Wednesday, 16 April 2014

International Day for Monuments and Sites / World Heritage Day


April 18th celebrates the world's built cultural heritage.

This day was established by UNESCO as the International Day for Monuments and Sites in 1983.

From then on, this day has been offering the opportunity to increase public awareness to the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and the efforts required to protect and conserve them. This day is also commonly known as World Heritage Day.

Each year has a different theme, and this year’s theme is Lugares de Memória or Heritage of Commemoration.

The heritage of commemoration takes a variety of forms: engraved inscriptions, mausoleums of exceptional architecture or works of monumental sculpture, more modest elements reflecting vernacular traditions or dedicated landscapes such as cemeteries or memorial gardens.
Given that this year April 18th corresponds to the Good Friday, the GDPC suggests that activities can extend from the previous weekend and until the end of the Easter week (April 12th to 20th).
The detailed program for Lisbon can be found here.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Lisbon´s Underground Roman Galleries


The Roman Galleries in Rua da Prata are open from April 11th to 13th. The meeting is set by the nr. 77 in Rua da Conceição, for an underground adventure.
It has been expected that the Museu da Cidade (the museum responsible for the monument operating under the "Câmara Municipal de Lisboa") opens the Roman Galleries to the public every year. This initiative is carried out, this year, between April 11th and 13th, within the context of the International Day of Monuments and Sites.

Discovered in 1771 during the reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755, the galleries are dated from the first century a.C and are similar to other public buildings of the Roman city of Olissipo.
Several years ago, Museu da Cidade, decided to allow visits to the monument but only for a few days a year. You can visit a network of perpendicular galleries with small cells on the side of the galleries; probably used as storage spaces. Also visible are the stone arches, a technical characteristic of the Roman architecture, and also the spring galleries from where the water flows which then floods the whole room.

Public access is only possible after pumping out all the water accumulated over the entire year and the installation of lights. Water pumps continue to work until the monument is once again closed to the public due to the significant rate of water seepage.

Public access is granted between April 11th and 13th, free of charge, between 10 am 6pm, the last entry is at 5:30 pm. This visits usually draw large crowds who wait patiently in queue for more than an hour to visit the galleries, so patience is needed, but it is worth the wait. It is also possible to organize group visits without prior booking and under the guidance of technicians from the Museu da Cidade and the CAL-Center for Archaeology of Lisbon.

Discover what's underneath Lisbon!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Music in April


Another month has begun and with it the opportunity to present to our guests a month full of music!

The piano will rule, but other surprises will rise, join us!


04.04.14 - Piano recital – João Romeiras
05.04.14 - Piano recital - Improvisations
11.04.14 - Piano recital
12.04.14 – Vocal quartet Europa
16.04.14 - Piano recital – João Romeiras
17.04.14 – Jazz duet
19.04.14 - Piano recital - Improvisations
24.04.14 – Jazz duet
25.04.14 - Piano recital – João Romeiras
26.04.14 - Piano recital

As usual the recitals will take place at the Palace Lounge at 7pm. and the entrance is free.

The program and hour are subject to confirmation.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

10 of the coolest reasons to visit Lisbon...

Truth be told, Lisbon has plenty of valid reasons for you to pay it a visit. The fantastic weather is surely not the only one. This text presents you with 10 of the coolest reasons... Fado, bars, the Tagus River, the new and old stores, renovated neighborhoods, museums...

1 - “Sitting Rooms”
The kiosks are trendy and, of course, always full. The coolest around are in fact neighbors in the garden of
Príncipe Real. Mr. Oliveira takes care of his kiosk “Príncipe Real” and Catarina Portas heads the kiosk “Quiosque do Refresco” (and three others in Parque Camões, Praça das Flores and Cais do Sodré).
In Largo dos Jerónimos in Belém, smoothies and fresh juices served in a transformed cable car do not go unnoticed.  This is a business operated by the company “bananacafe”, a “family “that includes two kiosks in Avenida Liberdade and another in Praça do Município.
These are the new “sitting rooms “ of the city, ideal places to drink a beer or to snack.

2 – On Wheels
One of the businesses that has expanded the most, is the one that "climbs” up to two or more wheels. That’s the case of the blue van Renault Estafette, owned by “Tell a Story”, parked in the garden of Príncipe Real selling books of national authors translated into several languages. The ”Lisbonlovers” also took the streets in their 1972Volkswagen, to try to attract tourists in Belém and in the area of Praça do Comércio, with merchandising inspired by the city. The “Miss Can” took their tins to the surroundings of the São Jorge Castle. “Pedal a Gosto” strolled the Belém district, serving their lemonades.
Who also "caught" the ride were the yogurts inspired by Ancient Greece's Yonest - True Yogurt, now living in the sidewalk in front of the Atrium Saldanha, such as the chips from Chippers.

3 – An Island of Ideas
Its first occupant was the old Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonenses, followed by the Companhia Industrial de Portugal e Colónias and Gráfica Mirandela. Today, the residents of the LX Factory in Alcântara, are quite different:  over there the worlds of architecture, fashion, media, advertising, music and
other areas, cross paths.
Mandatory stops: Mag Quiosque to buy one of the many international magazines and newspapers; Kare Design for a peek at new furniture design, lighting and home accessories; Boox to get to know the original frames; Livraria Ler Devagar, for being one of the most beautiful bookstore in the world. For dinner, at Taverna 1300, Mercado 1143 or at the “Burger Factory”. After that, it is best to just stop at “Funky”, Hernani’s bar, sipping a cup.

4 - The Large Square
It has the status of a national monument since 1910 and the soul of a modern cosmopolitan square. Terreiro do Paço is no longer just a place passage, it has become a meeting point, a place where you can enjoy good food, leisure and culture. Under the arcades, a succession of restaurants like the one of Chef Cordeiro, the Populi with the proposals of Luís Rodrigues or “Can The Can” with dishes created from the typical “conservas”.
From the terraces, there are those who loose themselves admiring the river Tagus, the Cais das Colunas and the monumental Arco da Rua Augusta. In the east wing one can discover the history of Lisbon in the modern “Lisbon Story Centre”, and the history of Portuguese beer at the Beer Museum. On the western side, the Pátio da Galé is the room of the big events such as Peixe em Lisboa, this year between April 3rd and 13th.

5 – Concentrate Luxury
Lisbon is a haven for luxury shopping mainly in the Avenida da Liberdade.
Gradually, it became the most expensive street of the capital, with upscale stores scattered along its one Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci, Cartier. The national talent also gets to be well represented by, for example, the shoe designer Luis Onofre, who opened at about a month ago, his first store.
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Although some houses work behind closed doors, do not hesitate to knock on the door, to walk inside and explore, without fear. In this hustle between stores, there will be time for a smoothie or a fresh juice in one of the six kiosks’ esplanades, along the avenue.

6 - Good Music
In recent years, Lisbon has definitely entered the route of large concerts and festivals, receiving artists and audiences from across the country and abroad. While some bands opt to start their tours in the capital, as the Backstreet Boys did, last February 18th, there are others who prefer to end their tours in great style, as Bon Jovi in 2011 and Michael Bublé in 2013.
This year it will be Lady Gaga’s turn, as she closes her “The Artpop Ball”, in November 10th at Meo Arena. Festivals such as “Optimus Alive” and “Rock in Rio” are at the top of the busiest ones. This year's “Rock in Rio” presents names such as Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams and Arcade Fire, the Alive, the Bastille and The 1975.

7 - Champagne, Cocktails and Gin
Gin is the drink that has won the most fans in the last couple of years. And who should we "blame": the SushiCafé Avenida, the burger house Honorato and, most recently , O Bom, O Mau e o Vilão.
“Lisbonita Gin Bar” of Taverna Moderna, which gets the locals drinking good brands and unique combinations. But other restaurants and bars followed their example: the ”Gin Club” of
But not only gin is drank in Lisbon. Take a look at the champagne houses which opened recently; Real Champanheria; Champanheria do Cais and Champanheria. All combine champagnes and sparkling wines with snacks and oysters. Cocktails with or without alcohol, have also won their regular customers: the Matiz Pombalina Bar and Cinco Lounge have suggestions for all tastes.

8 – Art for All
Lisbon has one of the top ten museums in Europe with free entry, the Museu Colecção Berardo. But one Mude – Museu do Design e da Moda, an estate of excellence which integrates pieces of furniture, utilities, accessories, clothing and footwear, and also with no entry fee. And there are those who offer “freebies “on Sundays until 14 o'clock such as the Museu do Oriente and the Museu Nacional do Azulejo.
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Right in the city center there are still some gems that deserve a visit, such as the Museu da Farmácia in Santa Catarina, the Museu de S .Roque in Bairro Alto or Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, two steps from the Avenida da Liberdade. Also, not to be missed  is the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, the Museu do Chiado, the Museu Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the most visited by tourists, the Museu National dos Coches, with a new “home”just  waiting to be occupied.

9 – Mouraria and Alfama
Here you can experience a true neighborhood life with grocery stores, drugstores and taverns, mixed with new shops, restaurants and bars. In Mouraria, it is worth knowing the Cozinha Popular, owned by the Casa da Achada (home of the Centro Mário Dionísio) with intense and rich cultural program or go around the neighborhood at the rhythm of the outdoor exhibition Retratos do Fado, from the British photographer Camilla Watson. And with such an enormous culinary diversity, why not take a stroll through the route of Tasquinhas e Restaurantes from the Associação Renovar a Mouraria, which also organizes guided tours every month.
photographer Adriana Freire, an open kitchen where you can have lunch, attend a workshop or have dinner with a group of friends (by appointment only). You can visit the
In Alfama, jazz is the music of choice in the restaurant and bar Duetos da Sé. In Ginginha da Sé there are snacks, local wine in barrels, handmade and muffled cherry, at the sound of Blues, Bossanova and Fado. Rua do Salvador, near the Portas do Sol, where the oldest traffic signal of Lisbon still stands (it dates from 1686), could be called the street of crafts, with six workshops. From a seamstress who makes clothes for films, an illustrator and potter designer, you can also find yourself in the workshop Bate Chapas, where pictures are taken as in gone by days, or in Coisas do Alberto making lined bags.

10 – Urban Art
It is impossible to not notice the graffiti made by the Brazilian brothers Os Gémeos, or the Italian Blu and SAM3, in the vacant buildings at the Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, voted one of the ten best examples of urban art by the Guardian newspaper in 2011.
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In that list you can also find the work of Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, also known as “Vhils”, made in London in 2008. Today, there are several anonymous faces " carved " by him in Lisbon in the abandoned concrete tower in Sete Rios, visible from the Eixo Norte-Sul, in the Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian wall, next to a tile panel of João Abel Manta; or in Alfama near Hotel Memmo, the platform/gallery “Underdogs” which he runs has brought to us many international big names in street art, which also left marks in the city. Among those names are the Italian Pixel Pancho (Jardim do Tabaco), the American duo “How & Nosm (Av. of India) and the duo ”Interesni Kazki “ from Ukraine (Praça Olegário Mariano in Av. Almirante Reis ). And, if you come across some provocative slogans like: "O povo vencido jamais será unido “, “Grândola Vila Corrupta, Terra de Desigualdade#” or "Pague Leve e Leve Mente " , know that those are from the Portuguese  ± MAISMENOS± .

But the route does not end here: the wall in Campolide near Amoreiras, known as “The Graffiti’s Hall of Fame” in Lisbon has several paintings of political contestation, as the " Marionetas de Merkel " and "Lei do Mais Forte" and worth peeking are also the faces at the “Muro Azul”, next to Júlio de Matos hospital, or in the wall signed by “ARM Collective” at Av. da India, dedicated to Lusíadas, an initiative of the magazine Visão, under the celebration its 20th Anniversary.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Belvederes in the Spring.


After weeks of melancholy, Spring time is finally here! We leave you with five tips to see the most beautiful views of Lisbon!

If you want to avoid the confusion of terraces in the first rays of Sun of this year’s Spring, chose five viewpoints in Lisbon so that you can enjoy the Sun and temperature without having to worry about long journeys or crowds. And in the neighborhood of each of them there are many details that will surely please you. There are quite a range of choices for all tastes: quiet, busy, discreet or flashy!

Belvedere Nossa Senhora do Monte
With plenty of shades and a Madonna which protects all couples, friends or lonesome visitors.
From here you can almost plan a route through the city. Castelo de São Jorge, Convento do Carmo, Rossio…





Belvedere from the Botto Machado Garden

The most famous fair of Lisbon happens right next door! The flea market takes place every Tuesday and
Saturday morning, close to the garden. Those are the busiest days, just in case you wanted to appear or just avoid confusion. At the end of the garden you will find a Café where Teas are served cold and heat is barred by the shade of the trees.





Belvedere Chão do Loureiro
Located very close to the downtown area, this viewpoint has a restaurant/bar with a terrace where comfort
seems to be taken too seriously. A space that also excels in simplicity but that, at the same time, is close to anything else that you could possibly want: wine bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets, etc.





Belvedere Santo Estevão

Modest and simple but full of surprises and details around it. It has several steps, houses and alleys where you will easily lose yourself, and can eventually discover many other things. This Belvedere is located in Santa Apolónia, near the Church of Santo Estevão. There are many restaurants nearby, always with music and decorations which brings a different color to the place. The smell of grilled fish will, at least, tempt you!



Belvedere Monte Agudo

Located in Anjos, this place is pretty quiet and discreet, so much that one of the entries goes completely
unnoticed to does who aren’t paying attention. The view is panoramic and we say that is one of the best in Lisbon! There's a café terrace and benches to relax while dating or just chatting.
Just take your pick and enjoy it, preferably, without a single cloud in sight!

Friday, 21 March 2014

And one of the best historical Cafés in Europe is….


When European cafés became the preferred hangouts of their city's intellectuals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they turned into cultural institutions with ornate, palatial interiors. Many if not most of them remain open today, although the main visitors are now tourists guided by their guidebooks.

Those cafés are now essentially museums where coffee and pastries are served at high prices, while others have been turned into full-blown restaurants, and a few still attempt to keep their cultural heritage alive by hosting literary and other cultural events. The biggest café cities are Paris, Vienna, Venice, and Budapest, where café interiors are at their most sumptuous, but you'll find some extraordinarily beautiful cafés throughout Europe and even in the big cities of the Americas that emulated the grandiosity of the Old World.

The British newspaper The Telegraph has chosen the best historical Cafés of Europe and among them is a Portuguese one A Brasileira. In Lisbon's Old Quarter is one of the most famous of the city's cafés - gilded, old and deliciously dim.


The most photographed statue in the city stands (sits) outside this café, but that’s not the main attraction. That statue is of poet Fernando Pessoa who frequented this space opened in 1905, and the reason why tourists and locals are still attracted to its tables is because it’s a true Lisbon monument. The interior takes us back to the Belle Époque, with woodwork, mirrors and modernist paintings.

According to the travel page of the newspaper, A Brasileira is one of the famous cafes of the city, having The Telegraph recommends drinking with a Portuguese specialty - Pastel de Nata. It was the first shop to sell a "bica", a small cup of the strong stuff, similar to an espresso.

A Brasileira is equated, in this selection, with iconic cafés of Europe as the Caffè della Pace in Rome, Le Procope in Paris, De Florian in Venice, and the Central, in Vienna.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Fado in Chiado: five years singing Lisbon


It started with the perception that there was a gap in Lisbon’s tourist and cultural routine: few spaces to hear the music of our city. And so “Fado in Chiado” initiative was born at the hands of Genius y Meios, an event planner. Five years later, on March 5th, the balance is positive: more than 1450 performances and 100 thousand spectators.

It is at the Cine Theatro Gymnasio that, from Monday to Saturday, that you can listen for 50 minutes, the voices of Mafalda Taborda and André Vaz accompanied by the viola of Paulo Ramos and the guitar of Fernando Silva chords.

It is, according to the organization, a journey throughout the history of Fado, intentionally in a female and a male voice. A trip through the “universe of taverns, alleys, palaces ... the imagination of pain, of loss, of everyday life, the joys and achievements” of the Portuguese people.

"It was a five year of promoting and raising a heritage which, meanwhile, has been recognized worldwide”, says Genius y Meios, referring to the fact that “Fado in Chiado” has received TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013.