The Port Wine Institute on Rua de S.Pedro de Alcantara 45 has an incredible selection of ports for you to try by the glass. It was our impression that you will feel more at home if you go smartly dressed.
In Lisbon Castle (take bus nº 37 from "Praça da Figueira" – downtown), there is a very amusing and picturesque party at the end of June or early July (the exact date is not regular)... The “Castle Beer Festival” where children, adults, young locals and tourists can mingle together across long tables in the open air, in front of concerts and recreated historical way of partying in castles... It starts at 2 PM and ends at midnight and it goes from one weekend to the other....
In the evenings, you can listen to great ancient and contemporaneous folk music and eat great and cheap typical food and beer.. You can not loose this, specially because of the day & night views and landscapes that surrounds the whole party events...
Enjoy the sun and a cold drink on one of the many terraces in Lisbon. I just love to hang out on one of these and watch all the people that go by. Some may call this a waste of time, but I could just sit down and do this half a day ;-)
For me the unique quality is that the bull lives. Not to be considered sport but, art. Skill and bravery are most definitely on display here. Campo Pequeno (metro) has the nearest bullring to the centre. Built in 1892, it opens between Easter and late September. Tickets are priced from 1000esc (stone seat in the sun on the top rings) to 12000esc (plastic seats in the shade close to the ground). If you are in the cheap seats, be sure and take a cushion or something to sit on.
Fado... There is a new generation of singers bringing new life into the Fado, the 'Portuguese Blues'. The most know of the 'old ones' is Amalia…
The Portuguese guitar is the key to the origins of the Portuguese Fado. This twelve-string instrument is derived from a lute from Congo that was taken to the Portuguese colonies in Latin America by African slaves in the 15th Century. After undergoing some changes, the guitar found its way to Portugal. In the colonies it was used to accompany rhythmic dances, but in Portugal the 'guitarra Portuguesa' was used to accompany local traditional songs: the Fado…
One more thing. You cant leave Lisbon if you haven't gone to 'THE BRASILEIRA' its a cofee-bar unique ( i think) in the world. A very good cofee in avery good place , very calm, near from the center but sufficient far of the noise city center
The decoration is also unique, and very exceptional
I reccomend this place above all
In the heart of the shopping district, Café A Brasileira is the most famous of Lisbon's old haunts. A bronze statue of Portugal's poet-writer Fernando Pessoa sits just outside. For a feel of bygone days and enjoyment of the literary and art memorabilia on the walls, come before dark: at night every table is taken over by beer-drinking young people.
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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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!
I only went to see Fado once when I was in Portugal. I'm glad I did, but I have to say it really wasn't that great. Maybe it was just the restaurant/Fado house we went to, but I found it very cheesy. The service was horrible, the performances were lack luster. Thank god I didn't try the food. Fado just seems like a tourist trap to me!
The cablecar is located in the Parque das Naçoes and runs over the edge of the River Tagus (Rio Tejo) between the south and north ends of the Expo site. From up here you can enjoy a wonderful view!
You must see many things... but I'm going to talk now about bulfigths...
Life and death in front of Your eyes.
Every third sunday in the month, the republican guard are changing at 11 o`clock in front of the Ajuda palace in Bel`em. I take 45 min. and is worth the time.There are musik and Guard on horses