Owners Flamingo Bar: Ana Batel & Jorge Gomes Moreira
Owner Ana Batel: ‘Flamingo is a journey, you’ll never know what’s going to happen but you always can count with good mood: Time Out Lisbon rated our bar the bar with best good mood for square meter !! although we only have a few square meters 😉 ‘.
‘Good music, especially when me, Ana, choose the playlist, sorry Jorge… and of course there’s the craziest psycadellic bathroom in Lisbon – a bathroom that turns into a disco floor’.
The terraces around the Carmo church are a bit hidden in the center of Lisbon, between two historical monuments : convent Convento do Carmo and Santa Justa Elevator, both very popular tourist attractions.
Rooftop bar restaurant TOPO Chiado Lisbon & Carmo church
10 minutes walk from here there’s TOPOrooftop restaurant & open air bar, located on the 6th floor of square Martim Moniz Shopping Center, with spectacular views of the castle of Saint George ( São Jorge) and a part of the city.
Rooftop bar & restaurant TOPO Chiado Lisbon
TOPO Chiado esplanade with bar, and a restaurant on a higher level where dishes are served, like snacks, salades and burgers.
Rooftop bar restaurant TOPO Chiado Lisbon & view Santa Justa Lift
Carmo Convent Lisbon & horror of earthquake in 1755
Carmo Convent is an old gothic cathedral that was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and fire that destroyed much of Lisbon. The ruins represent a memory of that tragedy.
Welcome! Short term rental (since 10 year) fully equipped apartment, Lisbon city center. Direct from Dutch owner .€ 60-70 per night with 2 persons, with 3 pers. € 90 pn, 4/6 persons € 90 – 120.From 3 nights.5 nights or more 10 % discount. Private quiet patio. No separate rooms.
From the apartment it is less than a 15 minutes walk to popular and vibrant area Bairro Alto, Lisbons heart of funky bars and restaurants.
Mouraria is a ancient area in the heart of Lisbon wherefadowas born.
Though it’s very far south, Lisbon’s Atlantic breezes keep it generally a little cooler than other cities on the same latitude. June is probably the best summer month to visit, especially since the Saints’ festivalsfall then. Spring and fall are very pleasant, warm, and sunny. Winter tends to stay warm too, but the rain can be relentless.
Mouraria apartment Lisbon & room March 2018
March 2018: new sofa 🙂
Mouraria apartment Lisbon , March 2018: Dutch lunch (erwtensoep) with friends Liesbeth Niebling & Erik Herter 🙂
Facilities: living-room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and pátio (30 m2)
living room with comfortable bank and table with 4 chairs (Linum) and 2 comfortable chairs. Smart/Satellite TV, radio/CD-player, WiFi. Double glazed windows.
3 sleeping rooms with comfortable beds and windows (quiet). 6 people can sleep comfortably. New duvets and luxury duvet-covers (Essenza);
Chicco babybed plus mattrass ( 0-4 years), little baby bath;
bathroom with tub, shower, wc, bidet, washing machine and dryer (free use). Towels (no beach towels), hairdryer;
kitchen with 2 fridges, micro-wave, 4-burner-electric-cooker, pans, coffee-maker, fruit juicer, (wine) glasses, plates, cutlery, kitchen-linen, 2 tablecloths, etc.;
outside: sunny (from March – October) and quiet patio. Large wooden table, 6 comfortable chairs, 2 bamboo chairs, 1 relax chair and 2 parasols. 2 BBQs;
heating in all rooms via Heatwafer ecopanels, mobile airco.
3-bedroom apartment in historic area Mouraria Lisbon: bathroom
Bathroom with tub, toilet, bidet, washing machine and dryer (free use)
Apartment Mouraria Lisbon: Paula Ferreira takes care of the cleaning
Free use of wireless internet (no laptop available). Reservation with contract and cancellation conditions. Inclusive: electricity, gas, water, free WiFi. Cleaning: 40 euro.
Mouraria Lisbon apartment: one of the 3 sleeping rooms (with window, very quiet)
Payment procedure: 20 % by reservation to guarantee your booking and to block the dates off for you in the calendar. You are required to do the second payment (80%) around 2 weeks before your arrival. (Pay by arrival in cash is also possible).
Apartment Mouraria historical center Lisbon
Sleeping room streetside
Mouraria 3 bedroom apartment Lisbon sunny patio from March till October
Patio (30 m2) with beautiful flowering jasmine, March 2017
Years ago I discovered a cafe on the 8th floor of a huge department store in Lisbon : good coffee (bica), a pastel de nata .. and stunning city views!
Restaurant & bar LESS in Lisbon: this view will never be boring! 🙂
Restaurant & bar LESS & 8th floor classic department store Pollux
Nine months ago restaurant & bar LESS was opened, on the 8th floor of department store Pollux (9 floors, 5.000 m2), founded in 1936, offering typical Portuguese luxury items for home decoration and household goods.
Restaurant & bar LESS in Lisbon: legendary Santa Justa Lift
Cascaisis a famous & chic vacation spot in Portugal by the Atlantic Ocean, quite close to Lisbon (about 25 km; 30 minutes by train, 15-20 minutes by car). Great beaches, and a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available.
Center of Cascais in summertime
Cascaisis a pleasant mix of history, tourism and local life. Once a small fishing village, nowadays packed with elegant boutiques, luxury hotels and restaurants. But still many small colourful fishing boats are bobbing up and down in the water in front of the village’s sea front. Fresh fish every day! 🙂
Fishing boats in the bay of Cascais, Portugal: Praia dos Pescadores
Cascais is situated on the north side of the mouth of the River Tejo which flows through the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.Cascais’ popularity dates from 1870, when King Luís I decided to convert the 17th century Citadela here into his summer residence.
Cascais, very popular place for tourists: Rua Direita
Portuguese pavement workers are real artists! What a lovely design, you feel like you’re walking on waves like Jesus did 😉
Cascais is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign visitors, with a small city center. The shops are rich and varied.
This Municipal Museum is near by the sea and it keeps a very original architecture because its aim is to promote art. The palace is from 19th century and it was property of Manuel Castro Guimarães (a Portuguese Count from Cascais). MORE
How to get there from Lisbon?
Lisbon, train to Cascais
Cascais is easy to reach from Lisbon by train: ‘Linha de Cascais’ (name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais) from Cais do Sodré, Lisbon’s major bus, metro, ferry and trainstation. Return ticket: cheap.
At Avenida da Liberdade, from around 8h30 pm June 12, there will be the yearly parade, with people dressed up in beautiful costumes. Each group represents a Lisbon neighborhood and there is a winner for the best song and costumes. There’s also the Saint Anthony’s brides (mass marriages).
The narrow streets in Bairro Alto(at night) are filled with people in a party mood, enjoying a whole lot of caipirinhas and mojitos on the bar-lined hills. Every bar and club in the district shuts its doors and moves its drinks to the windows, or on to tables outside.
All the streets are decorated with garlands and lights, from Castelo to Mouraria, Graça to Alfama, and Ajuda to Bairro Alto. Barely a street escapes as paper lanterns, streamers and coloured lights are hung from balconies and railings.
Historical area Mouraria in June
Sardines (sardinhas) & the Saint festivities belong together
There’s also the grilled sardines, you can smell it everywhere in the streets! It’s not a good time for sardines 😉 though as everywhere in Lisbon you see people grilling sardines outside their homes and the narrow streets fill up people in party mood.
Manjerico (basil), a symbol of affection & love poems
As a symbol of affection, people present each other with little pots of basil (manjerico) and paper carnations on which they write poems.
During the month of June there are many stalls in the city where you can buy the pots with basil (from 5 – 15 euro) and a selection of poems with various texts
Pot of basil with love poems, a gift from a nice friend…. 🙂
“não digas que não amas – “do not say you don’t love me pois tens a voz a tremer – because your voice is trembling quando um não proclamas – when one does not proclaim um sim pretender dizer” – it is “yes” you mean to say….
The great diversity of plants gathered from every corner of the world under Portuguese rule by its earliest gardeners – the German, E. Goeze, and the Frenchman, J. Daveau – illustrated Portugal’s colonial power at the time, though in Europe it was seen as a small and rather peripheral nation.
Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico)
It’s really wonderful to walk around and sit down for a while in this haven of tranquility and serenity. The park offers the ideal place to explore the vastness and beauty of nature. Wander along mosaic paths under tall palms, take in the scents of the herb garden and visit the colourful butterfly house.
The systematic collections serve various fields of botanical research, demonstrating to the public and visiting schools the great diversity of plant forms and various ecological processes. They also represent an important and effective way of conserving plants whose survival is threatened.
Lisbon’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico)
Some collections deserve a special mention. The outstanding diversity of palms, brought from all continents, confers an unexpectedly tropical atmosphere to several locations in the garden. Cycads, real living fossils representing ancient and mostly extinct floras, are one of the garden’s hallmarks. Nowadays they are extremely rare and certain species are preserved only in botanical gardens.
Pomegranade, native to semitropical Asia.
The garden is particularly rich in tropical species from New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan and South America, illustrating the mild climate and the special microclimates produced in the garden.
Open: summer (1 April to 31 October): everyday from 09:00 to 20:00.Weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 20:00.Winter: everyday from 09:00 to 18:00. Weekends and holidays from 10:00 to 18:00. Closed on Christmas and New Years day.
Restaurant Canto Saudade in Lisbon is located close to the curious Casa dos Bicos (built in 1523)and the river Tagus. Traditional Portuguese cuisine and a lovely authentic decor 🙂
Restaurant Canto Saudade, Campo das Cebolas Lisbon, March 2018
Marcus Madeira (30), owner of Restaurant Canto Saudade:
“We started as a shop with traditional Portuguese products, but step by step we turned into a restaurant, me and my mom, Fátima Mariano (59). It has been a tough journey but we are grateful”.
Restaurant Canto Saudade: owner Marcus Madeira & Nídia Silva
Owner Marcus Madeira: “We have a small, cosy family business; our goal is to provide a memorial time in our Canto Saudade (litt. ‘nostalgic corner’), serving authentic Portuguese food and good wines in a relaxed atmosphere”.
Restaurant Canto Saudade & camarão a guilho (garlic shrimp)€ 12,50
A traditional Portuguese delicacy: clams
One of Portugal’s most typical (and one of the tastiest!) dishes is clams Bulhão Pato style : a clams recipe named after a 19th-century Portuguese poet. He is known from a dish that he did not create, but just spreading the word about it!
Marcus Madeira : “We have 2 vintage VW Vans. It’s possible to book a tour with us (or a customized tour) around Lisbon, like f.i. Sintra, Cascais, Guincho, Setúbal (Parque nacional da Serra da Arrábida) with a car called ‘Isabelinha Constantina’ 🙂 .
Capacity for 8 persons + a driver “. (From 250 euro a day, please ask/call owner Marcus Madeira for more information).
VW Vintage car ‘Isabelinha Constantina‘. Picture: Nuno Rato
Marcus Madeira: “During the tour we talk about our daily portuguese habits, about Portugal, we play FADO music on our vintage radio as well as traditional portuguese music; wine tastings, cheese, liquors, and we take some pictures :)”
Restaurant Canto Saudade & International women’s day 2018
New in Lisbon: Café Belga specializing in Belgian-inspired food and a variety of fine Belgian beers. Inviting place, good food and relaxed atmosphere 🙂
Café Belga, historicareaMouraria Lisbon
Lisbon’s most authentic neighbourhood: Mouraria
Miguel Avelar, Belgian architect, opened Café Belga on the ground floor of a renovated building in Mouraria, Lisbon’s most authentic neighbourhood. (Moors resided here after conquering Lisbon in 1147, until being expelled in the 15th century. Few traces of that time remain).