Lisbon

08Nov

In Rome, be a Roman. In Lisbon, be a “lisboeta”. To be a local in Lisbon is to enjoy a coffee with a custard tart with cinnamon on top and drink a “ginjinha” on cold days. It is to stroll through Chiado to see the shops. It is to be by the river in communion with the Tagus or wait patiently for the sunset on a belvedere. Join us in this simple and peaceful way of life. We will be more than happy to welcome you! 

 

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Streets of Lisbon

25Oct

One of the charms of Lisbon lies in its streets. Narrow, sometimes steep, the streets of the historic center are a tangle of white and small houses, with clothes hanging from the windows, adorned with colorful ornaments or the image of Saint Anthony. They are full of life and warm people who say “Bom dia” (Good morning) to passers-by. Get inspired in this simple, genuine way of life that lurks around every corner and leaves an unforgettable mark in your heart. 

 

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Alcântara Neighborhood

18Oct

One of the biggest attractions of Lisbon’s historic center is its old neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere. Famous for the many local shops and traditional restaurants, and new business recently opened, Alcântara is one of the must-see places when you travel to Lisbon. Count on our team to give you precious tips about this and other districts in the Portuguese capital.

 

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Fado

11Oct

Lisbon is, undutably, a breathtaking city with its landscapes over the river. However, there is a century old tradition that has become the symbol of the city, of the entire country and its people – Fado. Fado is inspired from a simple yet very emotional language accompanied by the Portuguese guitar. In every corner and alley of Alfama, Bairro Alto, Madragoa or Mouraria you can listen to the song of Lisbon. Come to listen and feel it in your heart! 

 

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25 of April Bridge

04Oct

For more than 50 years that the 25 of April Bridge makes the Portuguese capital even more beautiful. Now it is possible to know the history of this national monument from its construction to the present time through the Pillar 7 Experience. The visit finishes with a lift up to the panoramic platform located 80 meters above the river. We invite you to join us in Lisbon and appreciate these unique views with your own eyes. 

 

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Courses in Lisbon

13Sep

At first glance, it may seem that Lisbon is not a cycling city, after all, we have 7 hills! But we also have valleys, such as the Chelas Valley, and the entire riverside front, stretching from Parque das Nações to Belém. There are more than 60 km of bicycle paths, but we highlight the 7 km route between Cais do Sodré and Belém and, at the opposite extreme, the 5 km bikeway between Vale do Silêncio Park and the modern district of Parque das Nações. And the big news is a shared bike system that is already being tested. Enjoy to know the city in an original way and be dazzled by the green areas and unique landscapes that can be found in Lisbon. We are waiting for you! 

 

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Rua do Poço dos Negros

31Aug

There is a street in Lisbon that is becoming one of the most interesting and lively places in this city. We are talking about “Rua do Poço dos Negros”, which, in only 3 years, has changed deeply. Today, you can find here some of the best places in town to have a healthy breakfast and buy cheese or other Portuguese delicacies. If you are a tea lover, there is a shop that you simply cannot miss. All this in one of the most desirable streets of Lisbon, only a 2 minute walk from 54 Santa Catarina. We are looking forward to your visit!

 

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Bairro Alto

28Jun

Among the oldest districts of Lisbon, stands “Bairro Alto” with its 500 years of history. It is a place of contrasts: during the day, populated by its people of different backgrounds and ages, there are old grocery stores and vintage shops opposed to modern branded stores. It is also a neighborhood devoted to art and culture: here you can visit countless galleries or go to the Theater (do Bairro). By nightfall, take the time to pause to know the beautiful terrace of “Zé dos Bois” Gallery (for more than 20 years this institution presents new talents of visual and performing arts), or listen to Fado somewhere in the neighborhood. At night is when the “Bairro”, as affectionately the locals call it, comes alive. It is a bustle of people walking up and down the streets full of bars and restaurants. Traditional Portuguese cuisine contrasts with some of the city’s most sophisticated restaurants. As for the bars, there are so many that is going to be difficult to choose. When in doubt, do as the locals do. Stay on the street talking loudly and drinking a beer until the neighbors complain. All of this is within a walking distance from our stylish apartments. What are you waiting for? 

 

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Lisbon elevators

21Jun

In the ups and downs of the hills of Lisbon, elevators are our best friends and precious allies. The most famous elevator is Santa Justa. Built in cast iron had its opening on July 10, 1902 and aimed to connect Baixa district to Chiado. Bica Elevador (1892) connects the trendy Cais do Sodré to the bohemian Bairro Alto. On Liberdade Avenue, near Restauradores Square, there are two more elevators, one on each side of the Avenue: Glória (1885), which at the top has the beautiful belvedere of São Pedro de Alcântara, and Lavra (1884), which ends at Campo Santana. Last but not least, Castle Elevator (2013) connects Baixa and the area near the Castle. When visiting Lisbon, be sure to get to know them: enjoy the trip to rest and, at the end, contemplate the beauty of this city.

 

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Cais do Sodré district

14Jun

Lisbon is not like New York, but there is a neighborhood in this city that never sleeps. Facing Tagus River, Cais do Sodré invites those who wake up early to a morning walk or bike ride along its banks. Next, step on to Ribeira Market where you can find the freshest fruit and vegetables and taste a Portuguese specialty – the amazing snails that are very good now (avoid them in the “R” months). When night falls, it’s time to discover the bars and nightclubs of Pink Street until the sun rises again. Come and meet the recently renovated Cais do Sodré, a few minutes walk from 54 Santa Catarina. 😊

 

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