Friday, 9 October 2015

Classics on Parade

The Avenida da Liberdade will be “invaded” by cars from another era. 

In a partnership between Associações do Comércio e Serviços, Clube de Automóveis Antigos da Costa Azul and Moove Up, on October 11th between 11.00 and 17.00h, the Avenida da Liberdade will host the 2nd Lisbon Vintage Cars Parade.

On display there will be 200 precious Vintage Cars, from the 20s onwards. Each decade will be represented by several specimens, all property of private collectors.

Special notes to a Ford T from 1910 and another from 1915, the oldest vehicles present at the event.
But there’s a lot to see, Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Buick, Jaguar, Porsche, Packard, Chevrolet, MG, Triumph, Mercedes, Ferrari, and others. Also on display there will be the only car manufactured in Portugal an Edfor Grand Sport 1937.

All visitors can take pictures to the cars on display and talk to their owners.

By 17.00h the vehicles will parade towards the Rossio, and up the Avenida da Liberdade, finishing by the roundabout of the Marquês de Pombal.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Faith itineraries

Last chances to catch this unique pick of the downtown churches Itinerários de Fé (Faith Itineraries), a different way to visit Lisbon.

The thematic visits are a combined initiative of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, and the churches of the Baixa-Chiado district.

This initiative that lasted the entire year will have three more visits, this Saturday, October 10th, then on November 14th and the last one on December 12th.

Throughout one morning, participants will visit some of the most important churches of Lisbon, such as:

  • Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara
  • Igreja de São Roque
  • Capela da Ordem Terceira do Carmo
  • Igreja do Santíssimo Sacramento
  • Basílica dos Mártires
  • Igreja Nossa Senhora da Encarnação

The participation is free, but a previous reservation is required through the following contact: 218 879 549. The meeting point, as usual, is at the Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Lisbon’s Archeological Secrets

Lisbon has more than meets the eye and with centuries of history there are many secrets to discover.

“Segredos de Lisboa” (Lisbon’s Secrets) is a proposal by the Portuguese company “Time Travellers”. The book introduces 17 archeological remains, hidden below the streets of the city.

This company conceived by 2 college friends, Inês Ribeiro and Raquel Policarpo, aims to surprise you, showing the several layers that Lisbon is made of.

The programs available include visits to the Aqueduto  das Águas Livres, considered an architectural landmark just waiting to wake up. With 58km wide it spreads from Belas to Alcântara. Built on the eighteen and nineteen centuries besides enjoying the incredible views one can walk the 941 meters of the sidewalks inside the aqueduct.

A hidden gem is the Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros, a journey to different eras from sixth century b.C. through the Pombaline Lisbon. Here one can find wells or a bread oven from the eighteen century and even toys.

There’s much more to discover, learn more on Time Travellers.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Vera World Fine Art Festival

Lisbon hosts, once again, the largest international exhibition and the most complete artistic event in Portugal, the VERA World Fine Art Festival.

Founded in 2004, the Public Foundation for Support of Culture and Development of Contemporary Art in Moscow is responsible for the creation of the Moscow Annual International Art Festival “Traditions and Contemporaneity”, a concept with seven years of existence which is currently one of the largest and most comprehensive international art events in the world. VERA World Fine Art Festival is an extension of this internationally recognized concept.

Over seven years of performing in Russia, the event attracted over 4500 galleries and artists from over 40 countries and 60 regions of Russia, received 2,000,000 visitors, awarded more than 200 artists and captured the attention of several hundred media.

From October 17th to 28th , VERA World Fine Art Festival offers an extensive program of lectures, conferences, master classes, round tables, forums and seminars on the movements and trends of contemporary art, chaired by renowned artists exhibited and recognized curators,  combining eight artistic disciplines– painting, sculpture, applied arts, installation, drawing, photography, museology and architecture.

To participate in the activities is free for visitors, exhibitors and guests and it takes place at the ART Talks area, in Cordoaria Nacional.

Friday, 2 October 2015


Ginginha is one of the most Portuguese typical drinks and today, we’ll introduce you to it. Present in every market or any typical tavern, it has its “hotspots” in Rossio Square.

The morello (or sour) cherry is the fruit of the morello tree (Prunus cerasus L.), which belongs to the same species of the cherry tree (Prunus avium L.). Although from distinct species, the fruit of both trees have great similarities, the morello cherry is more acidic than the cherry which is sweeter.

The morello tree had its origin in the Southwest Asia but was brought by the Romans to various places of their empire.

In Portugal, there are written references to its presence since, at least, the 1st century A.D.. In the 15th century, the use of the morello cherries was already very common in our country, either for fresh consumption or for medicinal applications. In the 18th century, due to conventual recipes, a handmade drink of morello cherries dipped into brandy started to be marketed. This experiment recipe later evolved into the well-known ginjinha (little morello, in Portuguese).

Nowadays, ginjinha is a liqueur obtained through the maceration of the morello (sour) cherries with sugar and aguardente (a Portuguese brandy), without preservatives. But still, it is frequently flavored
with other ingredients such as cinnamon stick or vanilla. It has a red or ruby color, it is fruit-scented, with velvety and sweet or bittersweet intense flavor. With an alcohol content of around 20%, it ought to be savored at a temperature of about 10°C, as a digestive, or simply whenever you feel like it.

The ritual of drinking this liqueur is very simple as you can either have it without the morello cherries, "ginjinha sem elas” (ginjinha without them) or with the morello cherries, "ginjinha com elas” (ginjinha with them).

Like other fado singers, the eternal Amália Rodrigues dedicated a fado song to ginjinha, praising it. It is a typical product of some Portuguese regions such as Serra da Estrela and Algarve, with a higher reputation in the regions of Óbidos and Alcobaça. In Lisbon, ginjinha is especially popular and it is one of the capital’s ex-libris.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Golden Week Lisbon

Lisbon will host an entire week dedicated to the Chinese tourists, specifically in the luxury shops of Avenida da Liberdade.

From the 1st to the10th of October, it will be a week targeted to the Chinese tourists, aiming to increase the volume of sales by promoting the luxury shops and adorning that area.

Matching a set of Chinese holidays, the event entitled "Golden Week Lisbon," will transform the Avenida da Liberdade into a Chinese main shopping area.

In order to overcome the cultural barrier, this event’s communication will be made in Chinese and decorative mottos will be set throughout the Avenida da Liberdade, with the goal to promote more business and more sales for the nearly 40 luxury shops.

A flyer with the map of the stores, will be distributed by hotels and tourist centers.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Figueira Marca-te

If you want to know the best that Portugal has to offer, visit the “Figueira Marca-te”.

Located in the very heart of Lisbon, in Figueira’s Square, “Figueira Marca-te” is a market where Portuguese producers have the chance to introduce their traditional products to the tourists.

Here you will find of several sorts of Portuguese cheeses, smoked hams or canned fish. Try the “bacalhau em azeite a sério” (canned codfish in traditional olive oil), on top of a slice of bread and a glace of wine, it is to die for.

But the “Marca-te”, is not only made of food and drink, Portuguese handmade tapestries and pottery with the traditional “Galo de Barcelos” can also be found here.

This is a market that takes place at the end of each month, on weekends, and it is a journey through the tastes and smells of Portugal.