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Lisbon and its attractions

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A travel journal to Lisbon by MALUSE

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All the peoples that were on the move in historic times were interested in the site of Lisbon, it may be a myth that Ulysses discovered it, but there is proof that the Phoenicians did at around 5000 BC, they called their colony ‘Alis Ubbo’- ‘lovely little port’. Later the Romans, the Visigoths and Moorish conquerors from North Africa came, the latter stayed for 300 years (some Portuguese have Arabic features), in 1147 King Alfonso succeeded in driving them back with the help of Crusaders (occasionally one sees tall and blond Portuguese) to say nothing of the Spanish and French occupation.The 16th century saw the real beginning of Lisbon as it is today, Portuguese navigators sailed round th...Read More

Internacional Design Hotel

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Hotel | "Internacional Design Hotel, Lisbon"

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**Location**More central is not possible. My husband and I had been to Lisbon before and knew the layout of the city. We decided that this time we didn’t want to use the underground, bus or tram to get to the centre, so we opted for a hotel in the Baixa, the low part of the city, which constitutes the centre. The Internacional Design Hotel is at the corner of Rua Bellesga and Rua Augusta, the main artery of the city centre. It runs from the Rossio Square to the PraVa di Comercio which opens up to the river Teide. It’s a pedestrian precinct throughout with small elegant shops on either side. Nightlife is elsewhere, when the shops close, the pavements are rolled up (as the Germans say). Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2010

Internacional Design Hotel
Rua da Betesga, 3
Lisbon, Portugal 1100-090
351 213 240 990

Sana Executive Hotel

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When travelling abroad I don't book hotels online, I somehow don't trust myself, what if something goes wrong? I need someone to blame , so I go to a travel agency I can trust, they do their job well, up to now there has been no need to blame them! When we went to Lisbon at Easter three years ago, they found the Sana Executive Hotel *** for us for the special offer of four nights for the price of three meaning that the double room cost 70 € a night (including breakfast) instead of 160 € (without breakfast, breakfast costs 8 € extra), I‘m sure that was a good deal and I couldn‘t have found a better one myself. The hotel is about a quarter of an hour away from the airport by car...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2010

Sana Executive Hotel
Avenida Conde Valbon 56
Lisbon, Portugal
351 21 7951157

A Cozinha d’Avó

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When we were in Lisbon at Easter we decided one day to cross the river Tejo by ferry, we had read in the guidebook that there were good fish restarants on the southern bank. We went to a ferry station where we saw a large map of the area on the wall, two ferry lines were drawn to the opposite bank, we opted for the longer one in order to enjoy the ferry ride a bit longer.The man behind the ticket counter was very surprised when we named the destination, he got out of his booth, went with us back to the map and told us that we certainly did not want to go there (we could follow his Portuguese explanation), we were tourists and there was nothing, nada, to see for tourists, we wanted to go to...Read More

A Cozinha d’Avó
Rua Recosta 5a - Barreiro
Lisbon

Antiga Confeitaria de Belem

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Restaurant | "Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, Portugal"

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Third time lucky! My husband and I always travel with a guidebook and like reading it before we start as well as on the spot, but somehow we managed to overlook the mention of the most famous bakery of Lisbon, the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, Rua de Belém 84-82, during our first two stays in the city, or we didn’t take the praise heaped on it seriously. When a tourist couple in our hotel raved enthusiastically about it, we decided to finally have a look. Belém is a suburb of Lisbon and can easily be reached by bus, tram or train, a taxi ride from the centre costs about 6 Euro. It’s to the right (across the street) of the Mosteiro dos Jéronimos (Jeronimos Monastery), which is a must for all tourists to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2010

Antiga Confeitaria de Belem
Rua De Belem 84-92
Lisbon, Portugal
351-21-3638077

Museu do Oriente

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Attraction | "Museo do Oriente"

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Lisbon has a lot of shabby grandeur. This is not the place to tell you why the grandeur has became shabby but where it came from, at least in parts. A visit to the Museo do Oriente (Orient Museum or Museum of the Far East) provides some answers.It’s located in the port area, next to a yacht marina, between the main road and the railway line and the river Tejo. The address is Av. Brasília, Doca de Alcántara, it can be reached by public transport, the buses 12, 28, 714, 73, 738, the trams 15E, 18 E and the trains to Cascais stop there (station Alcántara). Open 10am-6pm (closed Tuesdays), 10am-10pm on Fridays. The admission is reduced for tourists holding a LisboaCard. The museum is wheelch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2011

Museu do Oriente
Avenida Brasalia, Doca De Alcantara (Norte)
Lisbon, Portugal
(351) 213 585 244