Archive for the 'Romantic' Category

‘Tapada das Necessidades’ Lisbon: remarkable cactus garden, Palace gossip, free access & setting for a picnic usually seen in films

Exotic garden Tapada das Necessidades in Lisbon is a guarded secret even the most Lisboetas don’t know about. Beautiful grounds and palace peeling pink paint, with an incredible cactus garden and a setting for a picnic you usually only see in films. Since a few years it’s open to the public/tourists and it’s free! Tapada das Necessidades […]

Portas do Sol Alfama Lisbon: lovely lounge terrace, cool and stylish cocktail bar & Santa Luzia, famous Tagus river viewpoints (miradouros)

Terrace ‘Portas do Sol’ (Gates to the Sun) has opened his doors in October 2009, in Lisbon’s historical center, close to the famous viewpoint (miradouro) with the same name, at Largo das Portas do Sol.  A new terrace coffee , cocktail bar and restaurant, designed in a way to make full use of its exceptional location. The lounge […]

Breathtaking views old town Lisbon & 25 April Bridge: Tagus riverfront Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ Cacilhas, great Portuguese food, easy to reach by ferry & winter season

Planning a short trip to Lisbon? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Cacilhas, (Almada, part of Lisbon area), the south bank of the river Tagus (Tejo). Very easy to reach by ferry. The views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge are amazing! Take the ferry from Lisbons’ Cais do Sodré (every 10 minutes) to Cacilhas at the other […]

Lisbon in June: biggest party of the year, Santo António, the Saint of true love: romantic poems, push ups, sardines & party time in Mouraria June 12

The month of June is party time in Lisbon! One of Portugal’s most popular saints, Santo António (Saint Anthony of Padua), was a Fransiscan friar canised by the Catholic Church in record time, one year after his death (on June 13, 1232). Many miracles have been attributed to him and he is considered a protector […]

Restaurant ‘Clube de Jornalistas’ (the Press Club) Lisbon: creative cuisine, excellent wine, charming 18th century building, gorgeous garden & owner André Magalhães

You don’t need to be a member of Lisbon’s ‘Clube de Jornalistas’ (‘the Press Club’) to visit this restaurant, and it’s really worth it! Among it’s habituées you can find diplomats, politicians and, of course, journalists. ‘The Club’ is an inviting space to long conversations at lunch time and to cheerful gatherings at night”. Restaurant ‘Clube […]

‘Os Goliardos’ (The Goliards) Wine Cellar Bar in Lisbon: real passion for wine & unique selection

There are not many real Wine Bars in Lisbon and this is a special one! In ‘the Goliards’ cellar you will find a selection of wines that were discovered directly on the production site, after a lot of frantic visits to different regions in Portugal, France, Spain and Italy. They are unique wines, a lot of […]

Largo Duque de Cadaval Lisbon near Rossio Station, full of sunny open-air cafes & Italian ice cream

Right on the leftside of the Rossio Station, close to the Restauradores square, you find Largo Duque de Cadaval. It is a bit hidden behind the recently-renovated Rossio train station, and full of sunny open-air cafes. Largo (square) ‘Duque de Cadaval’ Lisbon near Rossio Station This place is a good idea for a break or […]

Lovely historical place, bohemian atmosphere: Lisbons’ Restaurant ‘Merca Tudo’, great food, beautiful 80 years (!) old fridge & Fidel Castro family story

A little bit hidden in a typical narrow Portuguese street you will find restaurant/bar ‘Merca Tudo’, located Rua do Merca-Tudo 4, near Largo Conde-Barão, in an historical building decorated with original azulejos (Portuguese tiles). A popular place by actors and artists. Restaurant/bar ‘Merca Tudo’ Lisbon Soft background music like French chansons or jazz, create an atmosphere like being in […]

Restaurant ‘A Travessa’, one of Lisbon’s best & unique location

We had heard great things about ‘A Travessa’, a trendy restaurant located in a former convent in Bairro da Madragoa, and one of Lisbon’s best: from food, service to location. Restaurant ‘A Travessa’ Lisbon The building used to be a 17th century convent. Set in the very peaceful quarter in Santo (Lapa) this is one of the […]

Romantic Parque Principe Real near Bairro Alto & Lisbon’s famous (gay) nightlife

Parque Príncipe (Prince) Real, near Bairro Alto (at daytime), is a wonderful park. This century-old cedar ‘umbrella’ tree is really amazing! Laid out in 1860 with lots of exotic plants, the garden hosts a handicraft- and ecological products bazaar on specific days of the week. After shopping people like to take a break here. Rua dom Pedro […]