real people, real food


In Lisbon, the month of June is synonymous of party and celebration. In every corner there is a neighbourhood party or ‘arraial’ where the queen is always the same: sardine! This small fish is grilled over coals and served simply with a drizzle of olive oil on a slice of bread. Keep it simple and enjoy it!

This month, when the city celebrates St. Anthony, its patron saint, Lisbon is invaded by a characteristic fog and an unmistakable smell of sardines: smells nice, smells like Lisbon, like the song!

Let yourself be captivated by the joy of neighbourhood’s parties and do not ask for just one sardine: taste half a dozen! The culmination of the Saint Anthony Festival is scheduled for the evening of June 12 to 13, with the Marches, representing the various neighbourhoods that in the evening parade down Avenida da Liberdade...

Living in Mouraria for 35 years, nobody knows the neighborhood better than him and he is dedicated to help those in need. Among the guided tours to tourists and locals, we wanted to hear the story of someone who talks a lot, but also learned to listen.
How are you connected to Mouraria?
My father was born in Mouraria and when he married he moved to Alto de S. João, with another kind of conditions. I was born in 1959 and when I was 20 years old I went to live with my grandmother in Mouraria...

Camilla Watson arrived in Mouraria in 2007 and become famous thanks to an unusual photographic technique: images of older residents of the neighbourhood printed on the walls of buildings. Fan of traditional Portuguese food, she love sardines, beans with chorizo ​​and snails with beer at the end of the day! With her is the not less popular D. Quixote, the faithful companion.

How did you arrive in Mouraria?
It all started in early 2007...