October 31, 2016

728 Lisbon Bus

The 728 Lisbon bus runs from Avenue Descobertas in Restelo, through Belem, past Belem Station on to Cais do Sodre Station, then Apolónia Station to Gare do Oriente to the Avenue Descobertas in Portela.

728 Lisbon Bus in Belem.


The bus links many metro stations and places of interest in the Portuguese capital and runs mostly along the River Tagus.

Services from both ends of the route in Restelo and Portela begin at 5.25am with the last buses at 11.30pm. There are reduced services at weekends and on public holidays.

728 Lisbon Bus, Belem, Portugal.

October 30, 2016

Belem Station

Belem Station is a railway station on the Cascais Line (Linha de Cascais) from Cais do Sodre to Cascais. Belem Station is handy for seeing the sights in Belem and is located close to the Estação Fluvial de Belém, the Museu Nacional dos Coches, MAAT and the Jardim do Ultramar.

Belem Station, Belem, Lisbon, Portugal.


A pedestrian bridge connects the two platforms of the station. Don't forget to either purchase a ticket at a machine on the platform or buy a Viva Viagem card to travel on the Cascais Line. You are not supposed to board the train without a ticket and can be fined.

The first train for the eight minute journey to Cais do Sodre from Belem is at 6.02am. Trains run until 2.02am. To Caiscas the first train for the 35-minute journey is at 5.38am with the last train at 1.38am.

Belem Station
Avenida da Índia
1300-298, Lisbon

October 29, 2016

Café A Brasileira

The Café A Brasileira in the Chiado district of Lisbon is one of the Portuguese capital's most famous cafes along with the Pasteis de Belem in Belem.

Café A Brasileira, Chiado, Lisbon.


The Café A Brasileira dates from 1905 and was opened to serve Brazilian cafe - hence the name which means "Brazilian lady." It is thought the bica - an expresso-style coffee was first served here.

The cafe became a hang out for artists, intellectuals and writers which helped to spread its popularity. A seated statue of the poet Fernando Pessoa by sculptor Lagoa Henriques sits at a table outside the cafe.

Both the exterior and interior are heavily ornate in the style of the period when the cafe was established. The interior has black and white mosaic floors with brass fixtures, painted ceilings and sculptured wooden walls. The exterior has a relief of a man drinking a coffee below the name of the cafe.

Café A Brasileira, Lisbon, Portugal.

The businessman behind the Café A Brasileira, the Brazil-based trader Adrian Telles, also opened a branch in Braga. Nowadays, the cafe is popular with locals, tourists and students from the nearby School of Fine Arts of Lisbon University. Unfortunately Café A Brasileira's fame and over-popularity has resulted in a recent decline in standards and service. Best to visit in the morning, out of season.

The nearest Lisbon metro station is Baixa-Chiado.

A Brasileira
R. Garrett 120, 1200 Lisboa
Tel: 21 346 9541
Hours: 8am-2am

October 28, 2016

Olhão Station

Olhão Station (Estação Ferroviária de Olhão) is a station on the Algarve Line (Linha do Algarve) in Olhão. Olhão Station is usually unmanned and has a slightly run-down feel to it.


Olhão Station is an easy 10-15 minute from the centre of Olhão. There are trains from Olhão to Faro Station for the ten-minute journey at 6.34am, 7.21 (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays), 7.51am, 8.12am, 10.06am, 12.06pm, 1.32pm, 2.32pm, 4.35pm, 5.29pm, 6.34pm (Sundays, or Monday, if it is a public holidays, from 3 July-4 September), 6.53pm (Monday to Saturday. No Monday service if it is a public holiday. In this case there is a Sunday service, between 3 July and 4 September. Daily service after 5 September), 8.04pm (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) and 9.39pm.

Olhão Station, Algarve, Portugal.

There are trains from Olhão to Vila Real de Santo Antonio Station at 7.59am, 9.08am (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays), 10.06am, 11.45am, 1.06pm (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays), 2.06pm, 3.11pm, 4.35pm, 6.02pm (Monday to Saturday. No Monday service if it is a public holiday. In this case there is a Sunday service, between 3 July and 4 September. Daily service after 5 September), 6.02 (Sundays, or Monday, if it is a public holidays, from 3 July to 4 September), 6.40pm (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays), 7.38pm, 9.18pm and 10.03pm.

Comboios de Portugal timetable on pdf

Olhão Station, Algarve, Portugal.


Olhão Station
Rua dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra
8700-440 Olhão

October 26, 2016

Tourist Offices in Albufeira

There are two main tourist offices in Albufeira on the Algarve. The main tourist office is near a set of stairs at Rua 5 de Outubro just before the tunnel to the town's beaches, Praia do Peneco and Praia dos Pescadores.

Albufeira Tourist Office, Algarve, Portugal.


The helpful staff speak a number of languages and there are free pamphlets, also in a variety of languages. Bus and train timetables are posted on the walls. The staff can also offer help on finding accommodation or an open pharmacy or clinic, for example.

Albufeira Turismo
Rua 5 de Outubro
8200 Albufeira
Tel: 289 585 279
Hours: Daily 9am-1pm; 2pm-6pm

There is another tourist office out near the beach at Praia da Oura to the east of the city centre. This modern, tent-like building is on Estr. de Santa Eulália not far from The Strip and close to a number of large resort hotels, bars and restaurants.

Tourist Offices in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal.


Posto Municipal de Turismo de Santa Eulália
Estr. de Santa Eulália 3
Areias S. Joã
8200-269 Albufeira
Tel: 289 515 973
Hours: 9am-6pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays (though times and days may vary)

October 24, 2016

Praia da Rocha Hotels

Praia da Rocha, just south of Portimão on the Algarve has a number of fine hotels. These are clustered mainly on the promenade on the bluff above the beach on Avenida Tomás Cabreira that runs east - west from the fort and marina to the junction with Rua do Miradouro at the end of the sands.

Praia da Rocha Hotels.

At the top end of the scale are such hotels as the five-star Bela Vista, a former mansion renovated in a modern Portuguese style, the excellent four-star Tivoli Marina Portimão with modern facilities including two seawater pools, the Hotel Oriental, also four-star, has a pool and rooms with superb sea views. The five-star Hotel Algarve Casino has lovely gardens and two outdoor pools.

Hotel Jupiter, Praia da Rocha, Algarve, Portugal.

Slightly more budget options include the Hotel da Rocha, the Jupiter Algarve (above) and the three-star Avenida Praia.

Hotel Algarve Casino, Praia da Rocha, Portugal.

Also on Avenida Tomás Cabreira and the streets running north are a number of apartments and villas. These include the Apartmentos Mirante da Rocha, the Apartamentos Algarve Mor and near to the fort and marina the Vila Lido and Tivoli Marina Portimão.

Avenida Tomás Cabreira also has many bars and restaurants and is the main entertainment area in Praia da Rocha along with the marina. Marisqueira Coral (Tel: 282 419 058) makes the guide books and gets excellent reviews for its well-presented seafood dishes. Restaurante F (Tel: 919 115 512) is another top restaurant in Praia da Rocha.

Hotel da Rocha, Praia da Rocha.

October 20, 2016

Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas

The Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas (House of José Cercas) is one of the four museums in Aljezur that can be visited on a combined ticket. The others are: the Aljezur Municipal Museum, The Sacred Art Museum and the Museu Antoniano Aljezur (St. Anthony's Museum).

Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas, Aljezur, Portugal.


The small house is the former residence of the locally born painter José Cercas (1914-1992) during the last days of his life.

The house contains a collection of both Portuguese and foreign ceramics, sacred art, sculptures as well as period furniture. Some of the artist's work and paintings by other Portuguese artists are also on display. The house was left to the municipality of Aljezur and converted into a museum in 1995.

Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas, Aljezur, Portugal.

Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas
Rua do Castelo, Aljezur 8670-075
Tel: 282 991 011

Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas, Aljezur.

October 15, 2016

Lagos Tourist Train

Lagos like other resorts on the Algarve, Albufeira, Faro, Tavira and Praia da Rocha has a Comboio Turistico or tourist train that makes an hourly loop between Lagos town center and the outlying beaches of Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo.

Lagos Tourist Train, Algarve, Portugal.


The toy train starts at Lagos Marina, runs through Lagos town centre along the waterfront then on to the top of the road above Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo before turning around at Ponta da Piedade, going past the track leading down to Praia do Camilo, down to Praia Dona Ana near the Carvi Beach Hotel and then back to Lagos Marina.

Lagos Tourist Train, Algarve, Portugal.

Lagos Tourist Train, Algarve, Portugal.


In season the tourist train begins at 10am from Lagos Marina with the last train from Ponta da Piedade at 7.25pm.

The trains are manufactured in Germany.

Lagos Tourist Train, Algarve, Portugal.


Albufeira tourist train

Faro tourist train

October 14, 2016

Museu Antoniano Aljezur

The Museu Antoniano Aljezur (St. Anthony's Museum) is one of the four museums in Aljezur that can be visited on a combined ticket. The others are: the Aljezur Municipal Museum, The Sacred Art Museum and the nearby House of José Cercas (Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas).

Museu Antoniano Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.

Originally the Museu Antoniano building was a chapel built in the 17th century before the 1755 earthquake after which it became the parish church of Aljezur (Igreja Matriz). From 1809 until 1995 the building was a private home. The building was then taken over by the city council and became a museum in 1998. This small, sacred space hosts exhibits dedicated to St. Anthony as well as pictures, paintings, engravings, books and ancient coins.

Museu Antoniano Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal

October 13, 2016

Carvi Beach Hotel

Carvi Beach Hotel on the bluff at Praia Dona Ana Beach in Lagos is an upmarket hotel with spacious rooms and excellent facilities.

Carvi Beach Hotel, Praia Dona Ana, Lagos.


There's an excellent breakfast on the roof terrace with views of the sea. This also serves as the restaurant's bar and restaurant. As on the roof is the hotel pool.

All rooms have Wifi and air conditioning with large and comfortable beds. Many of the rooms have small balconies.

Praia Dona Ana is connected by the Lagos tourist train and by local bus to Lagos town, which is only a 20-25 minute walk away past the campsite.

Carvi Beach Hotel, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.


Next door to Carvi Beach Hotel are the Villa Doris Suites but adjacent to this development is the rather ugly sight of an abandoned building daubed with graffiti.

Praia Dona Ana Beach is close to the small but very picturesque Camilo Beach which is also connected by the tourist train.

Staying at the Carvi Beach Hotel means you can avoid the crowds at the beach in the early morning and late afternoon.

Carvi Beach Hotel
Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro
Praia D. Ana
8600-500 Lagos
Tel: 282 762 026

Carvi Beach Hotel, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.

October 12, 2016

Mercado Municipal de Aljezur

The Mercado Municipal de Aljezur is a fresh produce market in the small town of Aljezur. It is located right by the river bridge near the old town and sells a colorful array of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish.

Mercado Municipal de Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.

The bus to Lisbon and the bus to Lagos stops here. If you want to buy tickets for either bus you buy them in the Cafe do Mercado (pictured below).


There is a small shop next door to the cafe selling umbrellas, post cards and clothing.

The Tourist Information Office is over the bridge on the right hand side of the road heading back toward Lagos.

Aljezur Tourist Information Office.


Mercado Municipal de Aljezur
Largo do Mercado
Aljezur 8670
Hours: 8am-2pm Monday to Saturday

October 8, 2016

Museum of Sacred Art & Igreja da Misericórdia Aljezur

Aljezur has four small museums that can be visited on a combined ticket. These are Aljezur Municipal Museum, The Sacred Art Museum, St. Anthony's Museum and the House of José Cercas (Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas).

Igreja da Misericórdia, Aljezur.


The Museum of Sacred Art (Museu de Arte Sacra) is adjacent to the Igreja da Misericórdia, up the hill from the Municipal Museum. The church was first built in the 16th century but was damaged in the 1755 earthquake and subsequently rebuilt in the 18th century. Above the Renaissance doorway the date of the church's initial construction, 1577, can still be seen. The church has a single nave and a simple triumphal arch.

The museum behind the church was once a home for the elderly (Hospital da Misericórdia). It now contains the collection of religious art donated by locally-born Monsignor Canon Manuel Francisco Pardal (1896-1979). The articles on display are contained in displays cases central to the sacred year of the Catholic Church: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Ordinary Time etc.

Museum of Sacred Art, Aljezur.


Exhibits include paintings, sculptures, and other religious artifacts from the Igreja da Misericórdia and other churches in the area.

Museum of Sacred Art (Museu de Arte Sacra)
Rua João de Deus
Aljezur, Algarve 8670-078
Tel: 282 991 011

Igreja da Misericórdia Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.


Opening hours are June-September 9am - 1pm; 2pm - 6pm; October-May 9am - 1pm; 2pm - 5pm. The museum is closed on weekends and public holidays.

From the Mercado Municipal where buses to Lisbon and Lagos stop, walk over the river and turn right and walk up the hill. Turn left at the Municipal Museum and walk up Rua S. João de Deus. The church is ahead of you at the end of the street.

October 7, 2016

Municipal Museum Aljezur

Aljezur on the Atlantic Coast north west of Lagos in the Algarve has four small museums that can be visited on a combined ticket.

Municipal Museum Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.


The four museums are: Aljezur Municipal Museum, The Sacred Arts Museum (Museu de Arte Sacra), St. Anthony's Museum and the House of Jose Cercas (Casa Museu Pintor Jose Cercas).

All four museums can be easily seen in a few hours and a trip to see them can also include Aljezur's other attractions such as the Moorish Castle and the Old Toll House and Inn.

Municipal Museum Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.


The Aljezur Municipal Museum has a little bit of everything housed in an historic building - the old blue and white Town Hall that dates from 1883. There are the usual archaeological remains from the area around town dating back to the Neolithic period, Islamic period ceramics and ethnographic exhibits reflecting the lifestyle of the local inhabitants. These include farming implements, brightly-painted fishing boats, fishing nets, ploughs, domestic crafts and an old horse-drawn carriage.

Municipal Museum Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.


The museum has wall panels in English and Portuguese explaining the exhibits and some interesting black and white photographs.

Municipal Museum Aljezur
Largo 5 de Outubro
Aljezur, Algarve, 8670-053
Tel: 282 991 011

Municipal Museum Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.


Opening hours may vary according to the season, though are basically Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

From the Mercado Municipal where buses to Lisbon and Lagos stop, walk over the river and turn right and walk up the hill. The Municipal Museum is on your left at the top of the street.

Municipal Museum Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.

Municipal Museum Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.

Municipal Museum Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal.

October 6, 2016

Baixa-Chiado Metro Station Lisbon

Baixa-Chiado station on the Lisbon metro is the intersection station of the Linha Azul (Blue Line) and the Linha Verde (Green Line).

Baixa-Chiado Metro Station Lisbon, Portugal.

The Baixa-Chiado station was designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and opened in 1998. A series of escalators inside the station connects the lower Baixa to the higher Chiado.

Being right in the downtown centre of Lisbon, there is a lot to see in Baixa-Chiado. Close to the metro station are a number of Lisbon attractions: Convento do Carmo, Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, Cervejaria Trindade and Cafe A Brasileira.

October 5, 2016

Hotel Jupiter Praia da Rocha

The Hotel Jupiter on Avenida Tomás Cabreira is a modern, 4-star hotel with a good reputation situated along the main promenade right above the huge beach at Praia da Rocha.

Hotel Jupiter Praia da Rocha, Algarve, Portugal.

Facilities at the Hotel Jupiter include a pool (heated in the winter), evening entertainment and spa. All the over 180 rooms are air conditioned and have free Wi-Fi. The hotel rate includes breakfast and the hotel restaurant is also recommended.

Hotel Jupiter
Av. Tomas Cabreira, 92-Praia Da Rocha
8500-802 Portimão, Portugal

October 3, 2016

Igreja da Nossa Senhora Ferragudo

The Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Conceição in Ferragudo is the main church in the village. The church is situated at the top of a hill, at the top of the village, overlooking the river and is visible from Portimão and the Fort.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora Ferragudo.


There is a large open space in front of the church where you can enjoy wonderful views over the river, Portimão and the mouth of the Arade.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora Ferragudo.


The church was built in the 16th century. The interior has an historic altar, paintings from the 17th-18th century as well as a collection of ex-voto offerings from fishermen to the Virgin Mary.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Rua da Igreja
8400-254
Tel: 282 461 114

The church is usually open from 10am-noon and from 3pm-5pm.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora Ferragudo.

October 1, 2016

Albufeira Toy Train

Albufeira, like many other major resorts in the Algarve, has a toy train (Comboio Turistico), that ferries visitors to the town center from outlying beaches, shopping centers and other places of importance in the town. The service is operated by Turistem Transportes using German-made trains.

Albufeira Toy Train, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal.


Albufeira's toy train normally runs in a circular route from 9am-11pm with trains every 20 minutes. In the summer months, namely June, July, August and September trains run 9am to 1am with toy trains every 20 minutes. On August 20 (Albufeira municipal holiday) and New Year's Eve trains run at 20 minute intervals from 9am-4pm.

The normal price for adults in presently 2.50 Euros for a maximum of four stops or 4 Euros for a one day pass. Children under 11 and seniors over 65 travel for 2 Euros for the normal fare or 3 Euros for the one-day pass.

Albufeira Toy Train, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal.


There are four stops on the circular route: Oura / Areias de S.João at the top of The Strip, the main bar and restaurant boulevard to the east of central Albufeira, Forte de São João for Praia dos Alemães, Praia dos Pescadores at the top of the escalator for the main beach and the old town and Câmara Municipal for City Hall and the main post office and government offices.

Faro, Tavira and Lagos are other towns that have toy trains in Portugal's deep south.

The other public transport option in Albufeira, besides taxis, is the local Giro bus. There are five circular routes beginning and ending at the bus station in Caliços.

The five Giro buses are:
Linha Verde (Green line)
Linha Azul (Blue Line)
Linha Vermelha (Red Line)
Linha Vermelha 2 (Red Line 2)
Linha Laranja (Orange Line)

Turistem