Restaurant/bar Atlantic Grill near Cascais, quality (sea)food, Bafureira beach & superb sea view

Around Lisbon there’re beautiful beaches, well known for their calm waters, fine sand and quality restaurants like Atlantic Grill, near Cascais¬† ūüôā¬† ūüôā

Wonderful sea view from the terrace of Restaurant √Ātlantic Grill near Cascais, August 2019. Watch: facebook.

Specialty: fresh fish, shellfish & seafood

It’s not only the privileged location on a beach between Lisbon and Cascais, that justifies a stop at this restaurant. The quality of the cuisine is essential, which has fish and seafood as a specialty.

Restaurant/bar Atlantic Grill near Cascais, August 2019.

On the background: Cascais, a favourite tourist destination in Portugal, ca. 30 km from Lisbon, easy to reach by train from station Cais do Sodré).

This region is also a popular surf spot .

Restaurant/bar Atlantic Grill near Cascais & seafood. (picture: Atlantic Grill)

YouTube: very sympathetic restaurant owner Jorge Monteiro & how to prepare picanha (rump cap)

My choice for almoçar (Portuguese lunch): picanha , a prime beef cut, very popular in South America/ Brasil (former Portuguese colony).

Restaurant Atlantic Grill near Cascais & picanha: ‚ā¨ 11:99. August 2019

Meat picanha & history

The term “picanha” (pea-kan-yah) derives from the word “picana”, which was a pole used by ranchers in the southern parts of Portugal and Spain for herding cattle.¬†This herding technique was then taken to¬†Brazil by Portuguese emigrants and eventually the term “picanha” was adopted to refer to the part where the cow was poked by ranchers.¬† Source: Wikipedia

Restaurant/bar Atlantic Grill near Cascais. (Picture: Atlantic Grill)

Daily live music or DJ.  Also to book for birthday parties. Special prices for groups. Rooftop & inside dining.

Wonderful location!¬† ūüôā ūüôā¬† You Tube Bafureira Beach

Website restaurant Atlantic Grill  & menu

Restaurant Atlantic Grill near Cascais & entrance to inside dining

How to get there

By car: Bafureira beach is about 20/30 minutes away from the center of Lisbon. Go along the “Marginal” (the name of the road), in direction to “Cascais” . About half way across the “marginal” there’re signs to “S. Pedro do Estoril. Free parking near the restaurant for approx. 200 cars.

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Bufareira beach, Parede S. Pedro do Estoril, picture: 2009

Restaurant Atlantic Grill

Praia da Bafureira,  Av. Marginal 2755-239 Parede,  S. Pedro do Estoril, Cascais. Open: every day.

November 2009: Bafureira beach & Erika Reusens

Facebook restaurant Atlantic Grill

From Lisbon by train: ‚ÄėLinha de Cascais‚Äô (name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais) from Cais do Sodr√©, Lisbon‚Äôs major bus, metro, ferry & trainstation.

Trainstop (paragem):  São Pedro do Estoril (ca. 10 minutes walk) to restaurant Atlantic Grill

Restaurant/bar Atlantic Grill near Cascais, inside dining (Picture: Atlantic Grill)

Praia (beach) Bafureira is very small, surrounded by cliffs and accessed by a narrow staircase from the upper parking lot.

Restaurant Clube Naval Lisbon: excellent fresh fish, scenic views, sailing school & riverfront lunch

Located on a privileged spot right near the river Tagus, a view at the 25 April Bridge and right next to the Bélem Marina, Restaurant do Clube Naval in Lisbon is a great experience.

Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon & children sailing lessons

The bright sunlight of Lisbon floods the terrace on the ground floor. On the first floor there’s Clube Naval’s cosy restaurant overlooking the river through the enormous glass windows.

Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon, January 2017

The inside first floor restaurant is a great place during the colder wintermonths. Especially on Sundays Portuguese families like to enjoy a lunch together. Go early.¬† Great atmosphere ūüôā

Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon, January 2017

‚ÄčExcellent f‚Äčresh fish

Very friendly waiters! The menu is varied: always fresh fish and traditional Portuguese dishes, like f.i. roasted fish fillet with razor clams, prawns, sirloin steak and black pork.¬† Ask for the ‘daily suggestion’ (prato do dia).

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Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon , September 2018 & Josephine Lucassen, tourist guide

Because the climate in Lisbon is mild all year round, it is often possible to enjoy your meal on the terrace near the river. Octopus salad (salada de polvo) ‚ā¨ 8.50, mussels (mexilh√Ķes) ‚ā¨ 9.50. Bottle of white wine ‚ā¨ 10.

Lisbon, Belém & Monument to the Discoveries

View from restaurant Clube de Naval’s esplanada. The restaurant is located right next to the B√©lem Marina and the Monument to the Discoveries ( Padr√£o dos Descobrimentos). A visit to this historic city region of Bel√©m is a must for every Lisbon visitor!

Restaurant do Clube Naval Belém Lisbon & river Tagus esplanade

O Clube Naval de Lisboa (Naval Club)

The restaurant is located in a part of a building of a sailing school, founded in 1892, a private non-profit association. The school currently has a paddling tank, various types of boats for learning rowing and sailing. 160 years celebration: YouTube

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Building Associação Naval (sailing association) & beautiful wall drawing

Restaurant do Club de Naval
Open: Wednesday – Monday 12h – 22h (closed Tuesday)
‚ā¨ 30 (average price).¬† Website

From Lisbon by train from Cais do Sodré railway station : stop Belém (Linha de Cascais). Facebook

Help Association ‘Bianca’ in Portugal: adopt or foster a dog & how to be a flight assistant

From a¬†‚ā¨ 2,5 a month donation you can help Association Bianca in Portugal! Or foster a dog on distance!

Bianca Association abrigo box Sesimbra Portugal

….waiting for a new home: they deserve much more than this….

The shelter is located in SESIMBRA ‚Äď a coastal city 30 km south of LISBON.

You can find much more on ‘BIANCA ‘s¬†webpage,read their blog, or see the animals on a photo-blog,

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Pablo Neruda

Foster a dog on distance

If you cannot adopt, you can also help increase their life quality in the shelter: You can foster a dog on distance ‚Äď choose your dog, choose a monthly amount you want to donate and help like this.

You can buy¬†‘BIANCA’ ‚Äúgadgets‚ÄĚ, like a calendar¬†from the online shop run by volunteers

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Aphrodite

BIANCA’‘s mission is to save abandoned animals and animals in risk situations.

The shelter is located¬†in Sesimbra ‚Äď a coastal city 30 km south of Lisbon. ‘BIANCA’ save them, give them a temporary shelter, treat the sick ones, vaccinate them and finally find new, responsible owners.

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The shelter YouTube 

Association¬†‘BIANCA’ is a private Portuguese association, a registered charity with a public utility status, whose objective is to rescue dogs and cats and to rehome them to good homes. ‘BIANCA’ runs a shelter for around 250 dogs and has 50 cats¬†in ‚Äútemporary families‚ÄĚ.

Bianca Association Sesimbra Portugal abanoned dogs Feta

Feta (reserved)

‘BIANCA’ was officially created on 17th July 2002. First, it had neither kennel nor any other physical structure. Its work was based on private houses and hotels for animals. In 2006 the kennel was opened ‚Äď with a capacity for 50 animals. Today more than 250! BIANCA’ does not¬†want to be a deposit place for animals. They deserve much more than that!

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 Cats Jeremias, Linda and Nino 

‘BIANCA’ receives around 30 new animals every month. It is always a struggle to keep a reasonable number of them in the shelter and to be able to rehome as many as possible every month. Many animals that¬† ‘BIANCA’ receive are in a very bad state: after an accident, with broken bones and wounds, puppies and kittens found dehydrated in garbage bins, animals physically abused.

Bianca Association Sesimbra Portugal Connie and Wolfie

Connie and dog Wolfie

Connie: “I brought¬†this dog¬†to ‘BIANCA‘. He wandered around near¬†Cabo Espichel (15 km from Sesimbra), he was very skinny and scared. A friend of mine¬†offered him a chicken leg…and now we are good¬†friends!

Wolfie has lived here for one year now, ¬†and I¬†really hope to find a new owner for this very nice dog!” Youtube video¬†(update: Wolfie has a new owner and he is happy )¬†ūüôā¬†

Bianca Association Sesimbra Portugal sick animals vet

Veterinary bills

‘BIANCA’ has always many female and male dogs to sterilise. Females are always urgent.

The volunteers of ‘BIANCA’ count with the help of the vets who give¬†them discounted prices but nevertheless¬†the ¬†monthly veterinary bills are significant. Every animal that is given for adoption from¬†the kennel is vaccinated, dewormed and has a chip. All adult female dogs and cats are sterilised and many male dogs and cats castrated.

Bianca Association Sesimbra Portugal abandoned dogs cats

Help the animals  to increase their life quality

Adoption

Female puppies and kittens are given for adoption on the basis of an adoption contract in which the new owner obliges himself to have them sterilised when they reach the right age.

Bianca Association Sesimbra Portugal abandoned animals volonteers

A lot of volunteers do a great job, there’s always work to do!

Flight assistant

If you fly – on vacation or for work –¬†from Lisbon to Belgium, Holland, Germany or Denmark, you can help¬†the pets. You can take an animal with you to its new home.

Airport Lisbon dogs March 2014 Gerrie Bianca Association Sesimbra

Gerrie (Bianca T-shirt) and John Sexton at the airport of Lisbon

You don’t need to do (or pay) anything except¬†transporting the animal.

4 little dogs going to Amsterdam

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Little dogs flying from Lisbon to Amsterdam

They will have a new good life in Holland!

2 dogs arriving from Lisbon Portugal & new owners waiting at Schiphol airport Amsterdam

You don’t need to do (or pay) anything except¬†transporting the animal.

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Principe and Jeremias

You can find much more on BIANCA ‘s¬†webpage , ¬†read their¬†blog,

see the animals ,  YouTube movies.

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‘BIANCA’ Association for the protection of homeless animals

Address: Apartado 55 2971-909 Sesimbra Portugal.

Website BIANCA:

Phone numbers (English spoken), e-mail address for more information, how to donate and how to adopt or foster visit

Restaurant Casa do Alentejo Lisbon: amazing former Moorish Palace & traditional dishes

A few minutes walk from Rossio Square,¬† behind a small door in a popular tourist street in Lisbon, Rua das Portas de Santo Ant√£o, there’s Casa do Alentejo: suddenly you step in an amazing Moorish palace, with an impressive courtyard!

Restaurant Casa do Alentejo Lisbon, a former Moorish palace

Casa do Alentejo’ was created 85 years ago, as a purpose to be a meeting place for people from Portugal’s historical province Alentejo (al√©m Tejo means beyond the Tagus) and to cultivate its unique culture. At that time many people from this region left home in search for a better life in Lisbon.

Restaurant Casa do Alentejo Lisbon, a former Moorish palace

The palace dates from the last quarter of the 17th C., but its current appearance is a result of considerable alterations carried out in 1918.

Nowadays here’s the headquarters of the association of the Alentejo people.

Casa do Alentejo June 2019 Lisbon, Loesje Broere & ballroom

Ballroom & activities

Many activities take place here: on Saturdays the ‘Alentejo afternoons’ (tardes Alentejanas), with choral groups. On Sunday, dancing begins at 3:30 pm in the beautifull ballroom. Mostly elderley people come here to socialize.

Restaurant Casa do Alentejo & Thirza van Deene, September 2019

There’s also a library and a handicraft shop of typical products of Alentejo (downstairs).

Casa do Alentejo Lisbon, a former Moorish palace & one of the restaurants

Beautiful tiles (ajulejos) & Portuguese history

The dining rooms are picturesque, with open fireplaces and decorated with beautiful tiles (azulejos). The azulejo is a form of Portuguese painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework.

Tiles have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture.

Azulejo (tile) comes from the Arabic word az-zulayj, meaning polished stone. Wherever you go in Portugal, azulejos are to be found inside and outside cafes, churches, palaces, ordinary houses and even ceilings, train- or subway stations.

Restaurant Casa do Alentejo, April 10 2019 & lunch with Daniel Mateus

Average price 3-course meal: 25 euro

Our choice for lunch: ensopado de borrego (lamb stew): 13 ‚ā¨, arroz de gambas (prawn and rice) 15 ‚ā¨. Small bottle of wine Monte de Vaqueira: 6 ‚ā¨.

Restaurant Casa do Alentejo, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 58.

Opening hours: 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm every day. 
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Restaurant Casa do Alentejo, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 58, Lisbon

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Calçada do Duque Lisbon: hundreds of stairs, great city views & Restaurant Solar du Duque

From Bairro Alto you can walk to Rossio The hundreds of stairs lead you down to Calçada do Duque starting in Rua Nova da Trindade

Calcada do Duque from Rua Nova da Trindada

Rua Nova da Trindade,

Close to area Bairro Alto (litt. ‘high neighborhood’). During the day a very relaxed area with trendy shops. Traditionally been Lisbon‚Äôs bohemien haunt of artists and writers, a hotspot for people who love nightlife.

Lisbon, Calçada do Duque in wintertime

A few hundred steps that connect the higher-lying Bairro Alto district to Rossio square.

Calcada do Duque stairs restaurants and view Caselo St George

Calçada do Duque, Lisbon

The stairs are lined with lots of traditional Portuguese restaurants (not the cheapest).

Background: Saint George’s Castle (Castelo de S√£o Jorge), a wonderful view!

Traditional Portuguese meals, local price ūüôā & also typical Portugues: hanging laundry ūüėČ

Restaurant Solar du Duque, Rua do Duque 67, Lisbon.  A simple and pleasant space with a casual atmosphere. Facebook

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September 2019: Toon Mulder en Thirza van Deene

Almost downstairs, Calçada do Carmo . View on Rossio square ( official name: Praça Dom Pedro IV)

Calcada do Duque near Rossio stairs and station

The beautiful Rossio station

Breathtaking views Lisbon: Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final‚Äô, short ferry trip Cacilhas & great Portuguese food

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit¬† the south bank of the river Tagus: views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge are amazing! Take the ferry from Lisbons‚Äô Cais do Sodr√© (every 10 minutes, weekend every 20 min.) to the other side of the river Tagus:¬†Cacilhas,¬† a 10 min trip. (Return ticket : cheap)

Riverfront terrace restaurant Ponto Final’, Cacilhas, amazing view downtown Lisbon. September 2017

Time table ferry from Lisbon Cais do Sodre to area Cacihas and vice versa

As you get off¬†the ferry, ¬†it takes about¬†15¬†minutes to walk along the river to Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final’, after passing lots of¬†ruinous warehouses.

Abandoned and ruinous warehouses, Cacilhas (Almada), Lisbon

Picture: Svetlana Borodina

Cacilhasused to be a bustling area for a long long time when shipping and fishing were still major economic activities in Portugal.

Reasonable prices

You will love the typical Portuguese menu. Fish, meat and great Portuguese wines.

Restaurant Ponto Final Lisbon, September 2019

Great location

‚ā¨20/25 a¬†person incl. wine. Quite reasonable prices if you consider the view! If you’re not in the mood for food, just relax,¬†order a¬†coffee¬†or a glass of wine¬†(bottle from ‚ā¨ 7.50) and enjoy the scenery.

Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ & lunch with friends Svetlana and Sergy Borodin¬†from Prague

We enjoyed olives, ripened cheese from Alentejo, cod salad with chick-pea, octopus salad, dogfish soup, a delicious bottle of restaurant Ponto Final’s housewine, sweet rice and a custard dessert.

Bill for 3 persons¬† ‚ā¨ 58.50.

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Restaurant ‘Ponto Final’ Lisbon May 2015: Sophie Lever and Jurre Sch√∂ttelndreier

Very good Portuguese cuisine. Especialidade da Casa (specialty of the house): arroz de Tamboril (rice with monkfish), Entrecosto Assado no Forno (roasted ribs) and Peixe Fresco Grelhado (grilled fresh fish). The wine list has a quality assortment of Portuguese wines.

Restaurant Ponto Final Lisbon, September 2019 & Loesje Broere

Little fishes from the garden

Peixinhos da Horta ‚ā¨ 12. 50,¬† a traditional dish in Portuguese cuisine. The name of the dish is literally translated as ‘little fishes from the garden‘, as it resembles small pieces of colorful fish. Salm√£o grelhado (grilled salmon fillet)¬† ‚ā¨ 17.50

 

Great customer service & waiters Tiago & Douglas

Romantic location

Restaurant ‚ÄėPonto Final‚Äô is a perfect location for a great dinner overlooking Lisbon by night. Make sure that you book a table outside in advance.

Restaurant¬†‘Atira-te ao Rio’, splendid¬†view old town Lisbon

In caserestaurant ‘Ponto Final’ is closed, the neighbor¬†restaurant¬†‘Atira-te ao Rio’,¬†Portuguese and international cuisine, is also a great place to enjoy your lunch or dinner!¬† ūüôā

Cacilhas Lisbon view Restaurant Atira-te-ao-rio’ and Cristo Rei statue

Cacilhas and the famous Cristo Rei statue

The elevator to reach the Cristo Rei statue (free) is situated quite close to restaurant Ponto Final .

Svetlana & Sergy from Prague

Stunning views! Close to the elevator.

Several possibilites how to travel to the Cristo Rei Monument

Ferry-Lisbon Cacilhas

Ferry timetable

From Lisbon, Cais do Sodré ( Lisbon’s major bus, metro & trainstation) to Cacilhas, the other side of the river Tagus and vice versa

During winter season in Lisbon this place is also worth a visit ūüôā !¬† But it can be rather cold and very windy!

Wintertime Sunset video.

Cristo Rei Statue, Cacilhas, Lisbon

The 82m (270ft) high pedestal (by elevator). This enormous monument is built in 1959 in thanks to God for having spared Portugal during World War II, inspired by the famous statue in¬†Rio de Janeiro. ‚ÄėGod opens his arms to the city‚Äô.

Cristo Rei statue Lisbon

May 2019: Chris Hartman and Bart Cools¬† ūüôā

Yellyfish. Picture Svetlana Borodina

You can go back to the Cacilhas ferry terminal by bus # 101.

Restaurant Ponto Final, Cacilhas Cais Ginjal 72, Cacilhas / Almada,

Phone: (00351) 212 732 108. Mail:  pontofinalrest@gmail.com.       Facebook

Restaurant cafe Bruta Flor Lisbon: creative food, warm staff, live music & lovely place

Great selection of creative- and vegetarian meals in a lovely old little place! Cafe/restaurant Bruta Flor (Wild Flower) is located in Mouraria, a bit tucked away in the heart of the historical part of Lisbon.

Restaurant Bruta Flor, historic area Mouraria Lisbon, Saturday night February 2017

Nowadays Largo da Severa in historic area Mouraria is a beautiful little square, named after Maria Severa, considered to be the first fado singer in Portugal.

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor  Mouraria Lisbon June 2017

This restaurant was once a¬†typography workplace, now it’s been transformed into a lovely decorated dining space.

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor (Wild Flower) area Mouraria Lisbon February 2017

Historical area Mouraria & 900 years of history

Historical area Mouraria exists more than 900 years, together with Alfama it is Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods of great historical value.

Restaurant Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & healthy creative dishes

Great selection of vegetarian dishes

We ordered a vegetarian meal: tomato couscous (yummy! ‚ā¨ 8,50) and Thai chicken (‚ā¨ 8,75), a bottle of fantastic biological wine Fossil (‚ā¨ 13,00), small bottle of water (‚ā¨ 1,30), olives (‚ā¨ 1,00), and chocolate cake ice cream (‚ā¨ 3,50).

Restaurant Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & friend Rob Plews, February 2017

There’s a variety of (bio) Portuguese wines available, my favorite:¬†Fossil ūüôā bottle¬†‚ā¨ 13.

There are also nights of live music: this night we really enjoyed Vitória.

Restaurant Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & Vitória  (YouTube)

Owners restaurant Bruta Flor Paula, Ruth & Ugo: world citizens

Owner Paula Froes: ‘We are a family of three, who decided to step up and do something for ourselves. All of us have their own professions but I am the only one who works on at least one of mine. None of us was born in Portugal. I come from Mozambique, Ugo and Ruth from England. We have also lived in Brazil. We are somehow a trio of world citizens’.

Restaurant Bruta Flor Mouraria Lisbon February 2017

Owners Paula, Ruth & Ugo

Restaurant Bruta Flor, Mouraria : March 18 & NV Lissabon members

Music, Art & people 

Owner Paula: “As you come into our place you will probably feel the influences of our travels, both in the decoration, the food, the exhibitions, workshops and live music. The world is made of different people and that makes it exciting. There are many pleasures in life, amongst them eating, drinking, enjoying music, art and people”.

On the wall, a portrait of a French painter Séraphine Louis

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon February 2017 & owner Ugo

Home made cakes

Bruta Flor is divided into 2 spaces: there’s a small and cozy cafe right next to the restaurant. From morning to evening there’s coffee and delicious cake (slice ‚ā¨¬†2.50, home made of course!), and for breakfast and for lunch a variety of healthy ideas to choose from (‚ā¨ 3.50 – ‚ā¨ 7.00).

Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor Mouraria Lisbon, March 2017

T√°bua de Enchidos (Meat Board) ‚ā¨¬†11.50, T√°bua Vega with guacamole , black¬†beans, humus, raw vegetables, chips, wrap and toast ‚ā¨ 9.00, queijo ‚ā¨ 5,50 (1/2 board of cheese variety), glass of red wine ‚ā¨ 2.80, coffee¬†‚ā¨ 0.80.

August 15, 2019: vegetarian Empad√£o (vegetarian pie) : ‚ā¨ 9.00

Bruta Flor: a mix of good food, comfort & adventure

Owner Paula: “Providing opportunities for people to meet one another, share their visions, arts, over a delicious meal. Life is not only about gathering, sometimes we just want to be by ourselves and have a good reading in a quiet environment. We would like to think this is also possible at our caf√©. Comfort and adventure. Can we mix them? We believe we can. A flavour, a sound, a colour … there are many ways of tasting life”.

Restaurant/cafe¬†Bruta Flor Mouraria Lisbon, wall drawing: beautiful man & wild flowers ūüôā

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Restaurant/cafe Bruta Flor area Mouraria Lisbon & view Largo da Severa Lisbon

Short-term rental in this area: my apartment (100 m2, 3 bedrooms), lovely private & quiet patio

Looking for an authentic apartment in this area? More info about my apartment in Mouraria & availability calendar

Breathtaking views Lisbon: Art Center ‘Casa da Cerca’, former palace, unique location & short ferry trip

‚ÄčContemporary Art Center ‘Casa da Cerca‘ is located at the south side of the river Tagus.¬† Views on downtown Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge¬†are amazing!

Superb views! ūüôā Garden Art Center ‘Casa da Cerca‘, Lisbon, February 2019 & tourist guide Josephine Lucassen. YouTube

How to get there?

Take the ferry from Lisbons’ Cais do Sodré (every 10 minutes, weekend every 20 min.) to  Cacilhas,  a 10 min trip. (Return ticket : cheap).  YouTube Ferry ride

Time table ferry from Lisbon Cais do Sodre to area Cacilhas and vice versa

Cais do Ginjal , Cacilhas Lisbon, February 2019

As you get off the ferry, ¬†it takes about 15 minutes to walk along the river (Cais do Ginjal)¬† to reach the elevator, after passing lots of ruinous warehouses (could be a place for a movie set…!), and a few restaurants, both worth a visit ūüôā¬† : Atire-te ao Rio and Ponto Final.

Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier. July 2019

The elevator (elevador ‘da Boca da Venta‘, mouth of the wind) is convenient and free.

Magnificent view of the 25 April bridge, Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), the city of Lisbon and the river Tagus .

View 25 April bridge. Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier, July 2019

Former palace Casa da Cerca : art gallery, botanical garden & small cafetaria.

There are several exhibition spaces, a patio gallery, a cistern, a wonderful sculpture park, a chapel and a Botanical Garden – which, separately or jointly, present a regular program of individual, collective or thematic exhibitions.

Former palace Casa da Cerca & contemporary Art Center Lisbon, February 2019: tourist guide Portugal Josephine Lucassen

The former Cerca Palace is considered to be the most characteristic example of civil architecture from the 18th century, constructed between the 17th and the 18th century, with Baroque and Romantic influences, being restored in the end of the 20th century.

Art center Casa da Cerca Lisbon & tourist guide Portugal Josephine Lucassen, February 2019

February 2019: exhibition ‘O futuro do Passado’ (‘the future of the past’): Portuguese artists¬† Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Ana Jotta, Jorge Queiroz & poet Matilde Campilho

Eduardo Mota digitalizou “Le Saut du Lapin” de Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso.

Wonderful! Source: Wikipedia

The property was acquired by the City Council in 1988. Refurbished and adapted to the expository purposes for which it was intended, opened to the public in 1993 as a Center for Contemporary art. The first exhibition focused on a core of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso’s work.

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Art center Casa da Cerca & garden. Picture: Margaret Schöttelndreier, July 2019
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Casa da Cerca, Rua da Cerca, 2800-050 Almada, Lisbon

Exhibitions, cafetaria & lovely botanical garden ‘O Ch√£o das Artes’¬† (‘floor of the arts’): Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm

Center for Documentation and Research Mestre Rogério Ribeiro:
Tuesday to Friday from 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h

Art Center Casa da Cerca Lisbon & ladies room, February 2019

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Cascais: famous beach vacation spot, easily reached from Lisbon & favorite restaurants

Cascais is 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).

Center of Cascais in summertime

Cascais¬†is 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! ūüôā

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¬† ūüėȬ†

Great beaches, and a promenade that connects Cascais to Lisbon providing one of the most spectacular costal walks available.

Terrace restaurant, cafe & bar¬†‘O Po√©ta’ Cascais

Restaurants city center

Agressive waiters on this square try to entice you to eat in their restaurant.

Football lovers : here huge screens are strategically placed outside and inside the restaurants.

Vegetarian restaurant House of Wonders in Cascais

Easy to reach from the trainstation, 5 minutes walk: Largo da Misericordia 53, Cascais

Vega Restaurant House of Wonders Cascais & mezze (november 2018)

My favorite vegan restaurant and roofterrace in Cascais is House of Wonders, delicious vegetarian food

Lovely new terrace Vega Restaurant & cafe House of Wonders Cascais

July 2019

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Restaurant Maritimo, Cascais

(Nearby): Set under 2 centuries-old trees there’s tiny restaurant Maritimo ‘s great terrace where you can eat fresh fish and salads.

Restaurant Maritimo Cascais & prawns with garlic: 15 euro ūüôā

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The big square next to the restaurant is an ideal place to let the kids play. Portuguese family restaurant Maritimo (closed on Sunday).

Largo Cidade de Vitória 37, Cascais

Cascais in September

There’s free bike-rental for tourists, and¬†the nearby (5 km, easily accessible by bus or by train)¬†popular¬†Guincho beach is one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing beaches in Europe.

YouTube movie Graham goes Guincho

Cascais: Museum Conde Castro Guimar√£es

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 Guimar√£es (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: ‚ÄėLinha de Cascais‚Äô (name of the train line joining Lisbon to Cascais) from Cais do Sodr√©, Lisbon‚Äôs major bus, metro, ferry and trainstation. Return ticket: cheap.

Short term rentals in Lisbon: my 100 m2 authentic 3-bedroom apartment with lovely patio in Mouraria (short term rentals):

Cascais & one of the small beaches

More: Visit Cascais 

Hidden gem Lisbon city center: restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’ & delicious Portuguese food

A little bit hidden in the former Moorish quarter Mouraria, in a small street of one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, there’s Restaurant Z√© da Mouraria’. Open for a typical Portuguese lunch (almo√ßo) from 12:00 till 16:00. Closed on Sundays.

Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’ & very friendly staff, June 2019

Great typical Portuguese food and, also important, very nice people and an informal atmosphere¬† ūüôā

Lunches only. One of my favorites! (Air-conditioned in summertime).

Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, street Rua Jo√£o do Outeiro 34, Lisbon, June 2019

In the month of June, all the streets in the historical center of Lisbon are decorated with garlands and lights. Party time! (Festas de Lisboa in Mouraria).

Chef Ricardo & codfish (bacalhau) a very popular dish in Portugal

Large food portions meant for sharing

The menu varies every day. Restaurant Z√© da Mouraria serves large food portions, meant for sharing. If you go to this restaurant with 2 people order for 1 person instead of ordering for 2 !¬† ūüôā

Vimeo¬†& restaurant¬†‘Z√© da Mouraria’

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Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, Lisbon December 2017

Delicious¬†almo√ßo (lunch)! Bifinhos ao alinho (garlic steak), 4 pieces (meio dose! half serving). Bill for 2 persons, including wine, water and coffee: ‚ā¨ 22,50.¬† Desert (sobremesa) from ‚ā¨ ¬†2.50

June 2019: Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, Lisbon & Artur Domingos ūüėČ

On the wall in this restaurant there’s lots of portraits of famous fado singers, born in this neighborhood: Mouraria.

Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, Lisbon June 2019

Fado music

No neighborhood in Lisbon is praised more in Fado music than Mouraria. It is said that the melancholic sounds of the music and singing of the Moorish people was at the base of Fado (meaning fate) music, often described as the Portuguese blues. More…..

Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, Lisbon June 2019

Together with Alfama, the Mouraria area is a muddle of very narrow streets and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age. Nowadays it is a trendy area.

Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, Lisbon, June 2019

Delicious: codfish (bacalhau). When you stay in Lisbon a must-try is bacalhau (dried and salted cod).  The Portuguese adore it and it’s said that they know at least 365 different ways to cook it…one for each day of the year!

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Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, Lisbon

Lunch is almost always fully booked; We waited for about half an hour in the street. Go early ( around 12:00 o’clock) or around 15:00. One of the best Lisbon restaurants!¬† ūüôā

Restaurant ‘Z√© da Mouraria’, Lisbon. Picture: Margaret Sch√∂ttelndreier, July 2019

Rua Jo√£o do Outeiro 24
1100 Lisbon, Portugal
00351 218 865 436
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Only open for lunch, dinner is possible  for groups. Closed on Sundays, no creditcards.  Facebook
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