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Lisbon is voted to be the best city for short stay

Lisbon was voted best European city to city breaks, short trips with only one city as a destination in the World Travel Awards ( WTA ), a distinction that the Portuguese capital has already obtained three times in the last five years.
According to a statement from the Turismo de Lisboa, whose representatives collected the award at a gala held on August 31 in Antalya, Turkey, the WTA are ” recognized globally as the most honorable awards in the industry ” tourism .
With this distinction, the city of Lisbon “sees recognized the attractiveness and quality” of your offer regarding the short stay to visit various places of tourist interest .
In the first quarter of 2013, Lisbon recorded increases of 4.8 % in foreign visitors and 5.7 % in foreign overnights, over the same period of 2012, according to data from the National Statistics Institute ( INE ).
Annual data accumulated until July 2013 show an occupancy in Lisbon in the order of 65 %, which represents an increase of 2.3 % over 2012, with RevPAR (revenue per available room ) recorded an average of 49 euros, according to data from INFOGEST.
In 2012 , foreign guests had an average stay of 2.5 nights in Lisbon ( 2.4 in 2011 ), according to INE.
According to the 2012 survey conducted by Motivational Tourism Observatory of Lisbon, visitors who came forth to town for a short stay ( city break ) represented 43.7 % of all foreign tourists .
Although Lisbon has been chosen as the best European city for this type of short trips, the market was British / Irish had more expression in this tourist segment ( 50.8 % of the foreign visitors ), followed by the Belgian / Dutch ( 50 % ).
According to the founder and president of the World Travel Awards, Graham E. Cooke, quoted in the statement, ” the use by Turismo de Lisboa winner of the golden seal will show consumers continued efforts in improving the tourism products and services of the city .”
After the awards at the European level , the winners of the 20 . Edition of the World Travel Awards are known worldwide during a gala to be held in December.

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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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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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Chinese newspaper highlights portuguese tourism in a reporter

A well-known newspaper Beijing, Xin Jing Bao, devoted six pages to Portugal, presenting the country as a tourist destination “should be tasted slowly.”
A rare report, sponsored by Turismo de Portugal and Emirates Airlines, which for a year now flies daily from Dubai to Lisbon, is illustrated with pictures of Porto, Sintra, Coimbra and Évora.
“In the eyes of the Chinese, Portugal is also familiar and unknown,” says the envoy of Xin Jing Bao (Beijing News).
Upon arrival, the road from the airport to the hotel, the Chinese journalist noted that “there are many flowers and graffiti” on the streets of Lisbon, and also highlighted the “blue sky”.
The envoy Jinb Xin Bao was impressed with the Jeronimos Monastery and the Cabo da Roca, “the extreme West of Europe”, but left a warning to his countrymen: “There are few Chinese restaurants.”
Like other European countries, Portugal is committed to attracting Chinese tourists.
In 2011, about 40,500 Chinese visited Portugal – 25.95% more than the previous year – but the number is considered very short of market potential.
More than 80 million Chinese vacationed outside the Chinese mainland in 2012 and very soon the number will exceed one hundred million, making China the world’s biggest emitter of tourists.
Chinese tourists are considered to spend more, especially on luxury brands, which in your country are heavily taxed.



Lisbon’s New Castle Elevator

Lisbon will have another public elevator, this time to connect downtown to the castle hill, making life easier for the elderly and to those with mobility issues. It’s a long-discussed project and the new “Castle Elevator” (which is really a set of three) will soon open in a building on Rua dos Fanqueiros facing Rua da Vitória.

From there it goes up to Rua da Madalena where there’s another elevator already in operation, in the building of the former market Chão do Loureiro on Largo do Caldas.
The upper floors of the new elevator’s building will be occupied by public services and an old vaulted cellar may host exhibitions.
The pedestrianized Rua da Vitória has also been undergoing construction works for the last few months with open holes on the ground in the process of renovating the water and electricity supplies. The traditional cobblestone pavement will then be replaced by limestone and granite. At the intersection with Rua dos Douradores there will be a quote from poet Fernando Pessoa in celebration of his 125th birthday and of the period in which he frequented this street on a daily basis. All works are expected to be complete by the summer.

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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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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.

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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.
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Restaurant Week

Associated Press Elege Atracções De Lisboa

Os bairros de Belém, Alfama, Chiado, a Baixa de Lisboa e o museu de Paula Rego, em Cascais, são as cinco atracções turísticas da capital portuguesa eleitas pela Associated Press.

Dotada de um charme particular que atrai cada vez mais visitantes, Lisboa foi destaque no guia semanal de destinos grátis da agência internacional, publicado no início de 2013.

No guia, a Associated Press (AP) refere que a cidade tem uma boa oferta para caminhantes, um estilo de vida pacífico, pouco crime e muita história. A agência sublinha ainda a famosa hospitalidade portuguesa e o excepcional peixe e marisco nos restaurantes.

Em Belém, a AP destaca o Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, os jardins e os mapas das viagens marítimas no passeio marítimo e o monumento das Descobertas, que apresenta heróis nacionais como Vasco da Gama. O guia refere ainda os famosos e irresistíveis pastéis de Belém, a ponte 25 de Abril, que diz ser muito semelhante à de São Francisco, nos Estados Unidos, e a gigantesca estátua do Cristo-Rei que olha toda a cidade.

De Alfama, a AP elogia as suas ruas típicas que sobem em direcção ao castelo, onde os arqueólogos encontraram vestígios de ocupação no século VII A.C..

A Baixa lisboeta é outro dos destinos grátis que a AP aconselha a visitar, referindo ter sido reconstruída depois do terramoto de 1755 num raro padrão geométrico. Nesta zona, o guia aconselha os turistas a visitar as lojas antigas e a contemplar os passeios de calçada decorados a preto e branco.

No Chiado, descrito como um bairro da “Belle Époque” do século XIX, quando escritores e artistas se reuniam nos cafés, o destaque é dado ao café ”A Brasileira”, com a estátua do poeta Fernando Pessoa.

Por último, o guia da AP elogia Paula Rego, descrita como uma das mais famosas artistas modernas, e recomenda uma visita ao museu com o seu nome, em Cascais, na Região de Lisboa.

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