August 31, 2014

Casa da Se Guarda

Guesthouse da Se is a budget guesthouse popular with young Portuguese travelers and foreign backpackers right on the main square in Guarda on the bus route from Madrid via Salamanca to Porto.

Casa da Se Guarda

Formally a residencial, the guesthouse is a "project" by a young Portuguese artist, who is restoring the property to its former glory.

Rooms are compact with antique furnishings and similarly antique showers and toilets. Toilet paper needs to be placed in a plastic bag, for example, not down the loo to spare the drains.

Located next door to a trendy bar, Casa da Se has some lovely azulejos decorating its staircases and at only 10 euros a night per person per night a snip.

The check-in time of 6pm may be a little inconvenient, but if you are looking for cheap lodging in Guarda, look no further than the Casa da Se which has a common lounge, a washing machine and functional WiFi.

Guesthouse da Se
Rua Augusto Gil, 17
Guarda, 6300-516

August 26, 2014

Hotel Santos Guarda

A delightful, small, friendly hotel, the Hotel Santos is a great place to stay in Guarda. The unique old building incorporates sections of the much older town wall and another, older, building.

Hotel Santos Guarda, Portugal

The interior has been completely remodeled - one half is on one side of the old town wall, and the other half on the other side, leading to some interesting stair-case configurations. It also means that the lift doesn't go to each landing, so do specify in your reservation request if you are unable to manage stairs.

Hotel Santos Guarda Portugal

Rooms and furnishings are all pristine white, new and clean. There are double windows, needed to block the sound of cars on cobblestones at the front, and family life in the lane at the back of the hotel.

Hotel Santos Guarda Portugal

Breakfast is a decent spread of fruit, yoghurt, juice, ham, local cheese, rolls, tea and coffee. If you are celiac though, bring your own gluten-free bread or crackers.
It's fascinating to be inside this building and to see how the renovation has incorporated the old town wall. The location is perfect. Two very minor detractions: the wifi did not work in my room but I could sit downstairs to use it, and the shower might well be the smallest I've ever used.

Hotel Santos Guarda Portugal

Overall the Hotel Santos is highly recommended! Guarda itself, or at least the old town, is very small and you can wander around in an hour or so.

There are lovely views over the countryside from strategic locations. The old Jewish quarter has narrow lanes that go back hundreds of years; many houses in the old town are in complete disrepair and lend a sad air to the place, in contrast to the livelier new town outside the old walls.


Within the old town an excellent restaurant with helpful waitresses is the Restaurante A Floresta. The restaurant has a friendly, homely atmosphere and is obviously popular with locals as well as tourists. The food was excellent and plentiful; the waitresses were friendly and helpful - as a coeliac they helped me select dishes I was able to eat, and there were also several desserts available to choose from.


Hotel Santos
Rua Tenente Valadim
nº 14, 6300-76

Nicola Reiss

May 2, 2014

Teatro Politeama

The Teatro Politeama in the Baixa area of Lisbon dates from 1913. The theatre was designed by the Portuguese architect Miguel Ventura Terra (1866-1919) and financed by Luis Antonio Pereira, whose dream it was to create a theatre.

Teatro Politeama, Baixa, Lisbon

The Politeama's debut show was withthe operetta "Valsa de Amor" (Waltz of Love) with Cremilda de Oliveira and Sofia Santos in the lead roles. Most of the giants of Portuguese theatre have performed at the Politeama in its over 100 years of history in revues, musicals and ballets.

Teatro Politeama
R. Portas de Sto. Antão, 109
1150-266 Lisboa
Tel: 213 405 700


January 6, 2014

Sintra Station

The railway Station in Sintra is a pretty place with a pleasing exterior and azulejos decorating the interior.

Sintra Station, Portugal

The station in Sintra is a walk from the historic center in Sintra Vila or there is a local bus.

Sintra Station is on the Sintra Line to Rossio Station, Oriente, Entrecampos, Sete Rios and Campolide in Lisbon.

There are trains to Sintra approximately every 15 minutes from Rossio on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends, with the journey between Lisbon and Sintra taking 39 minutes.

Sintra Station, Portugal

On weekdays after 8.38pm the service is every 30 minutes. The first train from Rossio is at 6.08am with the last train at 1.08am. The last train from Sintra to Rossio leaves Sintra at 12.44am.

Sintra Station, Portugal

The station before Sintra is Portela de Sintra railway station and from here there are Scotturb buses to various destinations.

Google map of Sintra Station

November 1, 2013

Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel Lisboa

The Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa is a five-star hotel close to Eduardo VII Park.

Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel Lisboa, Portugal

All rooms at the Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel Lisboa have flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Facilities include the Le Ganesh bar and the L’Appart Restaurant.

The rooms are spacious and well-appointed.

Marques de Pombal Square is very close to the Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa and the nearest metro station is Marques de Pombal Metro station.

Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel Lisboa, Portugal

The popular department store El Corte Ingles is at São Sebastião metro station.

Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa
Rua Castilho, 149
1099-034 Lisbon

Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel Lisboa, Portugal

October 29, 2013

Images of Elevadors In Lisbon

Graffiti-covered elevadors in Lisbon, Portugal.

Images of Elevadors In Lisbon
Elevador do Lavra, Lisboa, Portugal

Images of Elevadors In Lisbon
Elevador da Glória

Images of Elevadors In Lisbon
Elevador da Glória

Images of Elevadors In Lisbon
Elevador da Glória

Images of Elevadors In Lisbon
Elevador da Glória

June 30, 2013

Japanese Restaurant Nagoya Faro

Most of the "Japanese" restaurants you find in the Algarve are actually Chinese but the Restaurante & Bar Japonês, at 8 Rua Rebelo da Silva, in Faro, is a recommended place to try some Japanese-style food.

Japanese Restaurant Nagoya Faro, Algarve

There's a variety of sushi on the menu including a number of sets and special lunch and dinner menus.

Other menu items include tempura, sashimi (raw fish), teppan-yaki and desserts. A  take-away service is also available.