Category: Lisbon (4)

The sunny weather, sense of hospitality, rich cuisine and relative low cost live style made Lisbon one of the hottest European touristic attractions in recent years. The city has responded kindly to this new found interest, renovating their infrastructures and services in order to accommodate all the visitors and expats. However, just like in any other highly touristic site, the search for authenticity becomes a real concern for visitors due to the increase of “very typical” tourist bait places.

With that in mind we’ve elaborated this short list with some activities and places in Lisbon to give you the feel of the land:

Fado Vadio – If you ever heard about Portugal chances are you’ve also heard about fado, the traditional Portuguese music played with two guitars and a singer. Fado nights in Lisbon are easy to find but if you’re searching for that extra authenticity factor, “Fado Vadio” is what you’re looking for. “Fado Vadio” is what we call amateur fado nights, were anybody from old locals, to professional singers sing only for the sake of it. You can find some impromptu “Fado Vadio” nights in several small taverns in Alfama and Mouraria, just ask around and keep your ears open.

Drinking in the Street – One of the things visitors find more surprising is Lisbon is the fact that drinking on the street is not only legal; it’s a cultural thing. If you spend an evening in Bairro Alto you’ll find yourself frolicking in the streets with a plastic cup in hand, which should come as no surprise giving the warmth of the night and the small dimensions of the pubs. Whether you’re enjoying all the commotion of a busy Lisbon night or a relaxing sunset in one of the many viewpoints of the city, a cup of one of ours famous wines might just be the perfect companion.

Feira da Ladra – Literally translated to “thief’s fair”, Feira da Ladra is the oldest fair in Lisbon, dating as far as the XIII century. The fair is set in Campo de Santa Clara since 1882 and it starts every Tuesday and Sunday morning. You can find a bit of everything in there, from clothes and art pieces from young up and coming designers to basically everything one can find in a yard sale. During the fair everything is negotiable so put your best game face on and go hunt some bargains.

Esplanada – Any Lisbon café worth its salt has an outside area with some tables we call an “esplanada”. These usually simple spots are favoured by locals, who like to enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in the natural sunlight Lisbon has to offer. You can find an “esplanada” pretty much anywhere in the city and they’re better enjoyed with a friend that you can be lost in conversation with during an entire afternoon.
Lisbon´s old Cafe

House prices in the Euro Area and the European Union increased 4.2 and 4.5%, respectively, in the last quarter of 2017. Portugal had the second largest annual increase (10.5%) of the Euro Area.

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House prices in the Euro Area increased 4.2% in the last quarter of 2017, according to data published this Wednesday by Eurostat. As for the European Union, the increase was greater: it ascended to 4.5%. Portugal was the second Member State of the Euro Area with the largest annual increase, with prices rising by 10.5%, only behind Ireland, which had 11.8% increases.

These amounts were determined using the House Price Index, which revealed a 4.2% increase in the Euro Area and 4.5% in the European Union in the last quarter of last year, in comparison to the homologous period. In comparison to the previous quarter, prices increased 0.9% in the Euro Area and 0.7% in the European Union.

Annual rate of change for the Euro Area and the EU house prices

Source: Eurostat

As for the annual evolution of each Member State, Ireland registered the largest increase in the Euro Area in 2017, with prices growing 11.8%. Behind Ireland stands Portugal, the second largest increase, with housing values growing 10.5%. In Italy, house prices had the largest fall of the year (0.3%).

In comparison to the previous quarter, the largest increases were registered in Slovenia (3.7%), in Croatia (3.2%) and Cyprus (2.7%). On the other hand, the largest decreases in prices took place in Sweden (2.8%), in Denmark (1.7%), Belgium (0.4%) and Finland (0.3%). In Portugal, the indicator grew 1.2% from the third to the fourth quarter of 2017.

Lisbon in Movies

Cinema is known for creating icons. From its early “star system” days to the contemporary marks of the pop culture milieu, cinema has definitely succeeded and has ingrained words and images in our collective memories.

The immortalizing powers of the so called “movie magic” extend themselves to sights and locations as well. The city of Casablanca will forever be associated to its homonymous movie, the Swedish meadows to Ingmar Bergman and for many Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral is best knowed as “Hogwarts”.

With that in mind we’ve selected four movies starring Lisbon that will peak the curiosity of those uninitiated to the city and provide a brand new look upon it for those who know it well.

Recordações da Casa Amarela – 1989 –by João César Monteiro
(Recollections of the Yellow House)

Known for his somewhat cynical look of the Portuguese society, João César Monteiro is still one of the most celebrated Portuguese movie makers. No matter how estranged he might have felt from its people, Monteiro has a clear love for the city of Lisbon and it shows in this movie. From the narrow streets and small cafes to the old houses with high ceilings this movie will show the good and the ugly of the Portuguese capital and its people.

Отецисын – 2003 – Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
(Father and Son)

Mostly known by his one-plan masterpiece The Russian Ark, Aleksandr Sokurov choose Lisbon to film the second chapter of his parenting movie essays (Mother and Son was the first one). The old historic neighbourhoods of Mouraria and Alfama are charmingly depicted in this movie where the main characters live in an attic on one of the many small buildings you can see when strolling around the city centre. Even though you follow the story of two Russian expats, the Lisbon you see in Father and Son is the Lisbon of locals, depicted by a foreigner who felt in love with the city.

Alice – 2005 – by Marco Martins

Marco Martins is one of the emergent names in Portuguese contemporary cinema. His first feature film, Alice, tells us the story of a distraught father looking for his missing daughter in the metropolitan area of Lisbon. This sombre look on Lisbon gives us a rare perspective on the city, showing us how vast and chaotic it can be when you’re desperately looking for something (or someone) you cannot find. Apart from the long plans from the city, this movie is also a great showcase of contemporary Portuguese talent, with Nuno Lopes (winner of the 2016 best actor award in the Venice film Festival for his role in São Jorge, also by Marco Martins)in the starring role, and music by Bernardo Sassetti, whose tragic death left a very hard to fill gap in current Portuguese music.

IjungGancheob – 2003 – by Hyeon-jeong Kim
(Double Agent)

Ijung Gancheob is a South Korean espionage thriller filmed in three different countries, South Korea, Czech Republic and Portugal. Even though the city of Lisbon only appears in the final third of the movie, the reason why is quite interesting, especially for those who have been in the Portuguese capital before. In Double Agent, Lisbon is also an actress, and it’s playing the role of Rio de Janeiro. With some strategically placed palm trees and Brazilian cars, Hyeon-jeong Kim dresses Lisbon in a tropical costume in order to get that “South American feel”. We cannot judge how successful he was in his efforts, it’s still Lisbon to us.

As we approach the sunny summers of Portugal, the city’s cultural events are as inviting as their festive surroundings. From acclaimed international stars to interesting Portuguese artists, there will be something in Lisbon in the following months to fulfill your cultural needs. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the beach though, you should never ignore the beach as our amazing coastlines speaks for themselves.

Festival Internacional da Máscara Ibérica – in Jardim da Praça do Império, Belém – from 17 to 20 of May

A showcase of Portuguese and Spanish folk culture centred on the theme of the mask. During these three days the sumptuous Praça do Império in Belém will be the home of ancient, iconic figures of the Iberian Peninsula common imaginary.

Alkantara Festival – in Lisbon – from 23 of May to 9 of June

The multi-platform Alkantara Festival celebrates in 2018 its 25th anniversary. This festival will combine acclaimed international performers like Radouan Mriziga or Toshiki Okada with some of the most notorious Portuguese names in stage arts like Vera Mantero or João Fiadeiro. The festival will take place in iconic Lisbon sights like the São Jorge Castle , Culturgest and all the main Lisbon theatres. The conversations with the performers and the concerts with exciting acts like Conan Osiris promise to make the 25th edition of Alkantara Festival a true benchmark in its rich history.

NOS Alive – in Passeio Marítimo de Algés – from 12 to 14 of July

In the summer the stars fall upon Lisbon, it’s the best time of the year to be a music fan in Portugal. With festivals like Rock in Rio, Super Bock Super Rock and Sumol Summer Fest choosing only one festival to attend isn’t a fun task. If that’s your case however names like Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Pearl Jam as well as the Portuguese Blasted Mechanism and Orelha Negra seem too big to ignore. The beautiful Passeio Marítimo de Algés, where the festival takes place, is also a very strong argument in favour of this festival.

AURA – in Sintra – from 2 to 5 of August

The mystical city of Sintra (23km away from Lisbon) is well known for its beautiful elevated scenery. A must-stop destination to every Lisbon visitor, and one of the favourite cities to personalities like Lord Byron or Aleister Crowley, is the ideal place for a light installation art festival like AURA. During thses 3 days the city’s natural landscapes and historical buildings will stage inspiring projections in one of the most original art festivals in Lisbon.