February 18, 2016

Pasteis de Belem

Pasteis de Belem could well be Lisbon's most famous cafe. Located in Belem close to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, the Maritime MuseumBelem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, the Pasteis de Belem has been in business since 1837.

Things can get pretty busy especially during the summer holiday period in August as these queues outside the cafe testify.

Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon.


Pasteis de Belem is known for its signature pastel de nata (pastel de Belem) egg tarts. Though unconfirmed, it is thought the pastel de nata was invented by monks at the nearby Jerónimos Monastery. Other delicacies include Bolo Ingles, Bolo Rainha, Salgados and Sortido.

The Pasteis de Belem lives up to its reputation for excellence and is a must-visit on your trip to Lisbon. The cafe's interior is tiled with beautiful blue and white azulejos.

Pastel de nata egg tart.


Pasteis de Belem
Rua Belém 84-92
1300-085 Lisbon
Tel: 21 363 7423
Hours: October 1-June 30 8am-11pm; July 1-September 30 8am-12 midnight

Pasteis de Belem, Lisboa.

February 16, 2016

Hotels Near Sete Rios Station

There are a number of two to five-star hotels in the upmarket streets close to Sete Rios Station in the northern districts of Lisbon.

Hotels Near Sete Rios Station, Lisbon.


These include the Hotel Mercure Lisboa, Novotel Lisboa, the Sana Malhoa Hotel, the Hotel Ibis Lisboa Jose Malhoa, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, and the Hotel Acores.

Hotels Near Sete Rios Station, Lisbon, Portugal.


This area of Lisbon is about 20-25 minutes north of the historic center of Lisbon by metro. It is home to banks, offices, the El Corte Inglés department store, the Gulbenkian Museum and the Lisbon Mosque.

Hotels Near Sete Rios Station, Lisbon, Portugal.


Bars and restaurants are in relative short supply so unless you are dining in your accommodation head in to the center for food and entertainment.

Hotels Near Sete Rios Station, Lisbon.

February 6, 2016

Planetario Calouste Gulbenkian

The Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian in Belem, Lisbon presents 30-50 minute shows on the solar system. Some of them are in English or you can use a set of headphones with English commentary or the commentary may be live. The journey to the stars is viewed in reclining chairs and the planetarium is certainly a good place to escape the summer heat in its dark, air-conditioned environment. The building itself dates from the 1960's but has been renovated since.

Planetario Calouste Gulbenkian, Belem, Lisbon, Portugal.

Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian
Praça do Império
1400-206 Lisboa
Tel: 21 362 0002

February 5, 2016

Hotel Mercure Lisboa

The Hotel Mercure Lisboa is another four star hotel in the neighborhood of Sete Rios rail and bus station and close to the Novotel Lisboa down the road.

Hotel Mercure Lisboa.


The Mercure Lisboa has all the plus points and facilities you would expect from a four star international chain hotel: spacious, well-appointed rooms, large, comfortable beds, speedy Wi-Fi, lobby bar and restaurant and a pool (on the 9th floor roof terrace). There are even views of the Águas Livres Aqueduct in Campolide from the elevator.

Novotel Lisboa
Av. José Malhoa 23
Campolide
1000-090 Lisbon, Portugal

February 4, 2016

Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Ayamonte Ferry

The ferry across the River Guardiana from Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal to Ayamonte in Spain takes about 15-20 minutes.

The ferry is a pleasant way to commute between the two towns. Remember that Spain is an hour ahead of Portuguese time.

Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Ayamonte Ferry.

From May 1 until June 30, boats leave Vila Real de Santo Antonio at 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.00pm.

Ferries from Ayamonte depart at 9.30am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 3.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm, 7.00pm and 8.00pm.

From July 1 until September 15th boats leave Vila Real de Santo Antonio every 30 minutes from 9am until 9pm; from Ayamonte there are boats every 30 minutes from 9am until 9pm (Spanish time).

From September 16 to April 30th, boats leave Vila Real de Santo Antonio at 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.00pm. Ferries from Ayamonte depart at 9.30am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 3.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm.

Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Ayamonte Ferry.


The cost is 1.75 euros. Services on public holidays and Sundays are slightly reduced.

If you are visiting Ayamonte the website Info Ayamonte is useful.