Archive for April, 2009

A 2-Minute Guide to Lisbon

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Metro newspaper - Lisbon GuideThe American edition of the international daily Metro newspaper has just published a “2-Minute Guide to Lisbon.” It highlights the obvious attractions (the monastery, Belem Tower, and the Oceanarium), but also recommends to trip across the river for the views of the city, and a tour on a GoCar. Although one of the reasons it recommends Lisbon is for its affordability, the suggested restaurant is “A Travessa,” which is not exactly cheap. It also recommends a stay at the more sophisticated Fontana Park Design Hotel, or for those looking for budget prices, the recently-named #1 hostel in the world, Travellers House. At night, the authors seem to have done their research well — the “cool neighborhood” depends on your age, with teenagers preferring Santos, 20 and 30-somethings choosing Bairro Alto, and the trendiest crowds of any age heading to Lux, the well-known club by the river.

Read the entire article here.

Portugal’s Newest Pousada Opens in Viseu

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Pousada de ViseuPortugal’s newest pousada just opened this February in the city of Viseu. It’s a charm pousada (the other categories are “Historical,” “Design,” and “Nature”), and is the biggest of all, with 64 rooms (including 20 suites). The building was a 19th century hospital and is also big enough to include a spa. It was renovated by Gonçalo Byrne who is one of Portugal’s leading architects, and guests are welcomed by three majestic statues symbolizing faith, hope, and charity. Almost all architectural details were preserved, especially in the façade and the cloisters where the bar is found. It also offers two restaurants, both serving the best of the local gastronomy.

The spacious rooms are simply decorated in classic-contemporary style, mixing light colors with dark woods. Before guests return to their rooms after a day out visiting the city, they can enjoy a swim in one of the two heated pools, one indoors and the other outdoors.

This won’t be the last pousada to open in this year. Next month the Pousada of Estoi outside Faro in Algarve will finally welcome guests, while the Pousada Palacio do Freixo in Porto will open at the end of the year.

Book Pousada de Viseu here

GoLisbon.com an Essential Lisbon Source for London’s The Times

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

London's The Times features the Go Lisbon website
London’s The Times has just published an article about Lisbon in its travel section where the writer goes through the Portuguese capital following suggestions found on the internet.
Of course GoLisbon.com was one of the sources of inspiration, which included helping the author find the Fabulas Café we just told you about here, which turned out to be her favorite lunch spot: “This cafe/bar/art gallery/internet cafe is not somewhere I’d have stumbled on, so thanks to golisbon.com for finding my favourite lunch spot.

She also goes into the charming Casa das Velas do Loreto shop thanks to Go Lisbon, where she ended up buying “a perfect gift,” and stops at Royal Café, also recommended on this website.
GoLisbon.com also persuaded her to visit the Santa Justa Elevator, which she found “worthwhile,” just another example of how GoLisbon.com continues to be the most complete and up-to-date guide to Lisbon, and why it’s the #1 source for tourist information about the city.
You can read the entire Times article here.

100 Maneiras Restaurant, the Lisbon Way

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

100 Maneiras Restaurant, Lisbon
100 Maneiras Restaurant used to be one of Cascais‘ top dining choices, so it was sad news when it closed late last year. The good news is that it has reopened in the capital, and is now one of Lisbon’s most exciting new restaurants. It took over the space left empty by Olivier when that restaurant moved to Avenida da Liberdade, and has returned gastronomic excellence to that address in Bairro Alto.

What have also changed are the average prices, as the tasting menu that used to cost 68 euros is now between 25 and 30 euros (and here you can only get the tasting menu). The chef is Ljubomir Stanisic, a Yugoslavian (now Bosnian) who’s been living in Portugal for over a decade, and will continue to assure quality and creativity in the new Lisbon incarnation. What’s on the menu changes daily as only the freshest ingredients found that day at the Ribeira Market are used. Stanisic then spends the afternoon looking for several ways to come up with the most interesting dishes to surprise you at the table (“100 Maneiras” means “100 ways”). His preference goes to fish and lots of fresh vegetables, and everything is Portuguese-inspired.

The wine list is also outstanding, offering more than 100 carefully-selected labels that are priced at between 12 and 60 euros.
In the well-lit dining room you’ll only be accompanied by about 30 other people, as it’s a small but ideal place to try such an intimate dining experience.

Address: Rua do Teixeira, 35
Open from 8PM to 2AM (closed Sundays)