Posts About 'Lisbon General'

“Go Lisbon” Recommended as Booking Site In New “Lonely Planet” Guidebook

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Lonely Planet is again recommended in the Lisbon guidebook of the Lonely Planet series. The latest edition has just been published and this time GoLisbon is listed as a “useful website” for bookings “before you go,” saying the site is where you can “book central apartments or search for hotels” (and let’s not forget hostels, tours or the must-get Lisboa Card).
This new series of books is pocket-sized and the name illustrates that: “Pocket Lisbon.” It focuses on the top sights and local life.
It seems to have been very well researched by the author, although there are the unavoidable recommendations of a couple of restaurants that have closed as the book went to press. But there is always the internet and sites like GoLisbon for you to double-check the information.
The guide really was written quite recently, pointing to the hottest neighborhoods of the moment, including the “grim-turned-glam” Cais do Sodré that only in the last few months did it become the place to be at night.
A curious feature is a two-page guide to Baixa’s “Back in Time” shopping with “old-school specialty shops” that never make it in guidebooks.
Another curious choice is the ruined Carmo Convent as one of the top sights in the city, as well as the selection of Sintra’s National Palace, when Pena Palace is the most famous and most fantastic of the two.
Overall this is probably the best guidebook to those coming on a short break to Lisbon. It’s divided by neighborhoods, the maps are good and is filled with useful tips.
As for the introduction to the city, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves:
“A roller-coaster city of seven hills, crowned by a Moorish castle and washed in an artist’s pure light, Lisbon is cinematically beautiful and historically compelling. This is a capital city of big skies and bigger vistas; of rumbling trams and Willy Wonka–like elevators; of melancholic fado song and live-to-party nightlife. Edge, charisma, postcard good looks – Lisbon has the lot.”

Lisbon Has one of Europe’s Best Tourist Cards, According to EuroTest

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Lisboa CardLisbon’s tourist card (the “Lisboa Card“) has been found to be one of Europe’s five best tourist passes according to a study by Eurotest. A total of sixteen cards from different European cities were analyzed, and Lisbon’s card was only topped by Vienna’s, Oslo’s, Ljubljana’s, and Amsterdam’s.

According to Eurotest, the Lisboa Card didn’t rank higher because it fails to provide priority admission but scored points for offering free access to public transportation (including the metro from the airport) and to a varied choice of attractions, including the main monuments and landmarks.

Many of these types of cards are often not worth the investment because they only offer small discounts and don’t include the main sights, but in Lisbon’s case it’s a must-get as it saves lots of money and time. Tourists have the option to buy it for as many as three days and have the opportunity to buy it online before they leave home, picking it up on arrival at the airport or at a tourist office.

At the bottom of the list were the tourist cards of Berlin and Paris.

Get Lost in Lisbon, Says Conde Nast Traveller Magazine

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Conde Nast Traveller magazineThe latest issue of Condé Nast Traveller magazine on sale now (October 2012 – Special 15th Anniversary Issue) lists Lisbon on the cover, introducing a 6-page article which highlights the Portuguese capital as a “Short Break” destination. With the title “Get Lost in Lisbon,” it suggests that readers “stray from the grand avenues” of the city which will make them “find the still-beating heart of a country that once ruled the world.”
The article focuses mostly on Lisbon’s faded glory, a city of “ravaged beauty” and with “the most absurdly beautiful railway station” the author has “ever seen.”
While there are a few imprecisions resulting from the author’s personal impressions as an outside visitor, the article makes a decent job at describing Lisbon’s atmosphere. It mostly goes up and down the “shaded alleyways” of the “twisted old quarters” and only makes one of the usual tourist stops, the “glorious Jeronimos Monastery.”
The photos that accompany the text include a concept store in Chiado, the Portas do Sol viewpoint, a cocktail being stirred at Bistro 100 Maneiras, and shops and eateries at Lx Factory.
Among the few recommendations are the Heritage Avenida and Lisboa Plaza hotels, as well as the new Cascais pousada.

“Step away from the majestic façades of imperial Lisbon and you’ll find a city with a poetic soul”
–Conde Nast Traveller, Oct. 2012

Lisbon is a Top 10 Favorite City According to Tourist Survey

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Lisbon The latest survey conducted to tourists in Lisbon concludes that the Portuguese capital is a favorite destination. Close to 80% place it within the top 10 places to visit, and 91% say they wish to return. The city exceeded the expectations of those surveyed and the overall satisfaction rate is close to 90%.
The favorite aspects of the city were the weather and hospitality, as well as a “value for money” unrivaled in Europe. Security is another strong attribute (although at GoLisbon we remind you to be alert for pickpockets as in any major European city, and watch your wallet when riding the trams and metro).
A curious finding is that Americans and Brazilians were the ones who most enjoyed their stay (it was mostly Europeans in previous years), followed by the Italians, Germans, British and Irish.
Another conclusion was that 80% of tourists found Lisbon to be culturally unique and romantic, multicultural and tolerant. More than 70% of them also said they felt it was a peaceful and relaxing destination but also a lively place. Other adjectives included “modern,” “creative” and “trendy.” Many also said it was “well preserved”, most likely referring to its historic atmosphere and not to the state of the buildings in the oldest districts… In fact, history seems to be what is most associated with the city (96% say so), with 95% saying it should be appreciated outdoors and 92% finding that it offers a variety of experiences.
What makes Lisbon stand out from other cities according to those who visited is its “authenticity,” especially its relation to the river, sea and beach.

Time Magazine Highlights One Day in Lisbon

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Time Magazine - Lisbon

The latest issue of the weekly Time magazine (on sale worldwide) dedicates two full pages to Lisbon with a four-hour itinerary. It says “it’s surprising how much of Lisbon can be covered in a few hours, from eccentric bookstores to colorful flea markets and magnificent monuments,” then goes on to present a step-by-step guide to the center of the city, stopping mostly in off-the-beaten-path attractions.
Describing the Portuguese capital as “a stately white city, a scholars’ lair, a seafaring hub,” it starts in the Cais do Sodré station, going up the hill towards Chiado, stopping for a glass of Port Wine at Solar do Vinho do Porto. The author then suggests a “must-do” ride on tram 28 to the “magnificent vista of Lisbon’s splendor” from the Graça viewpoint.
Another curious stop recommended is the Fado Museum dedicated to Lisbon’s music “through highly imaginative and loving interactive displays.” That should be followed by another museum on the riverfront, the Orient Museum, “a glitzy showcase of Lisbon’s other heritage: the Portuguese colonies,” adding that “it’s the next best thing to a trip to Goa or Macau.”
The itinerary ends with a ferry ride across the river for views of “Lisbon’s gleaming urban topography and the 25th of April Bridge.”

Lisbon – Startup City

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Are you an entrepreneur, or thinking of starting a business? Why not choose Lisbon as the location for your new company? In the video below, several entrepreneurs talk about why they chose Lisbon for their startup businesses, and what the city can offer such companies.

Lisbon … Startup City!


Survey Says Majority of Tourists Want to Return to Lisbon Soon

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Lisbon, Portugal

A survey conducted at the airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal showed that the vast majority of tourists (88%) left “very satisfied” with their experience in Portugal and want to return within the next three years. Close to half said their stay exceeded expectations, highlighting the landscapes, beaches and cultural attractions.
The tourists that most enjoyed Lisbon arrived from Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil, while the French preferred Porto.
With the highest satisfaction rate is “friendliness of locals” at 75%, while the reasons that led them to choose Portugal as a destination ranged from recommendation of friends or family (25%) to internet information (33%).

Lisbon to Become Closer to More Destinations

Monday, March 19th, 2012


As Lisbon grows as a tourist destination, so do the number of airlines and cities interested in being connected to the city. The low-cost easyJet will have a base in the Portuguese capital next month, and starting this week the airport’s terminal 2 will be used exclusively by low-cost airlines.
Other non-low-cost airlines are also reenforcing their Lisbon services to meet demand this summer, and Emirates will fly to the city for the first time in July, from Dubai.
As for the new easyJet destinations they’ll be Amsterdam, Asturias, Bordeuax, Copenhagen and Venice.
Five other destinations will be operating to/from Lisbon airport for the first time this year, but those have yet to be announced. They’ll be from TAP (which will also begin service to Berlin this summer), Transavia and bmibaby.
This way not only residents of those cities will have more access to Lisbon, but tourists will also be able to better combine a trip to the Portuguese capital with another destination in a longer holiday or city break.

New Places to See in Lisbon Before You Die

Monday, February 6th, 2012

1000 Places to See Before You DieThe best-selling book “1000 Places to See Before You Die” by author Patricia Schultz inspired countless other copycat “…before you…” publications but it is still the original ultimate “traveler’s life list.” It was first published in 2003 and has recently been updated. A major update is for Portugal and especially Lisbon (“one of Europe’s most alluring capitals”), which now has three “must see” museums. The first book only listed the Gulbenkian but it now highlights “great museums of three collectors.” Those are the Gulbenkian, the Berardo Museum (opened in 2007) and MuDe (design and fashion museum opened in 2009). All three showcase “awe-inspiring gifts” from different collectors (Calouste Gulbenkian, Joe Berardo and Francisco Capelo) who “enriched the city with magnificent museums.”

Another Lisbon addition is Alfama, the “ancient neighborhood where history and Fado live,” and back on the list are Sintra (“the summer resort of palaces and castles”) and Obidos, “the town that belonged to the queens of Portugal.” Other places to see in Portugal “before you die” are the “hilltop castles” in the “ancient border towns” of Estremoz and Marvão, the “open-air museum of Portuguese architecture” that is the city of Evora, the “pleasure palace” of the Buçaco forest, and Madeira, “the pearl of the Atlantic.” New on the list is Porto and the Douro Valley, where “there’s magic in the air.”

After Portugal, you have other 991 places left to see around the world, and many of them are Portuguese-built, from “one of the world’s greatest enclaves of Baroque architecture” that is Brazil’s Ouro Preto to long-forgotten constructions like Ghana’s Elmina Castle.
Perhaps in a future edition the author will also discover Portugal’s Azores, the Coa Valley or the promontory of Sagres, all with a must-feel/must-see mystical atmosphere.

Year in Review: 2011 in Lisbon

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Lisbon, Portugal

News of bailouts and austerity measures would make you think that 2011 was quite a bad year for Lisbon, but despite all the negative reports, this was actually a good year for the Portuguese capital. Here’s why:

Lisbon was singled out as the best-value city in the Sunday Times’ Value for Money Awards and was awarded “European city of the year” by the Academy of Urbanism. It also ranked among the best shopping cities in Europe, and later in the year its Fado music was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Another curious distinction came from Guinness which recognized the Bertrand bookshop in Chiado as the oldest in the world.

The big Oceanarium got bigger, the Patio da Galé courtyard became a stage for cultural events, the beautiful greenhouse was cleaned up and reopened, there’s a new alternative theater in Bairro Alto, and a new casino by the Troia resort south of the city.

The city’s main avenue gained new outdoor kiosk cafés, Comercio Square opened new restaurants, and the city’s top chefs created new hotspots: there’s Michelin star José Avillez’s Cantinho do Avillez, Vitor Sobral’s Cervejaria da Esquina, Olivier’s Guilty, and Paulo Morais’ Momo.
For drinks and lighter meals there are the trendy new cafés Le Chat (which won an architectural award for its glassed building), Poison D’Amour with its mouth-watering French pastries, Liquid for healthy smoothies, Naturalliving with its veggie meals, and the renovated Cultura do Chá tea house. These are just a few of the many new restaurants and cafés that opened in 2011, most of them reported here on GoLisbon.

Lisbon continues to attract media attention as an alternative to the beaten-track cities of Paris, Rome or Barcelona, especially from the United States. The New York Times alone dedicated about a handful of articles to the city, including a 36-hour itinerary, a report on its “culinary golden age” (with GoLisbon as a reference), the “reinvigoration of Fado“, and a suggested trip from Lisbon to Evora.

There’s a new rooftop bar and a series of new riverfront clubs, including Jimmy’z, Vintage Club, Happy and the Absolut Club. Also, the not-so-former red light district of Cais do Sodré continued its process of renovation as a new mecca of alternative music clubs and retro bars such as the recent Bar da Velha Senhora.