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Your Lisbon Guide

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.

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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:

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):

Portuguese:

 

Italian:

 

Seafood:

Food Market:

  •  Mercado da ribeira

 

Burgers & Pizza:

 

Sunset/rooftop bars:

 

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.

 

 

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Ahh, missing Lisbon already!!!!! Special Thanks to my Portuguese friend Miguel for making my visit extra special, congrats again 🙂

Cheers,

Hello965 team

Lagos, Algarve, South of Portugal

Lagos is a municipality at the mouth of Bensafrim River and along the Atlantic Ocean, in the Barlavento region of the Algarve, in southern Portugal.

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Stay Duration: 4 days

Travel Method: By car from Lisbon (2 hours 30 minutes)

Accommodation: Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort (Recommended!)

When did Hello965 visit? June, 2014 (summer clothes in the morning, cardigan at night!)

Car Needed? Yes, must rent a car

Length of stay in Lagos: In Algarve, I don’t recommend you stay in one place more than 2 nights

 Sleep

– Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort (I stayed here!)

– Hotel Vila Gale Lagos

– Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

– Hotel Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa (25km to lagos)

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During our stay at Cascade Resort

 

Things to do:

  • Mountain Bike Adventure
  • Meia Praia (recommended!)
  • Windsurf Point
  • Kayak Adventures (recommended!)
  • Walk on cliffs Ponta da Piedade (Recommended!)
  • Enjoy some sun at Camilo Beach
  • Checkout Statue of Sao Goncalo
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Praia do Porto de Mos

 Don’t forget, you always have the option to contact us at info@hello965.com to plan your trip and do the bookings for you! 😀

 

Around Lagos:

 

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Cheers,

PS. A special thank you to Mafalda, she’s been beyond amazing xx

Hello965 Team

Porto, Portugal Travel Guide

How to get to Porto (Also called Oporto)?
Airport Name: Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport is located on the north outskirts of Porto
Roadtrip

via Plane

  • Via Lufthansa+ TAP with one stop in Germany – Frankfurt (Be careful while planning with TAP, I heard there are many cancelled flights so try to get an early flight in case its cancelled you could get on the next one) There are also many low cost flights such as: Luxair, Ryanair, Air Berlin, Air Transat and Aigle Azu
  • Other than Germany as a stop/connection:  Lisbon, Brussels, Toronto, Montreal, Milan, Paris, Madrid, Bordeaux and London
Roadtrip

Via car

  • Arrive in Lisbon & drive to Porto: the city enjoys excellent road connections with the entire Portugal. Thus, for instance, A 1 links Porto to Lisbon, A 4 provides the connection to Tras-os-Montes, whereas A 3 reaches all the way to Minho. Braga, Aveiro, Viana do Castelo are also connected by motorways to Porto, so, depending on the chosen destination, tourists must opt for either A 29 or A 28 in order to get to where they want to reach. Either by bus or by car (private vehicle or rented car), Porto can be reached from virtually all corners of the country.
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Lunch in Porto
Food.
– Reitoria ( Steakhouse, Bistro, Wine Bar)
– LSD (Coffee & tea, Snacks, Restaurants)
– Rota do Cha (Cafe)
– Taberna das Galerias (Portuguese)
– Casa de Pasto da Palmeira (Portuguese)
– Bar Tolo (Portuguese)
– Portarossa (Pizzeria)
– Gull (Sushi)
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Things to do.
Fundação (foundation) Serralves – awesome palace with amazing gardens and and enormous collection of art
– Must see Ponte de Dom Luís I
– If the weather is good go Praia (means beach) da Maceda
– Checkout Praça da Ribeira (Square/Plaza)
– Surf lessons/Surfing
– Hop on Hop off Bus to see Porto
– There are also guided tours to see the city at night
– Nightlife: Rua (Street) das Galerias
– Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Museum)
Happy travels!!!
Always remember, you could contact us to plan your trip for you, or give you travel consultation either via contact us form on our website or info@hello965.com
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Albufeira, Algarve, South of Portugal

About Algarve:

Algarve is Portugal’s premier holiday destination. Algarve stretches of the coast – in particular from Faro west to Albufeira – are heavily developed, though even here the beaches are first-rate, as are the facilities. Elsewhere in the Algarve, especially around Sagres and Tavira, the surroundings are more attractive, with laidback resorts and low-key development.

To the west of Vilamoura, you’ll find the rocky outcrops and cove beaches for which the Algarve is best known, especially around the main resorts of Albufeira, Armação de Pêra and Lagos. The coast becomes progressively wilder as you head west, where attractive smaller resorts include the former fishing villages of Salema or Burgau.


About Albufeira:

A beach destination with many different beaches, beach activities, restaurants and nightlife.

 

How to get there?

Airport: Faro International Airport

OR An easy drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in Algarve of about 2 hours 20 minutes.

 

Where to stay?

 

Food

– O Pescador – Sublime Seafood Sensations
– La Cigale (Seafood)

– Alambique (Dinner)
– Yakuza by Olivier – Japanese Fusion
– O Grill – Mediterranean Flavours
– Beach Club Pine Cliffs by Olivier
– Castelo do Mar Bar, Restaurante (Mediterranean)
– La Palacete (Portuguese)

 

What to do?

1. Beaches

2. Rent a Scooter, and Scoot Around.

3. Segway Tour

4. Caves and Dolphin Watching Trips

5. Rock Formations Tour & Sunset Cruise

6. Fishing

7. Kayaking

8. Horseback riding

9. Golf – Known for its beautiful Golf Courses

10. Luxury Bootcamp – fitness

11. Quad Bike tours in Algarve countryside

12. Walk around and see Old Town

General Tips

  • You must rent a car – everything is not close to another, so a car makes alot of sense
  • I would do Albufeira with another city in Algarve if there for 5 days or so. A typical stay in Albufeira would be a max of 4 nights (and even thats borderline alot…) – You could see Vilamoura as well for example
  • English is widely spoken, the main language is Portuguese and they understand Spanish too
  • Currency is Euro
  • “Praia” means Beach
  • To say Hi, you say Hola. To say Thank you (If you’re a female: Obrigada), If you’re a male: Obrigado) Just like saying it in Arabic “Motashakkir, Motashakkirah” ;p
  • When to Go: The weather is warm enough to visit all year round.

Cheers & Have an awesome trip!!!

Hello965 Team