Friday, 2 November 2018

Fado Restaurants by the Concierge

If there’s an experience you can’t miss when visiting Lisbon is going to a Fado Restaurant, where one can really feel how traditional and mystic Fado is.

Although updated and offering all modern comfort, these restaurants still embrace the ambiance of the old taverns and brothels where Fado could be heard in the beginning, surrounded by violence and prostitutes in poor neighborhoods.

The following selection was made by our Head Concierge, and these are, in his opinion, the best Fado Restaurants in Lisbon.

Clube do Fado 
Located in the heart of Alfama and near Sé Catedral, this is the perfect place to enjoy excellent Portuguese traditional cooking, the sound of Portuguese Guitar and to hear the greatest Portuguese Fado voices.

Arcadas do Faia 
More than a half-century of existence always side by side with the big names of Fado, along with the dedicated respect for the rich variety of Portuguese gastronomy.

A Severa
Opened in 1955, got the name of "Severa" from a gypsy singer who was one of the greatest Fado singers ever.

Following the Fado's tradition, the Restaurant "Timpanas" has a typical ambiance and it is located, since 1963, in Lisbon's popular riverside district of Alcântara. Arriving at "Timpanas" you will be transported to an emblematic and genuine ambiance that will take you towards the old feeling sung in Fado.

Parreirinha de Alfama
It started as a charcoal selling store and a tavern and, over the decades that followed 1950, it became a place of reference for Fado and good cuisine lovers, by the hand of the Fado legend, Argentina Santos.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Visiting Lisbon with a Private Guide

There are many ways to visit Lisbon: your own car, public transportation, tuk-tuks, group sightseeing and a private car with a driver/guide who speaks your native language. 

Today we’re going to talk about the private tour with the help of one of our partners, Maurício.

The private driver/guide is one of the many options recommended by our Concierge, mostly because it is the most complete and comfortable way to know the city. Yes, it is a little more expensive than the other options, but if you’re truly looking for knowledge this is the best way to get it.

This article presents a small summary of what a city tour covers, but all this can be totally adjusted, if you wish to spend more time in a certain monument or skip another, you just have to tell it to your driver. It is one of the many advantages of a private tour.

The day starts with our unforgettable breakfast. After scheduling the pickup time with our Concierge, Maurício will be waiting for you at the lobby.

The tour begins, first around the Downtown area, through Rossio down to the Comércio Square and the first glimpse of Tejo River.

After that, the climb starts through the narrow streets of Alfama District. First stop, a visit to Sé Cathedral and its two bell towers, climbin until you reach the top where you will find St. George's castle and an extraordinary view of the city. On the opposite hill is this tour’s next stop.

Chiado, Lisbon´s main shopping District, Bairro Alto, famous for its nightlife, and another sight of Lisbon from São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere. The visit carries on as we move towards the National Parliament and then Estrela Church.

No time to rest, the visit is about to reach its peak as we arrive to Belém District. Here you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, landmarks of a history of conquests. Then it’s mandatory to make a shortstop for coffee and the famous Pastéis de Belém, a delicious traditional local pastry.

It's time to return but now through a different route, you will pass by the Águas Livres Aqueduct, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th century Portuguese engineering. Then another beautiful view of Lisbon on the top of Eduardo VII Park.

The tour is near its end and after the roundabout Marquês de Pombal, you will go down the Liberdade Avenue and find the Avenida Palace right at the end.

Now, it is time to freshen up and have a drink in our Bar, listening to one of the many recitals scheduled on our Music Program, as you get ready for the next adventure.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Museums not to miss in Lisbon

With the arrival of autumn and the first drops of rain, indoor activities play a major role in the guests’ visit, and so museums become one of the most searched attractions.

Chosen by our Concierge these museums are the ones that truly tell Lisbon and Portugal’s history through art. 

Museu do Chiado or Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea features the collection of Portuguese art from 1850 to the present, making it the most important collection of Portuguese contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, video and other media.

Museu Nacional do Azulejo, is one of Portugal’s most important museums, with its unique collection, dedicated to the tile, a distinctive artistic expression of Portuguese culture. Another remarkable feature is the unique building in which it is installed, the former Convent of Madre de

Museu Nacional dos Coches is Portugal ’s most visited museum. Made in Portugal, Italy, France, Austria and Spain, the coaches cover three centuries and range from simple to sophisticate. The main gallery in the style of Louis XVI, is occupied by two rows of coaches built for the Portuguese royalty.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is located in a XVII century palace built for the Counts of Alvor, named the Palace of Alvor-Pombal, the museum contains the largest collection of paintings, with emphasis on the religious works of Portuguese artists. Most of the parts came from convents and monasteries after the suppression of religious orders in 1834.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
is located at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Its collection consists of about six thousand pieces of ancient and modern art, of which only one thousand and thirty are displayed to the public.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Moda Lisboa

From October 11th to the 14th, the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes hosts the 51st edition of ModaLisboa.

This Thursday sees the beginning of a new era of ModaLisboa as Lisbon and Porto associations will partner for the first time.

The 51st edition of ModaLisboa is once more divided between sites set in Parque Eduardo VII, with one exception: the Nuno Gama fashion show, on Saturday, will take place at the National Museum of Ancient Art.

Find out more in the program below

Friday, 5 October 2018

World Smile Day

Today we celebrate the World Smile Day!

Created in 1999, the World Smile Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of October.

Harvey Ball was the creator of the smiley, a yellow smiling circle, internationally known. 

Happy Smile Day

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Augusta Street Arch

The Augusta Street Arch is an icon of Lisbon that catches the eye of every person who walks along the river and it is also a scenario of many pictures.

The Arch is a celebration of the pombaline and neo-classic art, but more than that it is a symbol of Lisbon’s strength to rise after the earthquake of 1755.

In 2013, after seven months of renovations, it became possible to climb to the top and get a different perspective of this remarkable monument.

Offering one of the most unique panoramic views of Lisbon, this viewpoint rapidly became one of Lisbon’s most visited sites, with over 835.000 visitors since it opened, and in 2017 it surpassed, for the first time, the 200.000 visitors mark.

The entrance is made through Augusta Street and the ticket, which costs 2,5€, grants you access to the elevator that takes you to the upper level. There, and after 30 steps, you can visit the clock room and, finally after another 40 steps, the viewpoint.

Open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. this site is definitely a must-see.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

World’s Best Aquarium

In the year it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the Oceanário de Lisboa was elected for the 3rd time, World’s Best Aquarium by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2018.

With more than 33.000 reviews, the Oceanário de Lisboa had a global rating of 4,5 out of 5 and was considered excellent by 64% of the reviewers.

Built for the EXPO´98, the Oceanário de Lisboa is a large public aquarium whose prestige is widely recognized, not only in Lisbon and Portugal but also across the world, and has etherealized the centuries-old bond between Lisbon and the ocean.

Its exceptional exhibitions and the architectural features of its buildings, full of symbolism, allows a unique, 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.

Since its opening, the Oceanário de Lisboa has welcomed over 23 million visitors from 185 different countries. After 2015 and 2017 this is the 3rd time the Oceanário is considered the World’s Best Aquarium.