Fall in Love Again @WindMill DonQuixote

  If you’re looking for somewhere beautiful in Cascais to visit this weekend, head out to Bar Moinho de don Quixote.  With gorgeous, panoramic views of the Atlantic coast, the maze-like gardens, and the quirky, cosy bar inside, this romantic nook is definitely worth a visit. It is hidden just off the main road in Colares as you turn towards Cabo…

Hip, Urban Market in Lisbon

Here’s a great idea for a morning, afternoon or evening in Lisbon. It’s a little like the ultra cool Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, mixed with the tradition of the multi-cultural Farmers Market in Los Angeles. It’s the Mercado de Campo de Ourique in Lisbon, and it’s filled with a large variety of gourmet…

Have a splash @Lisbon

Lisbon is surrounded by a stunning coastline that offers a variety of beautiful sandy beaches, many of which are easily accessible from the capital by public transport. The beaches of Lisbon extend along four very different coastlines, which range from unspoilt surfing beaches through to calm, family-friendly, beaches packed with great tourist facilities. The close…

Go up and Down in Lisbon downtown

Lisbon’s Funiculars The “lifts or elevators” in Lisbon are basically funiculars that help locals and tourist climb the steep and long slopes that are so characteristic in Lisbon. The capital of Portugal has three funiculars, all of which were designed by the Portuguese engineer Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard. He is also responsible for the design of…

Hey!!! This is not San Francisco.?! This is Great Lisbon!!!

The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge is one of Lisbon’s most notable landmarks as it spans the River Tagus at the narrowest point. This massive bridge closely resembles that of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the date name remembers the Portuguese Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974. The suspension bridge connects…

Santa Justa Lift, Goes Up, Up, Up!!!

The Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Lift) is a beautifully crafted elevator that transports passengers from the Baixa district up to the ruins of the Igreja do Carmo church. The Elevador de Santa Justa is an industrial-age marvel, with the outer ironwork structure forming glorious neo-gothic arches, while inside two sumptuous polished wood carriages…

Salt Cod Fish Store @Manteigaria Silva

Dubbed by popular culture as a “faithful friend”, salt cod has been the number one fish course at the Portuguese dinner table since the middle ages. It is something of a paradox that the icon of Portuguese food culture has to be imported from Norway or Iceland, but Mr., Silva knows all there is to…

Depósito da Marinha Grande

The first glass production factory in Portugal —Real Fábrica de Vidros da Marinha Grande — was established in 1769 by Marquês de Pombal in the city of Marinha Grande, in the centre of Portugal.  Since then, talking about Marinha Grande is the same as talking about the high quality and prestige of Portuguese hand blown…

Tapada das Necessidades

Largo Necessidades, 58 This may not the Lisbon’s prettiest park, but it sure is one the most special because of the contrast with the neatness of the Belém district where it is located. Abandoned buildings and broken paths scream out for maintenance, but this would just make it another boring “nice” park. Instead, there is an…

Carpe Diem Gallery

The Pombal Palace, located in the O Século street, is a 16th-century building which served as the official residence of the Pombal Family until the 1755 earthquake. Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa is a platform for research, experimentation and studies in the field of contemporary art founded in 2009. It took over the heritage, transforming…

Menino de Deus Church

It opened its doors for its 300th anniversary on July 4th, 2011, but this church is usually closed. To visit, you’ll have to ring the bell next to the main entrance and pray that someone answers. The inside is simply magnificent: one of the most impressive churches in the city. It served as a model for…

Bless the sunrise at Belmont Palace

The accolades laden palace turned hotel, Belmonte Palace Hotel (Palacio de Belmonte), is steps away from “Castelo de Sao Jorge”. It was built as part of the Moorish-Roman fortified walls for the historic royal residences. First constructed in 1449, and later expanded to include the east terrace with classical styled five facades, Palacio de Belmonte…