Que faire à Lisbonne en septembre?

Lisbonne en septembreLes mois d’été sont passés à une vitesse folle et pourtant Lisbonne résonne encore de cette douceur estivale. Au Portugal, l’été indien n’est pas qu’une chanson, et il est plus qu’agréable de profiter des charmes de la gastronomie, de l’architecture et de la culture portugaise pendant le mois de septembre.

D’ailleurs, de nombreuses activités culturelles et touristiques sont proposées à Lisbonne pendant le mois à venir. Voici une petite liste, non exhaustive, de bonnes excuses pour venir passer quelques jours à Lisbonne…histoire de profiter d’un été qui se prolonge encore et toujours au Portugal.

Museu nacional de Arte Antiga

Situé dans le quartier de Lapa, à quelques pas du centre-ville historique de Lisbonne, il s’agit du plus important musée d’art ancien du Portugal. Il présente près de 40 000 œuvres dont notamment des peintures, sculptures, dessins en provenance d’Europe, d’Afrique ou même d’Asie datées du XII au XIXème siècle.

Surtout, durant la première semaine de septembre, vous pourrez profiter d’une exposition temporaire qui vous guidera à travers le baroque portugais et notamment les œuvres de l’artiste Josefa de Obidos.

Vogue Fashion Night Out

Pour les amateurs de Mode, la nuit du 10 septembre est à réserver dans votre agenda. En effet, dans les quartiers de Chiado, Baixa et Principe Real, aura lieu la VFNO (Vogue Fashion Night Out) ! Cette sixième édition vous permettra de flâner au grès des animations dans les magasins et de profiter de réductions exceptionnelles.

Festival du film d’horreur

Si vous aimez vous faire peur, et si la mort de Wes Craven vous a attristée, il est encore temps de lui rendre un dernier hommage en vous rendant au Cinema São Jorge entre le 8 et le 13 septembre. Vous pourrez en effet assister à la 9ème édition du MOTELx Festival, le festival international du film d’horreur de Lisbonne.

Vraiment, Lisbonne est pleine de surprise !!

Museu do Teatro Romano

Inauguré en 2001, le musée était en rénovation ces dernières années et ouvre progressivement à partir de septembre 2015. L’occasion donc de découvrir les restes archéologiques du théâtre romain qui était installé au cœur de la ville. Le musée dispose aussi d’expositions qui permettront de découvrir les trésors archéologiques découverts durant les fouilles, et d’un espace multimédia qui vous permettra de redonner vies à ce théâtre antique.

Queer Lisboa

Pour les amateurs de cinéma, le mois de septembre est généralement un bon cru. 2015 à Lisbonne ne fait pas exception à la règle ! Du 18 au 26 septembre, Lisbonne accueille un des plus importants et un des plus anciens festivals LGBT au monde : QUEER LISBOA. Vous pourrez découvrir l’actualité cinématographique de la scène gay, lesbienne, bi et trans.

L’occasion de découvrir Lisbonne sous un autre jour et de découvrir ses facettes multiculturelles et son ouverture d’esprit !

Lisboa na Rua

Musique en plein air, concerts, films, expositions, rencontres culturelles…Vous profiterez jusqu’au 20 septembre de surprises quotidiennes grâce au festival « Lisboa na Rua » qui se déroule dans différents quartiers de la capitale.

Tous les évènements sont gratuits, et l’art et la musique viennent à la rencontre des passants !

Une occasion à saisir, le festival dure jusqu’au 20 septembre !

Fado dans l’Alfama

Le 18 et 19 septembre, le quartier de l’Alfama vibrera aux sons des accords de guitare et résonnera des notes de Fado. En effet, pendant ces 2 jours, des concerts de Fado sont organisés, et de nombreux artistes portugais viendront y jouer, dont notamment Ana Moura, Raquel Tavares ou encore Marco Rodrigues.

De quoi se laisser tenter et découvrir cette musique authentique !

Benfica-Belenses

Difficile de ne pas évoquer le football dans un pays comme le Portugal, et difficile de ne pas évoquer Benfica dans une ville comme Lisbonne. Mais saviez-vous qu’il existe 2 autres clubs dans la capitale ? Le Sporting Portugal bien sûr, mais aussi le quartier de Belem a son cub : Os Belenenses. C’est donc l’occasion le 13 septembre, de vous rendre au stade de Benfica (Estadio da Luz) pour assister au second derby de la ville. Bleu ou rouge, quel sera votre couleur ?

Et vous, qu’avez-vous prévu de faire à Lisbonne en ce mois de septembre?a

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.

Lisbon Museums

If you are an art lover or a museum fan, Lisbon is the perfect city for you. Plan an afternoon excursion to theLisbon museums where you can find fantastic collections of historical and cultural items.

Start at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Ancient Art Museum),in the Lapa district, were you will find some of Portugal’s finest ensemble of paintings like the panels of “São Vicente de Fora”, one of the most renowned group portraits in the European tradition. This 17th century palace also contains the work of artists like Bosch and its “Temptation of Saint Anthony” and the the Namban Screens that depict the arrival of the Portuguese in Japan in 1543.

In the Belém area there are three museums that should not be missed. The Museu Nacional dos Coches (Coaches Museum) – Lisbon’s most frequented attraction, the world’s best coach museum contains an impressive collection of coaches dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries – , the Museu da Marinha (Navy Museum) where you can findPortugal’s glorious contributions to nautical expedition and the recent Museu Berardo (Berardo Museum of Modern Art) where you can appreciate one of the world’s most acclaimed modern art collections.

In the Chiado area, one of the city’s historical neighbourhoods, the Museu do Chiado (chiado Museum), offers you a tour through the Portuguese contemporary art. For more contemporary Portuguese art there’s also the Gulbenkian Foundation’s Modern Art Center and the Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva Museum.

If you want to know Portugal better don’t miss the Fado Museum in the Alfama district and the Azulejo National Museum, near Santa Apolónia, a tribute to a most cherished aspect of Portuguese history. Exhibits trace more than 500 years of this remarkable art form with several thousand examples on hand.

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Spring Holidays in Lisbon, Portugal

Springtime arrives and with it comes Easter and the spring holidays. If you are unsure of where you want to go, and are looking for a great place to go for your next springtime vacation, why not consider Lisbon, Portugal?

Lisbon is thought to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, full of wonderful art and architecture, history and nightlife. Lisbon also has some of the mildest weather throughout Europe, thanks to its Mediterranean climate. In the spring, days are generally mild, or even warm during daytime.

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The Tagus River runs through Portugal’s capital city, and lends a wonderful atmosphere to the metropolis. Dine in one of many lovely restaurants along the banks. The old city is located in the heart of Lisbon, and the city spreads out from there. Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest district, with narrow streets and shops. In Alfama you will come across the Lisbon Cathedral, the St. George Castle, handicraft shops, and Fado Bars.

At night, if you are up for going out and enjoying the nightlife with the local youths, the place to hit is Bairro AltoParque das Nações is also a fantastic place to enjoy the nightlife, with restaurants and the great Lisbon Casino.

Museums, shops, cafes and entertainment galore await the traveller in this stunning Portuguese city.

Combine your Spring holidays in Lisbon with a visit to Sintra and enjoy the natural atmosphere complimented by impressive architecture. Lisbonhas access to beaches so why don’t take a walk near the sea?

When it comes to accommodation in any European capital one thing is for sure: regardless of when you travel, there is always a place available to sleep.

If a hotel is a bit too high for your budget or a bit impersonal, then self-catering apartments in Lisbon will surely be within your price range and much more private. Travelling to Lisbon offers an excellent service rent for apartments in Lisbon. An excellent choice for your holidays in Lisbon.Don’t forget to check the springtime offers on the Last Minute section.

Miradouros – Lisbon viewpoints

Lisbon has fantastic viewpoints over the city. Called Miradouros, they are located at the highest points of Lisbon’s seven hills.

You might feel very tired while wander around the narrow streets and staircases of Lisbon’s old neighbourhoods like AlfamaGraça or the castle district, but take heart in the fact that they lead to heavenly Miradouros.

Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Miradouro Santa Luzia, in Lisbon
A small terrace near the Church of Santa Luzia has been laid out as a viewpoint. There is an excellent view of the Tagus River, the harbour, the rooftops of Alfama and its maze of small streets dominated by the bell-towers of São Miguel and Santo Estêvão. On the wall marking the south side of the square is an azulejo showing a general view of Lisbon.


Miradouro Senhora do Monte

Miradouro Senhora do Monte, Lisbon

Author: Filipe Rocha

This is the highest point in Lisbon. A small square next to the church of Santa Luzia, laid out as a belvedere with a superb view over the Tagus River, the harbour and, lower down, over the Alfama‘s rooftops and maze of streets. The bell-towers of São Miguel and Santo Estêvão are visible as well as St. George’s castle and the Mouraria neighbourhood.

Miradouro da Graça

Miradouro da Graça, Lisbon

Author: Filipe Rocha

A splendid viewpoint offering a panoramic view of the Lisbon’s castle and Lisbon centre. Young Lisboetas flock to this pine-fringed square at dusk for sundowners and sweeping vistas over Lisbon.

Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara

Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisbon
This strategic viewpoint has a great view of the St. George’s Castle and of historical Lisbon. Located close to Baixa and Restauradores, Lisbon’s downtown, this spot is frequented by the youth of the city. Perfect for a lover’s walk. Note that the prettiest way to get here is by the Elevador da Glória.

Feira da Ladra – Lisbon’s famous flea market

With origins in the Middle Ages, the Feira da Ladra, that literally means “Thieves Market” is the oldest market in Lisbon that still takes place nowadays.

The market took place originally near the St. George’s Castle, and later at the Rossio central square. Since 1882 until today, this flea market is situated in the Campo de Santa Clara street, just behind São Vicente de Fora church in the Alfama district. The best way to enter Feira de Ladra is through the arch ‘Arco de São Vicente’ where the famous Tram 28 stops.

Every Tuesday and Saturday from the sunrise until it sets, in tents, tables or on the floor, the Feira da Ladra exposes its products, mainly antiques and second hand items.

At the Feira da Ladra visitors may find antiques, ceramics and objects in glass, old and modern books, photographs, coins and stamps, furniture, new and used clothes, shoes, military artefacts, vinyl’s, cd’s and what else imagination can conceive. Everything can be found in the Feira da Ladraat reduced prices, right in the heart of an historical quarter of Lisbon.

Top 5 Things in Lisbon on a Weekend Break

One of Europe’s most popular cities – Lisbon is an ideal destination for a weekend break. With fantastic museums and galleries, restaurants, bars and much more, Lisbon is a superb city for an European weekend break.

1) St. Jorge Castle and Alfama

Alfama View

View from our Apartment 120, in Alfama

The Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George Castle) is one of Lisbon‘s major tourist attractions, offering splendid panoramic views across the tile roofed houses of Rossio and the cool blue waters of the Tagus River.
Take a walk in the narrow streets of Alfama. This is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the St. George Castle and the Tagus River. In the slopes of Alfama there are other terraces (called miradouros) from which you can see the city, like the Miradouro de Santa Luzia and the Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Among the churches of the Alfama are Lisbon Cathedral, the Convento da Graça, the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, and the National Pantheon.

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2) Baixa Pombalina – Chiado

Largo de Camões, in Chiado

View from our Apartment 33, in Chiado.

Chiado is a cultural point of Lisbon and an elegant shopping area with all sorts of facilities and street entertainment. Here you will find theatres, bookshops, museums, restaurants and famous Portuguese fashion houses. The Carmo area, next to the Chiado, has some of the most fascinating historical sites in the city, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo, which maintain their elegance and grandeur. Carmo is connected to the Baixa Pombalina by the Elevador de Santa Justa, another of Lisbon’s icons. The Baixa is the city’s traditional shopping district. Rua Augustais the main artery of the Baixa Pombalina leading north from Terreiro do Paço (known as Black Horse Square by the English), to the beautiful Praça do Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro V).

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3) Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto, by night

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The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Small restaurants, Fado houses, bars, pubs and Cafés as well as some unusual, expensive shops are all around the streets, lanes and alleys. Bairro Alto is the heart of Lisbon‘s youth culture and nightlife.

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4) Belém

Pastéis de Belém

Don’t miss the famous Pastéis de Belém!

In Belém district you have several things to do. Visit the Torre de Belém (Belem Tower), the Jerónimos Monastery and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Take a walk at the Belém gardens and go eat a creamy and flaky custard tart at Antiga Confeitaria de Belém. Don’t miss a visit toBelem Cultural Center (Centro Cultural de Belém), the host of international exhibitions and other cultural events, from theatre to dance, from classical music to jazz, from opera to cinema.
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5) Parque das Nações – Old Expo’98

Parque das Nações

View from our Apartment 163, in Parque das Nações

The Park offers numerous attractions both during the day and at night. Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, the Lisbon Casino, the Pavilion of Portugal, the Pavilion of Knowledge or attend live concerts in the Atlantic Pavilion. Discover the Orient Station and go shopping in the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center.
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