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  • Wine Liquor Selection-Garrafeira Nacional Museum Gifts & Souvenirs

    Want to know where to find a huge selection of Portuguese Wines and Liquors all in one place in Lisbon? Want to take a souvenir or a give from your holidays in Lisbon?

    The answer is the Store and Museum “Garrafeira Nacional”

    Name: Garrafeira Nacional
    Website : Garrafeira Nacional Web Site
    Address : Rua de Santa Justa, 18. CP 1100 – 485 Lisboa – Portugal
    Schedule: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 19:30. Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00
    Telephone: 00351 218879080 or 00351 218879004
    Fax: 00351 218877526
    Email: info@garrafeiranacional.com


    The largest selection of Wines and Liquors in Lisbon

  • 25 April 1974 - Cravos, Carnation Revolution

    25 Abril 1974 – Portuguese Carnations Revolution Holiday

    In 25 April, Portuguese people celebrate its revolution day, the freedom from the dictator Almeida Salazar who govern Portugal from 1933 to 1974. Though being a dictator, oddly enough he won the Portuguese version of the TV Show the Greatest Portuguese.

    Being a National holiday and Lisbon the Portugal capital, Lisbon shops will be close in general and traffic highly reduced (watch out for the Av da Liberdade)

    25 April Holiday is a day of both celebration of freedom, remembering of the Heroes called the April Captains, “Capitães de Abril”, and political and social claims around the rights earned right after the drop of the dictatorship regime.

    25 April - Salgueiro Maia - April Captain

    25 April - Salgueiro Maia - April Captain

    One of the most know April Captains, “Capitães de Abril” was Salguerio Maia who lead, in person, one of the military fronts. You can pay him a tribute going to a plate near Largo do Carmo and/or”Ruinas do Convento do Carmo, a set of ruins of a old cathedral, what was left after a huge fire that destroyed it.


    Ruinas Convento do Carmo – Largo do Carmo – Salgueiro Maia Tribute Stone

    25 April Cravos, Carnation Revolution

    25 April Cravos, Carnation Revolution

    One of the symbols of the this revolution day is the Cravo flower. The facts tell that a florist girl pass by the militarist and put into each one of there riffles a red Cravo, and so they became a symbol of peace and the 25 April revolution.

  • Tips, Do’s and don’ts for Lisbon Tourists (Traps)

    General Tips, Do’s and don’ts for tourists in Lisbon.

    Restaurants:

    • Olives, bread, butter, etc are paid, eat one pay them all. You may ask for these to be removed from the start once the waiter arrives. For any doubt ask for the receipt in the end.
    • Always ask for the receipt with detailed description. You will be amazed with the quantity of owners who can make the bill in a piece of paper torn of from the paper towel. Don’t be afraid of it, it’s your right and they are demand to give it to you.
    • Distrust restaurants where you are approached by a waitress in the street offering you a traditional Portuguese meal.
    • Avoid going into the “Tourist” restaurants wherel tourist get enticed, by outside restaurant employers, to enter and enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal. Most probably you will end up eating French fries, hamburgers or any other (re)heated meal and miss out a nice real Portuguese meal.
    • In “tourist” restaurants avoid asking “what is good”, you will be offered the most expensive plate.
    • Always ask for the prices or menu before ordering.
    • In restaurants eat the “prato do dia”, these are usually cheaper, traditional, faster served and tastier. The “prato do dia” will always be a Good option.
    • Restaurants are obliged to give the “complaints book”.

    General:

    • Want a traditional or cheap meal? Just ask! Ask someone in the street, Portuguese people are very friendly, we like a good meal, we will be glad to give a good advice.
    • In a sunny day in Lisbon you might get tempted to buy a “nice” pair of sunglasses, take good care of your eyes and avoid buying sunglasses of doubtable quality in the street.
    • Avoid buying cellphones, cameras, gold etc from a total stranger in the street, a “good” bargain might end up with a piece of wood of a rust chain. This advices serves for someone wearing a suit, a gypsy or whatever.
    • Avoid riding a taxi without knowing the average time, distance and price for the ride. Ask at the hotel desk, a policeman, a couple of taxi drivers or, why not, to someone in the street. Another good option might be plan your travel (distance and time) using Google maps.
    • In a taxi you pay for any luggage that you put in the trunk, you may want to keep with you your small luggage.
  • Ice Cream – Cooling down in a Lisbon sunny day

    Want to cool down in a nice hot afternoon in your Lisbon Holidays? Add this to your guide, Ice Cream factory “Surf”. The Surf Ice cream Factory is open since 1978, offering more than 40 different flavors, above that you can enjoy your ice cream in a nice terrace. While in there you will not want to miss a visit to the beautiful church on “Plaza de Londres”.

    Name : Geladaria Surf
    Address : Av. Manuel da Maia, 56-C, 1000-203 LISBOA


    Surf Ice Cream Factory – See it in a larger map

  • Low Cost Companies Flying to Lisbon

    List of Low-cost companies flying to Lisbon. Now you don’t have a excuse to miss a cheap flight and enjoy the Sun, Fado and the “Pasteis de Belem“.

    Did you Know that Lisbon is one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the world?

    • Aer Lingus
    • Air Berlin
    • Air Transat
    • Brussels Airlines
    • Condor
    • EasyJet (hub)
    • GermanWings
    • Transavia
    • Vueling
  • Lisbon, one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the world

    Lisbon was considered one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the world by the site ucityguides.com.

    Lisbon is unique by its summer sun color, by its mixture of old and new, traditional and cosmopolitan. The uniqueness of its habitants, its connection and love for Fado. The beauty of its river, rio tejo, the “new” architecture in consequence of the huge earthquake of 1755.

    For all, Lisbon won a much deserved place in the top ten most beautiful cities in the world.

    Congratulations Lisbon!

  • Lisbon Regional and Portugal National Holidays

    Take note of this list of dates of Lisbon regional and Portuguese national holidays. In some of these dates the traffic and pedestrian circulation might get affected and places like museums might be closed.

    January
    Saturday, 1 January 2011
    New Year – Official holiday in Portugal

    February
    Monday, February 14, 2011
    Valentine’s Day – Regular Working day

    March
    Tuesday, March 8, 2011
    Carnival (“Carnaval”) – Regional holiday

    April

    • Friday, April 22, 2011
      Saint Friday – Official holiday in Portugal
    • Sunday, April 24, 2011
      Easter – Official holiday in Portugal
    • Monday, April 25, 2011
      “25 April” – Portugal Dictatorship Liberation – Official holiday in Portugal
    • Monday, April 25, 2011
      Easter Monday – Regional holiday

    May
    Sunday, 1 May 2011
    Labor Day – Official holiday in Portugal

    June

    • Thursday, June 2, 2011
      Ascension Thursday – Regional holiday
    • Friday, June 10, 2011
      Portugal Day – Official holiday in Portugal
    • Monday, June 13, 2011
      Day of San Antonio (Lisbon Saint of devotion) – Regional holiday
    • Thursday, June 23, 2011
      Corpus Christi – Official holiday in Portugal
    • Friday, June 24, 2011
      Midsummer day – Regional holiday
    • Wednesday, June 29, 2011
      St. Peter’s Day – Regional holiday

    August
    Monday, August 15, 2011
    Assumption of Mary – Official holiday in Portugal

    October
    Wednesday, 5 October 2011
    Establishment of the Republic – Official holiday in Portugal

    November
    Tuesday, 1 November 2011
    All Saints – Official holiday in Portugal

    December

    • Thursday, 1 December 2011
      Restoration of Independence – Official holiday in Portugal
    • Thursday, December 8, 2011
      Immaculate Conception – Official holiday in Portugal
    • Sunday, December 25, 2011
      Christmas – Official holiday in Portugal
  • Airport to Lisbon city center. AeroBus, Bus, Subway and Taxi

    Aerobus and AeroShuttle route, all the stops, except “Fontes Pereira de Melo” and “Universidade Católica” are next to Subway stations.

    Lisbon AeroShuttle, AeroBus route. Airport to city center

    Lisbon AeroShuttle, AeroBus route. Airport to city center

     

    AeroBus Route 1 – City Center:

    • Airport, Entre campos, Campo Pequeno, Av. da Républica, Saldanha, Picoas, Fontes Pereira de Melo, Marquês de Pombal, Av. da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, Praça do Comércio, Cais do Sodré, Airport

    AeroBus Route 2 – Gare do Oriente:

    • Airport, Gare do Oriente, Airport

    AeroBus Route 3 – Financial Center:

    • Airport, Entrecampos, Sete Rios, Praça de Espanha, Avenida José Malhoa (Norte), Avenida José Malhoa (Sul), Airport

     

    AeroBus Schedule::

    • Leaves every 20 minutes from 07:00 to 21:00, and every 30 minutes after 21:00.

    AeroBus Prices::

    • 24h ticket: Adult: 3.50 €, Children (4 to 10 years): 2.00 €
      Two-way ticket: Adult: 5.50 €

    Important REMARKS for the Special Airport, AEROBUS/AEROSHUTTLE Bus Services Bus:

    • Save the ticket and get 25% discount in other Carris sightseeing tours.
    • It is also possible tho buy these tickets at the Tourism Office in the public area of the Arrivals section of  Lisbon Airport
    • Use this services for luggage larger then 50x40x20cm

    Other “Carris” regular bus lines from the airport:

    • N.º 22 Portela – Aeroporto-Marquês do Pombal (everyday)
    • N.º 44 Moscavide/Qta. das Laranjeiras – Aeroporto-Cais do Sodré (everyday)
    • N.º 83 Portela-Aeroporto – Amoreiras (only workdays)
    • N.º 208 Est. Oriente – Aeroporto – Cais do Sodré (night only)
    • N.º 705 Est. do Oriente – Aeroporto – Est. Roma/Areeiro (only workdays)
    • n.º 745 Prior Velho – Aeroporto – Est.Sta.Apolónia (everyday)

    Important REMARKS for the Bus lines operating in the Lisbon Airport:

    • One way, single fare tickets can be purchased on board for the price of 1,50€
    • Use this services for luggage lower then 50x40x20cm

    Taxi:

    Another option to take you to city center from the Airport is by Taxi. There are two taxi stands within the perimeter of the airport, one at arrivals and the other at departures.

    Take to following rules into account in order to avoid being over charged in your taxi ride.

    • The fare on the taxi meter should read 2,50€ (daytime pick-up).
    • Outside the city limits, city fares are charged per kilometer (km=0,42).
    • It will cost you 1,60€ for the transportation of luggage (in the car trunk) or animals.
    • Before taking a taxi, ask about the fare to other taxi drivers in the area.
    • An additional 20% is charged for services on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and for nighttime service from 9pm to 6am.

    General “Portela” Lisbon Airport information:

    • Name: Portela
    • Code: LIS
    • Relative situation: 10 minutes from city center
    • Public transportation available: Bus, shuttles from “Carris” and taxis
    • Inside a Ginginha store

    Famous Portuguese liquor, Ginginha

    Ginja, Ginginha, or Ginjinha is a traditional Portuguese Liquor made from alcohol, sugar and Ginja, a fruit quite similar to cherry.

    This liquor is a sweet with a twist of cinnamon. Due to the amount of sugar your fingers will get very, very sticky (though we are sure that wont be a problem). Served in small glasses you have the option to taste it with or without the Ginja in your cup. Be beware that it can come with the seed.

    Ginginha liquor, see the ginjas floating

    Ginginha (or Ginjinha) liquor, see the ginjas floating

    The places where Ginginha is served are usually very small and people gather outside. This makes them a great place to let some time go by and appreciate Lisbon own rhythm and the “Alfacinhas”, that’s how Lisbon people are called.

    There are no special time or occasion for a Ginjinha, you will find everyone just hanging outside, students from universities partying, older people discussing politics/soccer and other tourist.

    There remain a few of these places particularly old, we leave recommendation by the end of this post, go on and find yourself a couple more and choose your personal favorite.

    Where to find a Ginginha ?

    Visit a Ginginha Liquor Store in Lisbon, a travel experience on it's own

    Visit a Ginginha Liquor Store in Lisbon, a travel experience on it’s own

    Name: GINGINHA CIMA, LDA
    Address: R. das Portas de Santo Antão 7, 1150 Lisboa
    Contact: 00351 213 468 231
    Street View – See where to taste the “Ginginha” (or Ginjinha)


    See a larger maps where to drink “Ginginha” (or Ginjinha)

  • Safety in Lisbon – Things to be careful and suspicious

    Lisbon is a safe city, even so everyone can spot a tourist and make you a easy target. Watch out for some tricks and avoid spoiling your vacations.

    • Never, ever buy Gold, Cell phones or Watches from someone thats offering you a “great deal” in the middle of the street. Most probably you will end up with a piece of coal of something like that. Of course this not apply to official stores
    • Never buy drugs in the street, is easier than you think to be stooped and offered hashish or weed from a total stranger in the middle of downtown. These sellers are most found between Rossio and Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paçco. You will end with poor, or none, quality material and might be confused as a dealer by some undercover police.

    Another very important part of you safety are the places where you go. So take note avoid this places too.

    In case of any emergency call:

    • General Emergency number on the: 112 (free call)
    • Lisbon Police Department (Comando Metropolitano de Lisboa) on the: 21 765 42 42
    • Lisbon Police Department (Tourism Department) on the: 21 342 16 23

     

  • Sagres Portuguese beer brand

    Sagres Portuguese Beer

    Sagres Portuguese beer brand

    Sagres Portuguese beer brand

    Sagres, is a 100% natural beer, without any additives. Made mainly with malt, lupus and other cereals is characterized by a light bitter taste. Historically it has better acceptance in the south and Super Bock at north.

    The Sagres beer comes normally in 33cl or 20 cl, “mini”, bottles and about 5% alcohol. Besides there’s a wide range of flavors to taste, Sagres Normal, Bohemia, Bohemia 1835 Bohemia Gold, Panache, Preta. Alcohol free “Zero”, in versions Normal, Preta and Panache.

    Sagres Panache

    Sagres Panache

    Sagres Panache, is a light lemon flavored beer, just perfect for those sunny days.

    Sagres Black beer

    Sagres Black beer

    Sagres “Preta”, is a black beer with a very exquisite flavor and beautiful foam and color, a truly “Don’t miss”.

    Sagres Bohémia

    Sagres Bohémia

    Sagres Bohémia, Bohémia 1835 and Bohémia Gold. Are a set of Special Pilsner Beers with fruited aroma perfect accompaniment for your meals.

    Beautiful Amber/Red color and intense foam with alcohol ranging from 6.2% to 6.6%

    Sagres Zero, alcohol free beer

    Sagres Zero, alcohol free beer

    “Zero”, is the alcohol free, zero percent alcohol,  Tagline of Sagres brand.

     

     

     

     

     

    Don’t forget, beer in Lisbon always with some lupins, “Tremoços”.

  • Free Wifi and Internet combined with great views and food

    While in Lisbon, even though you are on vacations, you may need access the Internet. Here is a list of some examples that join free wifi Internet access and great places for a meal or a nice view over Lisbon.

    Every day there is an artistic expression. Concerts, exhibitions and movie projection in a bar without formality.

    Name: Colectivo Cultural dos Bacalhoeiros
    Address:  Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 125
    Schedule:  10:00 to 1:00
    Phone:  218 864 891

    Enjoy one of the best views of Lisbon in “Santa Catalina” belvedere. Ideal for a relaxing sunny late afternoon. Fresh fruit juices and salads are the house specialties.

    Name: Noobai Café
    Address: Miradouro do Adamastor, em Sta. Catarina
    Schedule: 12h00 to 20h00 (Friday and Saturday until 24 hours)
    Phone: 213 465 014

    The fruit is the hallmark of this space. Eat some fast served and healthy food.

    Name: Passion Fruit
    Address: Avenida Elias Garcia, 137
    Schedule: 08h00 to 20h00
    Phone: 210 129 946