Carnival in Portugal, near Lisbon 29.01.2010
The Rio Carnival may be the most famous in the world but in Portugal the Carnival is also celebrated on February 16th in a dazzling show of street parades, floats and parties.
Carnival traditionally celebrates the ending of winter and the beginning of Lent. In Lisbon there aren't big festivities in the streets but some Bars and discos will have some kind of parties related to the theme on the night before (Monday to Tuesday) also you'll see some kids in costumes on the previous Sunday.
Lisbon Churches, Convents and Cathedrals 27.01.2010
Lisbon is a city full of history and this means a strong connection to religion.
If you visit the city and you like churches, convents and cathedrals you will find amazing places. You feel you are going to the past.
Sintra – Day trip from Lisbon 22.01.2010
Sintra is one of the most popular day trips from Lisbon. It offers a great variety of cultural building combined with a beautiful landscape.
The train is the cheapest way to travel between Lisbon and Sintra with services every 15 minutes from Lisbon's Rossio Station. You can also rent a car and take the IC19 until Sintra, or go next to the sea by Avenida Marginal, its the longest way but its worth it.
Estrela Basilica is one of Lisbon's most attractive monuments. This eighteenth century Neo-classical church has two bell towers and imposing masonry work. In the interior, a large quantity of grey, pink and yellow marble was used in the floor and walls, in intricate geometric patterns, one of the most beautiful in European churches. The paintings by Pompeu Botoni and a famous nativity scene made by sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro, with more than 500 figures in cork and Terra Cotta are a major attractions to visitors.