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.

Holidays in Lisbon Region offers a completely variety of choices. Culture, Nature and fantastic sandy beaches. Choose an apartment in Lisbon  for your vacations in Portugal and discover the capital city, the sea and the mountains around.

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.

Check in the Travelling to Lisbon website fantastic accommodations in the wonderful city of LisbonTravelling to Lisbon provides the best holiday serviced apartments in all this locations.

Rock in Rio 2010 – Lisbon, Portugal

Rock in Rio is a series of rock festivals held in Brazil and later in Portugal and Spain. This music festival is one of the biggest in the world. With seven editions to date – three in Brazil, three in Lisbon and one in Madrid – Rock in Rio has brought together over 4.5 million people.

The first edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa, as the festival was officially called, took place in 2004. Although the festival had a slight change of name, it kept the same structure as the Brazilian editions. An entire City of Rock, with an area of over 200.000 m2 was erected at the Parque da Bela Vista, with a large centre stage and several tents where different artists would perform, simultaneously.

The City of Rock was back to life again in May 2010, with more great bands, with numerous tents for every musical taste, and lots of other attractions within the Parque da Bela Vista in Lisbon.

Shakira, John Meyer (May 21), Elton John, Leona Lewis (May 22), Muse, Snow Patrol (May 27), Miley Cyrus (May 28), Rammstein and Megadeth(May 30) are among the confirmed bands for this year’s Rock In Rio Lisboa, set to take place May 21-30 at Parque da Bela Vista.

The Parque da Bela Vista is one of the largest open areas located within the city limits of Lisbon. Traffic and parking spaces in and around the City of Rock will be restricted. Use public transport. Use the normal subway lines (red line) to arrive at Bela Vista and the special lines when you leave.

If you are looking for accommodations in Lisbon near the City of Rock visit the Travelling to Lisbon website where you will find the best selection of apartments in Parque das Nações – four metro stations away from the Bela Vista subway station.

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.

Lisbon football stadium

Two of Portugal’s super football stadiums are in Lisbon – Estadio Jose Alvalade, home to big team Sporting Clube de Portugal andEstadio da Luz, home to legendary Portugal football team SL Benfica. Both of these Lisbon football stadiums are north of Lisbon city centre. It’s easiest to get to them via nearby Lisbon subway stations.

Estádio da Luz – S.L.Benfica football stadium

Estádio da Luz, Lisbon

Author: Alves Gaspar

Sport Lisboa e Benfica commonly referred to as simply Benfica, is a multi-sports club based in the beautiful city of Lisbon. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Benfica is mainly known for its football team. Historically, Benfica has been one of the most successful football clubs in Portugal and Europe and is one of the Três Grandes, or Big Three, football clubs in Portugal, with Futebol Clube do Porto, and Sporting Club de Portugal, being the other two clubs, Benfica’s two biggest rivals.
The Estádio da LuzBenfica stadium, is a legendary football stadium and took centre state in the Euro 2004 football championships. Estadio da Luz is situated in the northern area of Lisbon.
Nearest Lisbon subway stations are Alto dos Moinhos or Colegio Militar/Luz, both of which are situated on the Blue line. It’s an easy walk to the Luz Stadium from both these Lisbon subway stations, and getting to the stadium via the subway is the easiest and best way to travel! Alternatively by car get to the stadium via the Segunda Circular ring road which is connected to the national motorway system.

Estádio José Alvalade – Sporting Stadium

Estádio Alvalade XXI, Lisbon

Author: Juntas

Sporting Clube de Portugal, also known locally and internationally as Sporting is the other major Portuguese Sports club based in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. The club is particularly renowned for its football department.
The Estadio Jose AlvaladeSporting Stadium in Lisbon is to the North of the city centre, closed to the Lisbon Airport. It was purpose built for the European Championships hosted by Portugal in 2004.This Lisbon Football Stadium is one of the most accessible. The stadium has its own Lisbon subway station called Campo Grande on the green line and on the yellowline. Campo Grande Lisbon subway Station is within easy walking distance from the football stadium. By car you’ve also easy access to Alvalade Stadium off the Segunda Circular ring road and from Calcada de Carriche

Smaller Football Stadiums in Lisbon are to the west of the city centre.
Estadio Nacional known also as Estadio do Jamor is home to National Portuguese football.

National Stadium, Lisbon

Author: Koshelyev

Estadio do Restelo
 is home to football team CF Belenenses.

Restelo Stadium, Lisbon

Author: Wiki-observer

If you want to visit Lisbon as well as seeing a game in one of these stadiums, check for holiday accommodations in Traveling to Lisbon’s website. You will find apartments in Lisbon historical neighbourhoods and self catering accommodations in Parque das Nações. See also the promotions and last minute accommodations in Lisbon. Traveling to Lisbon also offers other services like car rentals, airport transfers, excursions or whatever else you could need to make your stay the most pleasant.

Virtual Miradouros reveal Lisbon charm

Lisbon seen from a selection of panoramic city sites can now be enjoyed online, with a virtual miradouro system available on the Lisbon Tourism site.

This innovative project is a new tourism marketing tool that enable users online anywhere in the world to freely access Lisbon’s most beautiful settings. Choosing views according to their interest, online users can enjoy the Portuguese capital’s panoramic heritage from a several viewpoints including the Miradouros of Monte Agudo, Penha de França, Torel, Eduardo VII Park, Botto Machado Gardens, São Pedro de Alcântara, Graça, Nossa Senhora do Monte, Santa Luzia and St. George’s Castle.

The digital platform sightseeing web also offers all the heritage and tourism information on these sites of Lisbon, with three dimensional visuals and maps with the tour visits.

As part of the project to promote Lisbon with new technology, the Lisbon Tourism site also features the Travel Planner system, a tool that allows users to plan their own tour during the visit to the Portuguese capital or help prepare the next visit to Lisbon.

In this blog, we also help you to plan your visit to Lisbon with useful information about accommodations in the city. Check our suggestions of apartments in Lisbon city centre and self-catering accommodations in Parque das Nações.

Portugal Gastronomy – eating in Lisbon

Portugal has a surprisingly large variety of gastronomic delights. From Minho to Algarve, Portuguese diet include fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits. Pork, goat, partridge, quail and rabbit are typical meats in Portugal.

In Lisbon, you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from traditional and typical taverns to sophisticated and international places. Young and innovative chefs have reinvented Portuguese cuisine, with interesting and refined ways of preparing traditional Portuguese dishes. You’ll also find amazing regional dishes in small taverns in Lisbon’s charming old neighbourhoods – always in an extremely friendly environment. Whether you’re looking for finesse, abundance, tradition or simplicity, Lisbon is the perfect place to have a meal.

Grilled sardines are the queen of Lisbon during the summer and on the Popular Saints festivities. You just can’t avoid smelling it in the small quarters of AlfamaBairro Alto and many other locals around Lisbon in June, when the Popular Saints celebrations crowd into the streets of the city.

Bacalhau is also a famous dish in Portugal and Lisbon. Salted and dried under the sun, it is said that there are 365 ways to prepare cod in Portugal. Pasteis de BacalhauBacalhau cozido and Bacalhau à Brás, the typical cod dish in Lisbon, with onions and thin slices of potato, scrambled eggs, black olives and parsley.

Another national dish, but made with meat, is cozido à portuguesa, a thick stew of vegetables with various kinds of meat. But before any meal in any a Lisbon restaurant, try the delicious bread placed on the table. Other typical dishes – caldo verde, a green soup made of potatoes, fried onions and thinly sliced galician cabbage, served with slices of chouriço – Caldeirada, Fish stew and Feijoada. Finally, the Carne de porco à alentejana is a delicious everyday dish. Pork comes in cubes along with fried potatoes and clams.

The best way to take full advantage of a meal in Lisbon, is to combine it with Portuguese wines, from all regions and suited to all tastes. Due to the country’s rich winemaking tradition, Portuguese people have the skill of choosing the right wine for the right dish.

The Lisboetas are tireless drinkers of coffee served in small cups, locally known as bica, available all day long and in all types of cafes. Make sure you don’t miss the world famous Pastéis de Belém, the custard tarts in the beautiful Belém area.

Plan your city break or holidays in Lisbon and enjoy your stay in the city where eating is most definitely a pleasure.