Feira da Ladra – Lisbon’s famous flea market

With origins in the Middle Ages, the Feira da Ladra, that literally means “Thieves Market” is the oldest market in Lisbon that still takes place nowadays.

The market took place originally near the St. George’s Castle, and later at the Rossio central square. Since 1882 until today, this flea market is situated in the Campo de Santa Clara street, just behind São Vicente de Fora church in the Alfama district. The best way to enter Feira de Ladra is through the arch ‘Arco de São Vicente’ where the famous Tram 28 stops.

Every Tuesday and Saturday from the sunrise until it sets, in tents, tables or on the floor, the Feira da Ladra exposes its products, mainly antiques and second hand items.

At the Feira da Ladra visitors may find antiques, ceramics and objects in glass, old and modern books, photographs, coins and stamps, furniture, new and used clothes, shoes, military artefacts, vinyl’s, cd’s and what else imagination can conceive. Everything can be found in the Feira da Ladraat reduced prices, right in the heart of an historical quarter of Lisbon.

Lisbon Tram 28

The most unique way to explore Lisbon is by its yellow traditional trams. This method of public transport in Portugal has become one of the most appealing attractions in the city. The tram 28, considered a national treasure, takes you on a tour by a selection of old Lisbon’s sights, past historic buildings and traditional housing. Inaugurated in 1914, between Largo Camões and Estrela, the tram 28 route has been successively extended over the years.

Lisbon Tram

View from our Apartment in Lisbon 230 – Chiado

In fact, Tram 28 covers the most picturesque route in Lisbon. It runs from Largo Martim Moniz to Prazeres, via the Alfama, Baixa, Chiado, São Bento and Estrela.

Leaving Martim Moniz, the tram 28 continues through a labyrinth of narrow streets. Discover Mouraria and Alfama and while you are there, go and see the Miradouro da Graça which boasts fantastic views of the city. Continuing the route along Tram 28 will take you to the Royal Pantheon, São Vincente de Fora Church, one of the most imposing and notable religious monuments in the city, and the famous Feira da Ladra. It is held from Tuesday to Saturday and is one of the most popular in Lisbon. The Tram continues its route to Largo Portas do SolMiradouro de Santa Luzia with its traditional mosaic and the Sé Cathedral.

28 continues is route to Chiado quarter and Largo Luis de Camões until S. Bento. Running up Lisbon’s hills, the tram 28 arrives to Estrela. Facing the gardens is the Basílica da Estrela, in late baroque and neo-classical style. Taking the streets Domingos Sequeira and Saraiva de Carvalho the tram finally arrives at Campo de Ourique right next to the final resting place of the famous, the Cemitério dos Prazeres (Prazeres Cemetery).

There are many choices amongst the 35 stops of tram 28 for places to get off and discover the Lisbon’s heritage.