Friday, 29 August 2014

HappyBike reached Lisbon

Today we will talk about something new and fun, something that is a big hit across Europe, making its debut in Lisbon, the HappyBike!

The HappyBike is a new concept of happy transportation, a guaranteed fun which was already used by thousands of people across Europe. While pedaling, you can talk, hear a song or sing with your friends, you can enjoy a refreshing drink and eat a tapa or do whatever you wish! How far can your imagination take you?

You can join your classmates, a group of friends, coworkers or your family and go for a HappyBike ride at any time of the day!

The HappyBike is a non-polluting mean of transport, with capacity for 18 passengers and a licensed driver, the only driving force is provided by ten passengers through the pedal.

The use of HappyBike in urban space or the natural environment, intents to provide the best knowledge of the surroundings. It is an innovative idea which fits the main objectives of country’s tourism development.
For sightseeing or touring, Lisbon has now a new feature which promise
s to be a unique experience!

Find our more about each tour.

Are you ready?

Monday, 25 August 2014

Summer Cocktail

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’s actually “fights” for seats. But don’t worry, there’s room for everyone.

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

Especially for the Summer, Tiago Reis one of our Bartenders, created the Palace Summer Special “Long Drink”.

Fruity, juicy and fantastically summery, this cocktail combines perfectly the bitterness of gin with the sweetness of fruit.

Here are the ingredients: Fresh Melon, fresh pineapple, gin, passion fruit syrup, Grenadine and a grape.

It is very easy to prepare, just mix the fresh melon, the fresh pineapple, the gin and the passion fruit syrup in a blender then pour it into a long drink glass and add crushed ice, 2 dashes of Grenadine and finish it with a star-shaped grape.

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

Thursday, 7 August 2014

“Perdi o coração em Lisboa"

"Perdi o coração em Lisboa “ (I lost my heart in Lisbon) is the title of the multimedia show, which will be projected on the western facade of the Praça do Comércio, from August 30th to September 8th.
With daily sessions at 22h, 23h and 24h, this event incorporates a 3D video mapping projection and a show of light and sound to which some contemporary artists were invited. The script calls for a trip across town through its most distinctive elements, exploring the beauty and multiplicity of Lisbon’s cultures.

The audience is also invited to share photos this experience through the use of #perdiocoracaoemlisboa and hashtag the QR code on site. Some of the images posted will be projected during the show’s breaks. 
Written by Oskar & Gaspar and with music by BeaTbombers (DJ Ride & Stereossauro), "Perdi o coração em Lisboa” will have the contribution of guest artists such as Alexandro Farto aka Vhils, Tamara Alves and Miguel Gennaro (+ -).

This event is an initiative of the Tourism Association of Lisbon, in partnership with EGEAC and the Lisbon City Hall. 

Every day, from August 30th to September 8th, with sessions at 22h00, 23h00 and 24h00
Free admission 

Monday, 14 July 2014

10 days of Tascas at Cais Sodré

This summer around Portugal a series of food festivals is being promoted, and Lisbon will host the next stage.

From 10th to 20th of July the recent renovated water front in Cais Sodré will receive the food festival Tascas do Cais.

Tastings, live cooking sessions and harmonization with craft beers are the main highlights of this second stage of the 2014 season Festivais Super Gastronómicos.

The Lisbon stage will have five restaurants which will focus on the tasca tradition and on the traditional Portuguese snacks. Can the Can, Cantina, Ramiro, Taberna da Rua das Flores/Flores do Bairro e Tasca
Três are the participant restaurants, open from 12h00 to 24h00 except on the last day, the 20th, on which they will open from 12h00 to 16h00.

Not to be missed!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Luxury is our middle name!

Summer is here to stay and Lisbon, as one of the “Top Destinations” in Europe is bubbling with tourists, not only because of the sun or its culture but also for the quality of the service available.

The number of hotels has been increasing in Lisbon for the last years. In the early 2000’s the main focus were the number of beds, now the focus is the excellence of the properties. A new style has emerged in town, the “Boutique”. Fresh, “clean” and simple they offer the basic comfort for the city breakers, who mostly wish to enjoy the city.

These are good times for visiting Lisbon, the offer is plenty and although “Boutique” hotels are on the rise there is one type of hotel which is always trendy, the “Luxury”. The “Luxury” hotel provides not only all the comfort that the guest needs but it also goes beyond all that exceeding all the expectations and becoming the hotel itself a reason for visiting Lisbon.

These brings us to the second part of our theme: a recent article by Tamara Elliot in the Luxury Travel Blog stated “10 things every luxury hotel should have”, as we go over all the items we found ourselves proud of having every single one of them:

Wi-Fi – Recent updated to improve its speed is available in the entire hotel and free of charge.

Bathrobes – Soft and comfortable, personalized with the hotel logo are available in various sizes, also available for including children.

Privacy – By this they mean the new room design that includes a window or just a glass dividing the room and the bathroom, of course this doesn’t happen in our hotel, we have classical marbled bathrooms.

Bottle of Water in the room – This we admit is a recent feature, but much appreciated by the guests.

Blackout curtains – Checked! We know how important sometimes is sleeping through the morning. In some rooms, with bigger windows we have installed electric blackouts.

Safety Deposit Box – This is a “must have” every customer likes the insurance of a safe in which to store is belongings and that he controls. And there is nothing better than a digital safe, free and easy to handle.

Hair Dryer – This is a critical issue that sometimes doesn’t get the proper relevance, one thing is clear it will never be as good as the one we have at home, but it could be close enough. The ones we have installed are new and with different speeds and with good feedback.

Outlets by the bed – This is a recent problem brought by all the technology that all the guests carry, but fortunately easy to solve, checked!

Storage – This is a hard one, special for the new hotels where they try to maximize the space in a way that in the end you only a get small closet, not a problem here, the storage space is big in every room.

Lots of towels – We have plenty to spare, and a big variety from bath towels to small “make-up” cleaners.

We know that this is only a part of what means to be “Luxury”, but when we add the personalized service, the décor, the comfort of the rooms and the will to go beyond, there’s not much more missing.

See you.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Portugal is Top Destination for Surfing according Condé Nast Traveller

Lisbon is not known as a Summer destination, but we are very close to some of the best beaches in Europe. An article in the Spanish online edition of Condé Nast Traveller states that Portugal has about half of the 19 best beaches in Europe. 

Under the title "The best beachesSagres, focusing on the fact that this is one of the most important surf spots. 
for surfing in Europe", the article makes reference to some of the most famous beaches in Portugal starting in

Peniche is mentioned as a "Surfer’s Paradise”. About the Algarve, the journalist states that, in addition to equally premier destination to practice surf, the visitor should enjoy the ambience that the region provides. 
Guincho Beach in Cascais, is also mentioned, highlighting the qualities it presents for surfing and also for its unique landscape. 

The script continues through the beach of Santa Cruz, Torres Vedras, enlightening it as a wild nature and as one of the busiest in the area, where it is common to practice surf and bodyboard. 
And at the end of the Portuguese surf spots comes Ericeira, a location declared a world surfing reserve and where, according to the writer, smells and flavors of the sea abound. 
So, the Summer is here, why not make a tour through all these beaches? We leave you with this challenge.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Rua Áurea (part 2)

The second part of a short story from one of the most important streets of Lisbon, strolled up and down by thousands of tourists that visit Lisbon every year.

We have talked about trade but we cannot forget the financial history of the city which has a very strong presence along this street. The "GOLD" was always the guarantee of money so this “union” is no wonder.
Rua do Ouro, spreads establishments where money is the core business. The Bank of Portugal was born in 1846 from the merger of Banco de Lisboa (1822) with the National Trust Company (1844), having as its first president Conde de Porto Covo da Bandeira.

After a fire which destroyed their office at the Town Hall building, they moved to the corner of Rua do Ouro and Rua do Comércio. In 1868 they bought a building which they still occupy and in which the Bank was already working in 1870. They didn’t cease, however, to buy the adjoining properties in all directions, including the Igreja São Julião, so that they could own the whole block.
Other Banks “were born” and “perished”. Stories of bankruptcies and mergers enrich the financial memory of Rua do Ouro.

A very beautiful building made for Banco Lisboa & Açores situated in pair side of the street, a risk from the architect Lino Ventura, with four marble columns, two lion’s heads and three magnificent balconies which we can still admire. This Bank, established in 1875, went to that location in 1907.

At night the street turns into a desert, but with the dawn arises once again a privileged site to sense and measure the heartbeat of the city. The charm of Rua do Ouro  lies, as it did in the past, beyond its framework in the human taste made and unmade every day.