Lisbon New Year’s Eve

This is a gorgeous time for massive celebrations!
Hurry in booking your apartment in Lisbon to guarantee your presence in this fun, crazy and super crowded day in the city.

The great Lisbon districts for celebration are Chiado and Bairro AltoBairro Alto is the nightlife of the city where you can find lots of restaurants and nice bars. The spirit of this district is actually to stay outside the bars and talk and meet new people while enjoying their drinks.

But amongst the most spectacular celebrations are those that take place close to the waterfront and at Belem gardens
New Year revellers toast the arrival of a new year with a packed programme of street entertainment, including live music and a fantastic fireworks display, which illuminates the night sky on the stroke of midnight.

At 10pm there are always musical performances and at midnight pyro-musical display!

Our Lisbon Apartments have everything you need for a perfect self-catering holiday in the centre of the city. Don’t forget to check out our special offers for apartments in 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.

If you want to rent an apartment for your weekend break in Lisbon, see the suggestions we have for you in Alfama Area.

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).

Spend your Lisbon’s short break in an apartment in Baixa or an accommodation in Chiado.

3) Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto, by night

Our Apartment 57 is located here!

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.
Check here our suggestions for cheap short term rentals in Lisbon historic centre and Belem area.

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.
Spend your weekend break in Lisbon apartments, Parque das Nações – Expo.

Tourism Guides of Lisbon available in Mobile Phones

Visits to Lisbon, Estoril, Sintra, Oeiras and Mafra have now been made easier thanks to the YouGo Tourism Guides for mobile phones. With a simple click, these guides will allow visitors, both Portuguese and foreigners to choose their favourite tour and enjoy some of the suggestions from Culture to Cuisine, as well as updated weather information.

With the slogan You Go – You Know, these guides – Insight, feature YouGo Lisboa, YouGo Costa do Estoril, YouGo Mafra, YouGo Oeiras and YouGo Sintra versions, allowing users to “travel” through a certain city or region, using their mobile phones. This service may be purchased at 16 tourism outlets in the Lisbon area, namely Ask Me Lisboa, Estoril, Cascais and Ericeira, as well as Sintra, Mafra and Oeiras. They can also be bought at the site itself – YouGoplanet.com -, and the Lisbon Tourism site – askmelisboa.com -, as well as at hotels, restaurants and other retail outlets.

This product’s sale features two options: the first more directed to the foreign tourist market, with a duration of three weeks and a cost of five euros. The second option is aimed at Portuguese and local tourists, costs seven euros and is valid for one year. Once downloaded onto the mobile phone – which can be done during a tourism outing – the subscriber will be able to access detailed information distributed on different channels: What to Visit, What to Do, Where to Eat, Where to Stay, Services and Shopping. Subscribers can this gain immediate access to monuments, museums, local attractions, tours, golf courses, beaches, tourism entertainment and nightlife, as well as other retail centres and a wide variety of useful services. It’s worth noting that YouGo Lisboa has been divided into seven areas of greatest interest: Bairro Alto, Alfama, Baixa-Chiado, Belém, Docas-Alcântara, Parque das Nações and Nova Lisboa.

If you want to look for an accommodation in Bairro Altoapartments in AlfamaParque das NaçõesBaixa or Chiado, please check Traveling to Lisbon’s website.

Lisbon Climate and Weather

Lisbon has a Mediterranean climate that is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream, giving it one of the mildest climates in Europe. The city offers a mild and temperate climate and is sunny throughout the year.

In Lisbon, summers are warm and dry with average daytime temperatures of 26-29°C, falling to 16-18°C at night. Winters are cool and rainy with temperatures around 8-15°C, while spring and fall are generally mild, or even warm during daytime.

The warm afternoons are favourable for a nice walk by the river Tagus in Belém area and Parque das Nações or for a well-spent afternoon in one of the many street cafés in Lisbon’s downtown (Baixa) or Chiado. But even rain can be romantic if you’re winding in Alfama’s narrow streets; the charms of rain can usually be felt between December and March.

As the result of the regular mild and balmy evenings in Lisbon, many of the restaurants, especially in Bairro Alto, remaining open late, together with the bars and clubs.

Extreme temperatures may reach 36°C in some of the warmest summer afternoons and 2°C in the coldest winter mornings.

Is Lisbon a safe city?

When we go to some place, especially on vacation, we always think about safety and how safe is a place!

So, how safe is Lisbon?
Violent crimes and mugging are extremly rare!
On the other hand, minor crime like pick pocketing and bag snatching have increased over the years. 
Simple attitudes are enough to avoid unpleasant situations: keep an eye on your luggage on public transport, don´t show expensive values in the street and, at night, try to walk in places with good light.

Actions that attract unnecessary attention are not recommended.
Follow simple advices and enjoy a fabulous time in Lisbon!  

Bairro Alto – the most fashionable district of Lisbon

Bairro Alto, Lisbon

The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighbourhoods in Lisbon. It’s a place where people meet in an eclectic and multicultural atmosphere.

Small restaurantsFado houses, barspubs and Cafés as well as some unusual, expensive shops are all around the streets, lanes and alleys. It is interesting that Bairro Alto presents a fundamentally different face during the day than from night time. Throughout the day the busy hustle and bustle of the inhabitants, who mostly know one another, predominates.

At night, everything is different. Restaurants, Bars and some eccentric and trendy shops, that stay open until late at night, are full of tourists and people of all ages. With its narrow, up and down streets, Bairro Alto is a place that never sleeps, promising an enjoyable night to its visitors.

The main streets of Bairro Alto are Rua da Rosa where most of Restaurants, Bars and clubs are located and Rua do Norte where you can find the alternative fashion shops.
At times, the Bairro Alto area was strongly influenced by the newspaper industry with many small printing works and editorial offices setting up business here. The roads Rua do Diário de Noticias and Rua do Século still bear witness to the offices of two of the larger daily newspapers which were once produced here.

Walking up the vantage point is Principe Real, where along with some second-hand bookstores and antique shops can be found. In some ways, this place is an extension of Bairro Alto and a friendly place in which there are plenty of bars and clubs.

If you want to visit Lisbon and choose to stay in a self-catering apartment in Bairro Alto, we have suggestions for you. Search for apartments in Bairro Alto!

Fado – Lisbon Soul

Mariza, Fado 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.