Gay Pride at Barcelona, Madrid, London and Lisbon

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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!
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Festas de Lisboa 2011

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 don’t want to miss all those huge parties, even the sardines contest, you can stay with us at Equity Point Lisboa Hostel. You’ll have all the main parties at walking distance!
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Costa Caparica, Lisbon’s beach

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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.
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Lisbon’s Museu Nacional dos Coches

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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.

Lisbons Mercado da Ribeira

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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…

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Equity Point Lisboa at the news

Last weekend Equity Point Lisboa appeared at the TV news from RTP, the national Portuguese TV channel.

It’s a short report about how to travel to Lisbon spending just 150 Euros in three days. Don’t you think it’s possible? Sleeping at Equity Point Lisboa is the key, but they also show some tips to have some good traditional dishes.

There are no excuses to have s short trip to Lisbon, a great city with several historical spots to visit and an amazing nightlife. And remember; if you want to go to Portugal visit our Lisbon Hostel.

Lisbon Carnival 2011

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Lisbon becomes a big disguise party every year for the Carnival, which this year takes place the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of March. Satire and masks take the streets of Lisbon and you can find a party everywhere you go, as it happens at many Portuguese cities those days.

But apart from the street parties there are also several private parties in clubs aimed to serve that special party that everyone is looking for. You can find some traditional parties, some Rock parties, DJ’s…

If you want to attend to all those incredible Lisbon Parties remember you can book at Equity Point Lisboa, a Hostel in Lisbon city center, you’ll be at walking distance to almost every single party in the city. Hurry up! It takes place next week!

Belem, a historical neighborhood of Lisbon

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Belem is situated where the Tajo River has its mouth to the sea in Lisbon, and that’s why it was the place where the Caravels on Christopher Columbus sailed to discover the Americas. Probably one of the most important historical spots of the city.

Most of the neighborhood was built during the reign of Manuel I of Portugal (1495-1521). He wanted to show the world his imperial power and built monuments and churches, including Belem Tower and Monasterio de los Jerónimos. It also has big streets, palaces, museums, gardens…

It’s really easy to get to the main streets of Barrio de Belem from Equity Point Lisboa, as we’re located next to Restauradores, an important transit hub. You will enjoy our Lisbon Hostel.

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Eat bacalhau in Lisbon, the Portuguese national dish

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Bacalhau is the way that’s called the dried and salted cod fish in Portuguese and it’s the national dish. It’s also popular in some other countries such as Norway or Canada, but the Portuguese prepare Bacalhau making it the tastiest fish dish you’ll ever try.

There are several different recipes of Bacalhau in Portugal, all of them great for the palate, but maybe the most popular and delicate one is Bacalhau à Brás. You should try it when you visit our Hostel in Lisbon.

Bacalhau à Brás in made with shreds of salted cod, onions, fried potatoes and scrambled eggs and usually is garnished with parsley and black olives. It’s a pretty cheap recipe and easy to prepare so it became popular quickly.

Bacalhau à Brás, where Brás stands for the surname of its creator, originated in Barrio Alto, really close to Equity Point Lisboa Hostel.

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Praça do Comércio, an unforgettable square in Lisbon

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Praça do Comércio has just been opened again after being closed for a while to have some conservation works done. So now it the perfect moment to get to Lisbon and enjoy this renewed square that is just 15 minutes in walking distance from Equity Point Lisboa Hostel.

Praça do Comércio was the old maritime entry to Lisbon and it’s considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Portugal. Some of the buildings surrounding the square are official government agencies.

One of the sides of the Praça do Comércio is open to the Tajo River with its jetty and estuary. But the main visual impact comes from the Dom José I statue –until 1755 there was an Apollo statue but an earthquake destroyed it-.

Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio is a must visit at every trip to the city. And remember you won’t find a better placed hostel in Lisbon than Equity Point Lisboa.

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