For this first edition of the Best Destination 2010, the wonderful city of Lisbon has been selected by european consumers as the most beautiful place to go for a trip or a week.
For the award selection, the Brussels-based European Consumers’ Association proposed a list of ten cities focusing on quality of life and infrastructure, as well as offering cultural and tourism variety. In addition to Lisbon, other cities on the ballot were Barcelona, London, Copenhagen, Bilbao, Lyon, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Helsinki.
For the European Consumers Choice, the vote in Lisbon reflects “a city that was able to preserve all of its soul and offer a point of entry for Tourism without forgetting its social and cultural riches”.
Travel to Lisbon and enjoy city’s everyday life like the locals. Renting an apartment for your holidays allows you to combine the comfort and privacy of home life with an experience of the locals’ way of living. It is an interesting price-quality alternative to hotel rooms! Visit Travelling to Lisbon’s website and see that they offer the best choice of accommodation in Lisbon.
Fado music is the heart of the Portuguese soul. It is a Portuguese folk song typically of doleful or fatalistic character and usually accompanied on the guitar.
The Fado music is usually linked to the portuguese word saudade. This word describes a sentiment and translates nostalgia for unrealized dreams. Fado flowers from this fatalistic world-view. It speaks of an undefined yearning that can’t be satisfied.
By the early twentieth century, Fado had become a fixture in the everyday life of Lisbon‘s working class. It was played for pleasure but also to relieve the pain of life. Skilled singers known as fadistas performed at the end of the day and long into the night. Fado was the earthy music of taverns and street corners in Alfama and Mouraria, the old poor sections of Lisbon.
Fado is split into two genres: the best known is the Lisbon Fado and the other one is the Coimbra Fado whose ancient roots can be found in the medieval songs called trovas. Sung by the students of Coimbra University, the Coimbra Fado subjects are mainly love, friendship and nostalgia.
The Lisbon Fado has been exported and has made adepts all over the world. From the 1940’s until her death in 1999, the towering figure of Portuguese fado was Amália Rodrigues. She was the diva of Fado, worshipped at home and celebrated abroad as the most famous representative of Portuguese culture.
If you want to experience Fado in real life, visit Lisbon and spend a night in a Fado Restaurant called “Casa de Fado“. The most traditional ones are located in Alfama and Mouraria, but there are some other around Lisbon, like the Bairro Alto.
Se our suggestions of apartments for rent in Lisbon centre, especially in Alfama, Mouraria and Bairro Alto.