Lisbon Fish & Flavours 2010 – April 10th to 18th, in Parque das Nações

The third edition of Lisbon fish & flavours (Peixe em Lisboa) brought some of the best restaurants from the Lisbon area, including three Michelin stars. It also makes a bet on the Brazilian Cuisine and reinforces the internationalization of the initiative.

Organized by the Tourism Association of Lisbon (Associação de Turismo de Lisboa), the event will take place, just like last year, in Pavilhão de Portugal, in Parque das Nações from April 10th to 18th 2010.

As for the participant Chefs, the Spanish Joan Roca, one of the most quoted Chefs of today and co-owner of the restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, who in 2009 received his third Michelin star, and with that reaching the highest rate, will certainly receive the major attention. The event is also betting in the cuisine practice in Brazil with the participation of six Brazilian renowned chefs.

Lisbon fish & flavours (Peixe em Lisboa), will have 12 restaurants led by renowned Chefs. These restaurants will be open permanently from midday to midnight and will have tastings of fish and seafood.

Visitors can also enjoy several theme gourmet areas such as the Gourmet Market, in addition to presentations on fish and seafood by Portuguese and foreign chefs.

If you visit Lisbon in April don’t miss this opportunity. Stay in one of Travelling to Lisbon’s apartments in Parque das Nações. Either coming for business, honeymoon or for tourism in holidays, Apartments rent in Lisbon gives you the possibility of living a genuine Lisbon taste!

Oriente Station – a modern station in Parque das Nações

Oriente Station or Gare do Oriente is one of the main transport hubs in LisbonPortugal. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and it was finished in 1998 for the Expo’ 98 World’s Fair in Parque das Nações, where it is located.

The Oriente station is an inter-modal terminal: Its facilities serve and interconnect several forms of transport. Passengers can change between Lisbon subway, long- and medium-haul regional and international trains. There are connections into the underground system, national and metropolitan buses or taxis.

The station complex in Parque das Nações includes a bank, shops, ATMs, and left luggage lockers. The station has a roof of glass and steel made to look like a row of trees and is particularly impressive when illuminated at night.

Have your own private accommodation near the Oriente Station by choosing one of Traveling to Lisbon’s Parque das Nações apartments.

Visit Lisbon with children

If you are planning to visit Lisbon with children the city has plenty of opportunities in and around to keeps kids entertained.

The Lisbon Zoo, located in Sete-Rios, invites you to spend an unforgettable day in the centre of Lisbon. For the price of a single ticket you can watch the Dolphin Bay, Rainbow Park, Reptile House, Children’s Farm, Feeding of the Marine Lions and Birds and watch the Reptiles Presentation. The Lisbon Zoo has around 2000 animals waiting your visit, more than 300 different species and lots of fun.

In the centre of Lisbon you can find lots of other leisure equipments. In Belém is the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium, where you can find regular astronomy sessions with especial sessions for children and in Eduardo VII Park, in Marques de Pombal square, is the Estufa Fria .

In Parque das Nações you can also find lots of family entertainment and attractions suitable for people of all ages. The Oceanarium, one of the biggest aquariums in Europe, where you can found more than 8 thousand animals and plants and the Pavilion of Knowledge, an interactive science and technology museum that encourages visitors to explore and experiment the physical world. The museum has over 300 interactive exhibits. If the weather do permit fun outdoors, the children can play in the gardens and fountains of Parque das Nações or have a ride in theLisbon cable car.

Wondering where to stay with the children in the beautiful and sunny city of Lisbon? Take a look at our suggestions of accommodations in Lisbon centre and apartments in Lisbon, Parque das Nações!

Casino Lisboa – Lisbon Casino in Parque das Nações

Opened on 19 April, 2006, the Casino Lisboa (Lisbon Casino) is located in the Parque das Nações, site of the Expo’98.

Part of an up-and-coming tourist attraction centre in Portugal, the Casino Lisboa (Lisbon Casino) enjoys a privileged location, served by hotels, fabulous apartments for rent and surrounded by several infrastructure services and entertainment.

The casino took up the former Pavilhão do Futuro (Pavilion of the Future), one of the main attractions of the World Expo’ 98, which was extensively rebuilt for its new purpose under a project by architect Fernando Jorge Correia.

In the total, the Casino Lisboa has more than 1.000 slot machines and 22 gaming tables (Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, Baccarat “Punto Banco” and the dice games “Banca Francesa” and “Cussec”) spread over two floors.

The space is also occupied by 4 bars – the Arena Lounge, the “heart” and social centre of the Casino Lisboa and other 3 bars spread across the several gambling areas of the Casino – 3 restaurants – the Pragma gourmet space, the rapid and casual service of Atrio, and the sophisticated and avant-garde SpotLX – an auditorium with 640 sitting places, and an Art Gallery.

Casino Lisboa is open every day from 3 p.m. until 3 a.m. On Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays’ eves it is open from 4 p.m. until 4 a.m.

You can find more information in Casino Lisboa.

Events in Lisbon

Lisbon is famous for having a big variety of shows, exhibitionstheatres and live concerts.

Beyond our famous music, the Fado that you can listen in Alfama or Bairro Alto, in January and February we have a lot of good events such as the live concert of Michael Bolton – January 17th – or the artistic show of Lago dos Cisnes.

If you are a rock music fan, don’t miss the Moonspell concert on the 23rd of January. They will act at FIL at Parque das Nações. In February 15th, Joss Stone returns to Lisbon to present her new record, “Colour Me Free”. The concert will take place in Coliseu dos Recreios, near Restauradores Square.

If you want to know a little more about Portugal, you have an excellent opportunity to do it by visiting the BTL – International Tourism Exhibition, the biggest showcase of what Portuguese tourism has to offer. The Exhibition is taking place at FIL, Parque das Nações.

In Centro Cultural de Belém you also have a variety of dance shows, theatre and music concerts at your choice.

So, if you intend to do a weekend break in Europe or a cultural city breakLisbon is an easily affordable travel option and a fascinating place for your holiday.

To make the most out of your city break we have a wide range of self catering apartments in Lisbon with a central location, near the tourist attractions you must not miss, and close to good restaurants and Casas de Fado (Fado Houses) for unforgettable evenings.

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.