June 27, 2009

Sana Lisboa Hotel

The Sana Lisboa Hotel near Marquis de Pombal in Lisbon is one of a number of Sana Metropolitan Hotels in the Portuguese capital including the 4-star, 306-room Sana Metropolitan Park Hotel in Entrecampos, the small Sana Capitol Hotel, the Sana Rex Hotel, the Sana Reno Hotel and the Sana Executive Hotel.

Sana Metropolitan Hotel

Aimed at the upmarket business traveler, the Sana suite of Lisbon hotels have a range of facilities. The Sana Metropolitan Park Hotel is a major conference center and offers high-speed internet in all its rooms.


SANA Lisboa Hotel
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 8,
Coracao de Jesus, 1069-310 Lisbon

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June 22, 2009

Aqueduto da Amoreira

Like the Aqueducto da Agua de Prata in nearby Evora, the Aqueduto da Amoreira in Elvas is another masterpiece by master architect Francisco de Arruda, who also built the Belem Tower in Lisbon.

Aqueduto da Agua de Prata

Best seen from outside Elvas' city walls on the road back to Lisbon, this multi-tiered acqueduct is 7km long, was completed in 1622 and brought water to a marble fountain in Largo da Misericordia in central Elvas.


Aqueduto da Agua de Prata

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June 21, 2009

Aqueduto da Agua de Prata

The Aqueduto da Agua de Prata (Aqueduct of Silver Water) is best seen outside the city walls of Evora.


The building of the aqueduct is described in the poem Os Lusíadas by Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões (1524-1580) and was one of the wonders of its time.

Aqueduto da Agua de Prata, Rua do Cano

The aqueduct reaches Evora in the peaceful district of Rua do Cano, where houses and shops are built into the arches.

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June 20, 2009

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Graca

The church of Nossa Senhora da Graça (Church of our Lady of Grace) in Evora is noted for its 16th century facade.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Graca

Four huge stone figues of Atlas adorn the building, which is only viewable from outside. In Greek mythology Atlas was a Titan who supported the heavens.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Graca

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June 19, 2009

Evora Photo Slideshow

Evora is one of Portugal's loveliest towns. See a slideshow of images of Evora.




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June 5, 2009

Portugal Telecom

Portugal Telecom is the main provider of land lines and telecommunication services in Portugal.

Portugal Telecom

PT also provides internet services including ADSL.

Portugal Telecom

Portugal Telecom also operates in Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, China, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

Portugal Telecom is a publicly owned company and one of the largest businesses in the country.


Portugal Telecom
Customer Care Tel: 16 200
Customer Care for Businesses Tel: 800 20 20 22
Technical Support Tel: 16 208

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June 1, 2009

Smoking in Portugal

Portugal has a typically flexible approach to smoking in its cafes and bars.

Smoking in Portugal

As in many other countries in the EU, Portugal introduced a smoking ban in public places on January 1 2008.

However bars and cafes can opt to be classified as "smoking bars" if they follow a set of strict guidelines and install adequate ventilation. Portuguese bars smaller than 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) cannot allow smoking.

Look out for the signs on the door of the cafe: blue smoking; red no-smoking.

Smoking in Portugal

Smokers who break the law face fines of up to €1000 and businesses that flout the legislation will face a fine of up to €2500.

Interestingly, Antonio Nunes, the president of Portugal's food standards agency, which enforces the anti-smoking legislation, was photographed smoking a cigar in a Lisbon casino, the very day the law came in to effect. In May of 2008, Portugal's Prime Minister José Sócrates lit up in the first class section of a flight to Caracas, unaware he was also breaking the law.

Yesterday was "World No Smoking Day."

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