July 25, 2017

Jardim Afonso Albuquerque

Afonso de Albuquerque is one of the great Portuguese heroes of the Age of Discoveries. A larger than life character, Albuquerque carved out a Portuguese empire in India and parts of South East Asia.

Jardim Afonso Albuquerque, Belem, Lisbon.


A statue and park in his honour is located in Belem just outside the Museu da Presidência da República (Museum of the President of the Republic).

Afonso de Albuquerque stands on a white, stone column surrounded by lawns and small ponds. The statue is by the sculptor, Costa Mota and stands on a neo-Manueline base, surrounded by fountains.

Jardim Afonso Albuquerque, Belem.

Jardim Afonso de Albuquerque
1300-598 Lisbon
Portugal

The park is close to Belem Station on the Cascais Line or can be reached by tram #15.

July 6, 2017

Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys is a popular bar in Lagos for young people who enjoy a party.

Three Monkeys, Lagos.


Beerbong competition, pool, darts, music, Three Monkeys offers a wide range of things to do while you are drinking. Throw in European soccer on the TV when the season is under way.

Three Monkeys, Lagos.


Three Monkeys
Rua Lançarote de Freitas 26
Lagos 8600 Portugal
Tel: 28 276 2995

June 21, 2017

767 Lisbon Bus

The 767 Lisbon bus runs from Reboleira metro station, the northern terminus on the Blue Line of the Lisbon Metro, south west across the city to Campo Mártires Pátria.

767 Lisbon Bus.


The bus links many metro stations including Colégio Militar, Campo Grande and Saldanha as well as a number of places of interest in the Portuguese capital.

Services from Reboleira begin at 6am with the last buses at 12.07am. There are reduced services at weekends and on public holidays.


May 31, 2017

Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa

The soaring tower of the Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa in Lisbon contains one of the city's largest and grandest hotels.

Sheraton Hotel Lisbon Portugal.

The five star hotel boasts spacious rooms, LCD TVs, and the top floor restaurant and bar with superb views out over the Portuguese capital.

The hotel is located close to Picoas metro station and Marques de Pombal. The Sheraton is also very close to the Casa-Museu Doutor Anastácio Gonçalves and just a short walk from the outstanding Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

Sheraton Hotel Lisbon Portugal.

Other facilities at the Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa include an outdoor pool, a spa and wellness, center, free wifi and car park.

Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa
Rua Latino Coelho
1, Avenidas Novas
1069-025 Lisbon

April 29, 2017

783 Lisbon Bus

The 783 Lisbon bus runs from Portela to Prior Velho - Amoreiras via Lisbon Airport, Campo Grande, Saldanha, Picoas, and Pombal.

783 Lisbon Bus, Portugal.


The bus links many metro stations and places of interest in the Portuguese capital.

Services from Portela begin at 5.05am with the last buses at midnight. There are reduced services at weekends and on public holidays.

736 Lisbon Bus, Lisbon, Portugal.

April 28, 2017

736 Lisbon Bus

The 736 Lisbon bus runs from Odivelas to Cais do Sodré via Entrecampos metro station, Campo Pequeno Station, Saldanha, Picoas, Pombal, Restauradores, Rossio and on to Cais do Sodré Station.

736 Lisbon Bus, Portugal.


The bus links many metro stations and places of interest in the Portuguese capital.

Services from Odivelas begin at 4.45am with the last buses at 11.25pm. There are reduced services at weekends and on public holidays.

736 Lisbon Bus, Lisbon, Portugal.

April 13, 2017

Jardim Amália Rodrigues

The Jardim Amália Rodrigues is a pleasant park located just north of Parque Eduardo VII and the Estufa Fria. It opened in 1996.

Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Lisbon.


The garden, which consists of a grassy hillock and a lake, was named in 2000 after the famous fado singer, Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999).

The area is one of the highest points in the city and has excellent views. The nearby El Corte Ingles is also prominent.

Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Lisbon.


The park is decorated with a statue by the Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero and an excellent cafe/bar and terrace surrounds the small lake.

Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Lisbon.


Jardim Amália Rodrigues
Alameda Cardeal Cerejeira
1070-310 Lisboa
Portugal

The nearest Lisbon metro stations to Jardim Amália Rodrigues are Parque and Sao Sebastao.

Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Lisbon.

April 3, 2017

Picoas Metro Station Lisbon

Picoas Metro Station Lisbon is one stop north west from Marques de Pombal Station on the Amarela Line and is known for its iconic, original cast iron entrance way that was donated by the Paris metro.


The Art Nouveau Paris metro entrances were the work of Hector Guimard (1867-1942) and were intended to make the metro inviting to Parisians.


The interior of Picoas Station contains art work by Portuguese artist Martins Correia (1910-1999) in azulejos tiles and sculpture. The theme of Correia's work is Lisbon and its people.

Picoas Metro Station Lisbon.

Some of the vacant buildings surrounding Picoas Station have recently become the canvases for some large scale contemporary street art.


Picoas is one stop from Marques de Pombal Station and one stop from Saldanha. Nearby attractions include the Casa Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves.



March 31, 2017

Capela de Nossa Senhora de Monserrate

The small Capela de Nossa Senhora de Monserrate church stands beneath one of the arches of the aqueduct within the Jardim das Amoreiras, close to the Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras Reservoir.

Capela de Nossa Senhora de Monserrate, Lisbon.


The church was built in 1768 and dedicated to Our Lady of Monserrate in honor of the patron saint of the French silk artisans who came to the Royal Factory in Lisbon to ply their trade. The Royal Silk Factory (Fábrica de Tecidos de Seda) stood across the Jardim das Amoreiras and is now the Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva.

Capela de Nossa Senhora de Monserrate, Lisbon.


The simple, rectangular church has a simple façade with a triangular pediment. In the interior the wooden altars are painted to imitate marble, with the dome covered by tempera painting with the use of transformed shells and wreaths of country flowers, associated with the symbolism of the Virgin Mary.

Capela de Nossa Senhora de Monserrate
Praça das Amoreiras, 1250-096 Lisbon

Rato is the nearest Lisbon metro station.

March 20, 2017

HF Fenix Garden Lisbon

The HF Fenix Garden in Lisbon is very conveniently located just to the west of Pombal Square (Praça do Marquês de Pombal) and just south of Parque Eduardo VII.

HF Fenix Garden Lisbon.


The rooms are spacious and clean with modern facilities and free Wifi. The staff are friendly and efficient and the breakfasts outstanding. A number of foreign language TV stations are available on the TVs in the rooms.

The HF Fenix Garden stands in a cluster of HF hotels at Pombal Square including the HF Fenix Lisboa and the themed HF Fenix Music.

HF Fenix Garden Lisbon.

Marques de Pombal is the nearest Lisbon metro station and the Praça do Marquês de Pombal is a hub for many bus lines in Lisbon including the AeroBus to Lisbon Airport.

HF Fenix Garden
Rua Joaquim Antonio De Aguiar, 3
Santo Antonio, 1050-010 Lisbon
Portugal

HF Fenix Garden Lisbon.

March 1, 2017

International Youth Hostel of Lagos

The International Youth Hostel of Lagos (Pousada de Juventude) is centrally located in the old town of Lagos on the Algarve.

International Youth Hostel of Lagos.

As well as shared dorm rooms, the International Youth Hostel in Lagos also offers private rooms. breakfast is included in the price and there is free Wifi on the property. Visitors can also enjoy a common room, book exchange, games room and laundry facilities. A Hostelling International membership card is required to stay.

International Youth Hostel of Lagos
Rua Lançarote de Freitas 50, 8600 Lagos
Lagos

International Youth Hostel of Lagos.

February 1, 2017

Roma-Areeiro Station

Roma-Areeiro Station is on the Fertagus line over the River Tagus to Setubal and both the Sintra Line (Linha de Sintra) to Sintra and the Azambuja line (Linha Azambuja) north east to Azambuja.

Roma-Areeiro Station, Lisbon.


Roma-Areeiro Station is also a short distance from both Areeiro Station and Roma Station on the Lisbon metro.

Lisbon buses #705, #727 and #793 connect to the station.

Areeiro Metro Station, Lisbon, Portugal.

January 31, 2017

Ol' Bastard's Fish & Chips Lagos

Ol' Bastard's is something of an institution in Lagos on the Algarve, not just for its unusual name, but also for the quality of its fish and chips and craft ale.

Ol' Bastard's must be doing something right as it is currently ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor of places to eat in Lagos.

Ol' Bastard's Fish & Chips, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.


The menu includes fish and chips, of course, calamari, beetroot salad with the Aussie-version fish and chips, mushy peas and strong cocktails. The fish is hake, by the way.

The staff are super friendly. Check the Facebook page below for opening times.

Ol' Bastard's Fish & Chips, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.


Ol' Bastard's
Rua Cãndido dos Reis 119 Lagos, Portugal 8600-681

Ol' Bastard's Fish & Chips, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.

January 24, 2017

America Diamonds Hotel

America Diamonds Hotel is a pleasant, 3-star business hotel right at Picoas Station on the Lisbon metro. The hotel has modern rooms with flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and breakfasts on a top-floor terrace.

America Diamonds Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal.

America Diamonds Hotel is very close to the Casa-Museu Doutor Anastácio Gonçalves and just 10 minutes on foot south to Marques de Pombal Square and Eduardo VII Park.

America Diamonds Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal.


America Diamonds Hotel
Rua Tomás Ribeiro 47
Avenidas Novas
Lisboa, 1050-226

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