Is Lisbon a safe city? 09.11.2009
When you go to some place, especially on vacation, you always think about safety.
So, how safe is Lisbon?
Violent crimes and mugging are extremly rare.
On the other hand, minor crime like pick pocketing and bag snatching have increased.
Simple attitudes are enough to avoid unpleasant situations: keep an eye on your luggage on public transport, don´t show expensive values in the street and, at night, try to walk in places with good light. Attitudes that attract unecesary attention are not recommended.
Follow simple advices and enjoy a fabulous time in Lisbon!
Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the St George Castle and the Tagus river.
The Lisbon earthquake in 1975 did not destroy the Alfama district, which has remained a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares. Lately the neighbourhood has been invigorated with the renovation of the old houses and new restaurants where Fado can be enjoyed.
Visiting Alfama is to visit the architecture, the sounds and the smells of old Lisbon.
If you are looking for apartments in Alfama, Lisbon, see the accommodations we recommend:
Apartment in Lisbon 30 - Santa Clara/Alfama
This wonderful design apartment in Alfama is on the first floor of a building on Campo de Santa Clara, the place where the most famous flea market of Lisbon (Feira da Ladra - thieves' market) is held, every Tuesday and Saturday.
Apartment in Lisbon 37 - Alfama
Apartment 37 is wonderful flat located on the 3rd floor of a building from the 18th century, at Alfama one of the oldest parts of Lisbon.
Apartment in Lisbon 39 - Alfama
Apartment 39 in Alfama is a studio located on the ground floor of an ancient building. In the way it is renovated you can still see the structure of the old building's construction (an amazing stone arch). This apartment in Alfama is a short walking distance from the other picturesque neighbourhoods of Baixa and Castle.
Apartment in Lisbon 48 - Alfama
Apartment 48 is a charming, sunny apartment for your holidays in the beautiful old Alfama district of Lisbon. In this one bedroom apartment, though small, sleeps three people. It was recently renovated with old Portuguese style.
Apartment in Lisbon 49 - Graça/Alfama
This stylish high standard apartment is on the first floor of a building in Graça neighbourhood. Nearby you have various forms of traditional commerce, and it is walking distance from the majority of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Lisbon.
Renting an apartment in Lisbon allows you to combine the comfort and privacy of home life with an experience of the locals' way of living. It is an interesting price-quality alternative to hotel rooms!
The apartments are all comfortably furnished, equipped, and the prices include linen and towels changing, as well as cleaning between hosts and also after each week. With a kitchen fully equipped you can buy your own food and decide what to eat. It's a fantastic way to save money in your holidays in Lisbon!
A self-catering accommodation will offer you more privacy then staying in a regular hotel room, motels, pensions, hostel, or even guesthouses, bed and breakfast or aparthotels in Lisbon, Portugal.
Renting an apartment in Lisbon , as a short term rental will make you feel part of the city's everyday life like the locals. There are apartments in Lisbon right in the most beautiful downtown areas, many of them close to touristic places.
Stay in an apartment while visiting Lisbon, and enjoy the pleasure of being in a private accommodation in one of the "inn" holidays destinations - Lisbon.
We suggest a list of spacious and flexible accommodations for your business travel, honeymoon or holidays in Lisbon. Check in Traveling to Lisbon's Website the apartments available in Lisbon historic centre and Parque das Nações.
Portuguese Custard Tarts - Pasteis de Belém 30.10.2009
The Guardian Newspaper selected the Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Belém) as the 15th best thing to eat in the world.
From cake, steak and tapas, to oysters, chicken and burgers, Killian Fox roamed the world to find the 50 best things to eat and the best places to eat them in, with a little help from professionals like Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux, Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray.
Here is what they wrote about Pasteis de Belém:
15. Best place to eat: Custard tart
Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, Lisbon
Creamy, flaky custard tarts - served warm with cinnamon - are one of Portugal's great culinary gifts to the world. The original pasteis café in the Belém district of Lisbon, next to the monastery where the dessert was invented, is still the best: their secret recipe has been guarded since 1837. Sit down with a plateful, and a strong coffee, and you'll understand why more than 10,000 tarts are baked here every day.
Visit the Belém district of Lisbon and go to Antiga Confeitaria de Belém. The crowds may be overwhelming, but the super-heated ovens at this 171-year-old bakery on the western edge of Lisbon make arguably the city's flakiest custard tarts. Buy some extra and enjoy the powdered-sugar-and-cinnamon-dusted confections like a local.
If you want an accommodation in Lisbon, we have suggestions for you. Search for your apartment in Belém area.
Bike Rentals in Lisbon 30.10.2009
A bike ride is an excellent orientation to Lisbon and its sites, as seen from vantage points shared by few others, either Portuguese or foreign.
Explore Lisbon historical and scenic path along waterfront to the Discoveries Monument and Tower of Belém, then visit the 16th Century Jerónimos Monastery and nearby don't forget to try the delicious Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts)!
Discover the places in Lisbon near the Tagus River - Doca, Alcantara and the fish vegetable and fish market of Riveira. Visit Parque das Nações, Old Expo 98 and ride a bike to discover the gardens, the Vasco da Gama tower and the Oceanarium.
Ride a bike trough Lisbon historic centre and visit the Castle, Alfama and the Mourish quarter.
Some bike excursions are pre-organized and it is also possible to organize some "à la carte";
Find out why biking is the best way to see Lisbon:
More relaxing than walking, have fun while exercising!
Enjoy the independence a bicycle gives;
Always optional quiet streets & roads and some new bike lanes;
Road or Off-Road go at your pace - stop when & where you want!
It is Affordable and Convenient.
The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighbourhoods in Lisbon. It's a place where people meet in an eclectic and multicultural atmosphere.
Small restaurants, Fado houses, bars, pubs and Cafés as well as some unusual, expensive shops are all around the streets, lanes and alleys. It is interesting that Bairro Alto presents a fundamentally different face during the day than from night time. Throughout the day the busy hustle and bustle of the inhabitants, who mostly know one another, predominates.
At night, everything is different. Restaurants, Bars and some eccentric and trendy shops, that stay open until late at night, are full of tourists and people of all ages. With its narrow, up and down streets, Bairro Alto is a place that never sleeps, promising an enjoyable night to its visitors.
The main streets of Bairro Alto are Rua da Rosa where most of Restaurants, Bars and clubs are located and Rua do Norte where you can find the alternative fashion shops.
At times, the Bairro Alto area was strongly influenced by the newspaper industry with many small printing works and editorial offices setting up business here. The roads Rua do Diário de Noticias and Rua do Século still bear witness to the offices of two of the larger daily newspapers which were once produced here.
Walking up the vantage point is Principe Real, where along with some second-hand bookstores and antique shops can be found. In some ways, this place is an extension of Bairro Alto and a friendly place in which there are plenty of bars and clubs.
If you want to visit Lisbon and choose to stay in a self-catering apartment in Bairro Alto, we have suggestions for you. Search for apartments in Bairro Alto or any other Lisbon historical neighbourhood.
Depeche Mode are on an extensive tour in support of latest album, Sounds of the Universe. The concert in Lisbon will take place in the Pavilhão Atlântico (Parque das Nações), on November, 14th.
Depeche Mode began their 'Tour of the Universe' on May 10th in Israel and finished the first European leg in July. Due to an injury sustained by the lead singer Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode cancelled some dates of their European tour, including the Bessa Stadium in July. With Dave Gahan recovering well, Depeche Mode reorganised their tour dates and confirm the concert in Lisbon,in November.
Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, Depeche Mode began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era.
If you want to see Depeche Mode live in Lisbon and want to search for an alternative to a traditional hotel, we suggest self-catering apartments in Parque das Nações, near the Pavilhão Atlântico
Opened in 1998, the Lisbon Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa) was the centrepiece of the Expo 98, the last World Fair, themed "The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future". It is located in Lisbon's newest and most modern quarter of Parque das Nações and it is one of the Lisbon sights that kids love best.
The Oceanário de Lisboa, or Lisbon Oceanarium, is the second-largest aquarium of its kind in the world, and the largest in Europe. The biggest draw of the aquarium is the massive, central tank inside that is home to many ocean species such as sharks, tuna and large groupers. Approximately 100 species from all corners of the Ocean peacefully share this gigantic aquarium.
The four towers around the central tank of the building house four different habitats with their native flora and fauna: the North Atlantic rocky coast, the Antarctic coastal line, the Temperate Pacific kelp forests, and the Tropical Indian coral reefs.
Transportation to the Oceanario can be had by Lisbon's convenient metro. Take the metro to Oriente - Parque das Nações, which is the red line, and walk through the Vasco da Gama shopping mall.
Lisbon Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa) is one of the most selected Lisbon attractions in contemporary Parque das Nações.
Chiado - famous Lisbon quarter 15.10.2009
Chiado is a cultural point of Lisbon and an elegant shopping area with all sorts of facilities and street entertainment. Here you will find theatres, bookshops, museums, restaurants and famous Portuguese fashion houses.
At the turn of the century and during the first decade of the 20th C. Chiado was the meeting place for writers and artists. Political and cultural exchanges constantly took place in the cafés here. Once the centre of intellectual life, today Chiado is one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods in Lisbon.
Chiado hit the world headlines when an enormous fire destroyed part of the quarter on August 25, 1988. In the main it was the Rua do Carmo, a pedestrianized street, which was affected by the catastrophe. Together with homes and offices two old department stores burnt down, as well as the famous Pastelaria Ferrari and the valuable archives of the music shop Valentim do Carvalho containing unique documents relating to the history of Portuguese music.
Even though there are still some scars of that disaster, all the destroyed buildings in Chiado had been magnificently restored by architect Álvaro de Siza Vieira.
Following Rua Garrett, passing shopping zone, is Largo de Chiado. Great spot to rest and perform the tradition: having a bica at "A Brasileira", a café frequented by Fernando Pessoa, whom now, in order to commemorate his tradition, has a bronze statue on the esplanade.
The Carmo area, next to the Chiado, has some of the most fascinating historical sites in the city, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo. Carmo is connected to the Baixa by the Elevador de Santa Justa, another of Lisbon's icons. The Elevador, designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, is open to the public and boasts impressive views over the Baixa Pombalina and the rest of Lisbon.
Hotels in Lisbon don't come cheap. So, if you want to search an alternative to a traditional hotel, we suggest fully furnished apartments for rent right in the centre of Lisbon. See here apartments for rent in Chiado area.