The European football association, UEFA, on Thursday opened its Champions Festival in the ‘fan zone’ that is to operate in Praça do Comércio, Lisbon’s main riverside square, until Sunday, as the city prepares to host the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid this Saturday.
Editor’s note: This week’s guest writer is Brazilian Eliza. Written with her unique sense of humour, it gives you 6 Top Tips on things to do and things you can’t miss in Lisbon this May. Follow her advice to make your student / Erasmus experience in Lisbon this Spring incredible.
Whether you see yourself as a budding historian, an artist looking for inspiration or simply a keen tourist looking to learn, it can really be worthwhile adding a trip to a local castle to your holiday itinerary the next time you are travelling in Europe. Seeing iconic castles for real, instead of just in photographs, can help to bring local and national history to life and highlight the building's unique quality. Every castle has its own personal charm, a little quirk regarding its former purpose or owner or an unusual aesthetic aspect that makes a top attraction, and the following ten European residences and fortifications are perfect examples of unique, must-see castles.
From the top of the hill – it doesn’t really matter which one, there are more than enough to share – the Portuguese capital looks devastatingly winsome. Lisbon is, beyond any reasonable doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, sidling alongside the widest stretch of the River Tagus as it reaches its crescendo into the Atlantic Ocean.
Lisbon and San Francisco share many physical attributes: both are spread out over hills and have cable cars and large red suspension bridges in their harbours. Now the Portuguese capital is also keen to adopt the spirit of its new world counterpart as a global centre for start-ups.
Conjuring the future of commercial real estate begins by conjuring our future. How will we work, live, shop or do business? Perhaps no other investment sector is so closely tied to people's most fundamental needs and behaviors; its evolution, to a large extent, follows ours.
Memmo Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal. Alfama is one of the most exciting historic neighborhoods to visit once in Lisbon. Recently a new boutique hotel has opened its doors for the visitors. The hotel is founded in the renovated 19th century building, but the atmosphere here is modern and hip.
Discover the essential findings from MIPIM 2014 and some key trends we can expect to see over the next several years.
The tram twists and turns up and down the hills of Lisbon. Views open up in all directions — the Tagus River sparkling below, the tumbledown facades of once-grand townhouses, laundry-laden balconies and wrinkle-faced women gazing wistfully out their windows.
Long the home of Portugal’s monarchs, Sintra is a magnificent town of marvelous historic mansions, all set against the backdrop of lush hills. Sintra’s many castles include the Palácio Nacional de Sintra (a main abode of Portuguese royalty until the early 20th century), the hilltop and storybook Palácio da Pena, Quinta de Regaleira (incorporating several architectural styles and with gorgeous surrounding gardens), the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), and the Palácio de Monserrate.
If you’ve read my stuff over the years, you may recall that I like to dive into places that grip my wine imagination. So in the past I, and my wife, Karen, have lived in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Venice and Piedmont for varying lengths of time, our minimum residence three months. If there’s a privilege to being a wine writer, this is it.
A positive future for Lisbon will come from its own culture as inspiration. Economic adversity can actually make the city a hotbed of creativity, turning it into a dynamic new place with a style of its own.
What makes a city "cool"?
If it means being loaded with atmosphere, charm, great food and nightlife, yet ignored by the bulk of travelers, then Lisbon deserves consideration as Europe's coolest capital.