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    National Theatre D. Maria II

    by anaanes Written Apr 27, 2013

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    You can visit the theatre every Monday morning at 11:30 a.m, there are visits in foreign languages.
    In the guided visits you can check the historical and artistic patrimony of the theatre.
    The price is about 6€.

    National Theatre D. Maria II
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    Bairro Alto

    by Ines_ Written Dec 26, 2012

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    By day Bairro Alto is a traditional Portuguese neighborhood, with narrow and steep streets, picturesque and old houses and interesting stores. In Bairro Alto you can discover some of Lisbon’s most important churches: São Roque and Carmo Ruins as one of the best viewing points of the city: São Pedro de Alcântara.

    By night Bairro, as the locals call it, turns into the most well-known place to experience Lisbon’s nightlife. Packed with small bars for every kind of taste and some of the best restaurants in town this is the place to be if you want to experience our nightlife.
    Especially at Friday and Saturday after 10p.m the streets of Bairro Alto will be packed (jam-packed!!) with people, because there’s the habit of drinking and socializing outside the bars. So if you want to avoid this go earlier (most part of the restaurants open early for tourists) or find a bar that you like (some have live music) and enjoy.

    How to get there
    Subway: Blue Line – Baixa/Chiado Stop
    Tram: 28 – Largo Camões
    If you are in Restauradores you can catch Gloria’s Lift to São Pedro de Alcântara viewing point or if you are in Rua do Carmo/Rua da Prata catch Santa Justa’s Lift and enjoy the views until you arrive to Largo do Carmo.

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    Oceanário - Dive into the ocean

    by Ines_ Written Mar 24, 2012

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    Lisbon’s Oceanário is one amazing collection of ocean’s biodiversity. The Oceanário is divided by Oceans and world zones. The center of the whole building is a huge aquarium with sharks and Manta ray.

    It’s located in Parque das Nações which is a nice place to walk near Tagus River. In the site you will find all the information you need and how to get there.
    The prices for adults are 13.00€ for permanent exposition or 16€ for permanent plus temporary exposition. If you buy the tickets online you have 10% discount and in summer months you may have to face a big queue so it’s a good option.

    If you haven’t seen anything like it, you are in for a treat. You won’t regret it!

    To get there: best way to get to Parque das Nações is Subway red line, Oriente stop.

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    My Lisbon Top Ten

    by Shiryu Updated Jul 16, 2011

    Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe - equal parts charming and eclectic. After a recent stay in some beautiful hotels in Lisbon Portugal, I compiled this top ten list of the city’s must-see attractions including the best castles, beaches museums and more.

    Jerónimos Monastery - This stunning Manueline monastery dates back to the reign of King Manuel I in the middle ages and was built as a tribute to the Age of Discovery and its powerful figures.

    Praca do Comercio – Undoubtedly deserving of a visit is this elegant and palatial Commercial Square, once the main maritime entrance to the city and a wonderful example of Neo-Classical architecture.

    The São Jorge Castle – This striking Moorish castle, within a tranquil setting, stands high above the city, at 111 feet tall and offers spectacular views over Lisbon, the seven hills and the Tagus river. It dominates the city below and you will feel like something’s missing if you leave Lisbon without a visit.

    Fado - The traditional music of Portugal grew out of the old quarters of Lisbon. Described as both melancholy and passionate it reflects the soul of the people and the city. You can find some of the best Fado musicians in "Fado Houses" in the Bairro Alto and Alfama areas.

    The Santo António de Alfama Restaurant – Santo Antonio is a high quality restaurant with great food and a vibrant atmosphere. Notorious for its traditional Portuguese cuisine and Tapas style dishes it’s one of the best restaurants in town.

    The Oceanarium – This modern and impressive oceanarium houses over 450 species of marine life, including mammals and birds. Within its three great tanks it has endeavoured to recreate the natural habitat of its creatures, viewable both above and below water through an acrylic wall and a number of well-placed windows.

    The Basilica da Estrela - The Basilica is dazzling inside and out. It was built in the late 18th century and the pink and black tiles and marble interior are elegant and ornamental. The enormous dome is Rococo and can be climbed by visitors for a wonderful view of the city.

    The Yellow Trams - Referred to as ‘Electrico’ by the locals, these rickety old yellow trams are an anachronistic and exciting way of getting around town, and up and down the steep hill streets whilst taking in some beautiful glimpses of some of the best parts of the city.

    Café a Brasileira – This art deco café is one of Lisbon’s oldest and finest. The mirrored walls, wooden booths, and elongated oak-panelled bar are a sumptuous environment within which to enjoy Portugal’s thriving café culture, and superb coffees straight from Brazil.

    Sintra – The town of Sintra is a romantic and enchanting getaway for many, and only a short drive or train ride away from the capital. Lord Byron pet named the town his ‘Glorious Eden’ and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as castles, the sea and wonderful buildings, you can discover mountains and deep forests in this magical location.

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    Sao Jorge (St. Geroge) Castle
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    Oceanarium

    by Birsen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lisbon's Oceanarium is one of the world's largest aquariums. Designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff, it rises from the river and is reached by a footbridge.

    It is a deep-sea diving experience without any of the risks, with about 25,000 fish, seabirds, and mammals in an enormous central tank that is the size of four Olympic-sized swimming pools.
    Visitors can look into it from different levels for close-ups of the various creatures, including different species of sharks.

    But it's the design rather than the size that makes it outstanding.
    It is the first aquarium ever to incorporate world ocean habitats within a single environment, with impressive recreations of various ocean ecosystems -- the Antarctic tank containing penguins, and the Pacific tank with otters playing in rock pools.

    They are all separated from the main tank by invisible acrylic walls, giving the impression that all the creatures are swimming in the same space.

    There are also high-tech multilingual interactive displays explaining the development of ocean life.

    Oceanarium
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    Rock in Rio Lisboa

    by a2lopes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rock in Rio-Lisboa is returning for the biggest party of 2010. The sloping terrain of the Bela Vista Park (200000 square meters), with trees all around, is perfect in what concerns the City of the Rock -the world’s biggest music festival that takes place outside Brazil for the second time in its history. Next summer all roads will lead you to the City of Rock. Besides concerts there is the ski ramp with artificial snow and a leisure area for the children, just to highlight two novelties.
    Some of the most notable names in the Portuguese and International music scene will be present during the five days of the festival attended by more than 500000 people, as expected, which means about 100000 people every day in average.

    Updated yourself @ the official site of Rock in Rio-Lisboa, and do not forget to participate in the world’s biggest music event, because you will have lots of fun and you will be contributing to build A Better World and helping thousands of children to smile.

    Another big summer festival is Super Bock Super Rock where some of the rock world's greatest stars confirmed their presence.

    Rock in Rio Lisboa ...come and rock yeah yeah yeah
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    Port wine institute

    by ncoutroulis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you love port wine, you won't want to miss this. It's a whole institue devoted to tasting differetn types of port. They literally have hundreds of different ports by the glass, ranging from a dollar or so, to a hundred dollars or so. It's a great environment ot sit back, relax, and enjoy some fantastic ports.

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    Port by the glass...and then load up on history

    by SOLODANCER Updated Jul 29, 2010

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    One of the better rewards, if not the greatest, being in Lisbon is to enjoy the less heralded but unpararelled Portuguese wines. And the wine variety found in Portugal is staggering.

    One of them is Port. Known in Portuguese as Vinho do Porto. The wine comes and originated from the demarcated region of the Douro Valley in the northern province of Portugal in and around the city of Porto, hence the name of the wine. Nowadays Port which is a fortified wine actually is also produced outside of Portugal, wine -producing countries such as Australia, South Africa, Argentina, even from California, just to name a few which are simply port-like as only the ones from Portugal can be labelled clearly as Port or Porto.

    Port wine is typically sweet, reason it is enjoyed most often as a dessert wine, either as an apperitiv and/or after dinner indulgence. And it comes in dry, semi-dry and white varieties. It is produced by fortifying the grape by the addition of a spirit which is a neutral grape known as 'aguardente'. Doing this stops the fermentation process leaving only the residual sugar which then boost the alcohol content. The sweetness of Port depending is equated to brandy by most unsavvy drinkers but it bears little if no resemblance at all to commercial brandies.

    In Lisbon, one of the best places to enjoy Port (and other types of wines) is at the Instituto Vinho do Porto (Port Wine Institute) in Bairro Alto. I cannot tell you how much Port wines this place is stack with but from the last time I visited the place the server I talked to truly dazzled me by offering me at an unthinkable price for a glass of Port dating back to the 1800's. I politely refused of course knowing one glass of it would without exageration be equivalent to my roundtrip airfare and possibly twice over! They give you a list you can choose from and the names and year are enough to make one gasp literally. But if you just want to experience a good Port here, you can enjoy it at a minimum cost. And here they also serve small bites or snacks of sandwiches and smoked cured ham to go with your wine.

    The institute is a nice little oasis of subdued tranquility and mood-lighting ambiance wherein one can go in and then linger in nice comfortable couches after a day of sightseeing. One thing to remember tho that this is a place frequented mostly by visitors/tourists who have read and heard so much of the place.

    The institute is open everyday except Sunday from about noon til 1 - 2AM.

    Instituto Vinho do Porto
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  • GOCAR TOURS - FUN GPS GUIDED TOURS

    by rruanito Written Dec 26, 2009

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    GoCar is an entirely new way to explore a city. These nifty yellow convertibles talk to you and take you on a city tour you'll never forget. The advanced navigational capabilities of the GPS deliver an informative tour, high-lighting specific locations throughout Lisbon as you drive. Just follow the friendly audio directions and relax.
    Unlike a traditional tour GoCar gives you complete autonomy over where, what and in what order you see sights and also how long you spend at any given point. The cars have a personality and a sense of humor, telling the stories that bring a city to life while guiding the way with clear driving directions.The GoCar takes you to spectacular places few visitors get to see. It's like having a local show you around and this little car can go where the tour buses can't. Hop into a GoCar and let this little yellow car take you on a guided tour of the city.
    The pros of the activity is just the pure fun it provides to you. everybody keeps on waving as you drive and with the sun of Lisbon, to drive a convertible is just pure fun. Concening the cons, they do not deliver pick up at the hotel, so i couldn´t drive my "fonzie" back to the hotel!

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    Gocar Tour

    by patrick.c Updated Nov 13, 2009

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    Gocar Tours Lisbon - Fun and Exciting Lisbon Tours

    Description
    GoCar is an entirely new way to explore a city. These nifty yellow convertibles talk to you and take you on a city tour you'll never forget. The advanced navigational capabilities of the GPS deliver an informative tour, high-lighting specific locations throughout Lisbon as you drive. Just follow the friendly audio directions and relax.
    Unlike a traditional tour GoCar gives you complete autonomy over where, what and in what order you see sights and also how long you spend at any given point. The cars have a personality and a sense of humor, telling the stories that bring a city to life while guiding the way with clear driving directions.The GoCar takes you to spectacular places few visitors get to see. It's like having a local show you around and this little car can go where the tour buses can't. Hop into a GoCar and let this little yellow car take you on a guided tour of the city. Our Tours are available in English,French,German, Spanish and Portuguese.

    Come discover why Time Magazine considered us has one of " the most amazing inventions of the year" and why the Portuguese Institute of Tourism sponsors Gocar Tours.
    You will have pure fun while discovering all the corners that bring Lisbon to life.

    Gocar Tours is a worldwide awarded Carbon Neutral company from March 2009 until March 2010.

    Inclusions
    Driving licence and good mood!

    Special Notes
    You must be older then 18 and have a valid drivings licence.

    Available
    open everyday

    Prices *
    Product Price
    If you are on a rush, then Gocar is just the ideal for you. Picking up a one hour Tour you will get the chance to see all the main sights of Lisbon, acess all private areas and have a lot of fun while discovering all about Lisbon 25.00 EUR

    Itinerary
    Duration:

    Thats the magic about Gocar. You can take for one hour or the whole day. You decide what to visit and the time of your tour

    Contact operator

    Phone:

    +351 21 096 50 30

    Mobile / Cell:

    +351 91 116 60 07

    Fax:

    +351 21 096 79 26

    Address:

    Rua dos Douradores, 16 - 1100-206 Lisboa

    Web Site:

    www.gocartours.pt

    Augusta street Alfama neighbourhood
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    Optimus Alive

    by Turska Written Sep 20, 2009

    This is a rock-festival close to Lisbon,some way behind Belem.We thought it would have been huge,but it was about same size as festivals in Finland.Tell you the truth,it was better that way!There seemed to be different themes for each night,one was harder rock,one was "normal"rock,and one more those bands playing on radio at the moment.Could be different each year.
    We booked the tickets from Ticketline Portugal.They were much cheaper than from other online-shops I cheked.Some had even twice the price,and we couldn´t figure out is there somethig different at these.These wer also mentioned at official site.The pages went down coupple of times,so we thought that we didn´t get the tickets.We also bought new ones,but then they just came at mail!
    Festival was well organiced.There was plenty of toilets,and they were clean.Cleaner-ladys working all the time.I didn´t need to wait for a free toilet even once!Onlt paper went out later.Toilets at the edge of area were allways full,and had long lines in them-I wonder why those people didn´t use the"maintoilets",witch were even nicer.For our surprice,there was even a bankomat at area!!!Never seen any at Finnish festivals.I´ve heard that locals had complained about being only two of those there,so I guess it´s common in Portugal-and lines were long.
    Nice thing was,that there was 4 beers to select from,not only one or two like in Finnish festivals.At food-points they didn´t serve beer,so one needed to go to buy food,when other went to buy beer-that was little boring.Food was typical festival-food,just something to eat-that´s it.And not enough places to sit down and eat.
    The area is very sandy,and windy.Sand went to eyes also,and to sandals..And it was very cold late at night!I was sorry to leave my jeans-jacket at flat.
    Lot´s of things sold there,hand made jewellery to all sorts of clothes.
    There was not any word about trains coming back from the area after the concerts at web-sites,but there are trains going to Lisbon and even to Sintra.We accidently noticed it at tarinstation at Sintra at our day-trip.Trains left,when they were full.Last one about 1,5h after the concerts.They were so full,that no-one even came to see the tickets.I was little worried about having my camera there-even if it was my old one,but5 there seemed not to be any pick-pockets.But of course,allways should be careful.We had a very good experience.Only coldnes was little boring,and people went so wild there,that we didn´t dare to go as front as we are used to at concerts back home.And fireworks after concert were bigger than in Finland.(it´s because out safety-laws).I highly recommend this festival-but take something warm for the night!

    Metallica from screen My husband there at daytime People at night Didn��t dare to stand too close :)
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    People's liqueur, but try to not eat the cherry

    by SOLODANCER Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    Ginjinha. Sounds like a term of endearment for a pretty girl in the neighborhood, sweet, well-endowed and nubile. It also sounds as tho a resounding warning or a curse of an incoming danger about to plunge at one headlong. And indeed it should be taken and interpreted as a warning, at least the idea of getting terribly indulgent and so drunk from it as a result.

    Ginjinha is a cherry liqueur or brandy of Portugal. The country has its share of many potent drinks and heavy liqueuers and Ginjinha is topmost for its accessibility in terms of a cheap drink for the ordinary citizen and reason for its highly popular likability.

    In Lisbon, one can find many a Ginjinha bars which expectedly also serve up other alcoholic drinks; and it's become such a trend in the city to simply walk into one and have a quick swig or two at any good excuse. Much more and will have a predictable lethal consequence. It is therefore not anymore an unusual phenomenon/sight to see individuals or groups stagger uncontrollably and carreen about the area from a Ginjinha intoxication...or even dead-drunk from it. And this trend which is quickly rising to becoming an undeserved tradition is gaining popularity even among travelers in the know...to find at some point in one's visit to Lisbon a convenient Ginjinha Bar and have a try of it. This one (accompanying foto) is brazenly called A Ginjinha as tho it has the monopoly and sole franchise of the said brandy while the others only inferior imitators. But supposedly this one is the most known and always attract both the curious and the seasoned partakers.

    Curious, I tried it for one swig at this very place during another of my regular visits to the city. I made sure I went with a friend just to be on the safe side as my tolerance to highly alcoholic liquors is shamefully low. It was only a shot and of course with the veritable age-cured cherry in it which by the way I had been warned to stay away from eating it afterwards. I did not listen. It was to me, the drink, so heavy and potent it took no time to hit me in the head. I could feel the veins in my forehead whoosh to almost explosion and my balance getting ridiculous. Good thing I quaffed only a shot or I would easily have found abandoning myself among the pidgeons and other lost souls upon the sidewalk. Thank heavens for my friend.

    Oh, let me try it.

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    A 'bica' and a whole world to see.

    by SOLODANCER Updated Aug 6, 2009

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    For me, one of the grandest to do things during a trip or vacation is to enjoy and then enjoy some more the local cafe houses of the city or town I happen to be visiting in. It is soothing, highly personal, entertaining and atmospheric, not to mention it being quite economical. So, when I'm in Lisbon...or, Lisboa, as is appropriately referred to by the natives, I spend a great deal of time knowing and relating with this great city from the vantage point of her cafes. And she has so many unaccountable number as well as unnameable cafe houses all round. One cannot in Lisbon walk across a block or two without passing by another cafe. And they come in all forms from grand state-room-like opulent halls to simple non-descript hole-in-the-wall little shops to secluded outdoor neighborhood front yard-like setting...all serving great coffee complimented by equally fantastic sweets and desserts this side of the globe. I like the tiny outdoor neighborhood type with only a few pint-size tables spread out in the open air usually with a backdrop of an old church, a house thoroughly tiled on its exterior, a park, fountain or between steep steps leading nowhere and everywhere and the locals hang about doing their normal ways.

    Lisbon's or Portugal's coffees for that matter, are the kinds which come from her former colonies, the result of its most ambitious and adventurous discoveries in so many parts of the world: Brazil, Goa, Timor, Cape Verde Islands, Angola, Mozambique, just to name a few...and they're all excellent coffees. They actually also make great presents to take home with.

    The basic coffee to drink in Lisbon is called 'bica', the super-strong and dark undiluted coffee served in tiny cups or dimitasse just like the Italian expresso which you go ahead and down into your system in one rapid quaf. If you prefer your expresso coffee with a bit of milk, order a 'garoto'. But if you want a larger cup dark with undiluted milk, it is called 'um duplo com pouco leite' and the one with more milk (usually using warm milk) than coffee in a full glass is called 'galao' which is much preferred generally by older ladies and the elderlies.

    Coffee with a view at Largo Trindade Coelho.

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    Christmas Lights in Lisbon

    by a2lopes Updated Mar 27, 2009

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    December is another month of "lights" in Lisboa. Lisboa takes on new colours and a special warmth during the festive season. The colours and magic of thousands of Christmas lights that decorate the city create a true fairytale-like atmosphere.
    Sponsored by Lisboa City Council and shopkeeper’s associations, the Christmas lights and decorations extend from Rossio to the Baixa/Chiado area and from the Avenidas Novas as far as Belém.

    This luminous atmosphere can be enjoyed whilst Christmas shopping throughout Lisboa’s shopping districts. An excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the city’s streets and Christmas customs.
    Until the Day of Kings on January 6, the Christmas festivities, brightly lit streets, decorated shops and Christmas songs can be heard throughout the city making Lisboa even warmer and more welcoming.

    Pra��a do Com��rcio under Christmas Lights Elevador under Christmas Lights Pra��a do Com��rcio with Christmas Tree Rua Augusta under Christmas Lights Avenida da Liberdade under Christmas Lights

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  • fado

    by tondeike Written May 18, 2008

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    if you want to hear the real fado, singed and played by great people, you should go to TASCA DO CHICO, in the Bairro Alto.
    is a nice and small bar among the huge quantity of bars in that zone, people always wait outside to enter and to have a beer.
    it's great, and you don't have to pay.

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