Monday, 31 August 2015

Lisbon is the second city with the best hotels in Europe

Cleanliness, service and room quality were the aspects that weighed more in this election. The Portuguese capital received a score of 82.7 %, just behind Edinburgh.

Lisbon was chosen as the second city in Europe with the best hotels by the Global Review Index from PwC consultant.

The Portuguese capital received a rating of 82.7 % in this study which analyzed the online reputation of more than 11 hotels in 48 cities. In a worldwide classification Lisbon was ranked in eighth place.

Cleanliness, service and room quality were the key features in the choice. In the opposite direction is the city’s location, considered a downside.

PwC points Lisbon as one of the cities with “greater propensity of investment for 2015 and 2016 “, something that the consultant hopes will be reflected in the increase in hotel competitiveness and reinforcement of occupancy rates.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Top 5 – Places to eat canned products

Lisbon is full of new spots to taste the traditional Portuguese cuisine, especially the now famous canned products.

As mentioned on our last post, these days the canned products, Sardinhas, Cavala, Anchovas etc., are gourmet products and have created its own niche introducing several new spaces in Lisbon.

Today we are going to introduce you to 5 of those places. Restaurants, Bars and stores where you will find that the offer is diverse.

1 – Restaurante Can the Can
Opened in June 2012 in Praça do Comércio, it is a tribute to the national canned products and to Fado. It is a Coffee Shop and a snacks’ restaurant, where the traditional canned products are also gourmet items which you can also find dispersed through the walls and tables as decoration.

2 – A Taverna da Rua das Flores
On the entrance you’ll find a sign that says Mercearia (Groceries Shop), which is not a mistake
because this old-fashioned tavern also sales some of the Portuguese traditional products used to make some of the meals served here. Located in Chiado, it opened in March 2012 and recreates a certain atmosphere from the past.

 3 – Mercado da Saudade
Opened in 2012, it is a grocery store / coffee shop dedicated exclusively to genuine Portuguese products. From ham to cheese, coffee, jam, canned fish, wine and much more. In a relaxed and casual atmosphere, one can enjoy the best that Portugal has to offer.

4 – Restaurante 2 à Esquina, Iguarias e Petiscos
Dedicated to snacks and Portuguese delicacies, 2 à Esquina brings back the tradition of popular gastronomy in a warm and refined atmosphere. Opened in April 2012 it aims to combine the traditional cuisine to the modernity of a young and dynamic team.

5 – Maria do Mar – Conservas e Degustação
Last but not least, Maria do Mar is a store dedicated exclusively to national canned products, but it also offers a tasting room to enjoy these much appreciated snacks.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Exhibition – Canning cans from other times

Canned fish is probably one of Lisbon’s most typical products. They have played an important role in Portuguese gastronomy when times were much harder than today. 

These days the canned products, Sardinhas, Cavala, Anchovas etc., are gourmet products and have created its own niche introducing several new spaces that we are going to explore in the next post.

Today we’re going to talk about a new exhibition taking place in the Lisboa Story Center.
Lisboa Story Centre is a place located in Praça do Comércio and dedicated to the city’s history, which combines knowledge and technology.

The exhibition called “Canning cans from other times” features about 300 cans of canned fish produced by various brands and national companies. The set was collected by Carole Garton, an English woman currently living in Portugal for several years and who is passionate about these objects that express art and stories about the country and its canning industry.

The exhibit, that also shows a large sardine, candidate for the Guinness World of Records, made in crochet and knitting, is part of the 1st edition of the Route of the Portuguese Can Fish - a joint project between the National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish (ANICP), the Loja das Conservas store, Can the Can restaurant and the Lisboa Story Centre – from July 1st to  August 31st.

Friday, 14 August 2015

The new Museu Nacional dos Coches

On May 23, 1905 the “Royal Coach Museum” open in Lisbon by initiative of Queen Amélia of Orleans and Bragança, Princess of France, who married King Carlos I of Portugal.

The world’s first coach museum occupied the antique Royal Riding School, specifically adapted to receive a unique collection of coaches, berlins, carriages, calashes, phaetons, litters and sedan chairs, splendidly decorated, from the 17, 18 and 19th century.

On May 23, 2015 the collection moved to a brand new building by the Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, a new reason to visit this extraordinary collection.


Open: Tuesday to Sunday – 10 am to 6 pm
Last visit: 5.15 pm (New Building) | 5.30 pm (Royal Riding School)
Closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, Easter Sunday, December 24 and 25
Free: first Sunday of the month

Thursday, 6 August 2015

# ULISSEIA21 – A new Multimedia show in Terreiro do Paço

# Ulisseia21 is a multimedia show based on a love story of Ulysses and Ophiussa in the kingdom where nowadays Lisbon stands.

Projected onto the facade of Augusta Street Arch in Praça do Comércio, it is a show of light and sound about this tale that, between fiction and reality, narrates the city’s origins.

With free and daily sessions at 21.30, 22.30 and 23.30, from August 7th to 16th, this show also represents another couple in love in the contemporary Lisbon, proving that all love stories although unique, can repeated themselves.

You will be presented with an audacious show, with a strong focus on innovation, displaying powerful 3D visual effects and strong sounds, by DJ's Holy and Ride, while the video and the soundtrack are handled, live, by its creators, making each performance unique.

Each break between sessions will surprise the audience with interactive activities, an invitation to the public’s participation, and also performances of DJ's that will light up the summer nights on Lisbon’s main square.

Monday, 20 July 2015

TAP Portugal: Image of a People

A new exhibition is in display on MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda until the 1st of November, TAP Portugal : Image of a People.

In the last 6 months TAP, the Portuguese Air Line has made the headlines in Portugal due to its sail to private companies.

TAP was created on 14 March 1945 by Humberto Delgado, who was Director of the Civil Aviation Office at the time. That was the year it acquired its first aircraft — two Dakota DC3s, with room for 21 passengers. But was only in 1946 that TAP could launch its first commercial route, between
Lisbon and Madrid service began on 19 September.

The exhibition TAP PORTUGAL: IMAGE OF A PEOPLE focuses on the design of the national airline, from 1945 to the present day. It highlights its contribution to TAP identity and to consolidate the image of a modern airline, qualified, safe and competitive, at the service of the Portuguese people and the communities around the world.

The items on display reflect the contribution of design to the collective awareness of TAP as a national symbol and to the identification of the Portuguese people with (their) flag carrier. Moreover, it shows the way it contributed to the construction and dissemination of the image of a people and their country across borders over the last 70 years.

More information here.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Lisbon’s new beach

For a couple of years now Lisbon is trying to “reconnect” with the river, the Lisbon’s beach it’s a huge step.

The hot summer days are here and with them the chance to discover the rehabilitated Ribeira das Naus and its new beach.

Located in the Downtown river front, right between the Terreiro do Paço and Cais do Sodré,this  is already one of Lisbon’s most popular sites for walking, cycle ride or just a relaxing break.

This is the city’s first urban beach, although batting is not permitted, on sunny days one can make the most of the two grassy slopes by spreading the towels for a revitalizing sunbathe.

Next summer, Ribeira das Naus will have a new attraction, “Polo Descobrir” is a museum dedicated to the Portuguese Discoveries.

The museum will feature a caravel of about 30 meters in length to show how these ships were built and how they prepared journeys that led Vasco da Gama to India and other mariners on their worldwide discoveries.

Come and visit us, we promise a journey you want forget.