Great company for hiring bikes in Spain or Portugal. They are located in Lisbon, but will ship bikes anywhere in Spain or Portugal to your hotel, and will collect from there or elsewhere.
All bikes are of a good standard, and relatively new. And Didier, the owner, is as helpful as you can imagine! They also organise tours.
This is a bar at the approach to the castle that is simply wonderful. We passed this place on our way down from the castle & the 80s music playing on VH1 drew us in.
The owner said he plays the music he grew up with/likes so expect an ecletic mix, from Peter Gabriel to the Corrs. Irrespective of your age just go in & savour the atmosphere.
We ordered food and were not disappointed. The chef (a guy with a large moustache) was German and served us two great plates. Two large mains & two large jugs of freshly made sangria set us back only €36.
We really recommend this place - so much so that we went back again towards the end of our time in Lisbon.
11-13 Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmao - if you come out of the castle, turn right and it's on your right, just down the hill.
A huge beach, and the most popular one for nudists in the Lisbon area. The cliff and views from the pine groves above it are truly beautiful. There are natural springs and mud pits for skin cleansing and it feels wild and natural, but is only 35kms from central Lisbon. The Restaurants and trendy haunts in nearby Meco Village (walking distance) are great.
About 35kms south of Lisbon from Lisbon. Take the A2 South Highway towards Sesimbra and after Fernão Ferro turn right to Alfarim and Aldeia do Meco, and right again to the beaches.
This place is wonderful - the staff can be snotty, and it's not cheap, but fascinating all the same. And it's just a couple of hundred yards up the hill from the Port Institute (also can be snotty) but cheap tasting of some great port wines.
Rua Dom Pedro V, 89;tel 21 342-47-29;Metro: Restauradores, then take the Elevador da Gloria and turn right;Open til 2am
One of the nicest hostels I've stayed in anywhere in Europe and at a good price too. Run by the owners, who are exactly the kind of people who should be in charge.
This bar and tea room is great for just hanging for hours. You can play pool in the back room. The place is overstuffed with huge cases full of toys and old collectables. Great feeling of faded grandeur.
Rua Dom Pedro V 89, Bairro Alto;
tel: 21 342 4729
Cascais, about 50 minutes by train from Lisbon, has fine sandy beaches - where men in wet suits dive for octopus - and an impressive fish market, where all the fish-sellers are elderly women.
There are frequent trains from Lisbon's Estação Cais do Sodre;
Turismo de Cascais: Rua Visconde da Luz, 2750 Cascais;
tel: 21 486 82 04
This restaurant/bar at the top of the Sheraton Hotel offers an excellent view of the city by night and the cocktails are fairly inexpensive (in comparison to other European capital cities).
Rua Latino Coelho, 1;
tel: 21 312 0000;
Small simple elegant hostel/hotel. Spotless with impeccable wooden floors everywhere. Very close to the action and with a tiny park in front - used by winos, but the police station is next door. On the bus route to the airport and close to the central station. Very reasonably priced. A real snip!
Posssibly one of the best spots in Europe for a night out. Take the elevator up the hill to the Bairro Alto and wander through the lanes of bars, fado houses and clubs - fantastic on a weekend night when hundreds of people congregate on the streets drinking mojitos and cheap beer out of plastic cups, listening to music from samba to African rhythms. Don't expect to get home before four, or sober!
If you like sun and want to feel like you are three hours away from a busy city you have to go to Praia Morena in Costa da Caparica or Guincho, just after Cascais. They both have great beach bars with good food and nice music.
Morena Beach is south of Lisbon. If you rent a car it's very easy, it only takes 20 minutes otherwise you will have to get in public transports and that will take a little over an hour.
To get to Guincho from Lisbon just take the train to Cascais, which goes along the river Tejo and then the ocean. Once you get to Cascais, get in a cab as ask to go to Guincho. It shouldn't be more than 10-15 euros. If you have time visit Cascais, a very pretty town just by the sea. Once again, if you have a car will only be 30 minutes driving.
You can also go out at night for a drink, dinner and dancing in "Bairro Alto". I'm sure you will meet someone there who can give you a ride! Lisboetas are crazy for the beach!
Around the Rossio are the last few richly-decorated old hole-in-the-wall bars selling Ginjinha, a thick, sweet and lethally potent brew of cherries, sugar and brandy. You can have it with or without the 'fruta' (cherries) - if you have it 'com', eat the cherry afterwards. But be warned: it's quite a hit.
Rossio, Rua das Portas de S. Antão
A classic Portuguese restaurant in the Bairro Alto with friendly, efficient staff, a great atmosphere and good food. An excellent place to start a night out in the Bairro Alto.
Travessa da Queimada 37;
tel: 21 342 7959
A dizzying jewel-box of a bar, the walls lined with shelf after shelf of toys, models, statues, paintings, knick-knacks and junk. There's a warren of rooms, with pool played in the back. A good cocktail list to help you try and maintain focus. If you're into minimalism, give it a very wide berth.
Rua Dom Pedro V, 89;
tel 21 342-47-29;
Metro: Restauradores, then take the Elevador da Gloria and turn right;
Open til 2am
The best place in Lisbon for live Cape Verdian music - an atmospheric, crumbling old 16th-century mansion with a courtyard that's almost as busy as the main hall on summer nights. Fantastic.
Largo Conde Barão 50, Santos;
tel: 396 3735;
metro: Cais do Sodre
Between the Baixa and Castelo is the sloping maze of Mouraria - the Alfama without the tourists and the chi-chi boutiques. Mainly African, it hums with life day and night. Walk up through the narrow streets and wind up in Graca - Lisbon's highest hill - then head for the rooftop bar of the Albergaria Senhora do Monte. It has the finest view over the Castelo and the city.
Metro: Martim Moniz, then head uphill. Albergaria Senhora do Monte is at Calçada do Monte, 39.
Relaxed but funky cocktail bar. Blow your holiday budget on the cognac and champagne-based Black Amex – a snip at £160 a glass – or stick with the more down-to-earth Basildon Sue.
Rua Ruben A Leitao 17, Principe Real;
tel: 351 21 342 4033; www.cincolounge.com
You won't find much seclusion on this coast, but if you want easy access to restaurants, cafes and public transportation, join the crowds at the vast beaches of Caparica. They are popular and lively in the summer, even at night, when most bars stay open until late with music and dancing.
Buses depart from Lisbon's Praça de Espanha bus terminal to Caparica town, which is a five minute walk from the beach.
Ericeira is a fishing village 50km northeast of Lisbon. It has the most beautiful beach, which is not as busy than those of cliched Estoril or Cascais. The hospitality of its people, the harmony of the old village with its narrow cobblestone streets, the characteristic housing, the sea, the fishing, the cuisine and the bold Atlantic views all interlace here in a grand way to welcome its visitors.
Buses run from Lisbon's Campo Grande terminal. Journey time: 1 hr 30 mins;
A Moorish castle with a beautiful view. It’s only a euro for a superbock beer and it has regular live music. It looks over Lisbon on one side and the sea to the other, it’s outstanding.
Tram 15 - a nice scenic route - or if you have the legs for it a nice steep walk
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