When you visit Lisbon you shouldn’t miss its rich gastronomy. There are some traditional dishes that have a spectacular taste such as Bacalhau –cod fish- but there’s also a cake that will blow your mind: the Pastéis de Nata, or Pastéis de Belem –custard tarts-.
The original recipe of Pastéis de Nata was created before the XVIII century by the monks at Lisbons Jerónimos Monastery. At first it was only for monastery residents. But soon, after a liberal revolution, all the Monasteries where shut down. Someone from Jerónimos Monastery started making Pastéis de Nata at Casa Pastéis de Belem –a bakery in Belem– in order to survive.
Quickly the Pastéis de Nata became really popular at Lisbon and nowadays it’s the most popular cake in Portugal. A tart you should eat at least once when you go to Lisbon.
After some years of restoration this February Pátio da Galé –Praça do Comércio- was reopened. The Galé is the original patio of the Royal Palace and the House of India, so it has an important heritage that dates from 1755 when an important earthquake destroyed the city and the Maquês de Pombal approved the project.
After the restoration Pátio da Galé has recovered all the glamour of previous ages and it’s an unforgettable visit for the tourist and also it’s an important meeting point for Lisbon’s citizens.
At Pátio da Galé you can find: restaurants, a gallery for exhibitions and events, an ice cream bar, the Lisbon Shop, and a tourist office. And the best of it all is that it’s just 15 minutes away walking from Equity Point Lisboa.
Tomorrow starts another edition of Festival dos Oceanos in Lisbon –also known as Oceans Festival-, which is a great cultural and entertainment event in Lisbon that takes place each summer. This year it’s the 8th edition and most of the events are free to entry.
Festival dos Oceanos takes place from the 30th July to August 13th with events such as concerts, street performances and entertainment, nights at the museums, fireworks…
The opening concert will take place at Praça do Comércio with a concert with Joss Stone, Sara Tavares and X-Wife (Joss Stone and Sara Tavares will perform an unpublished duet).
You shouldn’t miss those special days in Lisbon. And at Equity Point Lisboa we have the perfect accommodation you need to take advantage to all the events that Lisbon offers.
Barrio Alto is a bohemian quarter of Lisbon, the favorite of writers and artists. It’s a pretty quiet place during the day that becomes the neighborhood with the most vibrant nightlife in the whole city. There you’ll find from posh fado restaurants to punk clubs, just everything you need to have the perfect night out.
Barrio Alto has a unique style with graffitis, youth culture, art galleries, bookshops, gift shops, alternative fashion shops, stylish bars… You can even find some of the best traditional and international restaurants of the city.
The main streets of Lisbon’s Barrio Alto are Rua do Norte, Rua da Atalaia and Rua do Diário de Noticias, and you’ll get to all of them in a 5 minute walk from Equity Point Lisboa Hostel.
What are you waiting to live one of the most exciting nightlifes in Europe?
Parque das Nações is a Lisbon’s modern neighborhood located at Eastern Lisbon. Most of Parque das Nações was built by innovative architects for the 98 Expo but nowadays there are offices, residential buildings and touristic spots such as Oceanario, one of the biggest aquariums of the world.
The attractions also include a casino, eater gardens, a viewing tower, a marina, restaurants and one of the world’s longest bridges. Even the Estación de Oriente –the train and bus station- has an extraordinary modern structure.
Getting to Parque das Nações from Equity Point Lisboa is pretty easy. You can get there in a short ride on bus, metro or train. And don’t forget to visit Oceanario famous Otters. Amália and Eusébio are even Youtube Stars!
In the next few days there will be huge parties all around the world celebrating the Gay Pride. The main day is the 28th of June, which commemorates New York’s Stonewall riots on 1969, which started all the gay activism as we know it.
Gay Parades are different at each destination but all of them are full of joy, glam and glitter. If you want to attend to any of them, remember you can find the perfect accommodation at Equity Point Hostels at each of the cities. Even Equity Point Centric in Barcelona is between the Top Ten Gay Hostels form HostelBookers! Continue reading →
Every June Lisbon becomes a huge party the whole month. The city gets all the street entertainment you can imagine with festivals, cinema, music, theater, parades…
The Festas de Lisboa is also a place to discover new contemporary cultural expressions and different ways of interaction between artists and its audiences.
All the main streets and the historical quarters of Lisbon get prepared to party with celebrations that include dances, fados and eating grilled sardines. It’s also traditional to celebrate a collective weeding ceremony and all the brides who participate are known as the ‘Brides of Santo Antonio’.
If you go to Lisbon this summer you can also go to the beach, swim in the Atlantic Ocean and sunbath. Although Lisbon doesn’t have a beach there are some really close and the most famous of all is Costa Caparica.
Costa Caparica is about 40 minutes away from Lisbon by bus -you should get the bus at plaza España-. There are several beaches at Costa Caparica which are very popular at summer but not too crowded. And in the summer there’s a small train that makes several stops along the 10 km of beaches of Costa Caparica. Continue reading →
Portugal’s imperial past has left some magnificent treasures to Lisbon, and some of them are available in museums as the ‘Museu Nacional Dos Coches’, which has one of the finniest collections of historical carriages of the world. Now is one of the most visited museums of the city.
The museum was created by Queen Amelia of Orleans and Bragança and inaugurated on May 23rd of 1905. With a collection of carriages from 16th to 19th centuries made in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Austria and England.
In the ‘Museu Nacional dos Coches‘ there are around 60 carriages perfectly repaired and also you can find some pictures and antiques. The museum is located at Jardim do Ultramar at Barrio de Belém, just 20 minutes walking from Equity Point Lisboa.
Mercado da Ribeira is one of the oldest markets in Lisbon as it was built in 1885. And it’s also the biggest and most important fresh market in Lisbon. At Mercado da Ribeira you can find flowers, fruit, fish, meat, bread and almost any kind of food. Most locals buy the food here, so should you.
But probably the best part of Mercado da Ribeira is all those trendy bars and eateries that surround it. The market is frenzy all the mornings and later the life in bars sparks. Usually there’s also live music, dance, exhibition, performances…