Chiado : Un quartier urbain et traditionnel

Si vous ne deviez retenir qu’un seul souvenir ou qu’une seule image de votre visite à Lisbonne, il est très probable que vous gardiez en mémoire votre passage dans le quartier du Chiado. Vous apprécierez à sa juste valeur cette combinaison unique de ruelles pavées et de murs décorés par des azulejos si charmants.

En 1856, avec la création des clubs littéraires, le Chiado devient le centre du romantisme portugais et reste le cœur de la vie culturelle et sociale de la capitale portugaise.

Jusqu’au milieu des années 80 (et la création du centre commercial des Amoreiras un peu plus haut dans la ville) le quartier du Chiado est LE quartier où l’on dénombrait les boutiques de mode et de design. Il reste cependant toujours riche de magasins, de bars et d’échoppes en tout genre. Le quartier demeure un endroit très prisé des fashionista portugais. Ce n’est pas pour rien que s’y déroule chaque année la Vogue Fashion Night out. Un quartier cosmopolite, vivant et dynamique.

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Quels monuments à visiter au Chiado :

Il y a certains endroits que tout bon touriste qui se respecte se doit d’avoir visité ou pris en photo.

fernando pessoaLa statue de bronze du poète Fernando Pessoa sur la terrasse du Café Brasileira figure très certainement sur le podium des photos indispensables. Pour cela, rendez-vous sur la place au fond du largo do Chiado.

Ensuite, il vous faudra nécessairement passer devant les différents théâtres qui se situent dans les rues du Chiado. Teatro Sao Luiz, Teatro da Trindade ou encore Teatro Sao Carlos pour ne citer que les plus reconnus. Regardez les programmations de ces théâtres et vous aurez l’embarras du choix sur les activités culturelles. Qui a dit que Lisbonne n’était pas une ville de culture ?

Teatro San Carlos

Les musées ne sont pas en reste puisque c’est aussi au Chiado que l’on trouve le Musée national d’art moderne, aussi appelé  .

Sur la deuxième place du podium des photos indispensables du quartier, vous trouverez certainement une vue de la place du Carmo. Une des plus belles de Lisbonne selon nous. De petits restaurants charmants, les gardes de la Garde National portugaise et surtout o Convento do Carmo ou aussi appelé l’église sans toit.

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Enfin, sur la troisième place du podium, il y aura sans aucun doute l’elevador de Santa Justa. Cet ascenseur a été inauguré en 1902 par l’ingénieur Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard. Contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait croire (et à ce qu’affirment certains guides francophones), la ressemblance de style avec la Tour Eiffel à Paris n’est que fortuite. Il n’existe aucun lien entre Monsieur Mesnier de Ponsard et Mr Eiffel.

Santa Justa

Durant votre visite à Lisbonne, le Chiado restera très certainement un quartier dont vous vous souviendrez. N’hésitez pas à nous transmettre vos adresses coup de coeur, vos meilleures souvenirs et vos plus belles photos!

Cabo da Roca and the west side of Sintra

The magic Mountain of the Moon watches the sunset form on its west side. It sees the sun, not only failing asleep, but also sinking into the ocean. It is on this side – on the beautiful and exclusive Guincho beaches and the Cabo da Roca cliffs – that Sintra kisses the Atlantic.

Discover the beaches of the Sintra coast, with their fine golden sands bathed by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You will certainly appreciate the trip to Praia de São Julião, Praia das Maçãs and Praia Grande.

No visit to the Sintra coast would be complete without a trip to Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point, “where the land ends and the sea begins” as Luis de Camões has put it in his epic poem “Os Lusíadas” . The Cabo da Roca lighthouse has been operating since 1742. The surrounding landscape is breathtakingly beautiful.

With a strong maritime influence, the wets side of Sintra is full of deep leafy valleys and proud hills, namely Peninha that, from its 486 metres peak, dominates nearly everything around it. In Peninha you will find the Peninha Chapel, founded by Frei Pedro da Conceição at the end of the 17th Century. This chapel is situated at one of the most attractive points of the Sintra Mountain, by the ruins of an older one – the Chapel of São Saturnino.

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Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park was created in March 1994, and includes an area parallel to the coast, extending from the Cascais Citadel to the estuary of the Falcão River, Sintra Mountain and agricultural area north of the Colares Várzea.

The park is divided in two different areas: the agricultural area, that produces mainly fruit and wine, and the coastal areas, with beaches, cliffs and dunes.

It shows an amazing diversity of ambiences and landscapes, including dunes, forests, lagoons an uneven coastline, the imposing Cabo da Roca, and in the centre, the magnificent Sintra Mountain. The whole area is included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage cultural landscape sites.

Within the park, there are several thriving species of oaks, eucalyptus and pine trees, and in the Sintra Mountain you can find a luxuriant vegetation which is peculiar to the microclimate of the area. Regarding the fauna, the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park has birds of prey such as falcons, owls and sparrow-hawks, many sea birds and also several species of reptiles and amphibians.

Within 25km of Lisbon, it is an extremely popular tourism area containing many different individual historical and natural sites and attractions.

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Romantic holidays or city break in the Lisbon Region

Are you planning a romantic escape in Europe to surprise your loved one? Lisbon region is the perfect destination for an holiday or aweekend break full of romance.

Lisbon, the city of seven hills, full of narrow streets and alleys, closed to the Tagus river, is a city made for romance. Tram 28 will take you through Lisbon historical neighbourhoods like AlfamaMouraria. Nearby you have Church of Santo António who gained fame as the matchmaking saint, protector of young brides, and patron of the lost and found. Mass marriages known as “St. Anthony’s Weddings” are held here during the mid-June St. Anthony’s Day celebrations.

Outside Lisbon you can enjoy the magic of Sintra. Take a ride in a horse and carriage through the historic centre of Sintra. Take a walk through the gardens of Quinta da Regaleira, discovering some of the mysterious symbols of the decorative and leisure structures that can be found everywhere throughout the park. You won’t have truly seen Sintra unless you pay a visit to Portugal’s most romantic palace, the Palácio da Pena. These fantastic palace stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area.

Drive to the other side of the Tagus River and take a romantic walk in the Natural park of Serra da Arrábida discovering the mountains and the fantastic beaches around. Admire the wonderful setting of the Convento da Arrábida, visit Palmela and its castle and the fantastic town of Azeitão.

Enjoy your holidays in Lisbon with this routes that were specially made for romance. If you are looking for an accommodation for your romantic holidays or city break in LisbonTravelling to Lisbon offers a wide range of apartments in Lisbon historical neighbourhoods and Parque das Nações. Don’t forget to check the special offers! There’s always promotions and last minute accommodations in Lisbon.

Cristo Rei – overlooking the city of Lisbon

Cristo Rei, Lisboa
The giant statue of Cristo Rei (Christ the King), a slightly smaller replica of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, was erected in 1959 in thanks to God for sparing Portugal during the Second World War. It is considered a national monument.

The Cristo Rei monument was built on the left-bank of the Tagus River, facing Lisbon on the other bank. Its located in the city of AlmadaLisbon Region.

From the pedestal supporting the 28m statue (access by lift, then 74 steps), which is 85m from the ground and 113m above the Tagus River, the panoramic view is magnificent, encompassing the estuary, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the city of Lisbon , with its typical neighbourhoods and historical monuments, such as the Belem Tower, the Valley of Alcântara, the St. George’s Castle, the Vasco da Gama Bridge, etc.

From the terrace you can see the Arrabida Mountains and the Palmela Castle and, in a clear day you can still see the Sintra Mountains and the zone of the Sanctuary os Cabo Espichel, Sesimbra.

From Lisbon, the Cristo Rei is accessible by car through 25 de Abril Bridge, by train from the Pragal Station and by Cacilheiro, the famous boat that connects Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas.

Lisbon Beaches and Surroundings

Portugal rates as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe especially because its 800 km of coast with many lovelysandy beaches and excellent climate. Lisbon is not exception and you can find it very hard not to visit one of it’s many beaches on the hot summer days.

Facing the south, the Lisbon beaches, in the estuary of the Tagus offer visitors calm waters, fine sand and modern facilities, to provide all comfort. From Carcavelos beach, ideal for surfing, to Guincho, the paradise for windsurfers, you can discover many others, all different but all offering maximum pleasure.

If you stay in an accommodation in Lisbon, the fastest way to get there is to take the Cascais train at Cais do Sodré, there’s a metro station over there. Along the railway line are several broad beaches.

Carcavelos Beach is the first beach washed by the open sea. Next to the imposing fortress of St. Julian of Barra, the Carcavelos Beach is a big beach where a wide variety of sports activities take place. Just 12 km west from Lisbon.

Tamariz Beach – Lined with cafes and bars, this beach is often packed by the tourists and the locals in the summer. Overlooked by as castle owned by the royal family of Monaco and next to the magnificent Estoril Casino and its gardens, the Tamariz beach can easily be reached by train, stopping by Tamariz at the Estoril station.

Guincho Beach – Located on cliffs outside Cascais, this beach is one of the most beautiful beaches around Lisbon. Although the beach is not the best for swimming due to powerful waves and wind, it is regarded as one of the greatest beaches for windsurfing and surfing. It is a major venue in both the European and the World Surfing and Windsurfing Championships. Guincho Beach can be reached by bus from Cascais.

Around Sintra is also easy to find some beautiful beaches, not too populated. From Guincho to Ericeira beach, passing by AdragaAguda orMagoito, the scenery is gorgeous. Located around 45 minutes north of Lisbon, Ericeira is a small traditional fishing town. The beaches in front and to the north of the town are home to some quality reef breaks and produce a wide range of waves.

Located between Ericeira and Ribamar – about 30 minutes, by car, from Sintra – is Ribeira D’Ilhas beach, internationally renowned as one of the best surfing spots in Europe.

To the south of Lisbon you can also find magnificent beaches. Costa da Caparica – with lovely beaches full of restaurants, cafés and lively nights in the summer -, Portinho da Arrábida in Setúbal, one of the most beautiful beaches around Lisbon with crystal blue waters and the Meco Beachnear Sesimbra.

Holidays in Lisbon offer a completely variety of choices. Culture, Nature and fantastic sandy beaches. Summer is the beach season ‘par excellence’ in Portugal and it’s the best time of the year to experience the wonderful beaches around Lisbon.

Carnival in Portugal, near Lisbon

The Rio Carnival may be the most famous in the world but in Portugal the Carnival is also celebrated in a dazzling show of street parades, floats and parties.

Carnival traditionally celebrates the ending of winter and the beginning of Lent. In Lisbon there aren’t big festivities in the streets but some Bars and discos will have some kind of parties related to the theme on the night before (Monday to Tuesday) also you’ll see some kids in costumes on the previous Sunday.

One of the highlights of Carnival festivities near Lisbon is the Loures Carnival, called the “Carnaval Saloio”.This carnival features the famous Cegadas, the Mastronças parade and the traditional Enterro do Entrudo on Ash Wednesday.

To the north of Lisbon there is also the famous Torres Vedras Carnival, described as the “most Portuguese in Portugal”. This carnivalmaintains the traditions of the Portuguese festival, with a parade of creatively decorated streetcars satirizing society and politics, and where the locals are always the real stars of the festival.

Also not to be missed in this region are the traditional carnivals at Alcobaça and Sesimbra.

So, if you are planning a city break or vacations in Lisbon during the Carnival period, prepared yourself for some party!