Monday, 20 June 2016

Lines of Time - The Gulbenkian Collections - Contemporary paths

As part of the Summer Garden program the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presents “The Gulbenkian Collections. Contemporary paths”.

Curated by Penelope Curtis, João Carvalho Dias and Patrícia Rosas Prior, this exhibition takes, as its point of departure, the year 1956.

But, in fact, the journey starts in 1896, 60 years before the Foundation was established and guides us up to the present day, providing a space for dialogues and links between two collections: the collection acquired by Calouste S. Gulbenkian up to 1955 and the Modern Collection, comprised of works ranging from the 20th century to the current day.

In a playful and at times unconventional manner, this celebration of the 60 years of the Foundation brings about an unexpected approximation between the two collections and the unlikely coincidences that result from it.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Quintas às 7 at CCB

This Thursday on Centro Cultural de Belém make a journey through Russian music with the cellist Maria José Falcão and the pianist Anne Kaasa. 

The two artists get together in this concert to play a program from the large repertoire of the Russian music of the twentieth century.

Rachmaninov, "the last of the romantics", composed the Preludes for piano, (inspired by Chopin's Preludes) in the period 1901-1910, in a distinctive pianistic language, dense and colorful.

From a neo-classical, lyrical, elegant and humorous trend, Sonata for cello and piano by Prokofiev (1949) is a work that leads to the enchanted world of fairy tales while Shostakovitch Sonata (1934) opens a more dramatic and dark universe . It's a brilliant and virtuous work in contrasting primitivism folkloric, biting sarcasm and deep melancholy.

Check here the complete program.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Marchas Populares 2016

Sunday is the big day! The day that the Avenida da Liberdade will host another St. Anthony’s parade, a joyful parade celebrating its 80 years and an important part of Lisbon’s tradition and a sort of “opening” of the summer.

For the first time, the parade will include a new district, Boavista district, which will make its first appearance at this colorful occasion.

The event goes beyond Lisbon’s borders so, this year, we will have as special guests the Portimão March and the Dragon Dance from Lo Leong Sport General Association of Macau.

Come and be a part of the celebration that will join roughly 1920 participants paraded between Meo Arena and the Avenida da Liberdade.

Join us in this unique celebration.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Top 5 – Sightseeing Tours

Find out our Head Concierge’s recommendations regarding sightseeing tours. He elected the Top 5 but there’s many more to discover.

It might sound cliché but, when you find yourself in a new city, sightseeing in the regular tour buses is a simpler and safer way to know the city.

Simpler, because you will be able to have an official guide, probably in your own language, that will provide you with educated information about the sights to visit. Safer, because if you’re visiting the city for the first time it is very easy to get lost and loose precious time and therefore not being able to visit Lisbon’s most important monuments, districts or landmarks.

So, with the help of our Head Concierge, we’ve put together the Top 5 – Sightseeing Tours not to miss, when visiting Lisbon and its surroundings.

It’s a rather big list but, in the end, it all comes down to the time you have to visit the city. You probably won’t have time to see them all so, choose with the help of one of our Concierges, the ones that will suit your plans.

1 – Évora (wine tour)
A journey through the vast plains of Alentejo passing by a landscape filled with olive groves, cork oak and vine surrounding the charming city of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city’s wealth of history, architecture, cuisine and shapes. Before returning to Lisbon, in the evening, we will visit Herdade do Esporão.

2 – Fátima
Visit some of the most important Portuguese historical sites. Get to know the town of Óbidos surrounded by mediaeval walls and dotted with whitewashed houses. Gaze on the impressive Gothic churches of the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha (UNESCO World Heritage) and stop for lunch in picturesque Nazaré. This tour also includes the imposing sanctuary at Fátima, a centre of Catholic faith attracting pilgrims from all over the world.

3 – Sintra
Be dazzled by the charming fantasy of Pena Palace, the most notable example of Portuguese
Romantic architecture. Discover the town of Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage), which enchanted kings and inspired poets. Breathe in the beauty of the landscape at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. The day ends along the coast, stopping off at the towns of Cascais and Estoril.

4 – Arrábida & Sesimbra
After crossing 25th of April Bridge, the first stop is Sesimbra, famous for its beaches and fish restaurants. From here we climb up to Sesimbra Castle where you can enjoy the panoramic views. Later on, in Azeitão, we´re going to visit one of the oldest and most important wine cellars in Portugal (Caves José Maria da Fonseca) and taste the traditional Moscatel of Setúbal. Panoramic view of the beautiful Arrábida Mountain Range and stop at Setúbal to get to know its city centre. Return to Lisbon on Europe´s longest bridge: the Vasco da Gama Bridge.

5 - Lisbon Classic
Come and discover our magnificent city. Unveil the history and traditions of Lisbon on this visit to the monuments to the golden era of Portuguese Discoveries, the most traditional neighbourhoods and the city´s most emblematic museum. Don´t miss out on this opportunity to get to know Lisbon and taste Portugal´s famous port wine.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Lisbon awarded “Best City Destination”

Lisbon is been collecting awards in the last couple of years and from last week we can add one more to the lot, Best City or Short Break Destination” by Travel Media Awards.

It is no secret that Lisbon has become one of the Top destinations in Europe and, as stated by Paula Oliveira from Associação de Turismo de Lisboa, these awards are a recognition of Lisbon’s diverse
touristic offer and a boost to carry on with the strategy and investment that will maintain and increase Lisbon’s visibility.

This was the 6th edition of Travel Media Awards. The event took place in Dublin and the election was made by members of tourism specialized press and, as a result, Lisbon was awarded Best City or Short Break Destination.

Find out the complete list of winners.

Monday, 23 May 2016

La Traviata

Last call for one of the most famous operas of all times. There are few tickets left for this event that will take place on Thursday, in Campo Pequeno.

Based on Alexandre Dumas, fils, literary masterpiece, The Lady of the Camellias (1848), La Traviata is an opera in three acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The opera debuted in 1853, in the La Fenice Theatre, in Venice and today it is a Romantic work of reference and one of the most performed operas to date. 

Performed by the choir of the Opera del Mediterraneo, the Filarmónica del Mediterraneo, it will be conducted by maestro Fernando Alvarez.

The opera tells the story of Alfredo Germont’s passion for the worldly Violetta Valery, a passion that will shock the puritan 19th century Parisian society, resulting in the lovers’ separation and her tragic death for love.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Viewpoints Route

Here’s one thing Lisbon has plenty of, Viewpoints. Either natural or built by man this is a route you can’t miss.

Due to its natural landscape with its “7 hills”, Lisbon is a rich city in terms of viewpoints, constantly allowing one to discover new ways of seeing the city.

Now available on our APP, the Viewpoints Route allows you to discover these sites in a dynamic and easy way.

Came and join us in this route through Lisbon’s Viewpoints.

Senhora do Monte
One of the highest viewing points in the city, Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of the Mount), with a small chapel behind the viewing point, offers a sight that includes the Castle, the Graça church and the Mouraria district.

With a view over Alfama, Downtown and Bairro Alto it is a viewpoint not to be missed. The light here is particularly warm in the late afternoon, encouraging you to relax.

Santa Luzia
One of the most famous, near the Largo das Portas do Sol, has every detail you could expect from a viewing point, including a pergola with tiled pillars, walls and benches that form a balcony for the best enjoyment of the view.

Augusta Street Arch Viewpoint
Opened in 2013, after seven months of renovations, this viewpoint offers one of the most unique panoramic views of Lisbon. 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.

Miradouro S. 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.

Santa Justa
It was designed by the architect Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, and has a cast iron structure, decorated with filigree. In 2002 it was classified as a National Monument.

Amoreiras 360° Panoramic View 
On top of Amoreiras Shopping Center you can find th
e Amoreiras 360° Panoramic View, which offers an unbelievable view of the Portuguese capital.

Check here all that the Avenida Palace's APP has to offer.