Monday, 16 January 2017

The best travel Apps

Travel planning has changed a lot in the last couple of years, now a smartphone it's all you need to plan your dream trip.

Remember the hours you wasted in front of a PC, looking for a cheap flight, or the best available rate for a hotel room? Remember when you had to carry a backpack just to store the local map and the stupidly expensive 300 pages city guide? Well, do you remember?

Fear not, those days are over, in 2017 all you need to plan, execute and light up your trips is a smartphone. Easy, no? Not so fast, the smartphone is not enough, you need to choose the right Apps, and that is what we're going to tell you.

Once you have chosen your destination, the next step is to book a flight, preferably a cheap one, so Hopper should be one of the first Apps to use. Hopper alerts you, through a notification, to the best time to book a flight.

Most of the options allow you to book a flight, hotel and rent a car, and one of the best is Momondo. Another good option, especially for the ones that haven’t decide where to go and are looking for low rates, is the Skyscanner, just choose “Anywhere” and you’ll receive suggestions for several cities.

To book hotels, Hotel Tonight promises the best last minute deals, but if you wish to “live like a local” Airbnb is still the most searched option, featuring now the possibility of reserving experiences in several cities.

You’re all set to go, now you have to organize yourself, Apps like Tripit or Worldmate, are great to organize your reservations. Just by sending the confirmation e-mails for all the reservations, you’ll receive the complete organized schedule that you can share with your friends.

So, you decided where to go, how about trying to learn words of the language you’re going to find? Duolingo is an app that is simultaneous a game, and the progress is made by passing through several levels of learning, and once you’re there the globally famous Google Translate, will help to understand the street signs or the menu option in a restaurant, just point the camera to the word and the app will translate it into 90 languages.

You know how easy it is to get lost in big cities and so if you’re using public transportations Citymapper is your best friend. This is an app that includes all the information regarding buses,
metro, trains, boats, bicycle routes and even services like Uber, gathering real-time departure schedules and eventual delays.

To help you with restaurants suggestions and reservations we have Foodspotting, this app has a different approach, here you choose the local specialty you want to try and the app will give you the best options based on the users’ recommendations. To pay the bill use XE Currency, which converts any currency in the world and it can be used offline.

Last but not least, you have to document the trip and so let’s avoid the Instagram cliché, LiveTrekker will mark in red the route you take, allowing you to add photos, videos, audio and texts along the way, creating a multimedia diary that can be shared with friends.

Ready to start?
Source - Expresso

Monday, 9 January 2017

Time Out Market

New Lisbon’s food hotspot is ready to present you the best Portuguese cuisine it has to offer. 

Created from scratch in 2014, Time Out Market is a concept where only Lisbon’s best ideas and businesses belong. The criteria are simple: if it is good it is recommended in the magazine, if it is great it goes on the market.

With 24 restaurants, 8 bars, more than a dozen commercial spaces, 12 kiosks, a gym and a theater, all with the best of Lisbon (the best steak, the best hamburger, the best sushi or the best shows, among others), all this accompanied by some of the city's most well-known (and old) vendors of meat, fish, fruit and flowers.

Time Out Market is located in Ribeira Market, Lisbon's oldest and largest market, occupying the west wing on the ground floor and the entire first floor of the building, totaling 7 thousand square meters.
The food hall consists of more than 40 spaces served by 500 seats in a covered area and 250 more on the terrace.

Open from 10 am to midnight, from Sunday to Wednesday, and from 10 am through 2 am, from Thursday to Saturday, Time Out Market hosts the following spaces.

Drink Stands: Super Bock Beer Experience, Compal Frutológica, Quiosque do Café, Cinco e Meio, Bar da Odete, Gin Club by Schweppes, Quiosque do Cais (Praça D. Luis I).

Restaurants: Marisqueira Azul, Croqueteria, Sea Me, Café de São Bento, Tartar-ia, Monte Mar, Cozinha da Felicidade, Prego da Peixaria, Asian Lab, Pizza a Pezzi, Confraria, Santini, Honorato, Manteigaria Silva, Nós é Mais Bolos.

Chefs: Alexandre Silva, Miguel Castro e Silva, Henrique Sá Pessoa, Marlene Vieira, Vítor Sobral (Balcão da Esquina) and Miguel Laffan.
Kiosks: Crème de la Crème, Olhó Bacalhau, Organic Market, Frutos Secos do Mercado, L’éclair, Leitão da Ribeira.

Stores: A Vida Portuguesa; Arcádia, Conserveira de Lisboa, Espaço Time Out and Garrafeira Nacional. In the food hall there is also a cookery academy –Time Out Academy.

On the 1st floor, one can find restaurant Pap’açorda, the Estúdio Time Out, the Second Home and the Bar Rive-Rouge.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

As usual, at the end of each year, we all make a retrospective about the year that finishes and make plans for the year ahead.

This was an incredible year for Portugal in terms of tourism growth, 10% is the estimated number, with over 48 million room nights. Although Lisbon and Algarve are still the most relevant destinations, other regions such as North, Madeira, and Açores, presented also a sustainable raise.

In 2017, the expectations are to keep on growing, and for that, 56 new flight routes will be available, including new routes to the United States and direct flights to China. On top of that, there are already confirmed 42 international congresses, including another edition of the Web Summit in November.

2017 is also the year in which we celebrate the 100th-anniversary apparition of Our Lady of Fátima to three shepherd children, an event that motivated the visit of Pope Francis to Fátima in May.

One thing is certain, in 2017 Lisbon we’ll continue to grow in terms of visitors and events, and will confirm its status of one of the most relevant Europe’s destinations.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Top 5 – Blog posts of 2016

Another year is coming to an end and in 2016 we reached a new maximum in terms of visits and interaction with our posts, our sincere thanks to all of you.

Throughout the year, we’ve tried to share the most relevant information regarding events taking place in the city, news about awards or recommendations from our Concierge Desk. We were happy to know that many of you found the information valid and useful in order to plan your visit to Lisbon.

These are the most visited posts of 2016, and this Top 5 shows how diverse our histories were: ranked
in 1st place is an article by Ann Abel a journalist from the magazine Forbes who visited Lisbon and felt in love with our beautiful city, in 2nd an exhibition that took place at the MUDE (now in renovations), in 3rd and 4th places are some recommendations from our Concierge about the best beaches near Lisbon and the best restaurants, last but not least a new contemporary art map available in Lisbon.

1 - 12 reasons to love Lisbon
Although the piece is titled “12 reasons to love Lisbon” the author highlights the fact that “of course there are more than 12 reasons to love Lisbon” mentioning across the vast article, the low cost, the excellence of our cuisine, the palaces and historic architecture, culture, the vibrating atmosphere and, obviously, the friendly attitude and the unique way of welcoming the tourists.

2 - Break Down the Walls! Viva Design and the Arts
In exhibition until September 25th, Break Down the Walls! Viva Design and the Arts, approaches the MACE and MUDE collections comparatively. The exhibition, presented at the Sala Risco in Pateo da Galé, sparks a dialogue between two distinct focal points of the collections of MUDE – Museum of Design and Fashion and MACE – Museum of Contemporary Art of Elvas, highlighting the resemblances between fine and decorative arts but escaping from a historical speech or a temporal dimension to develop a more transversal, inquiring and open reading.

3 - Top 5 - Beaches near Lisbon
Summer is just around the corner so, it is time to enjoy the sun and there’s no place like the beach to do so. One of the good things about Lisbon is its location, a feature that makes it one of the few European capitals to have the most diverse offers to those who visit us.

4 - Top 5 – Lisbon Restaurants
Lisbon is, nowadays, one of the major destinations in Europe, famous for its culture, history, sun and of course its restaurants. In the last couple of years, following the increase of the number of tourists visiting Lisbon, several new restaurants or spaces opened to the public, creating opportunities for new ideas to come alive.

5 - Art Map – Contemporary Art Lisbon
There’s a new map of Lisbon: the map of Lisbon’s Contemporary Art or simply the Art Map. Launched recently in 2 languages, Portuguese and English, the Art Map is available online or in paper. Updated annually, the map gathers a series of Contemporary Art spaces in Lisbon, featuring the program of galleries, museums, foundations and other cultural venues.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Terreiro do Paço celebrates the New Year

Lisbon welcomes 2017 to the sound of Portuguese music and fireworks by the river.

Three days of celebration and entertainment mark the beginning of the year in Lisbon, in Terreiro do Paço. Rui Veloso and Agir warm up the New Year's Eve, but the party starts on December 30th with Miguel Araújo and Dj's from Rádio Comercial and, on the January 1st, Raquel Tavares comes on stage in the late afternoon.

2017 is at the door and Lisbon has prepared a unique program to welcome the New Year full of animation and with great joy. Terreiro do Paço starts the countdown at 10:00 p.m. with Rui Veloso, and the champagne pops at the rhythm of an unforgettable firework show and the party continues night out with the music of AGIR.

But Lisbon is once again synonym of party and so on Friday, December 30th, the Terreiro do Paço warms up with Miguel Araújo at 9:30 p.m., and Dj's Wilson Honrado / João Vaz from Rádio Comercial, from 11:15 p.m.

Already on January 1st, because the first day of the year should start in a big way, Raquel Tavares and the Orquestra Roemer Pinatel promise to animate the Terreiro do Paço once again from 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Lisbon on the Top 5 of “The Most Fun Cities”

In a ranking led by Chicago and followed by Melbourne, Lisbon is the highest ranked European city.

This list was released last November through the Time Out City Index, a survey answered by 20,000 people across 18 cities, assessing a city in the following features: eating & drinking, inspiration, dynamism, community, affordability, and sociability.

Chicago got the highest scores not only in general terms but also in restaurants, bars, neighborhoods, and affordability. Melbourne ranked second and New York has emerged in fourth place.

And between Melbourne and New York comes Lisbon, which ranked third and was the best ranked European city in the Index. What makes Lisbon stand out is that it is the most sociable and least solitary city, and it is the best place to make friends and fall in love, defeating Paris, the "city of love".

Check here the complete list.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas in Sintra

In this holiday season, the National Palace of Sintra will become a Christmas factory. From December 16th through the 23rd , the facade of the palace will be the screen of the video mapping show "The Incredible Christmas Factory". 

The toys, and how they are made, are the lead stars of the show, and the facade of National Palace of Sintra is the stage, in a project created by the OCUBO studio - the authors of the "Circo de Luz" and "Fabuloso Desejo de Natal", shows that took place in Terreiro do Paço, in Lisbon, in other holiday seasons.

According to the organization, the oldest Portuguese royal palace wants to become the background of a Christmas factory, in Lapland, where "virtual characters interact with the facade of the Palace" and "traditional toys are in the spotlight".

Wooden trains, dancers, robots and dolls are the focal point in a 15-minute show that takes place every hour from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.