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My Lisbon, What you Don’t Wanna Miss

I was born in Lisbon, and I absolutely love my city.
It is a charming place that was built over 7 hills – yes, as Rome was, and that was rebuilt after a tremendous earthquake that destroyed most of the city back in the 18th century.

The 7 hills

  • Colina do Castelo
  • Colina de São Roque
  • Colina de Santo André
  • Colina de Santa Catarina
  • Colina das Chagas
  • Colina de Santana
  • Colina de São Vicente de Fora
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Praça do Comércio – view from Arco da Rua Augusta – This area was destroyed after the earthquake

This beautiful city has been in the limelight for the last couple of years, being today recognized as a top tourism destination.

The perfect harmony between safety, history, art, culture, gastronomy, fantastic nightlife, rooftops and view points to die for, landscape, sports options, shopping options, close proximity to beaches, mountains, the famous Alentejo plains, and the welcoming nature of our people, makes it really a destination to put on your bucket list.

Another strong point of Lisbon its a great public transport system, comprised by trains, metro, bus and boats, that connect the various neighborhoods, as well as surrounding places such as Cascais, Sintra, Setúbal, Sesimbra, Portinho da Arrábida, Troia, Oeiras, etc.

Public Transports

  • Metro – Blue, Red, Yellow and Green Line
  • Urban Trains – Sintra line and Cascais Line. Estação de Cais do Sodré, Estação do Rossio, Sete Rios (integration with Inter city Bus, Bus and metro),
  • Train stations – inter city and international – Gare do Oriente (integration with Inter city Bus, Bus and metro), and Estação Santa Apolónia
  • Bus (stop points all over the city
  • Tram (stations all over the city)

Welcoming people, options for all pockets, cultures, religions and tastes, are among the great reasons for visiting my city.

Therefore, in this post I will include a beautiful collection of my pictures taken in my favourite spots, and give you options of where to go for shopping, day trips AND

with a special mention to the lovely Naomi – @authenticchica from Authentic Chic Travel & Lifestyle a few options for roof tops where you can enjoy the view while sipping a glass of our famous Vinho Verde (green wine) and enjoying our fantastic food, as well as restaurants, from Michelin starred to better options for the ones in a short budget.

Oh, and did I mention that the blue in Lisbon’s sky is unique? Yes it is, so one more reason to go there.

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Praça do Município (Municipal Square)
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Chiado with the beautiful Lisbon side walks
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Praça do Comércio, a lively place with restaurants and bars, live concerts and sports events
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Praça do Comércio
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Praça do Comércio
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Rua Augusta
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Chiado
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Av da Liberdade – the equivalent to 5th Avenue in NYC
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Av da Liberdade
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walking along Av da Liberdade
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How beautiful is this building

Places to go

  • Praça do Comércio
  • Cais do Sodré surroundings
  • Av. da Liberdade
  • Parque Eduardo VII
  • Castelo de São Jorge
  • Rua Augusta
  • Chiado
  • Rossio
  • Bairro Alto
  • Alfama

Lisbon has several “Miradouros” from where, while sipping a coffee or a chilled beverage, you can enjoy the beautiful views. Each one has different views, vibes, atmosphere, and I strongly recommend a tour through all of them. Reserve a day for that.

 

Places with view points

  • Miradouro de Santa Luzia
  • Castelo de São Jorge
  • Miradouro da Graça
  • Miradouro de Santa Catarina
  • Miradouro do Arco da Rua Augusta
  • Miradouro do Tourel
  • Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
  • Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (highest view point)
  • Elevador de Santa Justa
  • Amoreiras 360
  • Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII
  • Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Lisbon has beautiful monuments, old buildings, charming corners, cute kiosks, small details that sometimes go unnoticed but tat all together give my city an unique charm.

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The beautiful Praça de Touros with a clear Moorish influence
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Praça de Camões and a charming kiosk
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One of the many kiosks
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Terreiro do paço, view over the bridge
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Convento do Carmo
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Inside Convento do Carmo
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Inside Convento do Carmo

Museums and Monuments

  • Museu dos Coches
  • CCB
  • Museu do Oriente
  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
  • Castelo de São Jorge
  • Basílica da Estrela
  • Elevador de Santa Justa
  • Panteão
  • Convento do Carmo
  • Palácio de Queluz
  • The Sweet Art Museum
  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia – MAAT
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Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia – MAAT

 

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Magnficent details that so often pass unnoticed
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Spring in Lisbon
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The famous Arco da Rua Augusta (Augusta Street Arch) with a fantastic view point on top
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Downtown Lisbon – charming details
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Praça do Comércio – lively nightlife

 

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Castelo de São Jorge
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Down town close to the train station at cais do Sodré
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The so typical Portuguese tiles
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River front

Although Porto is the city of Bridges, Lisbon has two beautiful of her own. 25 de Abril bridge, that is named after the day of the Carnation Revolution that ended the fascism time, and Vasco da Gama bridge at Parque das Nações.

But Lisbon is not only the old part, the new renovated Parque das Nações is an amazing area with fantastic river views, a cable car, limitless options for restaurants, bars, shopping or watching a show from famous singers like Rihana, Madonna, and many others, not to mention the beautiful Aquarium.

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Aquarium
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Parque das Nações, the tower has a restaurant on top with views to die for
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Cable car, Vasco da Gama Bridge
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View from the Cable Car
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How beautiful is this setting
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The incredible Lisbon sky and the departure of cable cars
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Altice Arena
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Parque das Nações has lots of green spaces and water features
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Parque das Nações

Lisbon is known for its impressive gastronomy, including not only the typical Portuguese foods, that are by the way delicious, but cuisines from all over the world.

Thus, you will find restaurants from Nepal, to India, China, Thailand, Italy, France, Germany, Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, Perú, you name it.

Whatever culture/country you come from, and if not willing to try other cuisines, you will most probably find an option in Lisbon.

Lisbon is a fantastic gastronomic hub, with options for all pockets, from Michelin starred restaurants to really affordable local cuisine, typical “tavernas” and small restaurants.

Lisbon is home of five Michelin awarded restaurants, from a total of 23 for the whole country. Chefs like José Avillez with his stunning Belcanto – 2 stars (he also has Páteo do Avillez, Cantina do Avillez, Taberna do Avillez), Henrique Sá Pessoa with the fantastic Alma, João Rodrigues with Feitoria, Alexandre Silva with Loco and Joachim Koerpe with Eleven offer a unique gastronomic experience with a fusion between local and international cuisine. In total, the Michelin guide for this year mentions 31 restaurants in Lisbon surely worth a visit.

One place that I really enjoy to go is Mercado da Ribeira, where you can find a multitude of restaurants, in an open and relaxed space, with options for all tastes.

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Mercado da Ribeira
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Bairro do Avillez
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Inside Bairro do Avillez
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An emblematic restaurant in Lisbon is Cervejaria Trindade, with a fantastic steak typical of the house.

Restaurants & Fado houses (typical Portuguese music)

Restaurants

  • Belcanto
  • Alma
  • Bairro do Avillez
  • Cantinho do Avillez
  • Padaria da Esquina
  • Trindade
  • Mercado da Ribeira
  • Pateo Bagatella
  • Solar dos Presuntos
  • Solar dos Nunes
  • Solar das Gravatas
  • Tia Matilde
  • Guilty
  • Prego da Peixaria
  • Aqui há Peixe
  • Cevicheria
  • 1001 maneiras
  • Casa da Índia
  • Príncipe do Calhariz,
  • Zé Varunca,
  • Parreirinha de S. Vicente,
  • Restaurante Panteão,
  • Bica do Sapato,
  • Chapitô
  • Pizzeria Casanova
  • Bonsai,
  • Sabores de Goa
  • Tibetanos,
  • Paladar Zen,

Vegan Restaurants

  • The green affair
  • Quintal de Santo Amaro
  • Eight – The Health Lounge
  • Foodprintz
  • Juicy
  • Jardim dos Sentidos

Restaurants with Fado

  • Adega Machado
  • Casa da Mariquinhas
  • Clube de Fado
  • Duetos da Sé
  • Marquês da Sé
  • Museu do Fado
  • Sr. Fado
  • A Severa
  • Sr. Vinho

Roof tops

  • Hotel Mundial Rooftop Bar
  • Lux Frágil
  • Topo
  • Sky Bar
  • Level eight
  • Sky Bar Oriente
  • Silk Club
  • Rio Maravilha
  • Epic Sana Lisboa
  • Park

Bars

  • Bairro Alto – Agito, Arroz Doce, BA Bairro Alto Hotel, Grapes & Bites, Majong, Maria Caxuxa, Páginas Tantas, Pavilhão Chinês,  Solar do Vinho do Porto,
  •  Cais do Sodré  – Bairrazza, O Bom o Mau e o Vilão • By the Wine, Cais de Quatro, Champanharia do Cais, Hennessys Irish Pub, O’Gilins Irish Pub, Pensão Amor, Quero-te no Cais, Tokyo Rock Bar
  • Bica –  Bica à Esquina,  Bicaense, Elevador Amarelo, Enólogos Amadores, Estrela da Bica, Funicular,  Le Marais, Pai Tirano
  • Alfama – Agapimu, Medrosa d’ Alfama, Portas do Sol, Sagrada Família, Tejo Bar, Tasca do Chico, Tasquinha de Baco
  • Martim Moniz – Mercado Fusão (vários bares na praça principal), Rooftop Bar do Hotel Mundial

Places to Dance

  • Lux Frágil
  • Clube Noir
  • Incógnito
  • Jamaica
  • Kremlin
  • Paradise Garage
  • Plateau (80’s)
  • Silk Club
  • Urban Beach

LGBT friendly

  • 40 e 1
  • Anarca Bar
  • Bar 28
  • Bar Side
  • Clube da Esquina
  • Etílico
  • Fantasy GLSBT Club
  • Iceberg Bar
  • Maria Lisboa
  • Purex
  • Salto Alto
  •  Trumps

And tha’s it for now, I hope I could help somehow to showcase my amazing City, and see you there soon I hope.

Next post about Portugal will be dedicated to Belém, on the outskirts of Lisbon, and home of some of the best monuments, the famous Pastéis de Belém, as well as many other points of Interest, Stay Tuned

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Hotel Review – Pousada Mosteiro do Crato (PMC) – Alto Alentejo, Portugal

This is  a long due post. I was supposed to have posted it soon after staying at PMC in September 2016, but I did not, I got overwhelmed with the site, my instagram, my coaching and my job and have been postponing it. So, today is the day.

Be prepared to be transported to a magical, historical place, where modernity and history were masterfully and impeccably combined by Grupo Pestana, one of the most respected hotel groups in Portugal and worldwide. It’s breathtaking, its an experience not to be missed if by any chance you are planning a visit to Portugal. Go, just go, and tell me! Everything there literally takes you through history, in a magic vibe. In the walls there still are engraved marks associated with Freemason.

PMC is located in the old Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa, Crato town in the middle of Alto Alentejo.

A legend says that the origin of the Monastery is due to a knight who, in is dying bed receives the visit of his love that offers him a rose to help him recover. The legend says that due to the offering it is the lady who dies and the knight survives and names the monastery in honor of his bride.

The “Pousada” uniquely combines the ancient architecture of the monastery with the modernity of a luxury hotel at a reasonable price. It is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The monastery is divided into three distinct spaces: the Gothic style church, ​​building area associated with the convent, and the “Paço Ducal” – Ducal Palace where the hotel operates.

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The monastery and main entrance
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The “Paço” inside the Monastery
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The tomb of D. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira the founder of the Monastery, with the Cross the the “Ordem of Malta” – Order of Malta
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The “Paço”
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The Paço


The monastery was built in 1356 by D. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira, first Prior of Crato and father of the Holy Constable, D. Nuno Álvares Pereira. The tomb of D. Álvaro is displayed at the museum, that also displays an impressive collection of “Arte Sacra”  – Sacred Art.

Nothing prepares you to the atmosphere, the vibe of the place. You truly feel transported to the past, and strong images of the monastery life, the battles, the religiousness come to your mind. As you cross this breathtaking place, you are again taken by surprise when you enter the hotel area. The perfect blend of ancient and modern architecture and decoration its something that leaves you literally speechless. I really have to commend Grupo Pestana for such an impressive capacity of preserving local history while creating an elegant, luxurious and cosy place.

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The entrance to the museum
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The path that leads to the hotel
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The reception and lobby area – the stairs lead to the rooms

The staff is truly friendly and solicit, and soon you feel at home in the place. From the reception you can take the stairs or the elevator that will take you to the rooms. Different types of rooms are offered: Standard, Superior, Suite, and Master suite. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, heating/air conditioning, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer, safe, cable TV and internet access. One of the luxury suites is located in the medieval tower, in a former dungeon.

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The superior room with a balcony
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The standard room

The Restaurant is located in the old part of the building, with a beautiful view of the gardens. The restaurant is a memorable experience in itself. A minimalist decoration and a gastronomic offer based on the traditional cuisine from the Alentejo Region, with an impressive wine list and a beautiful setting. It is the ideal place for an amazing experience and a unique opportunity to taste one of the best things in Portugal: our delicious and diverse food. The menu is based on local products, being some from the fields that surround the hotel. From wild mushrooms, and Nisa cheese to scrambled eggs with green asparagus, chorizo Alentejano, to beautiful Gazpacho and delightful desserts it takes you through the so famous Alentejo cuisine. An experience not to be missed. The quality of the food is outstanding and a true picture of how simple ingredients can be transformed into memorable dishes.

The breakfast, included in the price, is diverse and ranges from local breads, to fresh fruit, strong and embodied coffee, eggs, bacon and deli meats, pastries, fruit juices and an impressive cheese selection.

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The restaurant (photograph from the site pousadas.pt)

The hotel also offers an outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace ideal for sunbathing, and a SPA with jacuzzi, as well as amazing views from the terrace over the Alentejo famous plains. Make sure that you taste the fresh fruit from the many fruit trees scattered all over the back garden (amazing figs and quinces).

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Swimming pool (pic from pousadas.pt)
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The amazing Crato landscape with the famous Alentejo plains
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One of the living room areas in the hotel
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The backside of the Monastery
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Another room where history is present and palpable
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Living room/reading room
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The view of the swimming pool from above
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Details
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Beautiful details

 

My only criticism is the limited offer of TV channels, which is ok if you planning to just relax and enjoy the views, but a wider diversity would, nonetheless, be a nice addition.

Location and Contact details:

  • Rua do Mosteiro da Flor da Rosa , Flor da Rosa, Crato, Portalegre
  • (+351) 245997210
  • (+351) 245997212
  • http://www.pousadas.pt/
  • recepcao.frosa@pousadas.pt

 

Where to eat in Cascais

Cascais has such an amazing diversity of restaurants (no wonder as it is a tourist destination that receives visitors all year round) that is always difficult to select a few. The offer ranges from Nordic food, to fast food, organic food, vegan, Indian, Thai, French, Russian, you name it. Prices also vary and you can find an option that fits into almost any budget. I will focus on restaurants/cafes I like, on the historical center as it is my favorite, some more expensive, others quite affordable.

Nata

One of the best “Pastéis de Nata” I have ever tasted. No kidding. Comparable to the world famous “Pastéis de Belém” with the advantage of not having to wait in long cues. The staff is very friendly, coffee is good, there are other options such light meals also (sandwiches, pastries, etc). Nothing beats a warm Pastel de Nata with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a strong expresso. It is located on the main road that leads to the beach (Alameda Combatentes da Grande Guerra), in front of restaurants such as Duke, Palm Tree, etc. Its small, with only a few tables, cozy and surely deserves a visit

Mercearia da Villa

Located centrally, close to the tourist information center, on R. Visc. da Luz 12, it was opened in 2010. It has a gourmet/organic store concept and offers a wide selection of high quality food products, from the traditional Portuguese sardines to granolas, teas, chocolate, olive oil, that can be consumed there or taken home. They have a cozy space where they also serve meals, fresh juices and smoothies, teas and coffees and, WAIT, unique varieties of ice cream, being my favorites Eucalyptus, Ginger and Rose Petal flavors. They are absolutely delicious. Service is good, staff is very friendly and always eager to help and prices are reasonable. They are open from Monday to Saturday, but sadly they close early (not opened for dinner)

Santini

World famous Santini, now with branches in Lisbon and quickly spreading, is still THE spot to go for an ice cream in Cascais. Santini was founded more than 60 years ago by Mr. Attilio Santini and has a nice and clean interior in red and white (sooo Italian), where you can relax and have amazing and unique options such as Açai with banana, Pinneaple with mint, Dolce di latte, berries, walnuts, pistachio, to name just a few. Its open 7 days a week and be prepared for long cues, that luckily do not imply long waiting times as staff is quite expedite.

Armazem 22

Discretely located in a narrow street (Rua dos Navegantes, 22), among the typical houses of Cascais historical center, it is my favorite place to go for THE most amazing steak. It opens from Tuesday to Saturday.

The restaurant was established by a couple from Brazil, it has a fantastic atmosphere and the staff is extremely friendly making you really feel pampered and at home. The menu is fantastic, the quality of the meat and the various dishes is outstanding. The covert is very good and gives you a nice idea on what’s to follow. My absolute favorites are the tenderloin with foie gras in red wine sauce, salmon trout with toasted almonds, and cod with leeks, brie and toasted almonds. Sublime. End your beautiful meal with an amazing brownie or Peti Gateau and it will most definitely be an experience to repeat.

Masala

If you, like me, enjoy the flavors of India, Masala is the place to go. Centrally located close to the train station on R. Frederico Arouca 288, has a friendly staff, a cozey and indian decorated interior in warm colors. The menu is very extensive and has all known Indian dishes cooked perfectly and at a reasonable price. Masala serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Peshwari Naan is a must, butter chicken is delicious, Chicken korma is one of the best, Jalfrezi is cooked to perfection and has a nice proportion of meat/vegetables.

Thai Square

Its located in Largo das Grutas 3, on a street packed with restaurants, parallel to the main road that leads to the beach/marina.

If you fancy Thai food, this place is a very good option in Cascais. Staff is friendly although not all of them speak well English, you may struggle to understand them if in need. Food is really good and has a nice variety of Thai and Indian food. My favorite are definitely chicken green curry, Chicken Satay, Beef in Red curry sauce and Massaman curry. Prices are reasonable and its definitely a good option for a different meal.

Il Siciliano

Located in Rua do Poço Novo, 130A, it is opened every day for lunch and dinner. Although a Pizzeria (all pizzas made with fresh ingredients) they have a wide range of options. The space is cozy and with a nice atmosphere and the staff is extremely friendly.
One of my favorites is
Petto di Pollo alla Nicosia (Chicken breast with prawns in a curry sauce). The steaks are also good and the gorgonzola one is a must.

Ratatouille Village

Located in a small and narrow street (R. Marques Leal Pancada 18, opened from Friday to Wednesday for lunch and dinner) overlooking Cascais Bay, it is a french cuisine inspired restaurant. The ambiance is very pleasant and the view from the top floor is priceless

The building maintains the original architecture and the interior is a mix of contemporary elegant and sophisticated style and modern rustic style. Having dinner at candle lights with the beautiful Cascais bay at your feet is a remarkable experience.

My favorites are the Salmon tartar and maigret de canard (duck breast) with a chilled Portuguese green wine.

Fogo de Chão (Rua Carlos Ribeiro 50 | Jardim Visconde da Luz)

When it comes to Rodízio, Brazilians are the kings of all kings. Fogo de Chão is a chain and with several restaurants in Portugal. The standards are not the same as in Brazil but they are quite good. Its not a restaurant for a romantic night out as it is quite noisy and crowded but it surely deserves a visit. The quality of the meat they offer is very good, the variety is definitely worth it. There are several options to choose from, being buffet only (great variety), Full rodízio, or noble meats. I always choose the full rodízio and I am never disappointed.

Cascais – when to go and walking around

My favourite time to visit Cascais is… well it is all year round. Each season has its unique charm in Cascais. In winter, the temperatures are low, but still warm enough to put a coat and a scarf, a pair of boots and walk around the streets all illuminated with Christmas decorations, have a hot chocolate with a Pastel de Nata at one of the cafes, have a hot fish soup or a hearty meal in one of the many restaurants. Cascais never sleeps during Spring and Summer. As soon as the temperatures warm up, the streets are busy with people looking to catch some sun that brings smiles to our faces.

Summer is amazing as we do have long days, hot and sunny, perfect to hit the beach and have sundowners in one of the many terraces around town. Its however the busiest season and if you are looking to tranquility and peace avoid it.

My favorite months are May and September. The town is “quieter” and walking around is easier and more pleasant. The days are long enough to fully enjoy Cascais and warm enough to go to the beach and to stay outside till late.

In September there are many things still happening in Cascais, one of which is the Lumina festival. The streets are full of light attractions, projecting on walls such as the wall of the fortress at the Marina, as well as many other places. The last festival also had gigantic inflatable rabbits on the beach that were the delight of children. The food trucks are stationed in the historical center and you can taste all sorts of food,  from traditional Portuguese food, to wraps and tortillas and to what is called “The best chocolate cake in the world” – I must confess in my opinion there are better, but it is a huge success.

In September 3, 2017, Cascais will host the Triathlon Iron Man, from 31st of August to the 3rd of September the Mercado da Vila (Town Market) will host the sardine market and in May the wine market. The Town market has been rehabilitated and is now a place of excellent gastronomy and good for shopping organics as well as handcrafts.

Event calendar 2017

Cascais is a very safe place to walk around either during the day or at night. The historical center is usually busy till late into the night.

Cascais is well served with public transport – taxis, uber, buses, train, bikes for renting at the Cidadela (Bicas).

The main bus station is located on a basement next to Cascais Villa Shopping, and buses depart to many locations, from Cascais Shopping, to Sintra and Lisbon.The bus to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe departures from Cascais Bus Terminal.

Trains to Cascais depart from Cais do Sodré in Lisbon and take between 30 to 40 minutes, departing at every 20 to 30 minutes, from early in the morning to late at night. Its a beautiful train ride, as most of the train line runs along the coast, being possible to see the beautiful beaches of Estoril and Carcavelos, Belem Tower, the Discoveries Monument, Belém gardens, Alcântara Docks, Santos Docks, etc.

The Buscas is a bus service that circles Cascais town, from downtown at the Train Station to Guia and down along the promenade returning again to the Train station. The bus costs 1euro, and leaves every 15 to 20 minutes, with regular stops. One of my favorites is to pick the bus at the train station and exit at Guia, geared up with my headphones and sneakers for a long stroll along the promenade. Its invigorating and the beauty of the landscape is impressive, high cliffs with the most beautiful sea below, ranging from turquoise to a deep blue that blends with the brownish rocks in a fusion of smells and tones.

Stay tuned, next posts will have some tips for restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cascais – my perfect place

 

Cascais is one of the places in the world where I feel like I belong to. Not because it is in my home country, but because it makes me feel relaxed, happy and welcome. I live away from my country for so many years that when I return on holidays I always feel like a tourist. Not in Cascais, no, Cascais is my home, my safe place.

Cascais is a coastal town 30 kilometers west of Lisbon, easily accessed by train, car or bus. The coastal road linking Cascais with Lisbon crossed beautiful beaches, like Estoril, São Pedro do Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos. The coastal road is considered the Portuguese Riviera, due to its beauty, amazing nightlife and restaurants.

What attracts me the most about Cascais is the vibe, the feeling of being a small town yet so cosmopolitan. Cascais has tourists the whole year. Yeah sometimes that can be complicated for the locals because between July and August it gets really crowded. But at the same time the energy and vitality is amazing. Restaurants, bars, promenade, all filled with people. You hear a symphony of languages and see a diversity of cultures. Cascais is a gem!

Accommodation tips

  1. Cascais has all types of accommodation that suit all types of budgets. From backpackers to 5 start Hotels, there is an array to choose from.
  2. Air BnB is an excellent source to find good and reliable accommodation. I have stayed in several apartments and nothing to complain. If you like to be independent and cook your own meals, an apartment is the logical and more adequate choice. If you re looking for luxury there are excellent hotels to choose from.
  3. I always choose the historical center to stay. I like the vibe, the artists playing on the streets in Camões square, the multitude of restaurants and coffee shops to choose from. Its close to the train station and in 45 min I am in Lisbon.
  4. If staying in an apartment, make sure your apartment has free wifi, and during summer aircon is a must (or at least a fan) as it gets really hot
  5. Most apartments in the historical center do not have elevators. Take that into consideration if carrying luggage.
  6. It is really difficult to park in the historical center unless your accommodation has parking

Walking around (next post…yeah don’t want to tire you so soon)

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Bookings

Air BnB – find an apartment

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