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Visiting Portugal? Here's 10 Good Reasons Why 

Visiting Portugal? Here's 10 Good Reasons Why  | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Portugal suddenly became the holiday destination for many world travellers but for those who need to be convinced, here's a list of 10 reasons to visit Portugal. 

Portugal's people are lively and adventurous - our ancestors navigated the seas and were the first connection between Europe and many other civilisations. 

Portugal has a fascinating history, there was a time when Portugal and Spain divided the world between them.

Portuguese Cuisine, here you'll find the best seafood you have ever had, along with several other unique dishes, such as grilled fish and meat, stews and casseroles, and, of course, salted codfish.

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is one of the best travel destinations in the world. This city has it all: nearby beaches, monuments, historical landmarks, the magnificent and unique cobblestone-covered streets, a great river, wonderful food and wine etc. etc. 

The weather here is fantastic. Portugal is mostly sunny, summer lasts long and winters are usually mild. If you like sunny weather, you have 300 days of sunshine waiting for you in Portugal.

Portugal has the best beaches in Europe and some of the best ones in the world! If you are planning on visiting Portugal in the summer, make sure to visit as many beaches as you can, you will be amazed and stunned with the beauty and quality they offer.

Portugal is currently considered, by the World Economic Forum, the tenth safest country to visit with a fairly low threat of terrorism and a very low rate of crime.


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Visiting Portugal? Here's 10 Good Reasons Why you should visit my adopted home country!
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LX Factory, Lisbon's Coolest Quarter | SUITCASE Magazine

LX Factory, Lisbon's Coolest Quarter | SUITCASE Magazine | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Lisbon is changing fast. All the charm of its past still stands – hills studded with pastel houses, butter yellow trams chugging up cobbled streets, timeworn Ginjinha bars and art deco cinemas – but what’s changing is the city’s pace, and as usual it’s the younger generation that’s moving things forward. 


Nowhere is this more evident than at LX Factory. Stretching out beneath the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, this industrial strip once housed Lisbon’s most prosperous fabric factories. Lisbon’s golden age of industry came and went, and the area was abandoned. That is, until some wily folk decided to reinvent it in 2008. These days, it is an absurdly hip mecca of cafés, bars, art spaces, vintage shops, tattoo studios, yoga studios and music venues. The factory buildings remain relatively untouched, with lashings of street art colouring their bricks. When the sun comes out (which is pretty much every day in Portugal) LX Factory fills with locals sipping beer and – as we don’t speak Portuguese we imagine – discussing the delights of living in Europe’s coolest city. Here are the spots to visit if you decide to join them.

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Take a walk on the wild side of cool Lisbon style.
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Vegan Travel Lisbon Resource

Vegan Travel Lisbon Resource | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Lisbon is a lively, friendly, beautiful city and we loved our time there. We were especially amazed at how easy it was to be vegan i
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All you need to know about Vegan Lisbon. A foodie guide to the best and secret healthy chow down places in the city. A great resource article from Keepin' It Kind 
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3D Lisbon Street Art the“Pig”

3D Lisbon Street Art the“Pig” | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Constantly traveling around Europe to create new installations, Bordalo II is back in his home town of Lisbon in Portugal.

The talented artist spent a few days working on a large new sculpture which is entitled “Pig”. As usual with Bordalo, this work was built and created using trash and found materials gathered locally through dumpsters and recycling centers.
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3D Street Art out of nothing wasted - what you find in Lisbon it you know where to look.
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Alfama - Photography by Thomas Thorstensson

Alfama - Photography by Thomas Thorstensson | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Street and portrait photography from Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon. The name "Alfama" can be derived from the Arabic word Alfamm: "mouth" in Arabic. Some of the parishes it includes are São Miguel, Santo Estêvão, and São Vicente de Fora. It is a close neighbour to the district of Mouraria, an old Moorish neigbourhood, which I sometimes stray over into, unknowingly. Alfama is an organic weave of old cobble stone streets, meandering passages, and dangerously close by tram lines. But below the enigmatic surface there’s also for many locals a harder reality of worn out urban conditions. In this body of work I'm trying to look beyond the stock photo trams and into the organic coexistence of architecture, history, and everyday life that exists here.

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Tip: For those who like their wandering discovery stroll of Lisbon on the less energetic side, take the antique 28 tram up to Graça and walk downhill through Alfama. 
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New Lisbon Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

New Lisbon Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon: Public Building Development, Portugal - design by AL_A - Lisbon Building, Architecture,

The Kunsthall Building
The new MAAT kunsthall building, designed by AL_A, will create exhibition spaces beneath a gracefully undulating roof, conceived to create new public space above the galleries. The project will renew access to the Belém waterfront from the city and consolidate the wider publicly-funded urban regeneration of the quarter. 

Incorporating over 7,000m⊃2; of new public space, the kunsthall will explore the convergence of architecture, technology and contemporary art as a field of cultural practice. It will accommodate a trans-disciplinary programme of exhibitions, public events and community engagement. As a new discursive space for the city, it will lead the conversation about the evolution of Lisbon and Portugal.

AL_A’s response exploits the natural assets of the waterfront site, framing an architectural narrative that is sensitive to both its cultural heritage and the future of the city.

Inspired by Lisbon’s rich material heritage, calçada-tile pavements are subtly reinterpreted underfoot and used to merge the new public spaces with the existing texture of the city street.

Building on Portugal’s rich tradition of ceramics, 3D tiles articulate the façade and produce a complex surface that gives readings of water, light and shadow, capturing and magnifying the tonal light qualities of this site.

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MAAT The new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology designed by British architect Amanda Levete will have plenty of space for exhibitions and events. Still  under construction on the waterfront it is scheduled to open this summer.  New director Pedro Gadanho, the former curator of contemporary architecture of MoMA New York, says says that this future Lisbon museum will be unique in the world, since no other crosses the disciplines of art, architecture and technology. It will link the relationship between art and new technologies, through contemporary and international programming. Personally I can't wait to see it.

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NOW TAKING OFF: TAP PORTUGAL DAILY FLIGHTS TO JFK, BOSTON - airsoc.com

NOW TAKING OFF: TAP PORTUGAL DAILY FLIGHTS TO JFK, BOSTON - airsoc.com | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

 

Finally, TAP has just launched a new stopover program, said Neeleman. “People hear about Portugal and say they want to visit, but always end up going to larger cities in Europe,” he said. “Lisbon is so far out of the way, but there are better connection because you don’t have to backtrack going around Europe.”

Travelers can spend up to three nights in Lisbon, said Neeleman. “And we’ll even fly you to Oporto for free, then you can go on to where you want to go in Europe,” he said. “We’ll have 30 departures a week between the U.S. and Portugal. It’s a great place to visit.”

The new daily Boston service starts on June 11 and the new JFK daily flights commence on July 1. Both will be operated with new Airbus A330s to be delivered in June, boosting its fleet to 20 aircraft.  

TAP’s new executive class cabin has 20 lie-flat seats, while the economy cabin offers 34-inch seat pitch in economy plus and a 31-inch pitch in economy. The A330 will also have Panasonic’s EX-3 inflight individual on-demand entertainment system. The plan is to retrofit the entire A330 starting in 2017.

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Flying to Lisbon from New York JFK and Boston Logan just got so much easier for American travellers wanting to take a trip to Portugal capital city. 

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In Love with Portugal The poet Luís Vaz de Camões

In Love with Portugal The poet Luís Vaz de Camões | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Who knew love in Portugal better than, Luís Vaz de Camões 

(1524 to June 10, 1580). The true power of his command of Portuguese is unequalled, and this is considered one of his most moving love poems, Alma Minha Gentil

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The sea is always calling here at Lisbon's shore, missing and alonging is always a moment away.

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Lisbon I Love my city

Lisbon I Love my city | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

 

Lisbon a place of rare, briny energy, a poem of a port city that shifts and ebbs with tidal surety and cares not what it should be doing. Lisboa, eu amo-te.

 

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Here, under the Monument to the Discoveries, topped by Henry’s proud, feather-hatted form, I convinced myself you could almost smell the tropics. Here, at the defiant fringes of Europe where early explorers had turned their back on the old world to sail into the unknown, Africa, Brazil and The Cape were, I imagined, no more than a sniff away on a perfumed wave. This deep sense of yearning fitted neatly into that oh-so-Portuguese condition ofsaudade. This melancholic, bittersweet state of longing that underpins everything, from Portugal’s poetry to its fado music has it roots, sages have mused, in the country’s early history of sending its people out to sea — many of whom would never return. Thus, for me, Lisbon began as a promise. It was as much a place in and of itself as it was somewhere defined by big ideas, by the continents and countries conquered by its explorers: de Gama, Cabral, Magellan and my current Age of Discoveries crush, Prince Henry.

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Win a two-night luxurious stay on the Lisbon coast!

Win a two-night luxurious stay on the Lisbon coast! | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Relax along Portugal’s serene Atlantic coast at The Oitavos – the five-star Sintra-Cascais resort that will melt your stress away. Just a short ride from the beautiful Portuguese capital and Lisbon airport, The Oitavos sits alongside the Sintra Mountains and Europe’s most westerly
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Win over four thousand dollars worth of pure luxury on the Lisbon coast - this could be you enjoying your little slice of Portuguese heaven at the Oitavos http://www.theoitavos.com; Want to see even more give me a call and let me organize a custom tour for you when you come. 

 

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Lisbon one of the stunning cities you need to see in your lifetime!

Lisbon one of the stunning cities you need to see in your lifetime! | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

 

 

Home to monuments, museums, cathedrals—all the typical marks of a major city, the capital city of Portugal is unlike any other capital in the world. Lisbon features intricate works of street art, but is also home to incredible galleries; ancient alleyways lead you past old pastel-colored homes, while new office buildings sit not far away and beautiful beaches aren’t far off, either. Visit Lisbon to get a sense of this one-of-a-kind capital and let the brightly-colored cityscape steal your heart.

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Make this the year you visit my adopted home city of Lisbon. Let me show you round on one of my custom tours http://www.your-lisbon-guide.com  

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Surf is Up in Portugal the Build Up to Peniche

A year in review, leading to the event in Portugal with bit Title implications.
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Surf the Pipes or Supertubos as they call them here on the west coast of Portugal 

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Lisbon city break 19 reasons why. 

Lisbon city break 19 reasons why.  | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Lisbon rose nine places to 26th in the World’s Best Cities category at this year's Telegraph Travel Awards, voted for by more than 70,000 readers. Here's why it's proving so popular...
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Some of the best reasons you should be taking a trip to Lisbon!
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Have Dog Will Travel in Lisbon

Have Dog Will Travel in Lisbon | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Lisbon is beautiful and packed with monuments both old and new, while virtually every form of tourist transport seems to be fun and dog friendly, from the historic trams that ply the cobbled streets and hills of the old town to the ornate 19th Century Santa Justa Elevator, that saves the legs of tourists and local alike when moving between the low town and high town.
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In Lisbon there are dog owners a-plenty and their pets ready to welcome furry travelling newcomers.
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The Tall Ships

The Tall Ships | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
The Giants of the Sea are here.
Visit the Village and step on board the Tall Ships in Lisboa.
Want to be part of the adventure? Join Us & Sail on Board The Tall Ships Races 2016
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Unfurl your sails in Lisbon. Tall Ships Lisbon all you need to know about the ships that are sailing in and which ones take your fancy to visit. 
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Portuguese Wine Guide for Beginners

Portuguese Wine Guide for Beginners | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
If you have a favorite go-to wine, whether it's Malbec, Barbera, or Chardonnay, chances are that Portugal has a fresh alternative that might cost even less.

Via Gwen McCauley
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Lisboa Wine region yes this city has its own! The tiny region of Colares sits right along the Atlantic Ocean outside of the capital city, Lisbon. It is one of many DOCs in the Lisboa region, making some truly standout wines from the Ramisco grape. 
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I've long been a fan of Portuguese wines and am delighted to see the many new varieties becoming readily available. The Algarve is now producing some stunning wines that I often highlight to my custom A Taste of Algarve culinary tour clients. This Beginners Guide is a handy starting point.
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The Portuguese SeasideTown That Inspired James Bond

The  Portuguese SeasideTown That Inspired James Bond | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Where to eat and drink in the resort town that was once home to fleeing royalty—and the spies who watched them.

While Lisbon was the center of official operations, seaside Estoril teemed with royal families from Spain, Italy, and Bulgaria, as well as French aristocrats, wealthy traders, displaced Jews, and the spies surveilling them all. Many took rooms at the Palácio—Allied territory—or the Hotel Atlántico, favored by the Germans. The Spanish royal family remained in town until the & '70s. My very first time at the Palácio, walking to the breakfast buffet at the end of a hallway took me nearly 20 minutes, because I kept stopping to look at the photos of visiting European royalty and guests from the '30s to the present that lined the walls: stiff skirts at debutante balls, tiaras and white dresses at weddings, Grace Kelly and members of the Spanish royal family—the Infanta Pilar, among other Bourbons. Later that evening, I chose my outfit with slightly more care. The next day, as I left for the beach, I swiped on some lipstick.


The Palácio, with its dark bar and bright lobby, copious marble, lived-in period furniture, and bellhops in tails, has the inherent theatricality of an old movie. Ian Fleming stayed here in May of 1941, when he met Serbian-born triple agent Dusko Popov, the ur-Bond playboy spy known as “Tricycle” for the women occupying both his arms. Here, Fleming conceived of his famed character (and perhaps his hero's idiosyncratic “shaken, not stirred” directive). In those years, the high floors of Estoril hotels—the Palácio, Atlántico, and Inglaterra—were booked solid by agents who gazed toward the ocean after nightfall to decipher code twinkling from offshore ships. When the Germans ordered the best champagne at Spy's Bar, the gin-swilling Allies knew a battle had been lost in Africa. Bartenders got the news before the papers printed it.

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Lisbon Coast - Estoril a town with a beach an attitude and ghosts of Second World War spies. 
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Lisbon Principe Real Neighborhood 

Lisbon Principe Real Neighborhood  | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
The Principe Real Neighborhood in Lisbon is hip, luxurious and has tons of restaurants, shops and bars. This is your guide to what you must see and do there.
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One of my favorite off the beaten track areas in Lisbon, Principe Real is chock a block full on interesting things to enjoy.
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11 Things You Don't Know About Lisbon

11 Things You Don't Know About Lisbon | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Lisbon is undoubtedly one of the best city-beach locations in Europe. With year-round sunshine, a collection of charming churches and picturesque grand plazas, it's the perfect place to enjoy a few days of Portugal's enthralling culture, beautiful food and warm weather! To get to know this inspiring city a little bit better, we've found 11 facts about Lisbon that you definitely don't already know...
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Now I have tweaked your interest book your trip to Lisbon and let me show you my adopted city. 

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side on Lisbon's Mosaic Sidewalks

Take a Walk on the Wild Side on Lisbon's Mosaic Sidewalks | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Calçada Portuguesa, or "Portuguese Pavement", the mosaic sidewalks of Lisbon are a signature style that can be found wherever the Portuguese settled.
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#Art below your feet courtesy of Lisbon's crafty artisans.

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Modern Additions Shake Up Lisbon a Stunning Capital

Modern Additions Shake Up Lisbon a Stunning  Capital | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Historic castles mix with hot new restaurants in this charmingly complex capital city.
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This just touches the surface of what Lisbon has to offer. Time to get to know my adopted home city. Let me custom fit a tour for you in 2016.

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Discover Lisbon in the off-season

Discover Lisbon in the off-season | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

 

 

LISBON, PORTUGAL: I fell in love with the hills and the winding, narrow streets and the rambling, rumbling trams. The food is quite good, the wine exceptional and the value tremendous. They are on the Euro, but you can find good meals for less than $15 Canadian and good wine for $6. Super friendly people, too. Do not miss a day trip to beautiful Sintra, with its hilltop castles and forts. If the weather is nice, the beach is also close by.

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Lisbon off season - what off season.

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Lisbon one of the World's Best Cities for Street Art

Lisbon one of the World's Best Cities for Street Art | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Lisbon's street art scene was well established before 2010, but the launch of the Crono Project that year helped bring it international attention. This initiative successfully organized and encouraged local and international artists to enhance the facades of deteriorating buildings with their artwork. Lisbon's supportive stance toward street art has inspired international artists such as Brazil's Os Gemeos to leave their mark on the city.

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There is a whole world of street art in Lisbon, from spray can wielding Grannies to home boy VHILS, tagging to collaboration projects and even guided tours dedicated to the art form.

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European Golf Destination of The Year the Winner - Lisbon Coast

European Golf Destination of The Year the Winner - Lisbon Coast | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

 

As you may have guessed it’s not just the golf courses that make this region around the Portuguese Capital such a special travel destination for golfer, but the charming towns and cities, stunning landscapes and countless fascinating and exciting off course attractions too.

Whether you’d enjoy spending your days away from the course exploring gothic cathedrals, fascinating monasteries and museums, all of which are in abundance in Lisbon City; relaxing by taking a seat at an old school cafe and enjoying traditional Portuguese fare, perhaps even a glass of wine or two before taking a seaside stroll in Sintra and filling the lungs with that crisp seaside air; or saving your energy before hitting the hilltop district of Bairro Alto, home to countless restaurants and bars which will be the perfect sanctuary for the night owls out there; the choice is yours.

LISBON HAS IT ALL.

In terms of golf, we’ve already mentioned that golfers might be more typically drawn to the more famous Algarve, and that’s a shame. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the Algarve, it’s one of the best golf holiday destinations in the world, ticking boxes for golfers of all shapes and sizes; but the courses in Lisbon are all seemingly spectacular, benefitting from breathtaking locations, and perhaps a bit more of an element of surprise. I’d suggest that many golfers would find it difficult to believe that a handful of the courses here are actually in Portugal, which simply makes them more unique.One of the chosen few to receive an award was the golfing hotspot of Lisbon in Portugal, which claimed the prize for Golf Destination of The Year in Europe. More specifically, it was the Lisboa Golf Coast, known as The Silver Coast to many, which is home to an amazing array of golf courses which, while perhaps not matching the more famous Algarve in terms of quantity, certainly matches it for quality, which claimed the top spot in Europe.

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Lisbon just keeps getting better and better as an all year round destination where golfer or not you will be spoilt for choice. Make this year your time to give Lisbon a travel try. Custom tour it with  me http://www.your-lisbon-guide.com/ 

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