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    Arquivo Nacional do Torre do Tombo

    by halikowski Written Jan 27, 2010

    Built in the 1980s, this brutalist construction put me off archival work for many years. However, the staff make up for the building's exterior, which is actually quite nice inside.
    Situated in the Alameda Universitaria, with normal working hours.

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    Arquivo Historico Ultramarino

    by halikowski Written Jan 27, 2010

    Described by a student as bearing the indelible print of the once golden years of empire, this is an important archive for historical researchers. You can read more about the holdings here:
    http://eurindia.pc.unicatt.it/english/public_results/publications/EU_INDIA/3_1_Lopes.pdf

    It's an elegant building just off the Rua de Junqueira a little past Alcantara, on the other side of 25 April bridge with no need to climb up the hillside. Rua de Boa Calcada.

    Opening times: 1pm - 7pm.
    Limited seating capacity.

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    Café A Brasileira.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Jan 5, 2010

    Here you shall sit down and have a cup of hot coffee with Fernando Pessoa. Many people like to take photos here with the sculpture of the man. I did the same too. It was like a line sometimes. Many people wanted to sit there and have their photos with this writer.

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    Biblioteca Nacional

    by halikowski Written Sep 11, 2009

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    A fantastic institution, with good books, interesting international colleagues, tasty food in the cafetaria and planes passing overhead to Telheiras that make the windows shake!
    You used to have to ask for `chapa, chapinha' at the `mesa de requisicao', but now it's all electronic.

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    Just a really beautiful building

    by leics Written Jun 21, 2009

    I know this is not a particularly old building.

    And quite possibly its tilework is nothing special.

    But I thought it was lovely.

    It's on Rua da Trindade, near the junction with Rua Nova Trindade.

    Worth watching out for if you are in the area.

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    Museu Arqueológico do Carmo/Archeological Museum

    by Redang Updated Jun 10, 2009

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    The remains of Convento do Carmo (an earthquake that took place in 1.775 destoyed it), house the Museu Arquológico do Carmo/Archeological Museum.

    Address:
    Largo do Carmo
    1200-082 Lisboa

    How to get there:
    It is in the Bairro Alto, you can reach it either using Elevador de Santa Justa or just walking.

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    Museu das Comunicações

    by Redang Updated Jun 7, 2009

    The Museu das Comunicações (Museum of the Telecommunications) shows the history of the communications in Portugal up to now about TV, radio, telephone and mail.

    Address
    Rua do Instituto Industrial, 16
    1200-225 Lisboa

    - Fax: (+351) 21 393 50 06

    Cais do Sodré area: From this place, take Rua Avenoda Vente e Quatro de Julho until you find Rua do Instituto Industrial on your rigth.

    How to get there:
    - Bus/Autocarro: 714, 28 and 732 (stop at Av. 24 de Julho); 60 and 794 (stop at Lg. Conde de Barão); 706 (stop at Av. D. Carlos I).
    - Train/Comboio: Cais do Sodré.
    - Tram/Eléctrico: 25 (stop at Lg. Conde de Barão); 15 and 18 (stop at Av. 24 de Julho).
    - Metro: Cais do Sodré (linha Verde/Green line).

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    Museu do Fado/Fado Museum

    by Redang Updated May 5, 2009

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    Fado is the famous tune from Lisbon, and it has its own museum, in Alfama district, of course. It also offers courses of portuguese and fado guitar.

    * Address:
    Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1
    1100-139 Lisboa

    - Fax: (+351) 21 882 34 78

    * How to get there:
    - Bus/Trams: 9, 25 A, 28, 35, 39, 46, 59, 90, 107, 206 and 216.

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    ESCAPE FROM FORMAL GUIDES AND GROUP TOURS

    by AliceMoura Written Mar 23, 2009

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    THERE IS A SERVICE IN LISBOA CALLED RENT A LOCAL FRIEND.
    BASICALLY ITS LOCAL PEOPLE FROM LISBOA WHO SHOW VISITORS AROUND THE CITY'S COOL LOCAL SPOTS.
    ITS A MORE AUTENTIC EXPERIENCE OF THE CITY AND THE IDEA IS TO MAKE TOURISTS FEEL LOCALS.
    LOTS OF FUN, VERY RELAXED PEACE AND REASONABLE PRICES.
    www.rentalocalfriend.com

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    Coastal Route (Lisbon to Cabo da Roca) III

    by J_Antunes Updated Feb 13, 2009

    Next to Oeiras you have Carcavelos. The first thing you see when you arrive is the huge fortress. Closed to the public is property of the Navy. Starting next to the fortress is the amazing Carcavelos beach, the biggest in Cascais Line. There are some nice restaurants by the beach. And to the right looking at the beach is one of the regional commands of NATO. In Carcavelos there is a famous flee market every thursday from 08AM to 5PM next to the train station. It is a paradise for "tias", wannabe socialites that buy prada bags in the flea market to impress their friends.
    Next, in the right side you’ll find the beautiful Santana Hospital dedicated to orthopaedic problems. The beach of Parede is actually quite famous for its high levels of iod and effects on bone problems. In Parede there is a famous restaurant called Toscano (http://www.restaurantetoscano.com.pt/ known for its fish in hot bread, closes thuesday and meal costs around 30€) another nice restaurant is Peixe na Linha with great views over the sea.
    Continue along the road you'll find in the right side a house done with beach stones that some say is haunted.
    Bufureira and São Pedro Beach are nice.
    Now you are at the door of Estoril. On the left side there is a disco in a fortress called Forte Velho that although seems impressive is not that amazing. In Estoril you have the biggest casino in Europe with shows everyday (http://www.casino-estoril.pt). There are some nice houses since Estoril/Cascais was the refuge for many royal families of Europe in XX century and also a safe harbour for many fleeing from the Nazi regime. There was actually many spies here during 2nd World War. From the main hotels there is Estoril Palace (http://www.palacioestorilhotel.com/), Inglaterra Hotel (http://www.hotelinglaterra.com.pt/). There is alsa a handicraft market, a congress centre, Estoril Mandarim (the fanciest chinese restaurant in Portugal) there is also a beautiful small church. By the sea there are nice bars/restaurants such as Tamariz. I like a lot Gordini's italian restaurant close by the Tamariz Beach and now with a new location by the sea close to São João do Estoril.
    Close by you have Cascais. Plenty of things to see and do. Boca do Inferno the natural overture opened by the sea, the many palaces, the gardens (such as Parque Palmela or Marechal Carmona Park), the beaches, the bars and discos, the marina, the many churches, the fortress, the museums (such as the sea museum or Condes de Guimarães), the Santini Ice Creams, the Cascais flee Market (Wednesday 7h30 to 13h), the many fish restaurants, Santa Marta Lighthouse and the Guia Lighthouse,
    Hotel cascais Miragem, Albatroz, Estalagem da Guia, Farol Design Hotel, Grand Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa (in the former residence of the italian king), are all quite good.

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    Coastal Route (Lisbon to Cabo da Roca) IV

    by J_Antunes Written Feb 7, 2009

    From Cascais in direction of Guincho you'll find Quinta da Marinha, a luxourious area of cottages, golf fields, equestrian centre and some hotels.
    Continuing in the coastal road, you'll enter in the naural reservation of Cascais/Sintra full of nice paths to walk around (ask for information in the Cascais tourist office). You'll pass by other fortresses such as São Jorge dos Oitavos (XVI century) and the lighthouse of Raso Cape (flat cape whould be the literal transition, normally the portuguese capes are very high and this one isn't). Some kilometers away you'll find a pool with shop, restaurant and coffee shop. It cost 1€ to enter and 1,30€ at weekends (10h-19h30) and it is closed from 15 of October to 15 of March.
    Slightly ahead there is an area of seafood restaurants (like Porto de Santa Maria restaurant). Expensive but excellent.
    Close by three beaches. Crismina, Guincho and Abano. This is a windy area, with high waves and excellent for surf and windsurf. Guincho is a huge and very beautiful wild beach with competitions. Guincho can be translated into scream, maybe because of the noises the wind produces in this part of Portugal. From Cascais to Guincho there is a path for bikes. There is a nice hotel in an old fortress and the area is beautiful. Muchaxo is a restaurant/bar/hotel by the sea, a bit rundown but still has some charisma.
    Not far away, in Azóia, Convento de São Saturnino is a wonderful place to stay (www.saosat.com).

    The road will pass close to Peninha (a beautiful belvedere with amazing forests) and if you take that path you'll easily get to the beautiful town of Sintra.

    The most known place around here is the beautiful Cabo the Roca. The most western point of continental Europe with its dramatic cliffs and rebel sea. Close by you have the Ursa beach with no access by car and known by its huge rocks.

    To the north there are many beautiful beaches and towns such as Colares with its wine cellars and typical tram to Sintra.

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    Coastal Route (Lisbon to Cabo da Roca) II

    by J_Antunes Written Feb 1, 2009

    From Jamor you can get to Caxias and pass by one of the many lighthouses of this coast. Caxias has the Royal Carriage a nice bar inside a train carriage, the Royal Farm of Caxias with its beautiful garden although a bit degradated, São Bruno Fortress dating from the XVII century and the beach.
    There is a nice hotel between Caxias and Paço de Arcos by the sea called Hotel Solar Palmeiras in a XIX century manor house (http://www.solarpalmeiras.com/).
    Next youll get to Giribita Fortress dating back to the XVII century. You are now entering in Paço de Arcos with its Ancient Cars Museum (http://cpaa.no.sapo.pt/, open Thuesday to Friday from 10h-13h and 14h-17h; cost 1,75€), some palace houses (such as Arcos Palace), churches (such as Cartuxa Convent) and a nice beach. In Paço de Arcos there are some nice restaurants such as Casa da Dízima (http://www.casadadizima.com/, an XVIII century house, a meal is around 30€), os Arcos also in an old house (meal around 35€) or Casa Gallega (with spanish food, price around 30€). There is also a huge jack in the middle of the small bay and many fisherman boats. From Paço de Arcos starts SATU (one way is 1€, return ticket costs 1,50€) the only monorrail in Portugal that has only 2 Kms and goes to the 10 acres Poets Park (called this way because it has statues to the main portuguese poets it had a lagoon where you could learn how to windsurf but not sure if it still exists) and Oeiras Park Shopping Centre (179 stores, a hypermarket, cinemas, etc...).
    In Estrada Marginal, if you look to the entrance of the river Tejo you'll see the Bugio Fortress in the middle of the sea.
    From Paço de Arcos you are at one step of entering the main town aroud, Oeiras. Oeiras is a dynamic town with 35.000 people and 162.000 habitants in the district. It has some nice churches, a palace (that is today a university and that has nice gardens), gardens, beaches, fortresses (closed to the public), a marina (with restaurants and bars, and close by another train carriage bar) and an open air sea swimming pool. In Oeiras you'll find the Catalazete Youth Hostel (http://juventude.gov.pt/Portal/Lazer/en/PousadasRegiao/praia/PCatalazete.htm), a nice state hostel by the sea.

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    Coastal Route (Lisbon to Cabo da Roca) I

    by J_Antunes Written Feb 1, 2009

    Going until Cabo da Roca by the Costal Route (Estrada Marginal) is a nice way of knowing some of the suburbs of Lisbon. If you are in downtown get in 24 de Julho Avenue, tou'll pass by Santos "Fashion" District with its many bars, stores and museums (such as Ancient Art and Puppets), Alcântara (with the nice Oriente Museum, Docas - with bars and restaurants, Carris and Macau Museum, the bridge...), Belém (with the monastery, tower, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, many museums and gardens and the pastries), Algés (with some palaces and the aquarium Vasco da Gama, http://aquariovgama.marinha.pt), Jamor Park (where there are some sportive facilities such as the National Stadium, some swimming pools, the courts of Estoril Open the main tennis event in Portugal that will soon change place).

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    Costa da Caparica

    by J_Antunes Updated Feb 1, 2009

    Costa da Caparica is a small town south of Lisbon. You just have to cross the 25th of April bridge and turn right on the first exit and go straight to the end of the highway. The town itself it is not particularly memorable, 12.000 people living basically in new buildings, a main shopping street. What makes this land different is the huge beach that starts here and ends 30kms away. The sand is great and the sea water is excellent: some waves but not so much and extremely clean. Don't stay in the beaches of the village because these are the less interesting ones. Pick the train and go to other beaches south and avoid going at weekends in summer because traffic might be quite heavy.
    The city used to be a land of fishermen and from here it is possible to see the huge cliffs that constitute a protected reservation called Arriba Fóssil da Costa da Caparica. In this cliff it is possible to find the Capuchos Convent, a small place with good views over the city. The cliffs are covered with pine trees and has a significant paleontologycal interest.
    To get here you can get a bus from Praça de Espanha (transportes sul do Tejo, http://www.tsuldotejo.pt/). You can also get the train from Entrecampos/Sete Rios to Pragal station (www.fertagus.pt) and get a bus there (better in rush hours). The last option is to get a boat from Belém to Trafaria (www.transtejo.pt) and then get a bus to Costa.

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    Alameda

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Dec 25, 2008

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    With just a few days in Lisbon and so much to see, we really didn't have time to seek out the out-of-the-way or minor sights of the city. However, by staying in a small Alameda apartment on a quiet side street rather than somewhere right in the centre, or even on the main avenue running through Alameda (lots of smart shops there), we found ourselves in a very residential area of the city, not at all touristy.

    Served by two metro lines and only 5 minutes from the city centre, the Alameda district was built during the 1930s and 40s. It's still very much a middle class family area, with a big park, a children's playground and a beautiful modern fountain. Lisbon's Technical University is in Alameda. There are always people about, even quite late at night, and being very well lit, it feels very secure. With small local restaurants frequented by family groups and local residents, not a tourist in sight apart from us, prices were noticeably lower than the places we ate at elsewhere and the service was different too.

    I wouldn't say you should make a special journey there, but if you're looking for a hotel, you could consider somewhere in this locality. You'll see a side of Lisbon that is quite different from more central areas., or tourist-frequented places such as Belem.

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