January 8, 2017

Hotel Adelaide Faro

The Hotel Adelaide is not the most luxurious hotel in Faro but it is a more than adequate lodging for travellers on a budget.

Hotel Adelaide, Faro, Algarve, Portugal.

Located in an atmospheric part of the city near the Igeja de Sao Pedro and the Igreja do Carmo with its Capela dos Ossos, the owners are particularly friendly and kind.

The Wifi works fine and there's a large cafe/bar nearby.

Hotel Adelaide, Faro, Portugal.

Hotel Adelaide
Rua Cruz das Mestras, 9
8000-261 Faro
Tel: 351 289 802 383

January 4, 2017

Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves

The Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves in Chaves dates from 1532 but the church and its architecture that we see today is mainly from the 18th century.

Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves.

The superb azulejos tile work, altarpieces and interior ceiling were all completed in the 18th century.

The main façade is in granite and is framed by large Corinthian pilasters, topped by a large pediment with a niche.

Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves
Largo Caetano Ferreira
5400 Chaves

Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves, Portugal.

January 2, 2017

Igreja de São Paulo Braga

The Igreja de São Paulo (Church of St. Paul) in Braga is a Jesuit church dating from 1589.

Igreja de São Paulo Braga, Portugal.

The austere, granite facade hides a superb, decorative interior with the altars masterpieces of gilded woodwork by such master sculptors as Thomas de Araújo, Francisco Ferreira and Luis Vieira da Cruz.

The church has a single nave with seven side chapels dedicated to Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist, Francis Xavier and other saints. The decorative work on the interior continued during the 17th and 18th centuries with beautiful blue and white azulejos tiles from Lisbon also added to the church.

Igreja de São Paulo
Largo de São Paulo
Braga 4700-042

December 3, 2016

Restaurante Lacus

Restaurante Lacus is a new restaurant, bar and cafe in Lagos just across from the Slave Museum and Praça do Infante Dom Henrique.

Restaurante Lacus, Lagos, Portugal.

The menu includes bruschetta, kebabs, grilled fish and meats. Lacus also offers a variety of yummy desserts plus draught beer, cider and wine.

Restaurante Lacus, Lagos.

Restaurante Lacus
Rua Silva Lopes 5
Lagos 8600-315, Portugal
Tel: 282 084 932

The restaurant can also be entered from Rua da Vedoria 4.

December 1, 2016

Clube Praia da Oura Albufeira

Clube Praia da Oura Hotel is a large resort hotel popular with families on package tours located on Oura Beach in Albufeira.

Clube Praia da Oura Albufeira,Algarve, Portugal.

Accommodation is in over apartment style 500 rooms all with ensuite bathroom and a pleasant seating space with sofas and a coffee table.

The spacious landscaped grounds feature two outdoor pools, tropical gardens, as well as al fresco bars and cafes. Evening entertainment includes live music and karaoke. The hotel is a short bus journey back into Albufeira town or is a short walk from the many restaurants and bars on the nearby Strip and Estrada de Santa Eulália.

The sheltered beach at Oura is only a short walk down from the hotel.

Clube Praia da Oura Albufeira,Algarve, Portugal.

Clube Praia da Oura Hotel
Rua Oliveira Martins
Praia da Oura
8200-911 Albufeira, Portugal

Clube Praia da Oura Albufeira,Algarve, Portugal.

Oura Beach, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal.

November 24, 2016

Majestic Cafe Porto

Cafe Majestic is an historic cafe, located on the fashionable shopping street of Rua de Santa Catarina, in Porto.

Majestic Cafe Porto Portugal.

Opened in 1921, Cafe Majestic is known for its lavish Art Nouveau architecture including its lovely marble facade and ornate, wood and glass interior.

The Majestic soon became a meeting place for Porto's elite including artists, politicians and writers.

In more modern times, the Majestic is associated with author J.K. Rowling's rather unhappy stay in the city, along with the Livraria Lello bookshop. No doubt some of the inspiration for the Harry Potter series of novels stems from the plaster ceiling, Flemish mirrors, leather upholstery and varnished wood of the interior of the cafe.

Majestic Cafe, Porto, Portugal.

Majestic Cafe
Rua Santa Catarina, 112
4000-442 Porto
Tel: 222 003 887
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9.30am-midnight

The Majestic Cafe is a short walk south from Bolhão Station on the Porto metro.

November 22, 2016

714 Lisbon Bus

The 714 Lisbon bus runs from Outurela, through Belem, past Belem Station, Alcântara and then on to Pç. Comércio and then Pç. Figueira.

714 Lisbon Bus, Portugal.

The bus links many metro stations and places of interest in the Portuguese capital including the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (NMAA).

Services from Outurela begin at 5am with the last buses at 9.40pm. There are reduced services at weekends and on public holidays.