Depois do sucesso no alojamento, Airbnb quer ser operador turístico

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Depois do sucesso no alojamento, Airbnb quer ser operador turístico

Plataforma prepara novo modelo de negócio que deverá incluir reserva de hotéis, restaurantes ou espetáculos

Depois de revolucionar o mercado do alojamento temporário como nunca ninguém pensou, o Airbnb prepara-se para entrar num novo negócio: quer ser uma espécie de concierge hoteleiro dos seus hóspedes, um operador turístico online, que ajude na organização das viagens dos seus utilizadores.
O novo serviço está a ser desenvolvido sob algum secretismo mas deverá chegar ainda este ano, talvez em novembro na sua conferência anual, segundo a Bloomberg. Tudo indica que o novo negócio do Airbnb venha a ser um desenvolvimento do Airbnb Trips, uma app que chegou a estar momentaneamente disponível – talvez por engano – no Google Play e que acabaria por ser retirada sem quaisquer explicações.
A Bloomberg cita fonte conhecedora do processo para dizer que o nome e as próprias funcionalidades da aplicação ainda não estão fechadas e que podem mudar.
A ideia é lançar um intermediário de serviços turísticos a la carte, que permita a marcação de visitas guiadas ou restaurantes; a compra de bilhetes para espetáculos ou serviços especializados e ainda a indicação de espaços com atividades momentâneas, como happy hours.
O Airbnb já vale cerca de 27 mil milhões de euros e os especialistas admitem que a expansão para um modelo multifuncional deverá valorizar ainda mais a plataforma, afastando-a das concorrentes HomeAway ou VRBO, bem como dos demais sites de reserva de serviços.
No ano passado, o serviço foi intermediário de 80 milhões de noites em alojamentos turísticos, o dobro do que tinha sido atingido em 2014. Está disponível em 191 países.
Source: dinheirovivo.pt | August 25, 2016

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Conheça a vista surreal do novo apartamento Airbnb. E passe lá a noite

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Conheça a vista surreal do novo apartamento Airbnb. E passe lá a noite

Já se imaginou a dormir com milhões de peixes à sua volta?

A Airbnb está a oferecer aos hóspedes a hipótese de ganhar uma noite de estadia gratuita num apartamento flutuante localizado perto da costa australiana, em Queensland, entre 13 e 14 de julho.

O vencedor e os três convidados terão a oportunidade única de dormir num dos maiores recifes de coral do mundo, num apartamento equipado com dois quartos, uma casa de banho e uma área de estar, de acordo com a página da Airbnb.

A experiência inclui um mergulho subaquático com um biólogo e um almoço na praia concebido pelo chef australiano Neil Perry.

O concurso é uma parceria entre a Airbnb e a Disney Pixar, devido à sua mais recente estreia: o filme À procura de Dory, que estreia esta quinta-feira em Portugal, desenrola-se nestes corais.

As inscrições vão até 30 de junho e devem ser feitas neste link, onde encontra também mais detalhes sobre o concurso.

Depois de se inscrever, é hora de começar a treinar o idioma das baleias.

Confira as fotos de um dos apartamentos mais bonitos do mundo.

Percorra a galeria de imagens acima clicando sobre as setas. 

Source: dinheirovivo.pt | June 21, 2016

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Can Lisbon Establish Itself As a Men's Style Capital?

It serves as the backdrop for Modern Essentials Selected by David Beckham ad: the city of Lisbon. Portugal’s capital is praised for its architecture, cuisine, and more recently, its contemporary art scene. When it comes to fashion however, not much is known about the city, even if it seems to possess the required ingredients to be taken seriously as a menswear hub. You see, Lisbon’s men care about personal appearance more than your average Joe, plus historically speaking tailored men’s goods have formed an integral part of Portuguese fashion culture. On top of that, there’s no shortage of local production facilities, and the country’s most renowned designers are typically notorious for their men’s range. So why aren’t hip hop artists bragging about these brands in their lyrics yet?

David Beckham for H&M in Lisbon. (Photo: H&M)

David Beckham for H&M in Lisbon. (Photo: H&M)

This year Lisbon celebrates 25 years of its local fashion week, Moda Lisboa. Since 1991 the three-day event has served as the premier fashion platform to local up-and-comers, as well as established brands, previewing what shall be in stores next season. Amongst the veteran designers there are the usual suspects such as Miguel Vieira, whose cool and collected tailored suits have defined his namesake brand for almost three decades. Besides Vieira, there’s Nuno Gama who is considered one of the main Made in Portugal menswear powerhouses, following the birth of his eponymous brand in 1991. What both Vieira and Gama have in common, isn’t solely their inevitable presence within Portugal’s menswear landscape, but also the fact that 2016 marks the 50th birthday of both. Gama decided to celebrate the 50-year milestone through a 50-minute documentary which takes a closer look at his rise, fall, and comeback as a pioneer in Portuguese menswear.

Nair Xavier Fall/Winter 2016-2017 backstage. (Photo: Lena Wan)

Nair Xavier Fall/Winter 2016-2017 backstage. (Photo: Lena Wan)

In terms of fresh blood, there is Lisbon-based menswear designer Nair Xavier currently making her mark. Her eye for the perfect cut, and appreciation for the art of layering, count as her most lethal weapons. Xavier understands how men want to dress, while at the same time offering some suggestions of her own in her designs, which has resulted in a growing number of (online) stockists and editorial exposure.

Nair Xavier Fall/Winter 2016-2017 backstage. (Photo: Lena Wan)

Nair Xavier Fall/Winter 2016-2017 backstage. (Photo: Lena Wan)

Nonetheless, the toys for boys showcased in Lisbon, don’t limit themselves to cufflinks and silk ties. Stylish Made in Portugal gadgets – particularly targeted at a male demographic – are worthy of a second look also. And in case you thought gadgets equal tech, think again. Nordic oak longboards made by hand, are a mode of transport to the most distinguished men of Lisbon, ever since Nuno Rodrigues decided so. The architect, engineer and musician, aims to infuse (interior) design with function, through his Stabörd & Co. brand since 2014. The brand’s Ӧ Collection, features a series of tailored longboards, exploring Portuguese craftsmanship in a non-traditional manner. The multifunctional hot wheels could either serve as a bachelor pad interior upgrade, or as an alternative to the city bicycle.

Stabörd & Co. longboards. (Photo: Stabörd & Co.)

Stabörd & Co. longboards. (Photo: Stabörd & Co.)

Probably the greater struggle for Portugal’s menswear designers, is transmitting their brand DNA down to the smallest detail. It’s often difficult to understand the world of the imaginary man local designers create in their collections. Outside of his wardrobe, that is. Key questions such as “Where does he eat?”, “What’s his personality like?”, “What car does he drive?’‘, ”What does he do for a living?”, or ”How does he spend his free time?’‘, often remain unanswered. When thinking of the Giorgio Armani man vs. the Dolce & Gabbana man however, it’s the cut-throat businessman vs. the red-blooded casanova that comes to mind.

Perhaps if Lisbon’s designers would invest more time in implementing the right marketing tools through the help of visuals, their menswear could become more eligible in a global context. Would they choose to do so, there are plenty of local brand ambassadors to choose from. Portuguese international success stories range from the male modeling industry’s Sampaio twins and Cabral brothers, to sports icons including Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho. So no Beckham required here, to make that Portuguese menswear renaissance happen.

Source: Forbes, March 30, 2016

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Lisbon Guide

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Lisbon Guide

Lisbon Guide

I became friends with Randy Poster when we did The Royal Tenenbaums together—I acted, he did the music supervision. Randy has parlayed his talent for discovering and appreciating music into a real job! (Selecting songs for films.) Many of the films and shows he has worked on have become famous for their soundtracks, like Boardwalk EmpireVelvet Goldmine and The Darjeeling Limited. Randy and I further bonded when we worked on Country Strong together a couple of years ago, not only over music but over food and travel, our favorite hobbies. When he told me he was going to a film festival in Portugal (a country I have always wanted to go to but have not yet been), I asked him to gather his recommendations so that I could plan a trip. And then I thought you might like to see them, too. He brought his old friend and muso George Drakoulias… And by all accounts the adventure was excellent. I can’t wait to get there myself.

Love, gp

George and Randy’s Excellent Adventures in Lisbon

In November, I was invited by my friend Paulo Branco—world champion equestrian, prolific film producer, an eloquent character and the director of the Lisbon Estoril Film Festival—to the Festival.

                                                 That’s me at the Film Festival.

                                                 That’s me at the Film Festival.

This year’s festival includes a Wes Anderson retrospective as well as a screening of Todd Haynes’ Mildred Pierce (all films that I’ve worked on). Paulo invited me to introduce these films and talk about the music in each one.

I have always wanted to go to Portugal, so I enlisted my dear friend, inveterate traveler, and renowned record producer George Drakoulias, to be my consort. These are the details of our excellent adventure.

Friday

We arrive safely in Lisbon after a nerve-wracking flight on a twenty-seat prop plane from Porto. The great Paul Giammati was on the same flight, headed to the festival. In Lisbon, we’re greeted by film festival delegation and whisked away. Our driver, Artur (no ‘h’), asks if we want the fast or scenic route to our hotel. We opt for scenic.

 

Stop at Pastéis de Belém, which we later learn is the most famous bakery in all of Portugal. It is there that we are treated to our first pastel de nata, an incredibly delicious egg custard pastry that are made and sold at pastelariasthroughout Portugal. We have what will be the first of countless bica, which is what you call a shot of espresso here in Portugal.

Our hotel is beautiful. It’s the Grande Real Villa Italia in the town of Cascais. This villa was once the home of Umberto II, the last king of Italy, who was forced into exile after being king for only a month. He then lived in Cascais for 37 years. Set right on the Atlantic Ocean, it’s hard to imagine spending our time in dark rooms watching movies, but we will!

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Casino Estoril

Praca José Teodoro dos Santos 2765-237, Estoril | +351 214 667 700

The opening night at the film festival is a gala event. George and I meet festival jurors Don Dellilo and Luc Dardenne and take in the social sights. There is a dinner at the Estoril Casino, which is reputed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, a gathering spot for espionage agents, dispossessed royals and adventurers. After dinner there is a screening of William Friedkin’sKiller Joe. I’m happy to see anything by Friedkin, who is feted here. His The French Connection is one of my favorite movies, and George’s, too.

Saturday

Mar Do Inferno

Av Rei Humberto II de Italia Boca do Inferno 2750-800 Cascais | +351 214 832 218

George and I walk about and go for an early lunch overlooking the ocean at Mar Do Inferno, a seafood restaurant very popular with the locals. We feast on crab and at the waiter’s urging start drinking Vinho Verde, the young, ‘green’, Portuguese wine that people extol. We follow with bicas and move into the day renewed!

Here’s George at Mar do Inferno.

Here’s George at Mar do Inferno.

We head into Lisbon to show The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. I’m excited to watch the movie with an audience that will understand Seu Jorge’s Portuguese versions of David Bowie songs!

A copy of The Life Aquatic translated into Portuguese.

A Q&A follows as young Portuguese film lovers grill me on all matters cinematic.

We have dinner in Lisbon with friends we’ve made the night before. Clams, tiny squid with garlic, and more crustaceans are served among other delicious food.

After dinner we try and find a fado house. Fado is the traditional folk music of Portugal and is the matter of great debate among the Lisboans we meet. We discover a tiny restaurant that shuts its doors surreptitiously and presents the most sad and delirious music I have heard in a long time. Leaving and walking through the cobbled streets of old Lisbon, staring out at the stars above the ocean, the traditional fado (meaning fate) melodies ringing in our heads, we feel transported back in time…

Except we have been asked to do a late-night DJ set at Lux, what we are told is the most happening night club in Lisbon (owned in part by John Malkovich!?), so George and I make our way to the club armed with some music that we hope will translate on the dance floor.

We hit them with some LCD Soundsystem, some classic disco, a remix by our friend the great Jacques Renault, the Clash, Dr. Dre, Liquid Liquid, and a variety of beats that go bump in the night. Everyone seems to be having fun, including our dear Giammati, who joins us in the DJ booth…and our set draws to an end.

A Merendeira Avenida 24 de Julho 54G 1200 – 868, Lisbon | +351 213 972 726

A Merendeira

Avenida 24 de Julho 54G 1200 – 868, Lisbon | +351 213 972 726

We leave Lux after 5am, Portuguese kids still lined up at the door to get in! And, in search of late night sustenance, we find Restaurante A Merendeira where the specialties include a green soup (caldo verde) and fresh baked rolls filled with chorizo and cheese. “This Lisbon thing seems to be working,” George says.

Sunday

Weather is splendid and we connect with James Robb, father of our colleague, Gelya Robb. James is an American expat who has fallen in love with Portugal and he drives us around Sintra and the surrounding towns and villages. We hit all the scenic hot spots Guincho Beach, Cabo da Roca, Convento da Peninha, Adraga Beach, where we have a great lunch at the seaside restaurant.

James Robb sent us a few images of the sites they saw that day:

Monserrate Palace

Pena Palace

Finally as the sun begins to set, James takes us to the beautiful inn called Colina Flora that he and his wife founded up in the hills of Colares. A totally scenic and rare spot, founded on eco-friendly principles, the inn is a unique retreat and a perfect destination for those seeking spiritual replenishment. Beautiful flowers and setting with heroic ocean views. We make a plan to come back next year to partake in the yoga classes and convince James and his wife Aasta to let us establish a film club for the inn’s guests.

Nearby, and highly recommended by Aasta and James, isFlores de Cabo, a gallery, vegetarian cooking spot, concert venue, and yoga retreat all in one.

Monday

My last day in Portugal. George plans to continue on to Spain in search of the world’s greatest beefsteak while I will head home to New York City. I introduce Todd Haynes’ Mildred Pierce which they are showing at the festival in tandem with Michael Curtiz’s original from 1945 with Joan Crawford. The crowd is somewhat sparse, but sympathetic to the film and we are pleased with the reception.

We spend our last night in Lisbon and we try and make the most of it. Dinner at Olivier, a very chic restaurant we’d been hearing about. George befriends the hostess (Olivier’s sister) and we eat and drink our way through the menu with great stealth and enthusiasm.

Café a Brasileira Rua Garrett 120 1200, Lisbon | +351 213 469 541

Café a Brasileira

Rua Garrett 120 1200, Lisbon | +351 213 469 541

After dinner we stop and have a bica at Café a Brasileira, one of the oldest and most famous cafes in Lisbon. A bronze statue of the great Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa sits in front of the café.

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Clube de Fado

Rua S. Joao de Praca, 86 – 94 1100 – 521, Lisbon | +351 218 582 704

Finally we prowl the hills of Lisbon for one last dose of fado and come upon the likely named Clube de Fado, where we are treated to another gorgeous set of songs. Heartbreaking and inspiring. We vow to let ourselves sink into these mighty and beautiful waves of despair more often. We toast the night with a final glass of brandy and make our way back to the hotel (by taxi).

Tuesday

Train strike means leaving very early for the airport. George meets me in the lobby for a tearful farewell. We promise to pursue more adventures together and to detail them for the great readers of goop.

Goop’s Lisboan friends recommend a few must-see shops:

This shop sells mostly classic Portuguese products—from kitchenware to toiletries, to stationery, to… detergent and floor wax (in colorful and graphic old-school packaging, of course). It’s the perfect spot to find a gift or a souvenir, and their gift boxes (random assortments of perfectly kitsch products) are hard to resist.

Authentic Portuguese crafts from hand-painted tiles to puppets set in a gorgeously renovated former stable that’s now a rustic showroom is one of the more unique places to shop for homewares, kids toys, or gifts.

Founded in 1925, and still open and remarkably unchanged to this day, this charming glove shop is located in a beautiful old building in Chiado. Even if you’re not in the market for a lovely pair of leather gloves, the teany shop itself is worth visiting.

Photo: Margarida Martins

Opened in the 1930’s and virtually unchanged ever since, Conserveira de Lisboa (Lisbon Cannery), sells mainly brightly-colored vintage tins of fish. Quirky as it is, its charm is undeniable, whatever your culinary proclivities may be.

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LISBON'S 10 MAIN SQUARES

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LISBON'S 10 MAIN SQUARES

PRAÇA DOS RESTAURADORES

A tall obelisk measuring 30 meters (about 100 feet) was placed at the center of this square in 1886. It’s a square mostly frequented by tourists who look for the tourism office in the beautiful Foz Palace or head to Hard Rock Cafe. Others stop for an ice cream at Veneziana or sit on the terrace of Pinóquio restaurant. The former Eden Theatre with its Art Deco façade is now a hotel and there are still two other large hotels, the historic Avenida Palace and the more modern Altis Avenida.

ROSSIO

Known for its undulating cobblestone patterns first created in 1848, this square has the official name of Dom Pedro IV but everyone knows it as Rossio. It was one of the first spaces to be decorated with this type of pavement which has become so emblematic of Portugal. On the north side is the National Theater D. Maria II and two monumental fountains are at the center. The historic cafés Nicola and Suiça also survive with their terraces attracting tourists, as does the curious Chapelaria Azevedo Rua. Overlooking it all are Hotel Metropole and the Internacional Design Hotel.

PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO

It’s Western Europe’s largest royal square (the second largest in the continent after St. Petersburg’s Palace Square), created after the 1755 earthquake. The arcades that surround it were once home to government offices for many years but are now mainly occupied by cafes and restaurants. The most famous of those is Martinho da Arcada, the oldest café in the city and a favorite of poet Fernando Pessoa.

On the north side is a triumphal arch and to the south are two turrets facing the Tagus. This was the noble gateway to Lisbon where heads of state disembarked, and the marble steps of the pier are now usually occupied by tourists who sit admiring the scenery.
At the center of the square is a bronze equestrian statue of King José I unveiled in 1775.
The city’s history is told at the Lisboa Story Centre in the east wing, which also offers cafés that allow you to relax with the river as a backdrop (Can the Can, Populi and Museu da Cerveja). On the opposite side, Aura Lounge and Chefe Cordeiro are the highlights.

PRAÇA DO MARQUÊS DE POMBAL

This square is where the old center meets the modern city. In the middle is a monument erected in 1934 to honor the Marquis of Pombal, the statesman responsible for the rebuilding of Lisbon’s downtown after the 1755 earthquake. His image stands at the top of a pedestal, facing his creation towards the river. Hotels and offices surround the square, while Edward VII Park is seen to the north and Avenida da Liberdade to the south. Worth visiting: the art exhibitions of BES Arte e Finança gallery.

PRAÇA DA FIGUEIRA

Currently serving mostly as a tram terminal, as an underground car park and skate park, this square was once the city’s main marketplace. A covered market built in 1885 was demolished in the 1950s and later a bronze equestrian statue of King John I was erected in its place.
The four-story buildings (many of them in need of renovation) are occupied by hotels and cafes, with the Confeitaria Nacional being an essential stop. The biggest curiosity is the lovely Doll Hospital while the more recent resident is the Beautique Hotel.

PRAÇA LUÍS DE CAMÕES

This square dedicated to Luis de Camões has a monument at the center with an image of the poet dating from 1867. Behind it is an 18th-century building now housing the Brazilian consulate, while on the south side is one of Lisbon’s most emblematic hotels, the Bairro Alto Hotel (worth entering to enjoy a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop bar). You’ll also find a Padaria Portuguesa, a branch of the local chain of bakeries known for its delicious “Pão de Deus” pastry. Alternatively, there’s the kiosk serving refreshments in the open air.

LARGO DO CARMO

This jacaranda-filled square is home to the ruins of Carmo Convent. Built in the 14th century, the monument was partially destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 and today is an archaeological museum. To its left is the headquarters of the National Guard where prime minister Marcelo Caetano took refuge during the 1974 revolution, leading the government to surrender on this spot. To the right is a gate leading to the Santa Justa Elevator. It was also here that the first Portuguese university was founded in 1290, where now stands the Valadares Palace descending Calçada do Sacramento.

In front of the convent is a drinking fountain from 1771 which provided water from the Águas Livres Aqueduct. Today it’s surrounded by café terraces, and mostly recommended is Chá do Carmo for a tea break and a visit to the beautiful Sapataria do Carmo shoe store.
On the northwest corner of the square is the Lisboa Carmo Hotel.

PRAÇA DO MUNICÍPIO 

The monarchy came to an end and a new republic was proclaimed on this square on October 5th, 1910. It’s now where official celebrations recalling that date take place every year. At the center is a 10m-high pillory made of marble after the 1755 earthquake, replacing the one that existed previously. The five steps at its base are now used by tourists who stop to relax and admire the cobblestone pavement and the municipal palace. Next to that building is the former St. Julien Church, today the Money Museum.
To admire it all, sit at the tables of the kiosk café.

LARGO DE SÃO CARLOS

Named after the theater built here in 1793, this square is also known for being the birthplace of poet Fernando Pessoa. Two of the city’s best restaurants (Belcanto and Largo) face the theater, as do a Marc by Marc Jacobs and Godiva store.

The tables on the terrace are those of Café Lisboa of celebrity chef José Avillez.
For several weeks during the summer the square hosts outdoor concerts.

PRAÇA DE SÃO PAULO

It’s been a sad case of neglect over the last few years but there are currently signs of a rebirth.

The Cais do Sodré district has been revived through new bars and restaurants, and a good choice for petiscos (“tapas”) is Taberna Tosca which faces the square and its 18th-century church. This is a square with a beautiful symmetrical harmony but unfortunately many of the buildings that surround it are abandoned.
A beautiful old kiosk serves refreshments throughout the day.

Source: Lisbon Lux

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10 LISBON SHOPS FOR THE BEST PRODUCTS "MADE IN PORTUGAL"

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10 LISBON SHOPS FOR THE BEST PRODUCTS "MADE IN PORTUGAL"

In Lisbon you’ll find all of the shops of top-quality “Made in Portugal” labels, created around the country or in the capital itself. Here are ten of the best.

EMBAIXADA

A beautiful mansion from the 1800s is now a showcase of local creativity, dividing rooms into spaces dedicated to the work of Portuguese designers. It’s worth a visit not just for the unique quality products presented over two floors, but also for the building itself.

A VIDA PORTUGUESA

Not only is this one of Lisbon's most beautiful shops, it also offers some of the most genuine products in the city. Some of them were near extinction before they once again became must-have items such as the Ach Brito soaps and fragrances. A second, more recent space also offers homeware.

VISTA ALEGRE

Producing quality porcelain since 1824, this brand is now synonymous with sophistication, luxury and good taste. It’s one of the world’s largest ceramics brands, and international recognition has included several awards and the privilege of having decorated some of the grandest homes in the world, from royal palaces in Europe to the White House.

CORK & CO

Portugal is the world’s largest producer of cork, a natural and eco-friendly material. At this shop you’ll see how it can be used in virtually anything, from handbags to home décor. It’s all about innovative fashion and home design “made in Portugal.”

PELCOR

An image of a Pelcor cork umbrella was on display around New York, advertising an exhibition of Portuguese design at the MoMA. That brought even more attention to the Portuguese brand’s innovative and eco-friendly products, mostly fashion accessories and footwear. You’ll find them hidden in a store downtown, not far from the cathedral.

FLY LONDON

Founded in 1994, it’s become one of the most international Portuguese companies. It targets the youth market through innovation and design, and is now more than a footwear brand, having also introduced fashion and accessories.

EUREKA

Portuguese shoes are exported worldwide as quality products, and you’ll find many examples in regularly-changing collections at this store in Chiado, including some exclusive pieces by Portuguese designers.

CUBANAS

Yes, the name is misleading: This really is a Portuguese brand. The designers who created each piece are really from Portugal and their award-winning pieces (distinguished for design and innovation) — footwear for men, women and children — are exported internationally. The first Cubanas store is found in the center of Lisbon, in Chiado.

LANIDOR

It’s close to half-a-century old and has over a hundred stores around the world. It offers quality design fashion and accessories at several branches around the city, with the most central being in Chiado and by Avenida da Liberdade.

CUTIPOL

Using high-quality materials, everything of the Cutipol brand is manufactured in Portugal. It’s exported to dozens of countries around the world and is sought after not just for the quality but also for the design of each piece which has led to a distinction by the International Academy of Gastronomy with the Prix de l’Art de la Table.

Source: Lisbon Lux

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10 Places in Portugal That Look Like They’ve Been Taken Out Of Fairy Tales

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10 Places in Portugal That Look Like They’ve Been Taken Out Of Fairy Tales

Take a look to the top 10 selection of places in this beautiful Southwest European land called Portugal (República Portuguesa). Just take a look at a map. Portugal has kilometers and kilometers of Atlantic coastline, which can possible, fill all the wishes of the lazy coast lovers like us. There are long stretches of sun umbrellas dotted along the white sand beach and wooden walkways; there are hidden coves and semi-deserted beaches hiding an elegant urban style. What else do you want to hear dear friends? Enjoy the photos and do not forget to let us know if you want something added or omitted. 

1. Sintra

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2. Piodao

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3. Casa do Penedo, Fafe Mountains

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4. Benagil Caves, Algarve

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5. Quinta da Regaleira

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6. Fort de Saint John The Baptist, Berlenga Island

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7. Odeleite River (Blue Dragon River)

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8. Alentejo

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9. Azenhas Do Mar, Sintra

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10. Praia Dona Ana, Algarve

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LISBON'S 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL PAVEMENTS

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LISBON'S 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL PAVEMENTS

It’s inspired by Roman mosaics, but the traditional Portuguese cobblestone pavement developed in Lisbon during the city’s post-1755-earthquake reconstruction. It all started with Rossio Square’s wave-like patterns, and soon spread all over the capital, to other cities in Portugal, to Brazil, Macau and other colonies. Here are ten of the most outstanding examples in Lisbon today.

1 | "Amália" - Rua de São Tomé

Alfama, Lisbon

This tribute to fado singer Amalia Rodrigues is found in Alfama, where Rua de São Tomé meets Calçada do Menino de Deus. Amalia's face descending a wall towards the ground is a creation of street artist Vhils, and was unveiled in 2015.

2 | Rossio

Rossio, Lisboa
Rossio square, Lisbon

Dom Pedro IV Square (best known as Rossio) is where Portugal’s traditional cobblestone pavements were born. Its famous wave pattern (named “Wide Ocean”) dates from 1849 and is now also one of Rio de Janeiro’s trademarks.

3 | Avenida da Liberdade

Avenida da Liberdade
Restauradores square

Many of the most beautiful examples of cobblestone designs are seen down Avenida da Liberdade, which features abstract and floral designs going from Restauradores Square (with its pattern designed by painter João Abel Manta) to Marquês do Pombal Square.

4 | Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos descobrimentos, Lisboa
Belém, Lisbon

The mosaic next to the Discoveries Monument, with its map of the world inside a compass rose indicating the routes of the Portuguese explorers, is surrounded by the “Wide Ocean” cobblestone design similar to that of Rossio.

5 | Parque das Nações

Oceanarium in Lisbon

Even in its most modern district, Lisbon did not forget its traditional pavements, although it has innovated in the designs. They’re still inspired by the oceans, with some extraordinary examples next to the Oceanarium, depicting sea monsters. Other maritime motifs cover the central walkway of Alameda dos Oceanos.

6 | Praça do Império

Jerónimos Monastery Lisbon

The large square across from the Jeronimos Monastery was designed in 1940 and completely paved in cobblestone. It chose some curious motifs -- the signs of the Zodiac and the armillary sphere.

7 | Praça do Marquês de Pombal

Marquês de Pombal, Lisboa

The monument to the Marquis of Pombal, at the center of a roundabout, is surrounded by cobblestone pavement, designed with Lisbon’s arms -- two crows perched on a caravel.

8 | Praça Luís de Camões

Luís de Camões, Lisbon

Mermaids and ships surround the pedestal of the monument to Luis Vaz de Camões, recalling "The Lusiads," the poet’s great epic.

9 | Largo do Chiado

Cafe in Lisbon
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The pavement by the city’s most famous cafe ("A Brasileira") has an abstract pattern and dates from the 1950s. A little further down, by the terrace of the Benard cafe, is a 1-square-meter QR code made of cobblestone, to provide tourist information about the neighborhood on your smartphone.

10 | Praça do Município

Pavement in Lisbon

The paving of this beautiful square dates back to 1997, and the design is by painter Eduardo Nery. The artist wanted to create a geometric pattern that would resemble a carpet, through the use of triangles and rectangles.

Source: LisbonLux

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Cod: “A Faithful Friend”

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Cod: “A Faithful Friend”

Cod (bacalhau) has played an important role in Portugal’s maritime history, and is such a standby in family dining that it is commonly known as the “faithful friend”. Fished in the cold, far-off waters of Newfoundland, it had to be salted to preserve it until the fishing fleet returned home. The dish was popular in Portugal and other Roman Catholic countries because of the many days on which the Church forbade the eating of meat. Emblematic of Portuguese cooking, a delicacy enjoyed by fishermen and peasants alike, cod is enjoyed throughout the country, particularly served as fish balls. In Porto in the north, you will see rows and rows of large, white salted codfish drying in lines in shop windows all over the city.

With the collapse of cod stocks and dismantling of the cod fleet, bacalhau has become expensive, especially around Christmas time, as it features in traditional dishes of the holiday season. Bacalhau à Brás, a cod recipe which originates from Lisbon, is now served the length and breadth of Portugal. Accompany it with two wines from the north of the country—the white vinho verde (green wine) or the light and slightly sparkling Mateus rosé produced at the Mateus Palace in the Douro Valley. The Douro River valley is the oldest demarcated wine region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vinho verde is produced at Ponte de Lima in the heart of a rich farming region.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 500g (about 1lb) of cod
  • 500g of potatoes, fried
  • 3 medium-sized onions
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tablespoons of oil
  • Chopped parsley, black olives, salt and pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  • Soak the cod overnight, changing the water several times.
  • Shred the cod, taking care to remove the skin and any bones, and rinse through a cloth.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut into strips.
  • Slice the onions into thin rings.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan with the garlic and remove when golden. Fry the onions until golden and add the cod. Leave on the heat for 5 minutes, add the potatoes and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and add the beaten eggs and mix well. Sprinkle with parsley and decorate with the black olives.

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Portugal's perfect Pousadas

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Portugal's perfect Pousadas

I enjoy traveling and seeing new places, and when I come back I often say I will go back there sometime. But life intervenes and I go somewhere else instead. Not this time. I had never heard of the Alentejo region of Portugal a month ago and I did not know what a Pousada was. Alentejo is a hidden gem. It is about one third of Portugal but only contains some seven per cent of the population.

At the west are 100km of beaches but it was in the beautiful rural area that I spent a few days travelling with temperatures in the high twenties under blue skies in October. This was what every fibre of my being needed. And that was before I experienced the Pousadas which are historical buildings; they were once convents or monasteries, which have been skillfully and lovingly turned into magical hotels, each unique, each friendly and each memorable.

The Temple of the Bones in the Church of St Francis in Evora, Portugal.

The Temple of the Bones in the Church of St Francis in Evora, Portugal.

We flew to Lisbon and ideally one should hire a car and plan to stay in several Pousadas with a drive of an hour or two on excellent roads each day between.

You will see a lot of sheep, olive groves, vineyards, lemon trees, beautiful colourful villages and cork trees. Portugal is the biggest cork producer in the world and everything can be made from cork apparently. In one shop I even saw a wedding dress in cork. The only cork I recommend at weddings should make a popping sound.

Our first destination was the southerly Pousada de Beja São Francisco, once a 13th Century Franciscan convent, now a comfortable, marble-floored, 34 room hotel. I inhabited a spacious 'cell' looking out on gardens and the pool. Swim? Yes.

Pre-dinner we sat out on the cobbled streets where Sagres beer was ninety five cent and a half bottle of wine was €3. The Pousadas are, by and large, free of religious artifacts so you don't have any feeling that you are residing in a convent. Rather that you are in very splendid accommodation that is a few hundred years old with a lot of original furniture.

You must visit a vineyard and we went to the excellent Rocim. Nuno, our guide, spoke perfect English and was knowledgeable, interested and interesting. According to him Alexander Fleming had observed that penicillen cures people but wine makes them happy! As he produced glass after glass to taste, I was not inclined to disagree. Seven weddings were booked in over the coming months in this fabulous location.

We lunched at Pousada de Evora Loios which dates back to 1485. Évora is a Unesco world heritage site. The Roman Diana Temple beside it has been there since the 1st Century. The conversions to Pousada are not recent. Many ceased their religious function with the suppression of the religious orders in 1834, when Church property was seized . This one was empty for years and began life as a Pousada in 1965.

We had a good wander around the cobbled streets of Evora with its spacious square with lots of tourists drinking coffee and wine. Down a side street, within the Church of St Francis which is currently undergoing major renovations, is a chapel I will not forget, Capela dos Ossos which translates as the Chapel of Bones, for that is what it is. The chapel was built in the 16th Century by a Franciscan Monk from the bones of about five thousand skeletons buried locally. He wanted people to reflect on the transitory nature of life and its meaning and I did just that.

My attention was focussed by the inscription as you enter which translates as "We bones that are here, for yours await." A stiff drink was consumed on my return to the square. I will not make a pretty skeleton.

John Masterson contemplating his suite at Flor da Rosa

John Masterson contemplating his suite at Flor da Rosa

Our next night of luxury was in Pousada de Vila Viçosa de João IV, a former Royal convent. It was founded in 1514, when the Duke of Braganza decided to build a religious house beside his palace. At the back of his mind was the idea that they would take in the daughters of his second marriage who could not find noble husbands. He was not the only one on a second marriage so many daughters of aristocrats turned up. The highlight for me was the nuns' cage which they were locked in to receive visitors! We strolled down the road to Williams' Bar where three draught beers were had for €6.

At many meals there was talk of codfish which the Portuguese love. Bachalhau is their word for cod and sometimes you see bachalhau dourado which is referred to as Golden Cod. There are literally hundreds of recipes for bachalhau and you will not be in Portugal long without eating it. And it is delicious. I also loved a starter of a poached egg in tomato soup with oregano sprinkled on top. Even I could make that and it would impress.

Best dessert was encharcada made with eggs, sugar and water and maybe some lemon zest. From the texture I was sure there was some fruit flesh in the mix but I was told definitely not. It seems to curdle in a way that gives the texture and it is difficult to make. This is an original recipe from the nuns who lived there and who had a lot of eggs to use up. And also try pao de rala, a tasty breadlike dessert made with sugar, eggs, almonds and pumpkin. Moreish.

On the road from Vila Viçosa to Estremoz we visited a marble quarry which was enormous. Looking down 300 metres gives me vertigo. Most Portuguese marble is white or pink, but there is some green and black.

With all that food exercise was needed and for €24 we canoed on the river Seda and even went up three waterfalls. Our guides were brilliant. (See www.azenhasdaseda.com). We were pleasantly exhausted but we did not know the treat that lay ahead in our final resting place.

Ah, the splendour of Pousada do Crato Flor da Rosa. The Order of Malta called it home in the 14th Century. Today it is a must visit hotel with 24 rooms and three suites in the Castle tower. I will book the top one on my next visit. I will skip straight through to a suite.

At least in my own head I deserve the very, very best!

GETTING THERE

Each Pousada is different but they have the pleasant feel in common. There are nine Pousadas in Alentejo (www.pousadas.pt), each with wonderful traditional menus and wines.Booking is easy on www.pousadas.pt with a wide range of prices beginning at less than €100 for room and with lots of options in the €150 to €200 range.

Aer Lingus has daily flights Dublin-Lisbon and weekly flights Cork-Lisbon and Cork-Faro (March to October) www.aerlingus.com

by John Masterson in Independent

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Trendy Lisbon - The 10 Hot Spots Right Now

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Trendy Lisbon - The 10 Hot Spots Right Now

1 | PRÍNCIPE REAL

Principe Real is currently the hottest neighborhood in Lisbon. It’s where more and more independent boutiques are opening, and where you find the monumental Embaixada and Entre Tanto concept stores. It also has some of the trendiest spots for a drink or meal at any time of the day, such as the Lost In terrace, O Prego da Peixaria, A Cevicheria, or the cafés and restaurants in and around Praça das Flores. At night, the best cocktails are at Cinco Lounge.

2 | CHIADO

Chiado has always been Lisbon’s main shopping district, today mixing independent stores and international chains, especially on the streets of Carmo and Garrett, and at the Armazéns do Chiado mall. But today it’s also the city’s meeting point, at cafés like Fábulas, Royale or Kaffeehaus, at the ice cream shop Santini, or at Nut'Chiado. It also has the best restaurants in town, such as Belcanto or Largo on Largo de São Carlos, Sea Me and several down Rua Duques de Bragrança, such as Cantinho do Avillez, Pizzaria Lisboa and U Chiado. It’s also home to the best rooftop bars, like Entretanto, Terrace and Silk Club.

3 | LX FACTORY

Who would have imagined that an abandoned industrial space outside the heart of the city would become one of the places to be in Lisbon? It was first taken over by small businesses and creative professionals, then came the shops and cafés, and even a small market on Sundays. Now many pass by in the evening, stepping into the curious bookshop Ler Devagar or into Landeau for its mouthwatering chocolate cake. Later at night, it’s time for dinner at 1300 Taberna, a Praça or Moules & Wine, and on weekends the day ends at Faktory Club.

4 | BAIRRO ALTO

Throughout most of its 500-year history, this neighborhood has maintained a certain bohemian and alternative atmosphere. Starting on Largo do Camões and entering Rua do Norte, this is where the night owls roam the streets looking for the perfect bar and restaurant. On Rua do Norte, many stay for dinner at the restaurants Blend, Cervejaria do Bairro, or Esperança, while others enjoy a glass of wine at Grapes & Bites. Those who turn towards Rua das Salgadeiras admire the Cork & Co. shop, get together by the door of the Purex bar, or by Maria Caxuxa around the corner on Rua da Barroca. Others still pass by Rua do Diário de Notícias, then go down the hill towards the Park bar, while others choose to move up towards the São Pedro de Alcântara terrace for the views or for dinner at The Decadente or The Insólito.

5 | CAIS DO SODRÉ

The former red light district now competes with Bairro Alto as the main nightlife destination. Rua Nova do Carvalho (now also known as Pink Street for the color of the pavement) mixes crowds of all ages and backgrounds, on the terraces or inside the bar Pensão Amor. During the day everyone gravitates towards the waterfront, at Ribeira das Naus or at the former warehouses, such as the bar Vestígius. At any time of the day, the food court of the Ribeira Market is always packed. For dinner, the choices usually are Casa de Pasto, Duplex or las Ficheras.

6 | DOCA DO JARDIM DO TABACO

On the site of the future Lisbon cruise terminal, by Santa Apolónia station, is a group of old warehouses that are now some of the most popular spots in town. That’s where you’ll find the trendy Bica do Sapato restaurant and the Lux club, while during the day many choose the restaurants Cais da Pedra and Casanova, or the Deli Delux café.

7 | AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE

Lisbon’s luxury shopping boulevard also offers several kiosks for light meals or drinks at any time of the day. Past some of the best local jewelry and shoe stores, many eventually turn to Rua Barata Salgueiro which crosses the avenue, for lunch or dinner at the trendy restaurants Guilty or SushiCafé Avenida. For a coffee break, there's the Delta Q cafe. During the summer, many end the day overlooking Lisbon from the terrace of Sky Bar.

8 | MIRADOURO DE SANTA CATARINA

The Santa Catarina terrace attracts all kinds of people for the view of the port of Lisbon and for the sunset, but also for the Noobai café that mixes young locals and tourists staying at the hostels nearby. Others prefer the Pharmácia restaurant, for a meal or cocktails.

9 | DOCAS DE SANTO AMARO

It may be a bit touristy, but the Santo Amaro dock (or simply “the docks”) also attracts many locals, for the pizzas at Capricciosa or for ice cream at Artisani. The terraces facing the marina and 25 de Abril Bridge create the perfect cosmopolitan spot for the afternoon or night.

10 | BICA

Across from Bairro Alto by the landmark Bica funicular is a concentration of bars that attracts large crowds on weekends. Of the various spots found down Rua da Bica Duarte Belo, the most popular is the Bicaense bar, and a little further down the hill is the popular Estrela da Bica for dinner.

Source: LisbonLux

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20 mouth-watering Portuguese dishes you absolutely need to try

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20 mouth-watering Portuguese dishes you absolutely need to try

Traditional Portuguese cuisine is among the most underrated (and most yummy) dishes in the world. Read this list and find out just why you need to try these.

Be warned: the following will cause your appetite to be whetted. Getting your hands on authentic versions of these tasty treats is pretty easy, as direct flights to Portugal from the UK are relatively cheap and all less than three-hours long.

Pastéis de bacalhau

Pastéis de Bacalhau

A popular Portuguese saying states there are more codfish recipes than days in a year. A staple in Portuguese cuisine, codfish (or bacalhau) can, for instance, be shredded and made into delicious fishcakes. Golden and crispy on the outside but smooth on the inside, they can be served either as a starter or along with rice or salad.

Bacalhau à brás

Bacalhau à Bràs 

There is a lot of creativity involved in the making of cod-based dishes. For instance, if you sautée shredded codfish with onions and straw fried potatoes and mix that up with olives and parsley, you get bacalhau à brás. It’s so tasty and easy to put together, its popularity comes as no surprise.

Alheira de Mirandela

Alheira de Mirandela

A classic among smoked sausages and chouriços (type of sausage, typically made out of pork, encased in its natural intestine skin), alheira was created by the Jewish as part of an elaborate decoy to trick the Portuguese Inquisition into thinking they were Christian. Nowadays, this pork-free chouriço became a classic dish, frequently served with a fried egg and fries.

Francesinha

Francesinha

Here’s how you re-invent the concept of ham and cheese sandwich, kids: triple the cheese, add layer after layer of cured meat, and pour gravy to your heart’s content. This recipe from Oporto is like a French Croque Monsieur gone wild, which seems to justify its name (translated as ‘little French lady’) and its decadent flavour.

Cozido à portuguesa

A traditional stew for meat lovers, this dish includes chicken, beef, pork and several pork and blood sausages. This hearty, meaty extravaganza has some vegetables as well, such as boiled carrots, beans and cabbage. The water used to cook all these goodies becomes a nutritive broth that you can either drink or use to cook rice.

Caldeirada de peixe

Caldeirada de peixe

There is a widespread and abundant use of seafood in Portuguese cuisine. Put everything you can get your hands on in a pot and you get caldeirada, a fish stew cooked with several types of fishes and shellfish, and covered in tomatoes and herbs. It’s a rich, thick and nutritious end to a long day at the beach.

Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato

Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato

Do yourself a favour: grab a cold beer, bask in the afternoon sun, and order a serving of this tasty delicacy. This clam-based dish isn’t all about the chewy goodness inside the shells, but also about dipping pieces of bread into the glorious sauce, made of olive oil, cilantro, garlic and oftentimes white wine. Perfect for a lazy afternoon snack with friends.

Queijo da Serra

Queijo da Serra

This Serra cheese is made from the milk of sheep, and packs a sharp taste and gooey texture. For some unfathomable reason, it is almost unknown outside of Portugal. It ranges from soft and buttery to harder and with a more intense flavour, making it a cheese lover’s delight.

Caldo verde

Caldo Verde

Making frequent appearances in celebrations like the traditional Portuguese festivities in honour of each city’s patron saints, caldo verde is a soup made of potatoes, onions, kale and slices of pork sausage (chouriço). It’s the perfect comfort food and can be served as a late supper, or just before any main meal.

Sardinhas assadas

Sardinhas assadas

Combining seaside freshness with a smokey tang from the grill, these charcoal-grilled sardines are the most typical dish in Lisbon. You can eat it in restaurants but also on the street, during the Santo António festivities in June. Whether they’re on top of a slice of corn bread, served with roasted pepper salad or boiled veggies, be sure to drench them in copious amounts of olive oil to get the full experience!

Bolo do caco

Bolo do caco

Garlic bread with a traditional Madeira island twist, this flat, circular loaf of bread is cooked in an artisanal basalt stone and is guaranteed to make your insides melt if served hot and crunchy. Some burger shops have even taken to use this bread to make their burgers extra typical, a great idea that, once you’ve tried it, you probably wished you’d come up with first.

Arroz de Pato

Arroz de pato

Nothing more, nothing less than a duck risotto with a crispy surface, and covered in slices of pork chouriço. Before going to the oven, the duck is cooked to the point of tender perfection, soft once it reaches your mouth. With a glass of red wine, it is a guaranteed out-of-body experience.

Pastel de Belém

Pastel de Belém

The pastel de Belém secret recipe was originally created by Catholic nuns, and is sold in a venue close to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, in Lisbon. There is much heated debate over how different it is from the more well-known pastel de nata: to some, not different at all, with a different name simply because this particular variety is sold in the area of Belém. To others, it’s totally different, end of story. But trust us, it is different. It’s different! No, but really. You should try one for yourself and settle this matter once and for all.

Torta de Azeitão

Torta de azeitão

In Portugal, egg-based desserts are quite common, with several regional varieties. A famous one is torta de Azeitão, a soft, spongey cake with sweet egg yolk spread on top, and rolled up to perfection. These tortas are a delight for the sweet-toothed, and a must-taste if you are passing by Azeitão.

Ovos moles de Aveiro

Ovos moles de Aveiro

If you think something is missing from your life, you need to try ovos moles: sweet, egg-yolk paste wrapped in paper-thin wafer in the shape of seashells. Even if it doesn’t solve your problems, it can definitely sweeten-up your day. Even notorious Portuguese 19th century author Eça de Queirós couldn’t deny, as he made a reference to this delicacy in his novel The Maias, something the city of Aveiro (from where the recipe comes from) is quite proud about. With good reason.

Pão de ló

The quintessential Portuguese sponge cake, it is a popular dessert during Christmas and Easter and sold in most bakeries wrapped around stark white paper. Soft, simple and fluffy, pão de ló can be served alongside a scoop of ice cream or eaten as it is.

Polvo à Lagareiro

Polvo à lagareiro

How could we not include octopus dishes in a list of Portuguese delicacies? I mean, how? Octopus (or polvo) is so special it is eaten in ceremonious occasions like Christmas Eve dinner. It is also commonly served as a starter course in most seafood restaurants, generally cold and along with onions, olive oil and parsley. Polvo à Lagareiro is a roasted octopus recipe, drenched in olive oil and served with baked potatoes. 

Arroz doce

Arroz doce

If there is a dessert your Portuguese grandmother would lovingly make for you, it is arroz doce: a rice pudding cooked with lemon and sprinkled with cinnamon. It has that zesty, hot flavour that reminds you of Christmas, birthday parties and home. This cosy Portuguese treat is comfort by the spoonful, rest assured.

Queijadas de Sintra

Queijadas de Sintra

These egg pastries are made with fresh cheese, and are a staple of the lovely town of Sintra, only a 20 minute drive away from central Lisbon. If you are visiting the castle or just taking a walk through the woods, don’t forget to stop by the bakery and take a batch of queijadas with you, drizzled with cinnamon to make things even better. 

Salame de chocolate

Salame de chocolate

Literally a ‘chocolate salami’, this sausage-shaped sweet is easy to make and sold in packages in most Portuguese supermarkets. While its origins are claimed by several countries in Europe, it is indisputable that the person who decided to mix powdered chocolate, butter, eggs and broken cookies was a woman (or man) of vision.

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Why You Need to Go to the Scottish Highlands

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Why You Need to Go to the Scottish Highlands

Visit Scotland in August and you’ll discover two very different destinations. First stop, Edinburgh for all manner of high drama and hijinks, with several festivals running in tandem. Then escape northwards to the magical landscapes of the Highlands: There’s blissful solitude, dark lochs (one with a monster … or a very large catfish), curiously shaped mountains known as Munros, bewitching castles, rugged coastlines, windswept islands, whisky, and wildlife—and, of course, the friendliest of people (particularly when the sun comes out).

by Nic McCormack

1 | EDINBURGH

Photographer: Mariusz Kluzniak via Flickr

Photographer: Mariusz Kluzniak via Flickr

Few capitals make as striking a stopover as Edinburgh—a (not so) New Town of Georgian architecture on a symmetrical grid, an Old Town of winding cobbled streets and medieval buildings, and Edinburgh Castle sitting on an extinct volcano above it all. Get a panoramic view of the surrounding city from Arthur’s Seat, at 822 feet the highest peak of Holyrood Park’s hills. It isn’t a difficult climb, but many opt for a gentle amble up to the nearby cliffs known as Salisbury Crags. From there you can see the Firth of Forth (an estuary that flows into the North Sea), the coast, and the Forth and Rail bridges beyond that will take you northwards to the Highlands.

2 | EDINBURGH FESTIVALS

Photographer: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Photographer: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Tjimurdance Theater performs on the Royal Mile during last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In summer, the world’s largest arts festival, which includes the Edinburgh International Festival (eif.co.uk), Fringe (edfringe.com), Book Festival (edbookfest.co.uk), Art Festival (edinburghartfestival.com), Edinburgh Mela (edinburgh-mela.co.uk), and the Military Tattoo (edintattoo.co.uk), turns up the volume in every way imaginable—and makes it the perfect season to visit Scotland. Even if you don’t buy a ticket for anything, you can’t escape the cheerful bedlam, with street performers everywhere and enthusiastic Fringe performers cramming flyers into your hand every five minutes.

03 | PORTREE

Photographer: @by Feldman_1/Getty Images

Photographer: @by Feldman_1/Getty Images

The colorful town of Portree is set around a natural harbor on the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast. It’s an ideal base to explore the nearby Old Man of Storr, a curious lava-flow pinnacle used by Ridley Scott for the opening scene of Prometheus. The shape of this rugged coastline of peninsulas and bays, sea arches and stalks, has been likened to a lobster’s claw and a wing and is rich with wildlife. Keep your camera ready for sea eagles, seals, Atlantic salmon, pine martins, and deer. If you have time, travel farther afield to the Outer Hebrides to experience some of Scotland’s best beaches, from Traigh Scarasta on the Isle of Harris to Traigh Mhor on the Isle of Lewis.

04 | MULL SHEEP

Photographer: Aidan Maccormick/Flickr

Photographer: Aidan Maccormick/Flickr

A flock of sheep stand their ground on the Isle of Mull, the Inner Hebrides's second largest island. After a few days negotiating the narrow roads that crisscross the Scottish Highlands, you come to expect wildlife and livestock around every corner. Think of it as your own personal speed limit. 

05 | THE OLD KILN, ARDBEG DISTILLERY

Photographer: Richard McHowat/Flickr

Photographer: Richard McHowat/Flickr

A highlight of the Highlands is the whisky distilleries that open their doors to visitors for a tour and a dram. Here, a view over barrels at Ardbeg (ardbeg.com) on Islay, the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides and home to eight distilleries, including Lagavulin and the famously peaty Laphroaig (laphroaig.com). On Skye, you’ll find Talisker nestled beside a sea loch, while Dalwhinnie, the highest distillery in Scotland, is located in the Cairngorms. But head to Speyside for sheer concentration of distilleries, including the Macallan (themacallan.com), where you get the personal treatment thanks to a maximum of 10 people per tour. (Lagavulin,  Talisker, Dalwhinnie:discovering-distilleries.com) 

06 | HIGHLAND GAMES

Photographer: Jim Richardson/Getty Images

Photographer: Jim Richardson/Getty Images

Come summer, Highland Games throughout the region showcase Scottish culture with feats of brawn and might, from strongmen sports such as hammer throwing (seen here), tossing the caber, backhold wrestling, and tug-o-war, to field and track events such as hill running as well as Highland dancing and Scottish piping competitions. It’s thought the games are rooted in the 11th century, when King Malcolm III organized a hill race to find a speedy personal messenger. The Cowal Gathering in Argyll (cowalgathering.com) is the largest Highland Games in the world and takes place Aug. 27–29.

07 | EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Photographer: John Finney Photography/Getty Images

Photographer: John Finney Photography/Getty Images

Eilean Donan Castle perches on a tidal island where three sea lochs—Loch Duich, Loch Long, and Loch Alsh—meet, seen here in an aerial view with the Isle of Skye in the distance. There have been four fortified castles on this spot since the 13th century, but the site was left in ruins following the Jacobite Uprising in 1719. Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap is the one to thank for the restored castle you can visit today. He bought the island in 1911 and embarked on a grueling 20-year restoration. (eileandonancastle.com)

08 | DANNY MACASKILL, ISLE OF SKYE

Photographer: Stu Thomson/Cut Media

Photographer: Stu Thomson/Cut Media

Mountain biking is a major outdoor pursuit in Scotland, but few enthusiasts could hope to achieve anything near the abilities of Danny MacAskill, seen here balancing along the Cullins Ridge on his native Skye. In 2009 his street trials video, filmed by a friend, went viral. Since then he’s been featured in the New York Times, nominated for numerous awards (including National Geographic Adventurer of the Year), carried the Olympic Torch through Glasgow, and appeared in music videos and advertisements. (dannymacaskill.co.uk)

09 | FAIRY POOLS

Photographer: Carrigphotos/Getty Images

Photographer: Carrigphotos/Getty Images

At the foot of the Cullins, the charming Fairy Pools are a must-visit on Skye. This series of crystal-clear waterfalls and pools bewitch plenty of summer visitors into taking a dip, often regretted immediately—the icy water is beyond bracing.

10 | POOL HOUSE HOTEL

Source: Pool House via Bloomberg

Source: Pool House via Bloomberg

When it comes to romantic settings, the five-suite Pool House on Loch Ewe, overlooking subtropical gardens, is one of your best options in the Highlands. The interiors are stylish and strewn with antiques, such as this over-the-top tub, but it’s far from stuffy—owned and managed by the Harrison family, it’s all about luxurious comfort. The Rowallan Room, with a fullsize antique billiard table, includes a huge cabinet displaying rare fine malts, while the intimate Henry Bacon dining room is a perfect perch to watch seals and otters bobbing by. (pool-house.co.uk)

11 | THE DUNCANSBY STACKS

Photographer: Marcoisler/Getty Images

Photographer: Marcoisler/Getty Images

John o' Groats may be commonly regarded as the most northerly point of the mainland, but that honor actually belongs to the nearby Duncansby Stacks at Duncansby Head (just a wee bit farther north). The town, though, is still important: Named after Dutchman Jan de Groot, who was commissioned by King James IV to run a ferry between Scotland's mainland and Orkney Islands, it remains a ferry departure point for the 40-minute journey to Burwick. If you have the time and energy, you could join the End to Enders on a continual quest to run, cycle, or walk the 874 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End on the southwest coast of England … or vice versa. (endtoenders.com)

12 | GLENFINNAN VIADUCT

Photographer: Andrew Holt/Getty Images

Photographer: Andrew Holt/Getty Images

The Jacobite Steam Train (westcoastrailways.co.uk) crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, part of a 84-mile journey from Fort William to Mallaig, where you can catch a ferry to the Isle of Skye. There are endless classic Highland views en route, but it’s the viaduct crossing that’s the highlight—Harry Potter fans will recognize it from the movies. The luxurious Royal Scotsman (belmond.com) is the most relaxing way to enjoy the majestic scenery, with 2- to 7-day excursions (including special whiskey-lover and golf-themed itineraries) offering rich-hued, en-suite cabins, mahogany-paneled dining cars, and an observation car.

13 | CASTLE STUART GOLF LINKS

Photographer: Warren Little/Getty Images

Photographer: Warren Little/Getty Images

The modern 18-hole game of golf is generally thought to have originated in Scotland. Here, Paul Casey walks the 18th hole of Castle Stuart during the 2013 Scottish Open. Located in Inverness, on the east coast, this challenging yet playable course, designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse, overlooks the Moray Firth with additional views of Ben Wyvis, Kessock Bridge, historic Fort George, and Chanonry Lighthouse. There’s also a circular, Art Deco-style clubhouse overlooking the 9th and 18th greens to encourage you to appreciate the surroundings further with a drink in hand. (castlestuartgolf.com)

14 | GAIRLOCH'S BEACHES

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Photographer: Cultura RM/Planet Pictures/Getty Images

Base yourself at Gairloch in Wester Ross and explore its rocky coastline, where you’ll discover numerous sandy beaches lapped by the clearest water, including Big Sand and Redpoint. The surrounding scenery is spectacular, and the views across the Minch (the strait dividing the northwest Highlands and the Inner Hebrides from the Outer Hebrides) captures a lot of what the Highlands is about. Visit the Rubha Reidh Lighthouse to spot whales, basking sharks, and dolphins.

15 | SCALLOP DIVERS

Photographer: Nick David/Getty Images

Photographer: Nick David/Getty Images

When it comes to seafood, the Highlands has an abundance of riches, including the king scallop. The Ethical Shellfish Company (ethicalshellfishcompany.co.uk) collects hand-dived scallops to order from a small boat in the Isle of Mull. This local supplier supports only hand-dived, creel-caught, hand-gathered, and line-caught methods that don’t damage the marine environment.

16 | BLACK ROCK COTTAGE, GLENCOE

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Photograph: Unique Landscape/Getty Images

Owned by the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club, Black Rock Cottage sits at the foot of Meall a’ Bhuird at the entrance to Glencoe. Founded in 1908, the club’s members made the first all-female expedition to the previously unmapped Phurbal Chyachumbu glacier and the first-ever ascent of a 22,000-foot peak on the frontier of Nepal and Tibet. Today, the cottage is their base when they climb in the Great Highland Glen. With Buachaille Etive Mòr (Gaelic for “the great herdsman of Etive”) soaring more than 3,350 feet in the background, it’s almost impossible to pass without reaching for your camera. (ladiesscottishclimbingclub.org)

17 | THE BOATH HOUSE

Source: Boath House via Bloomberg

Source: Boath House via Bloomberg

The Michelin-starred restaurant at Boath House hotel in Nairn adheres to Slow Food Movement practices. It uses ingredients from local suppliers, growers, and foragers, while the fresh seafood on your plate, like this rich Scottish salmon, is caught daily by west coast fishermen. Much of the fruit, herbs, and vegetables come from the Boath House’s own kitchen gardens, and the honey hails from the property’s beehives, both located on the 22-acre grounds. (boath-house.com)

18 | MULL OTTERS

Photographer: Andy Howard (www.andyhoward.co.uk)

Photographer: Andy Howard (www.andyhoward.co.uk)

With more than 300 miles of rocky coastline, Mull has proven to be an ideal habitat for otters—this is the place to see these elusive creatures in high numbers, usually kicking back on seaweed-covered rocks. Be aware that these furry critters are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act, so consider joining a tour. Mull Magic’s Otter Walk will get you to their hangouts without disturbing them and will provide plenty of otter facts along the way. (mullmagic.com)

Source: bloomberg

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10 MOST BEAUTIFUL SHOPS IN LISBON

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10 MOST BEAUTIFUL SHOPS IN LISBON

TOUS – OURIVESARIA ALIANÇA

This elaborate, gilded jewelry store seems to have come straight out of a royal palace, decorated in the style of Louis XV. A selection of silver and golden jewels actually looks like part of the décor.

CASA DAS VELAS DO LORETO

This wood-covered shop is decorated with the candles of various shapes, sizes, and colors that it sells since 1789.

A VIDA PORTUGUESA

Organizing Portugal’s traditional products (some of which had been long-forgotten) under one roof since 2004, this shop presents a series of wooden cabinets filled with attractive retro packagings that create an atmospheric world of nostalgia.

LUVARIA ULISSES

Quite possibly the world’s smallest shop, Luvaria Ulisses is an Art Deco gem. The specialty is hand-made leather gloves which it displays on the attractive façade.

A ARTE DA TERRA

It’s easy to mistake this for an ethnographic museum, but it’s a 12th-century stable that now carefully presents the arts and crafts from around Portugal. The country’s cultural heritage is displayed on the former stone mangers under graceful brick-and-stone arches, with individually-lit pieces standing on an uneven stone surface.

CONFEITARIA NACIONAL

Pick up an appetizing box of biscuits or pastries at this confectionery shop to admire its mirrored ceiling, marble counter, and wooden staircase, all dating from 1829.

CHAPELARIA AZEVEDO RUA

Opened in 1886, this shop still features the original wooden cabinets where berets and all other kinds of hats are displayed. It looks like a stage for a Victorian or Belle Epoque production, complete with a display of canes.

FARMÁCIA ANDRADE

This is just one of more than a handful of beautiful 19th-century pharmacies in Lisbon. This one opened in 1837 (when it manufactored the first sterilized products in the country) and is one of the best-preserved shops of that time in the city. It was renovated in 2005, maintaining the ornate stucco ceiling, dark wood cabinets, and an attractive bronze lamp. The back used to be a laboratory and is now part of the shop, with a large mirror reflecting the surrounding elegance.
Similar interiors are found just a few steps away, at Farmácia Barreto (Rua do Loreto, 24-30) and Farmácia Durão (Rua Garrett, 90-92).

CONSERVEIRA DE LISBOA

Even if you’re not a fan of fish, it’s hard to resist buying a can of tuna, sardines, or squid in a variety of sauces at this charming shop. Its old-fashioned interior is quite colorful thanks to the different vintage-designed packaged goods that cover the walls on wooden shelves. The museum feel is enhanced when you look at the decades-old cash register and at the 80-year-old signs.

A CARIOCA

When it opened in 1936, this was one of Lisbon’s most popular shops thanks to its Brazilian coffee sold by the kilo. It remains a charming attraction today, thanks to its Art Deco façade and mirrored decades-old interior which still features the old grinding machine.

Source: Lisbonlux

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34 raisons de ne jamais mettre les pieds au Portugal

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34 raisons de ne jamais mettre les pieds au Portugal

1. On entend partout que le Portugal est absolument sublime…

Azenhas do Mar à Sintra

2. C’est même à se demander pourquoi les Portugais sont si fiers de leur pays.

3. Le Portugal n’a absolument aucun charme.

4. Pas même un peu!

Sintra

5. Qui aurait envie de s’allonger sur des plages aussi polluées?

Aljezur

6. Une eau de cette couleur, c’est suspect.

Ile de Madère

7. Prenez Porto par exemple…

Porto

8. Non mais c’est quoi au juste cette horreur?

Le pont Maria Pia (par Gustave Eiffel).

9. Aucun intérêt.

Porto

10. Au secours, mes yeux! MES YEUX!

Porto

11. Du côté de la capitale, ce n’est guère mieux.

Lisbonne

12. Lisbonne est une ville qui est restée engluée dans son passé.

Lisbonne

13. Même les transports en commun n’ont aucune classe!

Lisbonne

14. Ça va, tranquille, on copie San Francisco?

Le Pont du 25 avril à Lisbonne.

15. Aucune poésie ne se dégage des paysages portugais.

Tavira

16. Et le Portugal n’a aucune histoire, c’est bien connu.

Palais National de Pena à Sintra.

17. Les monuments sont ainsi particulièrement laids.

L’hôtel de ville de Porto.

18. De toute façon, personne ne les connait.

La tour de Belém à Lisbonne.

19. Aucune majesté!

Padrão dos Descobrimentos à Lisbonne.

20. Les Portugais n’y connaissent rien en architecture.

Sanctuaire de Santa Luzia.

21. Mais alors, vraiment rien de rien!

Aqueduc de Pegões.

22. Un tas de vieilles pierres sans intérêt.

Monastère des Hiéronymites à Lisbonne.

23. Niveau gastronomie, ce n’est pas mieux.

24. Beurk!

25. Qui boit encore du Porto aujourd’hui?

26. Niveau culture, le Fado et ses représentants ne présentent aucun intérêt.

Amália Rodrigues

27. Personne de remarquable n’est jamais venu du Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo

28. Qui a déjà entendu parler de Luís Figo?

Luís Figo

29. Les Portugais sont des gens plutôt austères.

30. Vraiment pas sympathiques.

31. Non, le Portugal n’est pas un beau pays.

Ponta da Piedade

32. Aucune raison d’y aller.

Moinho Tipico

33. Restez chez vous!

Lisbonne

34. Pitié!

Praia do Vau (Algarve)

Source: Buzzfeed

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Americanos elegem Portugal como o melhor país da Europa

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Americanos elegem Portugal como o melhor país da Europa

Portugal foi eleito pelos americanos como o melhor país da Europa para viajar e fazer turismo e lidera isolado o “Top 10 Best European Countries“.

O jornal “USA Today” e o portal especializado de viagens “10Best” lançaram uma votação para o top 10 do Melhor País Europeu, entre 20 países europeus escolhidos por “especialistas da indústria de turismo”. A eleição foi uma decisão dos leitores e utentes destes dois gigantes americanos. Resultado final: vitória absoluta de Portugal, à frente da Itália, Espanha, Áustria, Alemanha, França ou Reino Unido.

Veja também: Portugal eleito o 6.º país mais bonito do mundo

“Portugal é menos icónico do que outros países mais conhecidos” porém, “oferece um vasto leque de oportunidades para os viajantes: aldeias charmosas, comida fantástica, música regional fascinante, descobertas culturais, uma costa belíssima e até surf de classe mundial”. Portanto, “Portugal conquistou os corações dos nossos leitores e assegurou a fatia de leão dos votos”, resume o site do “USA Today”.

A classificação final do “Top 10” do melhor país da Europa para visitar ficou assim ordenada:

  1. Portugal
  2. Itália
  3. Áustria
  4. Alemanha
  5. Inglaterramais n
  6. Espanha
  7. Irlanda
  8. França
  9. Islândia
  10. Suíça

Os restantes 10 nomeados pelos experts da Travel Industry, foram Bélgica, Croácia, República Checa, Grécia, Hungria, Montenegro, Holanda, Noruega, Suécia e Turquia.

Fonte: Port.com

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Óbidos e Ericeira entre os 10 melhores “pequenos destinos” da Europa

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Óbidos e Ericeira entre os 10 melhores “pequenos destinos” da Europa

Na luta pelo título de melhor destino de férias entre as aldeias, vilas e pequenas cidades do continente Europeu com menos de 100 mil habitantes, entre 52 pequenas e pitorescas povoações, Portugal ficou representado pelas vilas da Ericeira e de Óbidos, que ficaram em 2.º e 8.º lugar respetivamente.

Ribe, na Dinamarca, está no topo da tabela com 200 pontos a mais do que Óbidos. Segundo a organização do concurso, a vila portuguesa destaca-se no pelas suas lindas casas brancas, um castelo medieval e pelas belas vistas desta província da Estremadura. O artigo faz também referência ao facto de, no século XIII, os reis portugueses comprarem estas bonitas aldeias para as suas rainhas – D. Dinis comprou Óbidos para oferecer à Rainha Santa Isabel -, uma tradição que durou por muitos séculos.

Por sua vez, a vila da Ericeira, que competiu diretamente com Narva, na Estónia, foi destacada pelas suas praias e ondas, a sua localização e gastronomia. A organização do concurso caracterizou-a como um “paraíso para surfistas”, com “belas vistas panorâmicas” e “o melhor marisco da região.”

A competição “Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destinations foi organizada pelo portal internacional GlobalGrasshoper e o site de reservas hoteleiras Hotel.info. Segundo a organização, foram recebidos mais de 22 mil votos no total.

A escolha das terras finalistas foi feita com base nos destinos europeus preferidos dos utilizadores dos portais que organizaram o evento, contando também a avaliação feita pelos portais a cada destino em diversas categorias, do número de hotéis à presença em termos de imagens na web, o número de “fãs” de cada destino no Facebook, menções no Instagram ou Foursquare ou a distância do local até ao aeroporto mais próximo.

A competição realizou-se por eliminatórias, em que cada dois destinos foram colocados frente-a-frente, cabendo aos utilizadores elegerem os melhores até à final, que consistiu num “duelo” entre os destinos eleitos em cada site. De salientar que, se os utilizadores escolheram Ribe, o painel de jurados destacou a espanhola Ronda, na província de Málaga, que conseguiu um resultado “quase perfeito” em todas as categorias.

Top 10 – Europe’s Best Big-Time Small Destinations 2014

1 – Ribe, Dinamarca
2 – Óbidos, Portugal
3 – Sigulda, Letónia
4 – Mostar, Bósnia & Herzegovina
5 – Ohrid, Macedónia
6 – Bled, Eslovénia
7 – Positano, Itália
8 – Ericeira, Portugal
9 – Ronda, Espanha
10 – Hallstatt, Áustria

Fonte: Port.com

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10 choses à faire absolument en vacances à Lisbonne

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10 choses à faire absolument en vacances à Lisbonne

Lisbonne séduit de plus en plus de français chaque année. Située à seulement deux heures de Paris, la capitale portugaise a tout pour séduire les jeunes qui veulent passer des vacances au top sans trop dépenser. Une fois votre billet d’avion réservé, privilégiez la compagnie TAP à Easy Jet, la plupart du temps moins chère, et votre hébergement cosy déniché sur Airbnb, il ne vous reste plus qu’à kiffer un maximum, avec les meilleures adresses.

Prendre le vieux tram pour visiter la ville

Le tram de Lisbonne est une vraie relique qui ne manquera pas de vous charmer. Embarquez à bord pour découvrir les quartiers de la ville.

Profiter d’une vue imprenable depuis l’esplanade du Castelo de São Jorge

Vous ne trouverez pas de meilleure vue de toute la capitale. Asseyez-vous, buvez un verre, détendez-vous.

Assister à un concert de Fado dans le quartier des antiquaires

Une étape incontournable de votre voyage sera de découvrir la musique locale, dans un restaurant qui ne paie pas de mine, mais où vous passerez sans aucun doute l’un des meilleurs moments de votre séjour. Pour cela direction le quartier de l’Alfama, le seul ayant survécu au tremblement de terre de 1755, et qui offre un vrai décor authentique.

Faire du shopping dans le quartier du Chiado

Situé en plein cœur de la ville, vous y trouverez des tonnes de commerçant pour faire des emplettes. Le best est de terminer sa session shopping sur une terrasse de la Praça do Comércio, place la plus belle et la plus emblématique de Lisbonne, qui vous offrira une vue imprenable sur le Tejo.

Aller surfer sur la plage de Carcavelos

Il faut savoir qu’il n’y a pas de plage dans Lisbonne. Pour en profiter, vous devrez sortir de la ville. Soit vous avez un véhicule et c’est parfait, soit vous prenez le train qui relie la gare Cais do Sodre à Cascais. L’été un pass jeune à tarif réduit est mis en place. Pensez à le demander. Comptez environ 15 minutes depuis le centre de Lisbonne pour vous y rendre. Et une fois sur place, direction la Carcavelos Surf School, 25 euros le cours de 2 heures. Vous pouvez aussi vous offrir un safari d’une journée qui vous fera découvrir les plus belles plages du coin.

Aller au Guincho !

Située en plein cœur du parc naturel protégé, et point le plus à l’Ouest de l’Occident, vous devez absolument passer une journée sur cette plage magnifique. Elle est assez loin, mais ça vaut carrément le détour.

Faire le marché de Cascais

Motivez-vous un matin pour profiter du marché et de la marina de Cascais, dont vous tomberez sans aucun doute sous le charme. Vous aurez peut-être même l’occasion de croiser David Cameron et sa petite famille en train d’acheter du poisson frais.

Boire un mojito géant au 104

Passons aux choses sérieuses. Le Bairro Alto, situé en plein cœur de Lisbonne, est le rendez-vous incontournable de la jeunesse. Pour bien commencer sa soirée, le 104, qui se situe en plein cœur du quartier, vous servira les meilleurs Mojitos du coin. Vous pourrez même découvrir le « Copa da Crise ».

Descendre des shots dans une ancienne maison close

Une fois que vous aurez bien profité du 104 et déambulé dans les rues avoisinantes remplies de bars, vous finirez par tomber sur la Pensao Amor, une ancienne maison close qui a conservé la déco d’origine. Effet garanti !

Admirez le lever de soleil depuis le rooftop du Lux

C’est LE club incontournable de Lisbonne et l’un des meilleurs d’Europe. Située en face de la gare Santa Apolonia, le club appartient en partie à John Malkovich. Il aurait lui-même veillé à soigner la décoration du lieu.

Une fois à l’intérieur (prenez une entrée qui vous donne accès à tout le club, sinon vous le regretterez), si la physionomiste veut bien vous laisser rentrer, traversez la grande salle, rendez-vous sur le rooftop et commandez un cocktail à base de glace maison et de Greygoose. Puis, vers 2/3h du matin, allez dans la salle du bas, la salle techno. Les plus grands artistes de la planète s’y produisent chaque année. Puis, une fois la soirée terminée, retournez sur le rooftop pour admirer le lever de soleil.

Source: Focusur

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MERCADO DA RIBEIRA

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MERCADO DA RIBEIRA

Mercado da Ribeira (also known as Mercado 24 de Julho) is Lisbon's main food market since 1892, when it opened with an iron interior and a large oriental dome. In 2014 it was taken over by Time Out Lisboa magazine, whose management added stalls offering food and traditional local products. 

 
  • WHERE: Avenida 24 de Julho - Cais do Sodré 
  • GETTING THERE:  Metro - Cais do Sodré 

 

The Traditional Market

The traditional stalls selling fresh produce are found on the ground floor and are open from 6AM to 2PM.

The Food Court

The food court, with canteen-style communal tables, opened in May of 2014 and has become a major food destination. It’s on the western side of the building on the ground floor, and opens every day from 10AM to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10AM to 2AM from Thursday to Saturday. 
It mixes stalls from top chefs with different brands of local products, and the foods range from seafood to steak sandwiches, hamburgers, sushi and ice cream, among other specialties. 
The drink stalls are in the center.

Upstairs

The upper floor opened in the summer of 2015 and includes a concert hall with a capacity for 350 (seated) or 650 (standing), a gallery, and an information desk by Time Out Lisboa magazine.

Outside

Outside, on the western side facing Dom Luis I Square, is a kiosk cafe in the garden, and a terrace with 250 seats.

Source: Lisbonlux

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