Open the door to tradition and let joy enter!
The sardine “Eléctrica 28” wanted to make the most charismatic route of Lisbon and convey the experiences of its inhabitants. But not only them, because nowadays there are more tourists than locals. From Estrela to Graça, including the Basílica da Estrela, the Chiado, the Sé, the viewpoints over the river Tagus and the Feira da Ladra, this sardine does not stop. It’s really electric!
If there delicacy always present during the festivities, it is the green broth! Hot, good and obviously enriched with generous slices of chorizo . If the chorizo were a person, this would certainly be his reaction to the unfortunate fall in the middle
of green broth!
The rocket is a current and futuristic attempt to venture into the unknown as the Portuguese ships. The boy is the embodiment of courage, curiosity and stories of the Portuguese explorers.
This sardine conveys the festive spirit of a typical Lisbon quarter. Is a window of Alfama full of life, adorned with precept, ready to receive Lisbon festivities, the city’s most colorful nights.
A sassy Sardine Bride that celebrates and honours the Brides of Saint
Anthony, the “Matchmaker Saint” of Lisbon popular tradition.
Patron symbol of Lisbon, St. Anthony brings in the lap the Child Jesus and bless marriages. Offers to the city a traditional party without rival, in which joy is adorned with sweet basil and the greatest figure is His Highness Dona Sardinha.
The horse mackerel has an elongated, gray body with blue hues on the back and silver shades on the belly and sides.
It lives in the northeast Atlantic, the Madeira Archipelago and the Mediterranean
Sea, where it can be found from the surface
to the bottom of the sea, in coastal areas between
100 to 200 meters deep.
It forms large shoals that
undertake substantive migrations, feeding on
small fish, crustaceans and molluscs. It reproduces
from December to April.
Other names for the
horse mackerel include scad, saurel and European
A gaze at such a Portuguese way of feeling. The true meaning of “saudade”, so well translated by the words and sounds in the voice of this artist, who belongs to us as much as the sardine. Ours and the world’s. And about her [as one fado says] “the walls will confess nothing”...
The jack mackerel is quite common in the Atlantic
Ocean and throughout the Mediterranean.
This species is normally found in big shoals all along the Portuguese coast, at moderate depths, feeding on small crustaceans, fish and molluscs.
The jack mackerel undertakes considerable migrations
and reproduces between December and April.
Meanwhile the canine jug, with its distinctive muscular
structure, sagging skin, and different tonalities, reveals the
expression of a sweet, gentle dog that has great poise and
alertness but also a sense of fragility and affability.
Written on a slate, hanging at the door of cafes and taverns of Lisbon as an open invitation, Dish of the Day whets the appetite of people passing by. And the menu today is a nice fresh sardine. Bon Appétit!
Inspired by the love verses that the girls of the Minho region embroidered on handkerchiefs for their boyfriends, this sardine represents the promise of endless love. The Sweetheart Handkerchiefs are recognised by their strong colours, love symbols and spelling errors. It was a romantic allurement ritual where the sewing needles were the keyboard at that time.
This is a cat that truly loves Lisbon sardines. He ate so many sardines that, inevitably, he became one of them.
Owner of the famous Fado house “Mas que grande lata a tua!”, the Amparo
Sardine is a Fado singer, heart and soul. With a distinctive voice, she puts Fado
in her life, her loves and her hatreds. Especially her loves... Amparo is known
to have married 7 and a half times, always with significantly younger fish.
In Festas de Lisboa, there is food and drink without limits, there are encounters around full tables, there is laughter and toasting, but by the end of the night, there is only silence, empty glasses and crack-bones on the floor. The sidewalk is adorned with remnants of the most beautiful night of Lisbon.