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Mother-Daughter getaway to Lisbon

Mother-Daughter getaway to Lisbon This year for my mum’s birthday, I prepared a special gift — a getaway in Lisbon. When I was studying at Lisbon University and she came to visit me, I remember we always had such a great time together. I wanted to recreated those days again. Plus, Lisbon makes my mother happy, she has always great stories and memories about this city, specially from those days before and after the revolution 25 April 1974, when she was visiting her sister, who used to live there. “Stories…the testimony of human contact.” Whenever she speaks about Lisbon, her eyes light up, she puts a funny smile on her face and while walking those streets together, I can always imagine her like a young girl, singing Fado and wandering on the hills of Lisbon.  It is true what they say, life is made of memories. I want to share these thoughts with my mother and remember the places we were together, alive and happy. Lisbon was a gift to both of us. This is the …

Have you heard about the new PortoBay Hotel, in Lisbon?

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Lisbon and stay in the new boutique hotel of PortoBay Hotels & Resorts – Hotel PortoBay Marquês. This hotel opened doors only three weeks ago and it is already a hit. Here’s why: Location This hotel is perfectly located: 5 minutes walk from the metro at Marques de Pombal Square and a short walk from Avenida da Liberdade. Hotel PortoBay Marquês is a charming hotel set in a, not too large, historic building with a relaxed atmosphere. It displays an intimate decoration containing design pieces such as vintage radios, a library with a nice collection of books , beautiful photographs of Lisbon by Henrique Seruca and a warm welcome from the minute you step in. The Hotel has also 2 bars; Bar de baixo and Bar de cima – rooftop bar. This is the ideal place to soak up the light falling on the rooftops of Lisbon, listen to some music and have a drink by the end of the day. If you want to lay down …

A weekend in Porto with friends

Where are we going this year? That’s how this journey began … After Madrid last year, we made a statement: – A weekend just for friends, once per year! The choices were: Edinburgh or Prague, but Portugal spoke louder and we chose the city of Porto. And so it was… Where we stayed at Porto We stayed at the Gallery Hostel, Rua Miguel Bombarda. This is a street full of art galleries, alternative shops and friendly cafes. It is also a few minutes walk from the ‘Aliados’, not far from ‘Ribeira’, near the river. One of the highlights of this area is the street art and historical buildings covered in beautiful tiles. It also has a “ commerce center that is not a shopping”, the CCBombarda which offers affordable restaurants and creative shops. The Gallery Hostel is excellent. The rooms are nice, clean, spacious and so are the bathrooms. It has a very nice social area and breakfast is included. They also make dinner for 10 € with drinks included. Staff is very welcoming. What …

things to do in lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon My cousins Justi&Roberto went recently to Lisbon, to spend a Holiday in Bairro Alto. This wasn’t their first time there, in the University days, they lived in different areas of the city (Benfica, Novas Avenidas, Graça), but nothing compares to the intensity of living in the central frantic Lisbon. Here are their fun things to do in Lisbon: To Sleep in Lisbon: An accommodation in Bairro Alto was our choice.The central location and the possibility of walking into areas where “everything happens” (Principe Real, Chiado, Baixa and Cais do Sodre) was our priority. There are some places with excellent ratings on Booking.com, including ours: rent4rest, which is well located in a quieter street, but very close to the center of nightlife. Contrary to what most people would think, the area is very safe (a friend lent us a smart cabriolet, which we parked in the surrounding streets without any type of vandalism) and we had the privilege, every day at night, to open the windows of the apartment and listen to fado in a nearby restaurant. Book it here. What better Lisbon experience …

This is my country, PORTUGAL!

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of research about Portugal. I’m falling in love, all over again, with our country, so small, but so impressive, not only for its history but also by its amazing scenery. From north to south, beaches, mountains, gorgeous islands and fairy tale castles. After seeing these images I feel like grabbing my family and discovering more about our wonderful country. I didn’t ask to be Portuguese, i just got lucky…Enjoy the pictures. Follow From Madeira to Mars ‘s board Portugal on Pinterest.