Thursday, 14 March 2019

Lisbon Leading Golf Destination

The Sun is shining, the sky is light blue and you have green trees shaken by a small breeze but not enough to spoil your stroke, this is just the right scenario for a perfect Tee.

At the end of the day, you return to the hotel and guess what? You are in downtown Lisbon, surrounded by history and culture, just a few walking minutes away from a couple of the most well-known Cafés and Restaurants. Impossible, you may say! Not really, let me tell you why:
Lisbon is not known as a primary Golf destination, but according to a survey made in 2018 by the Lisbon Tourism Council, for 49,3% of the enquired, Golf is the reason they’ve decided to visit Lisbon.

There are several courses available in Lisbon or in the surrounding areas, with easy and quick access by car. This way, instead of staying confined to the resort facilities you can have the best of two worlds and enjoy the pleasure of golfing and still feel the bubbling of a cosmopolitan city.

Here are a few examples of Golf Courses, just at hand:

Quinta da Marinha

The Golf Course at Quinta da Marinha has 18 holes with 5.870 meters of unadulterated nature surroundings and major challenges. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Senior, this par 71 has great views to the Atlantic Ocean and Sintra Mountains. The area, Lisbon Golf Coast, won the IAGTO Award in 2007 - Best Established Golfing Destination Europe.

Paço do Lumiar 

Designed by an American architect, Gary Grandstaff, Paço do Lumiar is a 9 holes Golf Course designed as a challenge for the better player while remaining great fun for all the family. Huge U.S.G.A. tees allowing for constant repair on our 7 par three and 2 par four. Greens designed for any top-rated golf course, and all of this right in the middle of Lisbon!

Aroeira

At only 30 minutes’ drive from the Lisbon center, located on the other margin of the Tagus River, with an extremely mild climate, allowing to play golf along all the year, is Aroeira Country Club with 2 fields with 18 holes which is considered by experts, as one of the best Golf Complexes of Europe. Aroeira "I" was designed by Frank Pennick one of the most well-known and famous Golf fields architects, who achieved here a real masterpiece, to reach, in an exemplary way the requisites of a championship golf with the spontaneous and savage nature harmony which shelters and surrounds it.
This is just a small hint of what Lisbon has to offer.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Land: Joaquín Sorolla’s Spain

Until March 31st the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga presents the exhibition “The Land: Joaquín Sorolla’s Spain”.

Born in February 1863, Joaquín Sorolla was a Spanish painter that shined in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are categorized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the bright sunlight of his native land and sunlit water.

In the late 19th century, artistic landscapes painting became a requisite practice rather than a minor genre, Sorolla’s “inland” landscapes reflect artistic trends of the time which involved both experimentations with outdoor painting and significant ideological element.

In a partnership between Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and the Sorolla Museum in Madrid, this exhibition, curated by Carmen Pena, brings together 118 paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida from the museum and from Spanish private collections.

The exhibition shows how Sorolla, the master of the "open air" and the "intense light", unveiled new versions of the various Spanish landscapes, at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, giving them new meanings and participating in a cultural movement that sought another image of the country.

The selection of pieces also includes some paintings representing scenes on the seashore and the work of fishermen on the coasts of Valence, some of Sorolla’s most typical themes.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Travellers’ Choice 2019

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019 were just disclosed and the Hotel Avenida Palace has been elected in 4 different categories.

The Travellers' Choice Awards are the highest honor given by TripAdvisor, based on reviews and opinions from millions of travelers.

This is a recognition that occurs for the 6th time and places the Hotel Avenida Palace among the top 1% hotels around the world that, according to the travellers’ opinion, are truly exceptional.

These are the rankings for the Hotel Avenida Palace:

6th - Top 25 Hotels - Portugal
10th - Top 25 Hotels for Romance – Portugal
10th - Top 25 Luxury Hotels – Portugal
7th - Top 25 for Service – Portugal

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our Dear Guests who took the time to share their experience at the Hotel Avenida Palace.

Here's the complete list of Travellers' Choice Winners.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

What to do this weekend

If you’re planning to visit us this weekend here are some of the events taking place in the city.

Exhibitions

Quel Amour
The exhibition brings together 68 artists from different generations, countries and cultures, for whom love has been an inspiration – in its many forms – in the creation of exclusive works. Among exclamations and questions, there are more than 150 works on different supports, including painting and design, sculpture, video, photography and performance, all of which seek an answer to “Quel Amour!?”.


Music

Gavin James
Gavin James is one of the top artists of the moment, and he is coming to Portugal for the first time tohappy sad songs”. “Start Again”, “Put You Back Together” and “Cigarette Break” are just some of the tunes he will perform at this concert.
present his new studio album, “Only Ticket Home”, which was released in October 2018. The Irish musician, who saw his debut album “Bitter Pill” go platinum, said he wanted to leave the world of ballads behind him, and that this new album is different, with “

Alceste
This opera in three acts by Christoph Willibald Gluck starts with an episode of Greco-Roman mythology in which Alceste sacrifices her life to save that of her husband, Admeto, the king of Thessaly. “Alceste” was first performed in Vienna in 1767, with an Italian libretto by Ranieri de Calzabigi, followed nine years later by a French version with a libretto by Le Blanc Du Roullet. It is this French version that will be performed at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. This new production will be presented by Graham Vick, with musical direction by Graeme Jenkins.

Monday, 3 December 2018

World Travel Awards

Lisbon was elected Europe’s Leading City Destination by World Travel Awards.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the World Travel Awards 2018 was held, for the first time, in Lisbon and reinforced the city as Europe’s major destination.

Besides been considered Europe’s Leading City Destination, Lisbon was also awarded World's Leading City Break.


Amongst hotels and institutions, Portugal received a total of 15 awards including the most desirable one, World’s Leading Destination, for the second year in a row.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Book Directly!!!

One of the questions that everyone asks before booking the hotel is “Where should I book it?” well, our answer is easy, book directly!!

In the past, there weren’t too many alternatives, in fact, the Travel Agents were the only alternative, but now, if you have an internet connection, everything is simpler and faster, the problem is choosing between all the existing options.

There are thousands of Websites which allow you to make the booking. In some, you can book a flight, hotel, car or even a restaurant and, of course, order a bouquet of roses or a bottle of Champagne, but most of them only permit the room booking.

In this decision, the customer normally excludes the hotel's Website mostly because the rate found on the hotel’s website is higher, but also because the customer is still not confident enough to leave the "comfort area" and prefers to book on big brands like Booking, Expedia, or Tripadvisor.

This is slightly changing, and although the hotels need to do much better, there are also good reasons to book through the hotel’s website:

- Inexistence of the possibility of fraud
- Direct communication makes it easy to arrange special requests
- Better rates
- Exclusive amenities

At the Avenida Palace, the Guests that book through the official website are entitled to a series of exclusive benefits, such as:

- Room upgrade, upon availability.
- Early check-in and late check-out free of charge, upon availability.
- Complimentary Bottle of Mineral Water in the Room, throughout the stay.
- 20% discount on Bar spendings.
- Discounts on Extra nights.
- Fresh Fruit Cup on arrival.
- A special surprise for children aged 3 years and over.

No matter what option you take, always take a look at the hotel’s website, you just might be surprised.


Monday, 26 November 2018

New App to visit Lisbon

Want to know Lisbon and have fun at the same time? Download the app Detective Trail.

Launched by MyCityHighlight, a Swiss company focused on tourism and leisure, Detective Trail is a mobile application with a pedestrian route and a treasure hunting game that allows tourists and locals to get to know the city while they have fun playing a series of jigsaw puzzles.

After passing through several cities with great success the App is now in Lisbon presenting the users with problems and mysteries and puzzles, which once solved will grant them access to the route and the code that will take them to the final destination and the desire treasure.

The App covers many of Lisbon’s most important sites such as Bairro Alto, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, Aqueduto das Águas Livres, Casa Fernando Pessoa, among others, making the user interact with the many mysteries to solve.

In Portuguese, English and German, Detective Trail Lisboa is available for download in digital format for iOS and for Android, and in print on the brand's website.