funny to be invited shopping by Lisbon friends this afternoon. I thought that Outlet centers were only an American thing. What a surprise I had in store for me…..
The journey started by crossing over the famous Vasco de Gama Bridge. It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi), including 0.829 km (0.5 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5 km (7.1 mi) in viaducts. The bridge was opened to traffic on 29 March 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World’s Fair that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco de Gama of the sea route from Europe to India. By the time you make it to the other side, you’re ready to conquer other challenges, such as a Portuguese Outlet mall….
The Freeport mall is a large open air mall, built close to the Tagus river, so a quick drive from Lisbon with easy access to all the great stores. They provide buses from major central spots in Lisbon, as well as direct transfers from the airport for people on Layovers with nothing fun to do. The mall is quite large with many well known brands (Prada, Versace, Burberrys, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada, D&G, Hugo Boss, Levis, etc.).
The setting, outdoors, is perfect for Lisbon, where the wonderful weather makes it one of Europe’s most popular destinations year-round. For people looking to do a little shopping while away for a weekend, or a short vacation, the Freeport mall is a must-do when in Lisbon…. After our shopping day reached its end, and we made it back to Lisbon, we were too tired to go out for dinner. This isn’t a problem in Lisbon, where so much can be done online….
My friends gave me this very useful website for Lisbon take out food. It includes hundreds of restaurants in Lisbon including Portuguese home cooking, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Organic food, Brazilian Barbecues, and many others… Food was delivered within an hour and it was a delicious end to a perfect day in Lisbon…..