Thursday, 17 May 2018

Best European Leisure Destination

In the 6th edition of the “Leisure Lifestyle Awards” by the magazine “Global Traveler”, Lisbon beats Rome, Paris, Prague, and Venice.

Global Traveler is a business luxury leisure magazine published in Los Angeles and has 300 thousand readers that travel internationally on a regular basis.

Lisbon was elected due to its diversity and to the quality of the touristic offer, according to Paula Oliveira, Executive Director of Portugal Tourism Bureau, who states to Jornal Económico that ”this award values the work that has been developed in the endorsement and viability of major events, but also in the creation and management of projects or equipment of touristic interest that improve the experience of the tourist and of the people who live and work in Lisbon”.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The European Museum Night

The European Museum Night was created by the French Minister for Culture and Communication and it takes place on May 19th.

This is an opportunity to visit and revisit some of the city’s museums that will organize a number of nocturnal activities, including dance performances, concerts and guided tours, all of which will offer visitors a different and enriching experience.

Find here the complete program.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Street Art Route

Time Out Magazine recently prepared a route of Lisbon’s street art, combining several styles and artists making a unique combination that can’t be missed. 

In this post we’ll highlight the ones closest to us:

1 - Universal Personhood by Shepard Fairy.
Foto Bruno Lopes
The man who created the famous Obama poster “Hope”, came to Lisbon and left his mark in Rua da Senhora da Gloria, a shared work with Vihls, Universal Personhood is a series of works that stand for women rights.

2- Calçada by Vihls
Vihls first work in “Calçada Portuguesa” (Portuguese sidewalk) is located between Cable car 12 stops in Rua de S. Tomé e Rua dos Cegos and it is a work that celebrates Portugal.

3 – Desassossego by Aka Corleone 
Located on Rua Damasceno Monteiro, by Senhora do Monte viewpoint it’s a tribute to Lisbon’s most representative character, Fernando Pessoa.

4 - André Saraiva Tile Mural
With an incredible 52 738 tiles, this was Lisbon’s last big street art event. Located in Santa Clara, the 188m mural reinterprets the city combining some of Lisbon’s monuments with other elements such as the Eifel Tower.
Foto Ana Luzia

5 – Estátua de Pichi&Avo
Executed under the exhibition “Versus” by Galeria Underdogs and located in Calçada de Santa
Apolónia, it is a perfect example of the quality of the work by the duo Pichi&Avo, artists that like to combine classic art and graffiti wildness.

6 – Disquietheart by Tamara Alves
Near “Time Out Market” in Cais Sodré, one can enjoy Tamara Alves’s work inspired by José Saramago’s words “If you have an iron heart, enjoy it. Mine is flesh and bleeds all day”.

The full route here.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Exhibitions in Lisbon

May is just starting and although the good weather invites to outdoor activities, Lisbon’s cultural program can’t be left behind and so, we are happy to suggest 3 exhibitions not to be missed on your visit to Lisbon.

The Marvelous Variety of the World

Until June 3rd the Padrão dos Descobrimentos hosts extraordinary beings and wonderful creatures, imaginary or real, of today and from the past.

The natural and social world is a permanent source of wonder, whether through the regularity of its order or through the irruption of the unusual. These two sides go hand in hand: the extra-ordinary breaks the usual landscape of the world, whilst simultaneously confirming it.

“The amazing variety of the world” is an exhibition that promotes a reflection on the unusual, associated with the unknown, the difference and the rarity, through objects, fantasy drawings and representations from the real.

For more information on
www.padraodosdescobrimentos.pt

A Museum from Another World

José de Guimarães conceived an unprecedented and specific intervention for the Museu do Oriente, whose starting point is the Museum's wide and diverse collection, in articulation and dialogue with the artist's pieces, his collection of Chinese art, as well as other objects and images that constitute the universe of references of the author.

In many cultures, the "other world" is where the dead live life beyond death. In turn, the work of José de Guimarães is deeply marked by the rituals of ancient cultures, tracing an arc of influences that goes from America to the Far East.

“A Museum from Another World” promises visitors a contact with ancient Chinese artworks and José de Guimarães’s reliquary boxes, as well as with the objects and images that the painter has collected. This exhibition seeks to open the door to a reflection on the museum as a form of otherness while inviting people to step into this “other world”.

More information on
www.museudooriente.pt

Post-Pop. Beyond the commonplace
Pop detours in Portugal and England, 1965-1975

This exhibition presents, in its entirety, works produced almost exclusively between 1965 and 1975, in Portugal and England. Some of them are united by a witty divergence from the commonplace put forward by Pop Art.

And, in the case of the Portuguese artists, true defectors from the mediocrity which characterised Portugal, we find a common link in seeking inspiration and motivation from abroad, in Paris and in London in particular, which was a true Mecca in the 1960s.


More information on
www.gulbenkian.pt

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Cruise passengers choose Lisbon

A couple of months after the opening of the new cruise terminal, the news couldn’t be better, for cruise passengers who love Lisbon.

In an inquiry made by Lisbon Tourism Office, Lisbon was recommended by 100% of the cruise passengers who visited us during 2017, and 97% will most likely return.

Another relevant number is that 89% of passengers who already visited Lisbon reinforce the city as a major destination.

Within the city, passengers have elected Belém, Bairro Alto, Cais Sodré and Baixa-Chiado as their favorite spots, tourist bus and the underground as the preferred transportation system and in a scale of 1 to 10, Lisbon scored 9 in terms of monuments, churches, museums, weather, cleanness, and safety.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Lisbon is the place to visit in 2018

Another year has begun and Lisbon is still on everyone’s mind.

CNN Travel elected Lisbon as one of the 18 places to visit in 2018. In the list “18 best place to visit in 2018”, Lisbon is presented as a city that “offers Mediterranean skies, Atlantic surf and hilly, cobbled streets with panoramic views of red roofs and houses in shades of yellow, pink and blue.

CNN states that Lisbon’s isn’t a secret anymore highlighting our gastronomy, especially the 28 Michelin stars, 6 of them in Lisbon and the Eurovision Music Festival, taking place in May.

The article also mentions that it is not only the Europeans that will visit Lisbon, the new Delta Airline daily flight from Atlanta, will certainly bring a lot of Americans to a city that has grown as a European tech hub.

Find here the complete CNN's list.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

2017’s most visited Monuments, Palaces and Museums

The Direcção Geral de Património (DGCP) presented 2017’s results concerning visits to the Portuguese Monuments, Palaces and Museums.

As expected, and somewhat reflecting the continuous growth of tourists visiting Portugal, the number of visits to the Portuguese most important sites has increased in 8,9% when comparing to 2016.

If you look to the top 6, the Castelo de São Jorge is by far Portugal’s most visited monument, with
1.970.858 visitors, followed by Mosteiro dos Jerónimos  with 1.166.7933, then the Torre de Belém with 575.875, Mosteiro da Batalha with 492.093, the Palácio Nacional de Mafra with 377.961 and finally the Convento de Cristo in Tomar with 354.763 visitors.

In regards to museums, MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia surpassed its numbers reaching 375.000 visitors, followed closely by Museu Nacional dos Coches with 350.254, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in third and in fourth place the Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

Sintra also has its place in this list, Parques de Sintra and Monte da Lua shared the numbers of 2017 and Sintra’s palaces, monuments and parks welcomed 3.19328 visitors, with Palacio da Pena as the most visited one.