Literary Lisbon, Literary Tours

Lisboa and Pessoa

“… For the traveller, who comes in from the sea, Lisbon, even from afar, rises like a fair vision in a dream, clear-cut against a bright blue sky which the sun gladdens with its gold. And the domes, the monuments, the old castles jut up above the mass of houses, like far-off heralds of this delightful seat, of this blessed region.”

Fernando Pessoa in What the tourist should see,p. 30

Oh blue sky – the same as in my childhood-,

Eternal truth empty and perfect!

Oh soft Tagus ancestral and silent,

Small truth wherein the sky is reflected!

Oh grief revisited, oh Lisbon of times past of today!

You give me nothing, you take nothing from me, you are nothing as far as I can feel.

LISBON REVISITED (1923) Álvaro de Campos

Fernando Pessoa is the most important portuguese poet of the 20th Century. Born in 1888 in Lisbon, Pessoa published only one book A Mensagem during his lifetime and most of his work was published after his death in 1935. Writing under 200 different heteronyms, Pessoa is still one of the most intriguing poets of contemporary world literature.

Our tour is a walk through Lisbon of the 1920s and 1930s, the city where Fernando Pessoa was born. We will see the city as the scenario of his literary production, we will follow the footsteps of the poet through the old quarters, the sites where he met friends and intellectuals, the ever-present bars and restaurants, the downtown as his daily office.


Meeting Point: Teatro de São Carlos

R. Serpa Pinto 9, 1200-442 Lisboa