Saturday, 23 September 2017

Taxis in Lisbon

This is a controversial subject, but unfortunately, no one wants to discuss it seriously, and almost every day we are confronted by guests claiming they were overcharged, an old problem with no apparent solution.
It is our understanding that this is a problem common to all main European cities and that needs a strong intervention from the authorities.                                

It is not only about the obvious, the crime of stealing and deceiving, it is about the image that those people give of our country to the many tourists that arrive, sometimes for the first time, to a strange country and look for a warm welcome. 

The number of visitors is increasing every day, arriving from the Airport or from the Port, and although Lisbon has many new features, it still has a lot of old "diseases", and sometimes, not always, the hotel takes the "blame" for this bad experience, because after such a "welcome" the guest arrives much more nervous and the probability of a complaint increases.

We don't want to make the mistake of putting every Taxi driver in the same "basket", of course, there are many good and honest people working on the taxi service, but there are those unlucky tourists that face the dishonest ones.

At the Avenida Palace we try, whenever possible, to inform the guests about the average tariffs (between 10€ to 15€) and to pay only what is in the meter, and also how to proceed in case the tourist feels that he is being ripped off (alert the police).

We still consider the Taxi to be the fastest and easiest way to get to the hotel, but due to the problem mentioned above and due to the long queues that take place at the Airport, before taking a Taxi you may consider alternative means of transportation.

The Aerobus is a valid option, in our case, there is a stop right next door, the subway, also with a stop next door and another one is the private transfer a little more expensive but much more comfortable.

It is also possible to seek information in the Airport’s Tourism Office.

Our hope is that the tourist, in the event that this problem occurs, doesn't misjudge our country because of a few dishonest people.  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Rossio Fashion Day

On September 21st, the Rossio Square hosts another edition of the “Rossio Fashion Day”.

The Praça D. Pedro, mostly known as Rossio, welcomes another edition of the “Rossio Fashion Day”, an event that aims to promote the best that the Downtown area has to offer to locals and tourists.

After last year’s success with over 40 models in a 50 meters catwalk, the expectations are high but be aware that the collections to be displayed are not from Paris or Milan, they are from local Portuguese stores, established on the downtown district.

Come and see what the local stores are selling, in an event promoted by the “Associação Dinamiza Baixa Pombalina”.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

World’s Best Aquarium

For the 2nd time the Oceanário was elected by TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice the world’s Best Aquarium.

This famous travel portal presented the Top 10 Aquariums in 2017, and after an analysis on the quality of the service and visitors reviews, the Ocenário got 1st place.
Photo Ocenário

The Oceanário de Lisboa is a public aquarium whose prestige is widely recognized, not only in Lisbon and Portugal but also across the world. Its exceptional exhibitions and the architectural features of its buildings, full of symbolism, allow a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Oceanário consists of two buildings connected by a large forecourt: the original Oceans Building and the new Sea Building. The forecourt, from which the exhibitions and the educational area can be accessed, boasts a magnificent panel featuring 55 thousand tiles.

Last year the Oceanário received visitors from 180 countries that shared more than 29.000 reviews, most of them classified as Excellent.

With more than 20 million visitors since its opening in 1998, the Ocenário is one of Portugal’s most important touristic attractions.

Monday, 28 August 2017

LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro

Lisbon doesn’t stop and September starts with a new edition of LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro.

A sound garden opened from 2 pm to 12 am in a special corner of Parque Eduardo VII, LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro is an experience to awaken the senses and, probably, the coolest party in Lisbon that stands out for its uniqueness.

Going for its 4th edition LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro is a combination of heritage and music, tourism and culture, leisure and pleasure in one single concept, a day party in a garden we consider our own.

A three-days party at an almost secret sound garden in the city's most emblematic park "blessed" by Lisbon's incredible light. LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro is a compulsory event for music lovers who want to enjoy an urban experience in broad daylight with the city as center stage.

These are some of the names present in this edition: AMP Fiddler, Cassy, De Los Miedos, DJ Koze, Etienne Jaumet, Francisco Coelho, João Tenreiro, Kiamos, Lerosa and much more.

A special groove to be watched, heard and felt.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

5 reasons to visit Portugal

Portugal is probably one of the most sought destinations across Europe at the moment. The reasons vary and here are a couple more. 

The debate has started: Will mass tourism ruin our country? Are we growing too fast? Will the infrastructures hold? Will cities like Lisbon loose its uniqueness and its identity?

Well, these are all good questions worth a long debate but, as for now, Portugal is probably one of the best destinations in Europe and it keeps flourishing every day, with new restaurants, new stores, new hotels, new attractions and it will not stop.

Although we have more than 900 years of history, it looks like Portugal was just found and, unfortunately, many people think this is not a good thing, because they are afraid it will spoil it.

Not at all our opinion, tourism is the engine that drives our economy and we, as Portuguese, should embrace tourism and make every visit to our beautiful country an unforgettable one.

Every day there are new reasons to visit Portugal, you have all heard about Portuguese cuisine, our sun, our history, our neighborhoods and our hospitality.

Today will give you 5 more reasons.

  1. Portugal is a developed country in terms of digital technology and communications, taking 6th place among 61 economies. 
  2.  According to the Globe Peace Index 2017, Portugal is Europe’s most peaceful country and 3rd in the all world.
  3. Over 60% of all Portuguese speak a foreign language.
  4. In a report made by the World Health Organization, Portugal comes in 12th among 191 countries.
  5. We have one of the world’s best internet coverage. According to the World Economic Forum report about global competitiveness, Portugal ranks 13th place, in a list of 138 countries.

We almost forgot one of the most important reasons, the Hotel Avenida Palace. See you soon!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Lisbon's Best City Views

One of the beauties of Lisbon is its landscaping nature, made out of valleys and hills, giving it a unique asymmetry.

Visitors can consequently see the city from various points of view, continuously discovering new details and new treasures, once hidden.

In this article, we will share five of the most interesting and beautiful views to find in Lisbon.

1 - São Pedro de Alcântara
This is one of Lisbon’s best known viewpoints. Located in Bairro Alto the view extends itself across Restauradores and Baixa and up to the Sé and the Castle.

2 – Senhora do Monte
One of the highest points of view in the city is Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of the Mount), with a small chapel behind the viewpoint, a view which includes the Castle, the Graça church and the Mouraria quarter.

3 – Santa Luzia
One of the most famous, near the Largo das Portas do Sol. It has all the proper trappings, including a pergola with tiled pillars, walls and benches forming a veranda for the view.

4 – Castelo
With a view over Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto this is one of the viewpoints not to miss. The light here is particularly warm in the late afternoon, encouraging you to linger.

5 – Elevador de Santa Justa
Last but not least important, the Elevador de Santa Justa provides the best close-up overview of Baixa and Rossio, with the Castle above. It is reached thru an extremely tight spiral staircase, but it is worth the climb.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Raspberry Rum

In the peak of the Summer, Lisbon is bubbling with visitors, it’s even hard to walk in the Downtown area. Lisbon is shining!

Every Restaurant or Coffee Shop that has tables outside is full. Rua Augusta, Rossio, you name it, there are even “fights” for seats. But don’t worry, there’s enough room for everyone.

In the summer nothing beats a late afternoon drink, the one that you have after a hot day in the city, and what better place to drink it than in our Bar or Lounge refreshed by the air conditioning.

Especially for this season, Gustavo Oliveira, our Head Bartender, created the Raspberry Rum.

This cocktail combines perfectly the bitterness of rum with the sweetness of fruit.

Here are the ingredients: Fresh Raspberry, rum, lemon juice, egg white and soda water.

It is very easy to prepare: fill a long drink glass with ice and a quarter of soda water, mix all the ingredients in the shaker, then pour it into a long drink glass mingle it with the ice and soda water and garnish it with a sliced fresh raspberry.

The result is wonderful and it is the perfect drink to finish a hard touring day.