Route: Kuwait-Dubai-Lisbon (Via Emirates Airlines)
Where I stayed? Hotel Memmo Alfama
Time of visit: July 2014
Would I visit Lisbon Again? Y-E-S.
I loved loved the hotel we stayed at: Memmo Alfama, however it’s a small boutique hotel and you might either not find a room or find it too small for your taste. My parents for example, would hate to stay in this hotel mainly because they like spaciousness. The hotel is located in an neighbourhood called ‘Alfama’ which is an area with narrow streets, stairways and viewpoints. Most genuine and authentic neighborhood in the city.
For that, here are some other options I looked at online:
Pateo Lisbon Lounge Suits (Modern Apartments)
FLH – Alfama´s Flat (Apartments)
Heritage Apartments Atalaia (In Barrio Alto)
Things to do:
> Walk around old town: Start your tour by visiting São Jorge Castle, stop over the cathedral (“Sé) and finish at the Comércio Square, overlooking the river
> Tuk Tuk ride: A funny way to explore Lisbon
> Tram 28: The tram is the perfect way to explore interesting aspects of Lisbon’s historical and architectural heritage. The tram goes through Alfama, Lisbon downtown, Chiado and Bairro Alto
> Discover Fado, UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage. Fado is a part of Lisbon and Alfama is the heart of Fado. Visit Fado museum and for ainnder choose between “Baiuca” if you look for amateur singers in a more authentic atmosphere or “Clube do Fado” to listen to the traditional fado in a more romantic atmosphere
> Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (HUGE monastery classified as Unesco World Heritage Site from 1500) and close by you have the Tower of Belém (amazing also, a late-gothic monument that marks the beginning of the Age of Discoveries, like Brazil etc)
> On Sundays from 11 AM to 6 PM don’t miss the flea market called LX Market
> Check out Baixa Area (coolest place in lisbon, full of hills, a lot of shops and restaurants) – have icecream at Santini Icecream Shop – deliiiiiicious – in the Baixa area
> Checkout Rossio Square – and while you’re there see Teatro Nacional (thanks Fulla!)
> If you’re into parks, Parque Eduardo VII is a nice park with nice views of Lisbon, you will also see the biggest Portuguese flag in this park
> Cristo Rei – huge Christ statue on the other shore of the river (famous)
> Go to the beach! I recommend you rent a car to reach those beaches: 1) Sao Joao da Caparica and 2) Praia do Guincho
Food. (recommended to make reservations in all restaurants if the option is there)
Breakfast & Brunch (and/or coffee hangout):
- Mercado da ribeira
Burgers & Pizza:
Tips & Info
Places to visit near Lisbon – a must!
- Sintra – it’s a really cool village near Lisbon. Very cool!! Full of palaces, castles, mystic houses, and a forest. The best way to get there is to rent a car. Go to Palacio da Pena, Palacio de Monserrat and Palacio da Regaleira (Palacio means palace). These are the coolest palaces of all.
- On your way to Sintra go to Cabo (means cape) da Roca. It’s the the most western point in Europe and its a very cool place. Nearby the is a restaurant really cool called – O Moinho – with a fire place inside where u can crash and have a meal or just a drink or a coffee.
- If you want to go to other places in Portugal, I recommend you check-out Algarve (south of Portugal), we will be posting about it sometime soon.
Ahh, missing Lisbon already!!!!! Special Thanks to my Portuguese friend Miguel for making my visit extra special, congrats again 🙂
Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. I can’t get over this place. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.
1. How to get there?
– You arrive at Cancun International Airport – airport code: CUN
– Arrived at the airport? Passengers first clear Immigration then collect luggage for Customs and a possible inspection. Wait for instructions to press the red or green light that will determine whether you have been chosen for a search.
– Avoid offers for transportation inside the airport.
– To Playa Del Carmen, its around a 45 minutes to one hour drive (I arranged for a taxi pick-up from Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen, driving is an option)
– Renting a car is a good idea for those who wish to tour areas such as Tulum, Cobá, etc. You must rent in advance and pick it up upon arrival. (contact us if you need us to help you reserve a car!)
Vouchers for taxis rides to Playa Del Carmen are on sale inside the main terminal. Taxis are private rides (quoted prices vary from $60-$90). Returning to the airport in a taxi is often less than the trip upon arrival.
(If you need further recommendations on what private companies to use for transportation, please feel free to drop us an email or contact us at our Contact Us form)
2. Where to Sleep?
- Banyan Tree Mayakoba
- The Fairmont Mayakoba
- Grand Velas Riviera Maya
- Pueblito Luxury Condo Hotel
- Viceroy Riviera Maya
- Blue Diamond Riviera Maya
- Casa Rebeka – Ocean Front Villa
- Luxury Villas
3. Other than staying at the hotel all day and enjoying my friends/spouse/significant other.. What to do?
- Cenote Chaak Tun (Cenote means the hole in the cave filled with water/ sink holes – you can swim)
- Cenote Chikin Ha
- Rio Secreto
- Xcaret theme park (excellent for families too!) – Underwater Trekking is awesome!!!
- Flyboard, and all other activities
- See Playa del Carmen’s main street, La Quinta Avenid. It runs parallel to the shore and serves as a pedestrian walkway
- Diving tours (Playa is one of the best places on the coast to dive)
- Xel-Ha day trip
- Tulum Day Trip
- Xplor Adventure Park
- Go to Mamitas Beach during the day (Fun, music, sun)
- Indigo Beach (beside El Taj Condo Hotel)
- Take a boat and go Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres
- Chichen Itza
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- Diablito cha cha cha (loud, music, food) q
- El Tacombie (tacos, not a restaurant)
- Los Aguachiles (Mexican, seafood, casual but good food)
- Yaxche (Mexican)
- Chez Celine (Breakfast/Brunch)
- Como Como (Mediterranean)
- Mosquito Blue Restaurant
5. Other Stuff
– Whats near Playa Del Carmen?
- Puerto Aventuras
– Withdraw money from a local ATM as you will get the exact current exchange rate. Almost all stores will give you an unfavorable conversion rate
– If you love snorkeling, purchase your own gear and bring it with you on vacation. At many locations you can snorkel right off the beach anytime you want, saving tour fees
– When going out, put your money in an inside pocket or pouch, where it isn’t visible
– Phone? There is a “data” phone. I got mine from Mexico City, and used it in Playa Del Carmen and different parts of Mexico
6. Switch off your phone, switch on your camera, and e-n-j-o-y.