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THE GUIDE TO LISBON’S 10 MAIN SQUARES.

1-PRAÇA DOS RESTAURADORES

A tall obelisk measuring 30 meters (about 100 feet) was placed at the center of this square in 1886. It’s a square mostly frequented by tourists who look for the tourism office in the beautiful Foz Palace or head to Hard Rock Cafe. Others stop for an ice cream at Veneziana or sit on the terrace of Pinóquio restaurant.

2-ROSSIO

Known for its undulating cobblestone patterns first created in 1848, this square has the official name of Dom Pedro IV but everyone knows it as Rossio. It was one of the first spaces to be decorated with this type of pavement which has become so emblematic of Portugal. On the north side is the National Theater D. Maria II and two monumental fountains are at the center. The historic cafés Nicola and Suiça also survive with their terraces attracting tourists, as does the curious Chapelaria Azevedo Rua.

3-PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO

It’s Western Europe’s largest royal square (the second largest in the continent after St. Petersburg’s Palace Square), created after the 1755 earthquake. The arcades that surround it were once home to government offices for many years but are now mainly occupied by cafes and restaurants. The most famous of those is Martinho da Arcada, the oldest café in the city and a favorite of poet Fernando Pessoa.
On the north side is a triumphal arch and to the south are two turrets facing the Tagus. This was the noble gateway to Lisbon where heads of state disembarked, and the marble steps of the pier are now usually occupied by tourists who sit admiring the scenery.
At the center of the square is a bronze equestrian statue of King José I unveiled in 1775.
The city’s history is told at the Lisboa Story Centre in the east wing which also offers cafés that allow you to relax with the river as a backdrop (Can the Can, Populi and Museu da Cerveja).

4-PRAÇA DO MARQUÊS DE POMBAL

This square is where the old center meets the modern city. In the middle is a monument erected in 1934 to honor the Marquis of Pombal, the statesman responsible for the rebuilding of Lisbon’s downtown after the 1755 earthquake. His image stands at the top of a pedestal, facing his creation towards the river. Hotels and offices surround the square, while Edward VII Park is seen to the north and Avenida da Liberdade to the south. Worth visiting: the art exhibitions of BES Arte e Finança gallery.

5-PRAÇA DA FIGUEIRA

Currently serving mostly as a tram terminal, as an underground car park and skate park, this square was once the city’s main marketplace. A covered market built in 1885 was demolished in the 1950s and later a bronze equestrian statue of King John I was erected in its place.
The four-story buildings (many of them in need of renovation) are occupied by hotels and cafes, with the Confeitaria Nacional being an essential stop.

6-PRAÇA LUÍS DE CAMÕES

This square dedicated to Luis de Camões has a monument at the center with an image of the poet dating from 1867. Behind it is an 18th-century building now housing the Brazilian consulate, while on the south side is one of Lisbon’s most emblematic hotels, the Bairro Alto Hotel (worth entering to enjoy a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop bar). You’ll also find a Padaria Portuguesa, a branch of the local chain of bakeries known for its delicious “Pão de Deus” pastry. Alternatively, there’s the kiosk serving refreshments in the open air.

7-LARGO DO CARMO

This jacaranda-filled square is home to the ruins of Carmo Convent. Built in the 14th century, the monument was partially destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 and today is an archaeological museum. To its left is the headquarters of the National Guard where Prime Minister Marcelo Caetano took refuge during the 1974 revolution, leading the government to surrender on this spot. To the right is a gate leading to the Santa Justa Elevator. It was also here that the first Portuguese university was founded in 1290, where now stands the Valadares Palace descending Calçada do Sacramento.
In front of the convent is a drinking fountain from 1771 which provided water from the Águas Livres Aqueduct. Today it’s surrounded by café terraces, and mostly recommended is Chá do Carmo for a tea break and a visit to the beautiful Sapataria do Carmo shoe store.

8-PRAÇA DO MUNICÍPIO

The monarchy came to an end and a new republic was proclaimed on this square on October 5th, 1910. It’s now where official celebrations recalling that date take place every year. At the center is a 10m-high pillory made of marble after the 1755 earthquake, replacing the one that existed previously. The five steps at its base are now used by tourists who stop to relax and admire the cobblestone pavement and the municipal palace. Next to that building is the former St. Julien Church, today the Money Museum.

9-LARGO DE SÃO CARLOS

Baptized with the name of the theater built here in 1793, this square is also known for being the birthplace of poet Fernando Pessoa. Two of the city’s best restaurants (Belcanto and Largo) face the theater, as do a Marc by Marc Jacobs and Godiva store. For several weeks during the summer the square hosts outdoor concerts.

10-PRAÇA DE SÃO PAULO

 

It’s been a sad case of neglect over the last few years but there are currently signs of a rebirth. The Cais do Sodré district has been revived through new bars and restaurants, and a good choice for petiscos (“tapas”) is Taberna Tosca which faces the square and its 18th-century church. This is a square with a beautiful symmetrical harmony but unfortunately many of the buildings that surround it are abandoned despite their beautiful interiors.

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Victoria’s Secret Opens in Lisbon

The first Victoria’s Secret store in the Iberian Peninsula is about to open in Lisbon. It’s found in a new 2000-square-meter space inaugurated today in the city’s airport with 20 new stores.

The exact location is the restricted departures area of terminal 1, and together with the beauty products and accessories from Victoria’s Secret, passengers will find a new Fnac store with national and international publications, the first space of French gourmet store Hediard in Portugal, a new Swarovski shop, L’Occitane, Geox, Swatch, and a Starbucks, among others.
This expansion of the shopping area of Lisbon Airport is another step in the process of renovating its retail space, having already presented new additions in 2012 with the introduction of several luxury brands such as Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna and Montblanc.

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Create your wall – Wallpeople in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Miami

Wallpeople is a collaborative art project created by two creative advertising, Pablo Quijano and David Marcos, to reclaim the public space as a mean of expression and interaction.

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In the fourth edition of Wallpeople, June 1st, will involve more than 40 cities and music will be featured in this edition. One of the most special things about music is that has no boundaries and is present in all cultures. One of the most special things is that music knows no boundaries, is present in all cultures and is able to influence and merge with any form of art or expression.

The Wallpeople Music Edition will take place in Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and Miami, all those great places where Rent4Days is offering its popular vacation apartments. If you like the idea of Wallpeople we recommend you see it in one of those cities.

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Participants can express their relationship with music in two ways: reinterpret a song in your favorite art form (illustration, photography, text, painting, collage), or create any work related to music in general (tribute to an artist or group, a concert, your favorite musical style). The event will last between 3 and 4 hours and at the end participants can share their works.

 

 

 

During the event, participants are invited to take pictures of the works, as well as the wall as a whole, and publish in the official Wallpeople facebook and twitter with the hash-tagging #Wallpeople2013.

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Find your wall!

Barcelona

Date: June 1st

Time: 12:00 pm a 3:00 pm

Place: C/ Ferlandina 27 (Cartel ‘Ravalejar‘) Zona MACBA muro izquierdo

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Madrid

Date: June 1st

Time: 6:00pm a 9:00 pm

Place: Plaza Cabestreros, Lavapies, Madrid

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 Lisboa

Date: June 1st

Time: 5:00 pm a 7:00 pm

Place: Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (Patamar Inferior)

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 Miami

Date: June 1st

Time: 5:00 a 8:00 pm

Place: 76hundred Custom Vintage Motorcycles. 2121 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33127

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The XX Night and Day in Lisbon

The XX Night + Day is a series of events, curated by the band.

The band searched the most beautiful places – the festival also takes place in Berlin and London parks – to receive more concerts of artists who admire and respect.

The event will present some their  favourite music to take you from day into night in the gardens of Torre de Belém, Lisbon, May 5
The magnificent garden of the Belém Tower is the perfect place for the greatest show of The XX in Portugal to date. With the Tagus River as a backdrop, the garden of Belem Tower is located adjacent to several historic monuments Portuguese.
The combination of a concert of The XX and inspirational environments, along with an alignment to announce soon, full of artists that The XX love, admire and respect, will result in a truly memorable day.
The name of the festival relates to the fact that the concert start evening (at 18:00), extending overnight.
Come and watch this magnificent event and find the perfect apartment for your stay in Lisbon!

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The XX Night and Day en Lisboa

Los ingleses The XX son los programadores del festival Night and Day, que se va a celebrar en los jardines de la Torre de Belém, Lisboa, 5 de mayo.
La banda buscó los lugares más hermosos – el festival también se celebra en parques de Berlín y Londres – para recibir más conciertos de los artistas que admiran y respetan.
El magnífico jardín de la Torre de Belém es el lugar perfecto para el mayor espectáculo de The XX en Portugal hasta la fecha. Con el río Tejo como telón de fondo, el Jardín de la Torre de  Belém se encuentra adyacente a varios monumentos históricos portugueses.
La combinación de un concierto de The XX y ambientes de inspiración, junto con una alineación de anunciar en breve, lleno de artistas que los The  XX, admiran y respetan, se traducirá en un día inolvidable.
El nombre de la fiesta se relaciona con el hecho de que el inicio es  por la tarde  (a las 18:00), y se extiende durante la noche.
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Events in Lisbon – April

In next April do not miss the events that will take place in Lisbon, stay here to know a few:

On April 3 may participate in a cycle of training included sessions of Digital Marketing. Goal is to show the importance of the internet to the heads of national companies. This training will take place in Oeiras, and will last approximately 3 hours and will start at 9:30. For more information see the website of AERLIS.

On April 4 can attend a seminar presenting the study: “Better Skills. Best Tourism”. Following will be a discussion. This seminar will take place at the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Lisbon, beginning at 9:30 am until about 13h. For more information see the website of the Portuguese Confederation of Tourism.

On April 5 can not miss training dedicated to sustainable tourism: from theory to practice aimed at managers of tourism enterprises, tourism companies, travel agents, technical environment and tourism authorities and the private sector. This training lasts until April 20 and includes a field trip to the Natural Park of Arrábida and the Natural Reserve of the Tagus Estuary. For more information see the website of TecLabs.

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Portugal Restaurant Week

A primeira edição da «Portugal Restaurant Week» está a decorrer em todo o país, entre 14 e 24 de Março, com a adesão de 165 restaurantes.

O evento, organizado pela empresa «Sabor Do Ano», inclui estabelecimentos nas cidades de Aveiro, Braga, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Guarda, Setúbal, Lisboa, Oeiras, Cascais, Sintra, Porto, Leiria, Vila Real e Viseu.

Em Portugal já se realizam edições da «Restaurant Week» desde 2009 mas apenas em algumas localidades. Lisboa (em 2012), Porto, Cascais e Loulé já acolheram o evento, que visa dar acesso à gastronomia de alta qualidade, bem como dinamizar a sociedade para a responsabilidade social.

O preço dos menus é fixado num valor único de 20 euros, sendo que um euro reverte a favor de organizações de solidariedade social.

Venha experimentar os nossos restaurantes de qualidade a um preço acessível e encontre o apartamento ideal para a sua estadia em Lisboa!

Restaurant Week

Portugal Restaurant Week

La primera edición de la “Semana de los Restaurantes Portugal” se está llevando a cabo en todo el país entre el 14 y 24 de marzo, con una membrecía de 165 restaurantes.
El evento, organizado por la empresa “Sabor do Ano”, incluye puntos de venta en las ciudades de Aveiro, Braga, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Guarda, Setubal, Lisboa, Oeiras, Cascais, Sintra, Oporto, Leiria, Vila Real y Viseu.

En Portugal ya existe “Restaurant Week” desde 2009, pero sólo en algunas localidades. Lisboa (en 2012), Porto, Cascais y Loulé ya fueran sede del evento, cuyo objetivo es facilitar el acceso a alimentos de alta calidad, así como impulsar la responsabilidad social a la sociedad.

El precio de los menús se fija en un valor de sólo 20 euros, con un euro revierte en favor de organizaciones benéficas.
Venga a disfrutar de nuestros restaurantes de calidad a un precio asequible y encuentre el apartamento perfecto para su estancia en Lisboa!

Restaurant Week