Friday, 24 February 2017

Top 5 - Castelo de São Jorge

Lisbon has much to see, a lot of cultural and historic richness that we’ll try to surmise. Today we’ll talk about what is traditionally regarded as the site of Lisbon’s founding settlement, the Castelo de São Jorge.

Every monument or museum has much to offer and it is impossible to write about all here, so we will give some pointers that will help you discover the best Lisbon’s has to offer.

Castelo São Jorge, is a hilltop castle from the Moorish era, captured by Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques, in 1147. 

Restored in 1938, the castle offers some of the most attractive viewpoints of Lisbon, and these are the 5 top features not to be missed:

1 – Porta de São Jorge
This grand gate gives onto the final steep climb up the castle grounds. In a wall niche to the left is a figure of St. George.

2 – Statue of Afonso Henriques
This bronze statue of Portugal’s first king was added to the esplanade in 1947 and it is a copy of the original located in Guimarães.

3 – Castle Museum
On the site of the historic Alcáçovas palace, this museum contains a collection of artifacts excavated from the hilltop.

4 – Torre de Ulisses
In one of the inner battlement towers, a camera obscure attached to the periscope projects images of the city.

5 – Inner Battlements
The reconstruction of the inner castle is one of the great achievements of the 1938 restoration. With ten towers and a dividing inner wall, the restored castle matches, as far as possible, the original’s layout and size.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Portugal, a safe country for tourists

The world is changing and for that tourists are starting to add another requisite when choosing a destination, security.

The word terrorism is part of the daily talks in Europe like never before. With the attacks in different central European countries, the sense of security plays a major role when choosing destinations, even if it means to choose a less known country.
The tourist flow is changing and there are countries growing beyond what is considered normal, when comparing with recent years. Among those countries is Portugal. According to the Thomas Cook Group, the world oldest tourism companies, the growth in the number of bookings for countries like Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus is impressive.

Initially, tourism operators found in Spain and Italy a solution to the impact of the terrorist attacks, but the lack of rooms forced new alternatives, particularly in less saturated markets.

Now, if we join security to the warm climate, the unique cuisine, the historic landmarks and the rising cultural buzz, do you really need any more reasons to visit us?

Monday, 6 February 2017

Lisbon top destination of 2017

According to Minube online community, Lisbon is one of the places to visit in 2017.

“Its varied landscape, its sounds and tastes” placed Lisbon on the Top 25, with recommendations from 2 million travelers that highlight the city as a truly unique destination.

Among the “must see” monuments are the Torre de Belém, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, and the Castelo de São Jorge. In terms of gastronomy, the community recommends a visit to the famous café
A Brasileira, a snack in the country’s most old beer house Trindade and of course a visit to taste the renowned Pastel de Belém.

Bairro Alto was also mentioned by the community, stating that the district was perfect to have a drink in the hot summer nights or to attend a Fado show.

“Don’t rush, take your time and enjoy every corner of this historic city by the sea”.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

MAAT closed for six weeks

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) will be closed from February 6th to March 21st, reopening with new exhibitions and paid access. 

The MAAT was inaugurated last October and more than 22 thousand people attended its inauguration, with the promise of free access until March.

On March 21st, the MAAT will reopen with the exhibition Utopia / Distopia which includes works by Portuguese and foreign architects and artists. On the next day the installation of Mexican artist Hector Zamora entitled Order and Progress will be presented.

The new pedestrian bridge will link the top of the MAAT building to the other side of the train tracks and it is expected to be completed by May. At the same time the garden with 300 trees and 30 thousand shrubs should also be finished.

Tickets to visit the new MAAT building and the Central Tejo will cost nine euros and those who prefer to access only part of the circuit will pay five euros.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

“The Lisbon that Would Have Been”

From today, the Museu de Lisboa reveals 200 pieces - drawings, models, and photographs - that recall urban and architectural projects that did not come to fruition in the city, in an exhibition to show how Lisbon could have been.

"The Lisbon that Would Have Been" is the title of the exhibition that reveals urbanistic and
architectural projects that were not implemented. There will be about 200 pieces, signed by personalities who "thought the city", such as Francisco de Holanda, Eugénio dos Santos, J. C. Nicolas Forestier, Ventura Terra, Cristino da Silva, Raul Lino, Cottinelli Telmo or Cassiano Branco.

The exhibition makes use of the City Hall and Lisbon Museum’s archives, places that store the numerous projects commissioned for the city that, for different reasons, were not carried out or not in all its components.

Drawings, models, photographs and projects of urbanism and architecture, from the sixteenth century to the present time, with greater incidence on the twentieth century, are the objects that form “The Lisbon that Would Have Been”. Visitors will be able to see a selection of graphic and three-dimensional materials focused on the central axis, from Praça do Comércio to Eduardo VII Park, Martim Moniz, the riverside front, the city gates and the bridges to the 'other side."

The exhibition will be on display until June 25th, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hotel Avenida Palace is a 2017 Travelers' Choice Award Winner

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Hotel Avenida Palace is a 2017 Travelers' Choice Award Winner

Congratulations! You're a winner in the following categories:

Top 25 Hotels — Portugal

Top 25 Hotels for Romance — Portugal

Top 25 Luxury Hotels — Portugal

Top 25 Hotels for Service — Portugal

Travelers' Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give – meaning your business is truly exceptional. Based on reviews and opinions from millions of travelers, you're in the top 1% of hotels.

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