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Alfama: Lisbons Most Historic Gem

Travel Tips for Area: Alfama
Alfama: Lisbons Most Historic Gem

The oldest district of Lisbon, Alfama, is also considered by many to be its most picturesque. Being the only area of the city not greatly affected by the infamous 1755 earthquake, it still boasts architectural gems dating back a thousand years; and offers the discerning visitor a truly authentic Portuguese experience. Sitting proudly atop a hill above the Tagus River, Alfama also offers some of the most magnificent port-side views in the whole city and, moreover, is renowned as the best suburb in town to watch fado performers at their best. Book your holiday rental apartment in Alfama when you next visit Lisbon, and discover the true source of history and culture in Portugal. The São Jorge Castle, Alfama’s most prized possession, is the single oldest building in Lisbon. Recent excavation date back its settlement to a few centuries BC, and revealed a whole host of wonderful artefacts dating back to Medieval, Islamic, Roman and Moorish occupation. While some sections of the castle were damaged during the major earthquake, its formidable walls were left standing and its dominion over Lisbon left unscathed. Current archaeological diggings are still revealing priceless treasures, and the castle is as much of a walk-through museum than ...

Delicious Francesinha in Boavista, Porto

Travel Tips for Area: Boavista
Delicious Francesinha in Boavista, Porto

If you’ve never visited the Portuguese city of Porto, we have just one question for you. What on earth are you waiting for?? Have you not heard that the 2001 European Capital of Culture is one of the most exciting and rewarding holiday destinations in Europe? No? Well...lucky we’re here then. Porto may be renowned as simply the birthplace of port wine, yet the city is fast emerging as a titillating holiday destination. And why not? The wine may take centre stage (as it always should), yet the town itself offers an impressively long list of fun activities to do, and brilliant attractions to admire. Plus, it’s oh so pretty! Set amidst luxuriant hills and flanking both sides of the River Douro, Porto is an enticing destination indeed. Here, you can lose yourself in the cobbled alleyways of a 1500 year old historic city centre, savour the very best of Portuguese gastronomy, shop till you drop in chic boutiques and enjoy an effervescent nightlife scene most European cities can only dream of. Have we got your attention now? Stay nice and close to the action when visiting Porto and book your holiday rental apartment in Boavista, just a skip away from the ...

Short History of the Chiado area, Lisbon.

Travel Tips for Area: Chiado
Short History of the Chiado area, Lisbon.

Nestled cosily between Bairro Alto and Pombalina, the Chiado district of Lisbon exudes an old-world charm which some areas of the Portuguese capital seem to have lost forever. Calmer and quainter than its more populated neighbours, Chiado offers the discerning visitor an authentic and incomparable holiday experience. The shopping and dining options in Chiado are splendid, and the suburb is home to many celebrated museums, theatres and fado houses, as well as more than a few historic shops dating back over 100 years. So if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path base for your Lisbon vacation, then book your holiday rental apartment in Chiado. You’ll still have the best of Lisbon at your doorstep, but you’ll be able to absorb the truly historical aspects of Portugal’s most beloved city. Chiado, what Garrett Street was once called, has its roots dating back to the Romans, and was a thriving agricultural centre all the way through the Middle Ages. After the Christian conquered Lisbon, it was here that several churches and convents were built, most notably St Francis, Trindade and the Carmo convents. The area was widely resettled in the early 14th century at the request of King Ferdinand I and the main ...

Best of Port & Fado, in Cedofeita, Porto

Travel Tips for Area: Cedofeita
Best of Port & Fado, in Cedofeita, Porto

Porto is fast becoming one of Portugal’s most sought after holiday destinations. Whilst the capital Lisbon has been attracting hordes of tourists for decades, thanks to its cultural and historic attractions, Porto was long regarded as the ‘business’ hub of the country and often overlooked by tourists. Yet the tide seems to be changing and there are ample reasons for this. Porto was built atop Roman ruins dating back over a millennia and a half and enjoys a truly picturesque setting. Sprawled out along the Douro River and surrounded by verdant hills, Porto is home to a UNESCO Heritage listed old city centre, eclectic architectural styles and a myriad of attractions, making it an ideal vacation choice for anyone interested in the more cultural side of Portugal. After all...this is the city which gave the country, and the most delicious of wines, their name! Book your holiday rental apartment in Cedofeita when visiting Porto and you’ll be right in the middle of all the action. From this most charming of areas you can explore the historic centre, be within walking distance to the riverfront and have the city’s extensive Metro system right at your doorstep. So plan a holiday to Portugal ...

Authentic Portuguese Fare in Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Travel Tips for Area: Bairro Alto
Authentic Portuguese Fare in Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Hip and trendy Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s premier dining and clubbing quarter, is also the historical centre of the Portuguese capital and a fantastic base for all your Lisbon explorations. During the daytime, Bairro Alto is a wonderfully peaceful suburb to peruse, offering tourists a vast array of sightseeing and shopping opportunities. The main drags of Rua do Norte and Rua da Atalaia are literally brimming with unique and enticing boutiques, and the nearby viewing point of São Pedro de Alcântara offers breathtaking city views for those in-between retail therapy moments. But the area really comes alive after the sun sets, when Bairro Alto becomes the playground of Lisbon’s eclectic, multicultural and artistic youth. Join the crowds as they bar hop, fill up insanely popular Fado houses (where only the traditional and very melancholic fado music is played) and shop till late at night. Hidden amongst grand 16th century palaces, and sleek 21st century clubs, you’ll also find a vast array of exceptional eateries. In fact, Bairro Alto is where the most authentic restaurants in town are to be found! Only problem is...you need to be able to discern the overly-touristy from the truly-authentic. Book an apartment in Lisbon Bairro ...

Three Fun Ways to get around Principe Real, Lisbon

Travel Tips for Area: Principe Real
Three Fun Ways to get around Principe Real, Lisbon

[pinit] Principe Real is the fashionable district of Lisbon, only a few minutes’ walk from popular Bairro Alto. The home of Lisbon’s Botanical Gardens is a leafy suburb overflowing with trendy boutiques, fantastic eateries and a simply divine local produce market which is bound to enhance any self-catering holiday. When booking your holiday rental in Principe Real, you’ll really have the best of Lisbon right at your doorstep. The local metro station will see you reach every corner of town with ease, yet if the mere thought of getting around on the metro has you yawning with boredom, take heart! We’ve scoured the city and found the three best options for explore Lisbon in fun and unique ways. So follow our lead and come have some fun on your next Lisbon vacation. Do one, or all of the following tours, and your Lisbon vacation will certainly be an unforgettable adventure. Get on your Segway! We absolutely love Segways, especially in cities like Lisbon and Rome, which were both built on steep hills. Honestly, if we wanted a mammoth workout whilst on holidays we would’ve booked a room at our local gym! Anyway, booking a transport-included tour is always an option, yet we ...

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