New Year's Eve in Lisbon

New Year’s Eve in Lisbon 2018-2019

Are you coming to visit Lisbon for New Year’s Eve 2018-2019? Well, here are some recommendations.

These are rather odd dates, because if one side there is a lot of animation, there are also areas where there are more shops closed and many “lisboetas” leave Lisbon to celebrate outside with family and friends.
With the help of these suggestions … you will have a fun time for sure!

THE MAIN EVENT
On New Year’s Eve in Lisbon, the town hall organizes a show each year in the Plaza de Terreiro do Paço, in the dowtown area next to the Tagus river. It is free entry.
On the 31st there are concerts starting at 10pm, and fireworks at midnight.
In case you are more days in Lisbon, on the 29th and 30th there is a concert in the same place at 9:30 p.m.

Terreiro do Paço - Main City New Year's Eve Event

Concerts and Fireworks at Terreiro do Paço

Terreiro do Paço full program:

This year’s program is still not available, but for you to have an idea, this was the full agenda of last year:

Day 29: 21h30 – Concert by Ana Moura (Fado)
Day 30: 21h30 – Concert by Lura and Bonga (African Music)
Day 31:
– 22h – Concert by Marta Ren & The Groovelvets
– 23h – Concert by Capitão Fausto
– 00h – Piromusical show with original music Beatbombers
– 00h15 – Concert that gathers several Portuguese Pop-Rock artists: Ana Bacalhau, Ana Deus, Lena d’Água, Luís Portugal, Miguel Angelo, Rui Pregal da Cunha, Samuel Úria, Viviane and Xana

WHERE TO HAVE DINNER?
As for where to dine, it’s a good subject as it’s always a somewhat complicated night. I would say that if you want to follow the Terreiro do Paço plan that I mention above, then look for a restaurant nearby and book it as soon as possible. There are many options in the downtown area.

Through this link of The Fork, you can put the date and time and it will give you several available options (I suggest you choose the option to see in the map, to look for those that are in the center): http://tidd.ly/3fcb0dc3

OTHER NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES:
In case you do not want the “hang outside in the street” plan and want something more organized, there are several “private” parties in different places in Lisbon that you can buy tickets to. Some with dinner included, others just for the party.

Already confirmed for 2018-2019:

Le Reveillon in Convent of Beato:
Party a little further from the center, in a former convent.
Prices €35-€45 per person, including 3 drinks. They also have a dinner+party option starting at 125€/person.

Le Reveillon @ Convento do Beato

 

 

Royal Palace Party:
In the Royal Palace of Ajuda. This is already the fourth edition of the event. Among the guest artists is the DJ Joana Perez who “promises to bring the best of hip-hop and R’n’B to the Tapada de Ajuda”. Tickets cost between €25 and €45, with 4 drinks. There is also a dinner+party option that costs 100€/person.
http://www.royalpalace.pt/

 

 

 

Other parties from last year, still pending confirmation, but that will probably repeat this year:

Casino of Lisbon:
They have dinner with menu for € 150/person, all included, and live music, including a concert by the fadist Ana Moura after midnight:
http://www.casino-lisboa.pt/pt/passagem-de-ano-2017-2018/1921.htm

Casino Estoril (in Estoril, aprox 30min from Lisbon):
They also have dinner with show with menu for € 130/person:
http://www.casino-estoril.pt/pt/reveillon/1905.htm

 

Baile da Virada:
Party in a building right next to Terreiro do Paço in the old town.
Prices €30-€40 per person, includes 6 drinks.
https://ticketline.sapo.pt/evento/baile-da-virada-22940

 

 

 

Welcome 2018 – Estufa Fria
In the Estufa Fria (greenhouse) there is also a party with the DJs Frederik, M.Dusa, Garfield and Huguinho The King. The party starts at 11pm and the value of the tickets starts at €40.
https://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/art/passagem-do-ano-2018-na-estufa-fria-lisboa-290532-11

Revenge of the 90’s:
The Revenge of the 90’s party will also happen on the 31st and it is the sound of the Spice Girls, the Backstreet Boys or Anjos. The place is in the Lisbon Coliseum. The values ​​start at €30. More information here.
https://www.facebook.com/events/662673027269045/

Hard Rock Café
The Hard Rock Cafe Lisboa is another place to celebrate the New Year.
This year there are two dinner options on December 31, and a big party to commemorate the arrival of 2018. You can choose and reserve one of the 3 available shifts:
From 6pm to 8pm: €71, including dinner;
From 9:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: €151, with dinner included;
From 11pm to 04h: €21, with two drinks included.
To book: https://shop.link2ticket.nl/S/Chan/A1hXcUMFfFtBVA

I hope these recommendations help you to have a spectacular start in 2019 in Lisbon 🙂

Best day trips from Lisbon

Best Day Trips from Lisbon

There are several wonderful places to visit around Lisbon, less than 1 hour away, that are definitely worth discovering. To visit those places you should have a car. Although you can also find public transportation or tours that take you there, if you want to explore at your own pace and move freely, to have your own car is the best option.
If you fly to Lisbon, you can rent a car online or pick one at the airport.

 

Sintra villa center

Sintra villa center

1. Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

Sintra is in my opinion one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. Things to do and see in Sintra: Historic center, Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira (don’t miss this one, and if possible take the guided tour!), eat Travesseiros in Piriquita pastry shop.
Coming back from Sintra to Lisbon you can take the long way, heading to the Praia das Maçãs beach and then follow the road along the coast, which is very nice with some viewponts over the sea. That way you will pass also by the beach of Guincho (very beautiful with dunes and surfing atmosphere), ant the villages of Cascais and Estoril that also deserve a stop.
A good option if you are looking for a special place to lunch, is about 6 kms after Praia das Maçãs going on Guincho direction, you have a restaurant that is very good with great grilled fish, in a small and beautiful beach called Praia da Adraga.
Praia: View Photos
Restaurant: www.restaurantedaadraga.com
When driving from Praia da Adraga to Guincho, you can take a small detour to visit Cabo da Roca, which is the most occidental point of Europe, a cliff over the sea with a lighthouse. You can stop to say you have been there and has a nice view over the Atlantic Ocean!

 

Borda d'Agua beach bar at Costa da Caparica

Borda d’Agua beach bar at Costa da Caparica

2. Costa da Caparica

If the weather is good, these are the best beaches near Lisbon. Cross the 25th April bridge headed south and you find indications to Caparica. I recommend you go to the beach of S. João da Caparica. Once you arrive to town there is a light on the main street and you shall turn to the right, after a few roundabouts you will see indications to the beach. This beach has a private parking area, that costs approximately 3€, but the advantage is that it is less chaotic to find a place to park. There are some nice beach bars there, like Pé Nu or Bicho d’Água. Another option, also in Costa da Caparica, is when getting to town to go to the left side at the light, and then make around 5 kms, and you will find several beaches on your right side. On this area the one I recommend is the Praia da Morena beach, which has a very cool beach bar called Borda d’Água. The only disadvantage of going to this side is that during summer where weekengs, when there is many people, the road can be collapsed with too many cars and parking can be an adventure. But on the upside, those beaches are very beautiful and more “wild” because they are farther away from town.

 

Troia peninsula with amazing beaches

Troia peninsula with amazing beaches

3. Troia, Comporta and Sesimbra

When leaving Lisbon heading south, after crossing the 25 Abril bridge, instead of going right to Costa da Caparica, keep straight ahead and follow the indications to Setubal (30min). In Setubal you can catch a ferry boat to Troia, which is located in a very narrow peninsula, almost a “tongue” of sand between the river and the sea. In the Troia village itself there is not much to see, there is a marina, a casino and some hotels, but all beaches south from there are very nice. If you travel about 15 to 20 km you will find the incredible beaches of Comporta and Carvalhal, where you can enjoy a good beach day if the weather allows, and if not you can enjoy some white wine with clams. When coming to Troia or when heading back, you can make a detour on the route between Lisbon and Setubal, and go to Sesimbra. It is a nice fishing village with a castle, and also many restaurants where you can find great grilled fish and seafood. A great restaurant is the Casa Mateus where you can try some delicious rices and fish.

Discover Lisbon Walking

Discover Lisbon walking

These are the 5 most interesting areas in Lisbon to discover walking:

Bairro Alto and Chiado

S. Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint

1. Bairro Alto and Chiado
It is a very nice area in the old town with a lot of local commerce as well, where you’ll find plenty cool shops. I recommend visiting there the Museu do Chiado and taste the delicious croissants of the Pastelaria Benard (right next to the exit of the Chiado metro station)

 

 

Baixa

Praça do Comercio

 

2. Baixa
It is the lower part of the city, just between Chiado and Alfama. Here you will find the beautiful plazas of Rossio and Figueira. Worth walking down the Rua Augusta, which is main pedestrian street, and ends at the Augusta Arch that gives access to the Praça do Comercio, right in front of the river Tejo.

 

Alfama and Mouraria

Narrow streets of Alfama

3. Alfama and Mouraria
It is the oldest area of Lisbon, where you’ll find the Castelo de São Jorge. It is definitely worth spending a couple of hours lost in its streets, alleys and stairs. Of course you should visit the castle. And not to be missed, below the castle, a bar/restaurant/circus school called Chapitô (Costa do Castelo, 1) with an incredible view over the river and Lisbon. It is also a classic to catch the tram 28 to go from Praça da Figueira up to Alfama. But I prefer to walk! 😉

 

Belem

Belem Tower

4. Belém
You can go there by tram as well. There are trams leaving from Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodre, headed to Belem. In Belem you will find the delicious Pastéis of Belém (look for the official pastry shop). In the area you can also visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. And for modern art exhibitions you have the CCB (Centro Cultural de Belem).

 

Parque das Nações

Oceanario in Parque das Nações

5. Parque das Nações
It is the modern area that was recovered after the 1998 World Expo. It is nice because it is also next to the river. It’s a good place to take a walk and discover a more modern side of Lisbon, see the Oriente railway station by architect Calatrava and also visit the Oceanario that is a spectacular aquarium.

Listen to Fado in Lisbon

Listen to fado in Lisbon

Listen to Fado in LisbonEven though I am lisboner in love with my city… I must confess I’m not a huge fan of fado.
So for this post I asked for help to some friends who do love it and know some good places to listen to fado, avoiding those designed to “trap” tourists.
So here are some recommendations of good places to have dinner or drink while listening to the authentic fado.
All these places are in the Alfama area, next to the Sé Cathedral, which is the most famous neighborhood for fado.

Mesa de Frades
Rua dos Remédios 139 A
+351 917029436
www.facebook.com/mesadefradeslisboa

A Parreirinha de Alfama
Beco Espírito St 1
+351 218868209
www.parreirinhadealfama.com

Clube de Fado
Rua São João da Praça,94
+351 218852704
www.clube-de-fado.com

 

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

The best way to discover Lisbon is, in my opinion, to walk around the city by foot, getting lost in its streets and using trams, buses or subway to get to some more remote places of interest.

But, for those who prefer to have a guided tour, or for those seeking a little more action and want to have fun in some activities, here you have some recommendations.

gocartourslisboaGoCar Tours
A small yellow car … that speaks to you, and tells you things about the city. Each car carries 2 persons, they are rented per hour, and have a few recommended routes where an audio guide that works by GPS will tell you where to go, and explains the places that you pass by in the way, monuments, etc.
I have already tried it, and the truth is that it is a very fun way to see the city. They have routes of 1h or 2h, or also the option to rent the car for the whole day. Prices from 30€ for 2 people.
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/gps-guided-gocar-tour-lisbon-t50293
+351 210965030
Rua dos Douradores, 16, Lisboa (Baixa)

Segways in LisbonSegways
Discovering Lisbon on top of a segway, it is what offers you Lisbon by Segway. They have tours of 1h, 2h and 3h from 35€ per person. The starting point is the same as the GoCar, and there is a combined tour for 55€ which includes the Segway and GoCar.
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/segway-tour-of-alfama-lisbon-t15602/?partner_id=D3D83
+351 210965030
Rua dos Douradores, 16, Lisboa (Baixa)

Tuk tuks in LisbonTuk Tuk

The famous tuk tuk’s from Southeast Asia have invaded Lisbon in the past years. They are all over the city center and can be a fun way to discover Lisbon. Tuk Tuk Tejo is one of the companies that offers several tours of 1h, 2h or 3h, from 50€. Each tuk tuk can carry up to 3 passengers.
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/lisbon-guided-tour-by-tuk-tuk-city-of-neighborhoods-t56540
+351 213 478 103
+351 964 776 666
Calçada do Monte No. 23A 1100-361 Lisboa Graça.

Amphibious bus in LisbonHippo Trip
A bus … that transforms itself into a boat! Incredible but true, this tour is in an amphibious vehicle, showing you Lisbon by land and also by the Tagus river. The tour lasts around 90 minutes and costs 25€ per adult. Children from 2 to 16 years old and seniors +65 years pay only 15€.
www.hippotrip.com/en/
+351 211922030
Doca de Santo Amaro, Alcantara, Lisbon
Guided tour in LisbonGuided tour in Lisbon (old center)
This is a walking tour, which lasts 3 hours, and with a guide it shows you the most interesting sites and monuments of the old town of Lisbon: Praça do Comércio, Alfama, the Cathedral, etc… It is organised by LisbonHost, they do it in small groups, and it costs 25€ per person.
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/welcome-to-lisbon-walking-tour-t28380
Other similar option, but cheaper, only 15€ per person, is organized by Inside Lisbon:
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/best-of-lisbon-walking-tour-rossio-chiado-alfama-t600
Another option, also with 3h duration around the old city center, and even cheaper … 0€! Yes, the tour is free, and it works based on tips. It is not mandatory to pay anything, but if you enjoyed the tour it expected that you give some tip to the guide:
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/free-walking-tour-of-lisbon-t39551

Guided tour to Sintra and CascaisGuided tour to Sintra-Cascais
The company Lisbon Inside organizes a 1 day tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril. They take you to the most emblematic sites such as the Palacio da Pena in Sintra, the cliff at Cabo da Roca, the center of the village of Cascais, among many others. They do this in small groups of approx. 8 people, which is great. The tour departs from Lisbon, the duration are 8h in total, and costs 56€/person. It does not include food.
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/small-group-day-tour-from-lisbon-sintra-cascais-estoril-t612

Guided tour to FátimaGuided tour to Fátima
Another full day excursion to anyone who wants to go to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora de Fatima, yo have this tour organized by Gray Line. The duration are 10h in total, and the price is 72€/person. Fatima is 125km away from Lisbon, so approximately 3 hours of the tour will be traveling. It includes a visit to the medieval village of Óbidos in the way, which is very worth it. The tour doesn’t include food, although there is an option to reserve lunch by paying extra 16€.
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/fatima-full-day-tour-from-lisbon-t1025

Tourist Bus Hop-on Hop-offTourist Bus “Hop-on Hop-off”
You have this in every touristic city around the world, and Lisbon is no exception. The famous “hop-on hop-off” buses, 2 story, with audio-guides, for which you can buy a ticket of 24h, 48h or 72h, and during that time use the buses at your convenience, to go on your own rhythm to the main tourist sites.
There are 3 large companies offering similar services: Yellow Bus, City Sighseeing and Gray Line.
In these links you can look at the reviews from other users, and make the online reservation if you want.
Yellow Bus: www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/lisbon-premium-4-in-1-bus-tours-t15122
City Sightseeing: www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/lisbon-hop-on-hop-off-tour-24h-ticket-t4273
Gray Line: www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/lisbon-sightseeing-hop-on-hop-off-tour-t1021

Oceanário AquariumOceanário
The big ocenarium of Lisbon, in the area of Parque das Nações, where the World Expo took place in 1998. It is one of the largest aquariums in Europe, and is really very nice. A great plan to go with children. Tickets are 16€ for adults and 11€ for children from 4 to 12 years old and for seniors. Until 3 years old it is free.
www.getyourguide.com/lisbon-l42/oceanario-de-lisboa-aquarium-ticket-t38079
+351 218 917 000
Esplanada D. Carlos I – Doca dos Olivais, Lisboa

Lisbon Jardim Zoológico ZooJardim Zoológico de Lisboa
The Lisbon Zoo. Another great plan to go with children. For many of the animals they have recreated their natural habitats, and this way they have removed many of the cages, making it nicer. There is also a dolphin show, sea lions feeding, etc… Prices for adults is 18.5€, children from 3 to 11 years old 13€, seniors 14.5€, and up to 2 years old is free.
www.zoo.pt/site/index_en.php
+351 217 232 900
Estrada de Benfica 158-160 | Sete Rios, Lisbon

Other tours and activities in LisbonOther tours and activities
I recommend taking a look at this website GetYourGuide, which gathers more than 450 activities in Lisbon, and allows you to see the comments of people who already have done those activities and make reservations online.
There are activities for all tastes: gastronomic tours, sidecar tours, bike, electric bike or mountain biking, kayaking, river cruise, VW Beetle, hiking, tour to the castles, to Sesimbra and Arrábida and much more…
www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=Lisbon

Also here below you have a selection of the main activities available at the moment in Lisbon.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

Lisbon in videos

Lisbon in Videos

In this post I will be adding videos of “moments” in Lisbon, so that I can show you a little more of this beautiful city and its special places. These videos have aprox. 1 minute, they are made by me with the camera on my phone, just capturing some moments of a lisboners life… I hope you like.

#thebestoflisbon To have a cocktail at sunset in the bar À Margem

Check please:

– Caipirinha: 6.5€
– Morangoska: 6.5€
– Bruscheta à Margem: 5.5€
– Fantastic view over the river, the bridge and the Christ statue: 0€
Total: 18.5€ (2 pax)

 

#thebestoflisbon To have dinner at Café Buenos Aires

Check please:
– Bread and butter: 2.5€

– 1 bottle of Red Wine from Alentejo region: 15.5€
– 1 Grilled Goat Cheese Salad: 11.5€
– 1 Steak (you can order it for 2 people and they will devide it in 2 plates): 18.5€
– Apple Crumble with vanilla ice cream (to share): 6€
– View over the S.Jorge Castle: 0€
Total: 54€ (2 pax)
#thebestoflisbon To cross the bridge and in 20 minutes arrive to the fantastic beaches of Costa da Caparica

Check please:
– 1 Vegetables Soup: 2.5€
– 2 Sandwiches in rustic bread: 7.8€
– 2 Natural juices of Pinneapple and Melon: 8€
– 1 Bottle of Water 1.5L: 2.2€
– 1 Ice cream: 2.3€
– Swim in the very “cool” water of the Atlantic ocean: 0€
Total: 22.8€ (2 pax)

 

#thebestoflisbon Go up to the roof top of Hotel Bairro Alto to have some beers at sunset with a fantastic view over the city and the Tagus river!

Check please:
– Beers: 6€ cada
– Fantastic view over the Lisbon rooftops, te river and the bridge: 0€ (or let’s day that the view price is already incorporated into the beer price! 😉
Total: 12€ (2 pax)

 

#thebestoflisbon Enjoy a garden picnic… without having any effort to prepare it!… 😉 The restaurant of Hotel da Estrela, in the neighbourhood of Campo de Ourique, has a picnic menu that they serve in the hotel garden, with the complete kit of towel, pillows, etc, in a private environment with a very nice service.

Check please:
– Picnic Menu: 18,5€ por person*
(Includes: Bread and toasts, Butter and Jelly | Cold soup | Cheeses and Sausages | Pastries | Raw vegetables with sauce | Roastbeef Baguette with Antique Mustard | Patato Chips | Chocolate Mousse | Fruit | Water and Coffees)
– 1 Bottle of White Wine: 10€
Total: 47€ (2 pax)

* Kids from 0 to 4 years old don’t pay, and from 5 to 12 pay 50%

Places to have a cocktail at sunset in Lisbon

Perfect places to have a cocktail at sunset in Lisbon

Park terrace bar with cocktails and fanstastic view

Park

Park
www.facebook.com/00park
One of the terraces of the moment in Lisbon, and rightly so! A fantastic view over the river and the bridge. In a quite curious place… the rooftop of a parking! Usually very busy on weekends, but certainly worth the visit.
T: +351 21 591 4011
Address: Calçada do Combro, 58

LostIn terrace bar with cocktails and fanstastic view

LostIn Bar

LostIn Bar
www.facebook.com/lostin
Terrace-bar with an incredible view, hidden behind a narrow street near the square of Principe Real and the viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara. It is a hidden treasure because if you do not know it’s there or see it!
It has some amazing cocktails. I recommend CaipiLost, a caipirinha with vodka and red berries. And it also has several tapas and snacks. The very best, of course … the view!
T: +351 91 741 17 33
Address: Rua D. Pedro V, 58

Topo terrace bar with cocktails and fanstastic view

TOPO

TOPO
www.facebook.com/TOPO

Another Lisbon hidden pearl… The Topo is a rooftop bar – on the top floor of an old shopping mall in Martim Moniz area. The entrance is a little scary, but definitely worth the visit! It has a spectacular view over the castle and all the rooftops of downtown Lisbon. And they also serve amazing cocktails. Unmissable!

T:+351 215 881 322
Address: Praça Martim Moniz (Centro Comercial do Martim Moniz)

Hotel Bairro Alto terrace bar with cocktails and fanstastic view

Hotel Bairro Alto Terrace-Bar

Hotel Bairro Alto
www.bairroaltohotel.com
Terrace lounge bar on the top floor of the hotel. Incredible view over Lisbon and the river.
T: +351 213 408 288
Address: Praça Luis de Camões, 2

Noobbai Cafe terrace bar with cocktails and fanstastic view

Noobai Café

Noobai Café
www.noobaicafe.com
Terrace-bar. Not as fancy as the ones mentioned before, but also with a great view and very good cocktails.
T: +351 213 465 014
Address: Miradouro do Adamastor (Sta. Catarina)

À Margem terrace bar with cocktails and fanstastic view

À Margem Terrace-Bar

À Margem
www.amargem.com
Terrace-bar. Located in Belém, right on top of the water. Amazing view to the river and the bridge. Very good cocktails and also delicious white wine sangria. If you are hungry they have some nice tapas.
T: +351 918225548
Address: Doca do Bom Sucesso (next to Hotel Altis Belém)
(You can see a short video of my visit to this bar here!)

Bar do Moinho beach bar with cocktails and fanstastic view

Bar do Moinho

Bar do Moinho
http://barmoinho.blogspot.com
Bar on the beach. If you have a car and you feel like going to see the ocean, but without getting too far away from Lisbon, I recommend you go to the beach of Carcavelos (on the way to Estoril/Cascais by the Marginal Avenue). When arriving in Carcavelos you will see a traffic light to turn left towards the Forte de São Julião. Turn left there and turn right immediately afterwards. Go to the end of that street until you see a sign that you cannot continue by car. Park the car there and walk a little bit further. On your left side you will have a ladder that goes down to bar Moinho. It is located in a very tiny beach. If you fancy more sand you can keep walking and you will find a bigger beach with other bars there.
Address: Praia de Carcavelos (next to São Julião fortress)

5 viewpoints you must visit in Lisbon

One of the unique aspects of Lisbon and which makes it such a beautiful city, are its hills, its ups and downs that make you suddenly turn a corner and find yourself with a fantastic view over the river at your feet…

There are many magical places, with stunning views over the city and the river, and here I leave my recommendation of the 5 most beautiful viewpoints (miradouro in portuguese) of Lisbon.

1)  Miradouro de Santa Luzia

2) Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

3) Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Adamastor)

4) Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII

5) Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

(mi favorito personal, pero también el más dificil de llegar 😉

(Location Google Maps)