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  • Unique church – Igreja De São Domingos

    The Igreja de São Domingos is Baroque style church part of the Portuguese National monuments.

    Built in 1241,  was at one time, the largest church in Lisbon typically hosting Portuguese royal weddings. This church was almost completely destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, rebuilt until 1807 and again devastated by fire in 1959  destroying many of its important paintings and statues. In 1994 the church reopened maintaining many signs of the fire which making it truly unique.

    Name: Igreja De São Domingos
    Adress: Largo de São Domingos 1150-320 Lisboa

  • Eletrico, Tram 28 - Graca, Prazeres

    Tram 28, Probably the best way to explore Lisbon

    The Tram, or “Electrico” line 28 is a Icon of Lisbon and one of the ultimate experiences in Lisbon. For this very small price you will have access to a wonderful experience of riding a Eletrico (Tram) while it crosses most of Lisbon and its more genuine areas.

    Take into account that it might take some time until you have a opportunity to get in due to the amount of people. Also, try to start your journey in the first stop as the tram gets very crowded with tourist and non-tourist people.

    Take caution with your belongings, this Tram is a very know tourist attraction and a preferred spot for pick pockets

    Price:
    2.75e

    Duration:
    40 Minutes

    Route

    Check out the following Youtube videos detailing a trip with the Tram 28:

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  • Lisbon Airport to City Center (Subway Network Map)

    Airport To City Center via Subway

    The Subway is by far the cheapest and comfortable way to reach you destination from Lisbon Airport, if you prefer a taxi don’t forget the check out the taxi travel costs calculator first.

    The new map of the Metro/Subway network:

    Lisbon Airport to City Center (Subway Network Map)

    Lisbon Airport to City Center (Subway Network Map)

    Or click here to download the PDF

    Click next to check the Subway/Metro Fares, schedules and other useful information. Or the special Subway/Metro trip planner to help you find your way.

    Click next to check other ways to go to the Lisbon City Center.

    Welcome to Lisbon!

    • Elevador Santa Justa – Best view over Lisbon Downtown

      The belvedere “Elevador de Santa Justa” is one highest view points over Lisbon. Not only for its architecture but because it offers an all in one experience and a great final by giving one of the best high ground views over Lisbon down-town and panoramic view over the Tagus river.

    • Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Monument to the Portuguese Maritime Odissey

      The Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a Portuguese monument built around 1960 in order to commemorate the 500 anniversary of Infante Don Henrique. Made entirely from concrete its shape resembles a ship and contains the figures of the 33 most influential characters in the Portuguese Maritime Odyssey.

      Rosa dos Ventos - Small carved figures - Padrão dos Descrobrimentos - BélemRosa dos Ventos - Padrao dos Descrobrimentos - Belem - LisboaAfter reaching the top floor, using the elevator, you will enjoy both the Tagus river shore and “Rosa dos Ventos”, a  Splendours marble mosaic, a gift from South Africa and another Monument to the Portuguese Maritime Odyssey.

      The Padrão dos Descobrimentos lays facing the Tejo river in the most beautiful landscape in Belém very near Torre de Belém, CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, Jerónimos Monastery and the Pasteis de Belém factory. There is plenty to do and see in Belém, schedule one entire day to visit three of the most important Portuguese Monuments.

      Address:

      • Avenida de Brasília 

      Want to see more? Visit this site with more gorgeous photos of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos.

    • Pasteis de Bacalhau, a traditional Portuguese Food in Lisbon

      Pasteis de Bacalhau, a very traditional “petisco” in Lisbon

      Did you noticed that when talking about Portugal “Bacalhau” is a word that always comes into the subject? There are many recipes with Bacalhau, Portuguese people love it, boiled, roasted or fried Bacalhau is a company even at the Christmas table.

      This post is about a delicatessen called “Pasteis de Bacalhau”. The Pasteis de Bacalhau are a deep fried paste of mashed potatoes, boiled Bacalhau and a little parsley.

      They are very easy to find, served hot or at room temperature. A perfect snack, slightly salted, that will go perfectly along a nice beer. Besides you can even find them served as a main dish along plain or tomato rice.

      …Yummy!

      To order one, simply say : “Um Pastél de Bacalhau, por favor” which translates to “One Pastel de Bacalhau, please”.

      The secret is on the quality of the potato, it shouldn’t be very watery. Want to try and make them yourself?
      Where is one recipe for the Pasteis de Bacalhau!

      • 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)

    • Photo of the inner cloister of the Palace Casa do Alentejo

      The Palace, Restaurant and Culture Center “Casa do Alentejo”

      Inner cloister of the Palace Casa do Alentejo

      Inner cloister of the Palace Casa do Alentejo

      Hidden behind normal doors lies the restaurant and culture center “Casa do Alentejo”, built around late XVII century as a Palace, with time changed its purpose for a school, a casino and finally bought as a place of gathering from people from Alentejo, who in those days came for Lisbon in search of work and better conditions.

      Dinner and Ballroom in the Restaurant "Casa do Alentejo"

      Dinner and Ballroom in the Restaurant "Casa do Alentejo"

      Today is more than just a beautiful and relaxing place, take your time and taste some of the much recommended regional “petiscos”, that what its called to the small portions you can eat in between meals, or desserts in the cafeteria. Besides this is a great restaurant for a lunch or dinner in Lisbon.

      Stage in the Dinning Room of the Casa do Alentejo

      Stage in the Dinning Room of the Casa do Alentejo

      While in there take notice that it is a place of theirs, you will find people playing cards, reading newspapers or just taking a nap so, pay attention and don’t disturb them.

      Art and sculptures exposed in the Culture center "Casa do Alentejo"center

      Art and sculptures exposed in the Culture center "Casa do Alentejo"center

      Specially on the weekends afternoons you will find some culture activities like “Canto Alentejano”, a Alentejo’s regional chantings.

      A last hint, Casa do Alentejo is one of the places where you can find and enjoy Lupins.

      See the Casa do Alentejo Menu and prices.

      Name: “Casa do Alentejo”
      Address: Rua das portas de Santo Antão 58, 1150-268 Lisboa
      Telephone: 00351 213 405 140
      Email: comercial@casadoalentejo.pt


      Map of the Palace, restaurant and Culture Center “Casa do Alentejo”

      Follow to the official “Casa do Alentejo” web site for many more amazing pictures and further information.

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      6 Best things you should drink in Lisbon

      Eat and drink is always part of any holidays. While is Lisbon there are a set of Top drinks you will surelly should not miss.

      • Port Wine “Vinho do Porto”. “Port Wine” is a registered trademark that ensures that the wine came from a certificated producer and region (Porto), much like “Champagne”. Though produced in the north of Portugal it can be enjoyed elsewhere.  Enjoyed at any time of the day, as a aperitif, along your dessert, etc. The only rule? Enjoy it!
        (tip: try the several Port Wine types, Red, White, Tawny, Ruby, etc)
      • “Ginjinha”, strong sweet cherry liquor. In Rossio, Lisbon downtown, you can find two very typical Ginjinha places:
        • Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 7 (?), 1150-264 Lisboa
        • Largo São Domingos 8, 1150 Lisboa
      • Most visitors will remenvber their first Portuguese coffee has “short” and “strong” (after traveling to other countries i realize that this is indeed true).
        Your coffee will be served black and in small cups by default. If your choose to have yours with milk make a direct reference to it. Follow this link to know more about the many coffee types.Take a moment and drink a coffee in one of the most special Lisbon coffee houses “A Brasileira”. There you will find a statue of a very special client, the Poet “Fernando Pessoa”, one of the most important Portuguese writers.
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      • Portuguese beer “Sagres and/or “Super Bock” with “tremoços” as a appetizer.
        • The “Tremoço” is a seed at which is added salt and sometimes garlic just for flavor, they are usually served together with a beer.
        • Usually the beer is served in bottle or in glass, in that way its called a “fino” or “imperial”.
      • “Sangria”.  Sangria is a very refreshing drink usually made with red wine “7Up”, or similar, pieces of fruit,  fruit juice, sugar and cinnamon. Other alternatives might be with white wine or champagne.
        (In 2013 “Sangria” became a reserved word for this drink produced in either Portugal or Spain)