"Another great discovery for me was the main flea market, Mercado de Santa Clara, open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. A spontaneous colorful marketplace full of life, in the middle of the city! Most days, this is a very quiet place: a small park, a marketplace closed for reconstruction, a street with several cafes. I did know that there is a market somewhere in the Alfama district, yet I would have never thought that takes place right in front of the National Pantheon. The police close the surrounding streets for traffic, creating a cozy market ring along the park fences, to the joy of both sellers and buyers alike."