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Travel Guide: Exploring Lisbon, Garden by the Sea Shore

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Portugal, situated on the Iberian Peninsula, is a small nation in west Europe. Surrounded by sea in West and South and by Spain in North and East, the country offers outstanding landscape diversity. Being small in area, you can travel from the mountains in North, covered with wines and trees, to Highlands in central mainland, to almost desert kind landscape and finally to the stunning beach in South, all in one single day. If you are thinking where to go this holiday season, then you must consider spending your memorable time for Portugal holidays.

Established itself as an independent kingdom from León in 1139, Portugal is not a very old country on the world map. Though just 900 years old, Portugal has played a big role in world history. Colonizing major parts of Africa, South America and some islands in Asia and Oceania, Portugal is credited by the western world for exploring India via sea, which no other European country could do on Pope’s high priority order Papal Bull.

Portugal has one of the warmest winters in Europe and temperature remains dry and pleasant rest of the year.

Best way to reach Portugal is by Air, unless you live in Spain or nearby country, you may think of travelling by convenient international trains. There are no border controls between countries that have signed and implemented the Schengen Agreement (European Union – except UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania; and  Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

Minimum validity of travel documents in Portugal

  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, as well as non-EU citizens who are visa-exempt (e.g. New Zealanders and Australians), need only produce a passport which is valid for the entirety of their stay in Portugal.
  • Other nationals who are required to have a visa (e.g. South Africans), however, must produce a passport which has at least 3 months’ validity beyond their period of stay in Portugal.

I took a taxi to the city center from the Airport. There is also Aerobus and regular bus services, but some taxi drivers, who will grab your bags and rush towards their taxi, are so convincing that you will make your mind, though this is something bad and you can say no to them.

Usual taxi metre fare from Airport to the city center should be €10.00. If you have luggage you will be charged additional €1.20 per item of luggage. It is usual that you might get overcharged and taxi drivers may gave vague reasons like metre has malfunctioned or was not working. For this reason, always ask before getting in the taxi if their metre is working fine or not. If you think you have been cheated just ask their name and receipt and complain to the police.

In Lisbon you have lots to see from attractive gardens, neighborhood to museum, galleries and even special transport.

I made my mind to travel in famous Tram 28. It is one of the oldest tram lines laid between 1936 to 47,  which is still active in the city. It takes you by many of Lisbon’s famous and interesting sites, including the old town, monuments, churches and gardens. The whole journey took nearly 30 minutes and can be called slight hilly and noisy, but it is worth it. The ticket costs €2,85, but it you have “Viva Viagem” card, which can be purchased on the station, then the ticket would cost €1.05.

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Tram 28, Photo taken by Franco Caruzzo

Apart from the tram, there are some Funiculars (cable railway or vertical trams), which have been declared as national monument.

Lisbon is also famous for some marvelous architecture. Just up on the hill you might visit Castelo de Sao Jorge (Castle of St. George). Open mostly from morning 9 to evening, you can’t resist admiring the architecture of this grande castle.

Castelo de Sao Jorge
Castelo de Sao Jorge, photo taken by Barbara

Another interesting thing that I personally admired is Ponte 25 de Abril. It is something similar to the Oakland Bay Bridge of San Fransisco, as it was designed by the same architect in 1966. A rail line was added later in 1999.

Ponte 25 de Abril
Ponte 25 de Abril, Photo taken by Morgaine

Ponte Vasco da Gama is another mega structure that you would love to have a look on. With the total length of 17.2 Kms, it is the longest bridge in Europe and 9th longest in the world, named after the sailor who discovered India for the first time in 1492.

Ponte Vasco da Gama
Ponte Vasco da Gama, Photo taken by Endless Autumn

You would have never thought that facilities and infrastructure that supply water in the different parts of the cities in older times will become one of the major attraction of the city. Aqueduto das Aguas Livres is one such example, one of the most remarkable example of engineering of the 18th century.

There are a number of Museums and galleries and a number of parks and gardens that adds to the attraction of the city, like Lisbon Botanical Garden, that is one of the oldest in Europe and considerable the first in Portugal, Oceanarium which is world’s largest oceanariums and you may enter with admission fees of €12.00 (if I remember well there is student discount as well). Parque das Nações is another ttractive park developed for the 1998 World Expo.

Do not forget to plan a trip to the place full of monuments next to Lisbon, Belem. Most of the people who come to Lisbon visit Belem for sure. Go for Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, Monument to the Discoveries, CCB, Coach Museum, and Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque.

So I conclude all this serious stuff and I come on the main topic, shopping and food. 

Baxa and Chiado are one of the most popular shopping streets, but sometimes they can be high on tourists and upon that narrow street might turn you off. I would suggest Avenida da Liberdade, this market is beautiful, wide, fancy, with a number of good restaurants and hotels.

Avenida da Liberdade
Avenida da Liberdade, photo taken by

There are modern shopping malls as well and one of the most popular is the Armazéns do Chiado mall. It is famous for its top floor restaurants and cafes that present a wonderful view of the city.

In Lisbon most of the restaurants are in budget. Most of the restaurants display their dish of the day on the doors “pratos do dia” (these dishes are cheaper, fresher, and indeed tastier). If you love music while munching, then you should go to some restaurant that plays traditional Fado music.

Find a pastelaria (pastry shop) and try pastéis de nata or visit Antiga Confeitaria de Belém (Casa Pasteis De Belem). They are served right out of the oven there, with the side of confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon

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Beach destinations around the world that you should know about

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The beach is one of the favorite tourist destinations to enjoy your holidays. Beach is relaxing, there are landscapes for natural, reduces stress, there are many activities available for all ages and tastes.

Many people think they won’t be able to go to the beach this season but there are destinations with warm weather at this time of year. If you want to get away or take a few days off right now, this is your chance. You have several options to choose: Alicante, the Canary Islands if you stay in Europe, or travel to Latin America to visit Punta Cana.

Alicante is a very comfortable tourist destination

If you decide to stay in Europe, Spain is your best option. In Alicante you can enjoy the beach with many comforts: it is close to the city and there is nothing better than the Mediterranean area on holiday. The atmosphere is calm and with a perfect climate.

To make your stay easier, it is best to rent a car. In this link you can see the available options. You will be close to the city, so take advantage of the opportunity to be comfortable without worrying about transportation. Just make sure you reserve the car for the days you will be in Alicante, read the contract carefully and return it in better condition than when you received it.

A good tip is to check the condition of the car when you receive it. If there is any damage, notify the agency so that you are not responsible for that fault. Compare several car rental agencies so you can choose the one that’s best for you for price, warranty, and insurance.

Why choose Gran Canaria to enjoy the beach?

You can go alone, as a couple or as a family. There are options for all types of tourists. Activities are varied and there will always be to satisfy all tastes. In the Playa Taurito in Gran Canaria there is a lot to do, it is difficult to get bored thanks to all that this site can offer. If you want to know more, here is more information to you.

It is one of the most comfortable beaches to go to relax thanks to all the hotels, nearby beaches, restaurants very varied and cheap. Located between Mogan and Puerto Rico, this beach goes unnoticed, is not very crowded and is very quiet. In high season is easy relaxing in this place.

Activities in Playa Taurito

There are many activities for all kinds of people. Adventure and tranquility are in one place.

  • The Buggy. You can live the adventure driving a vehicle: th Buggy. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Taurito nature, go into wild spaces and enjoy the native fauna and flora of this area.
  • Banana Boat. Teamwork seems to work for everything, but not to maintain balance on a giant banana while swinging between the waves. How long can you stay on board?
  • Waterpark. Lago Taurito is the star of this place. All of the water from various park attractions comes from the ocean. Keep enjoying the beach experience while inside the park. It has activities for the whole family: tennis, mini-golf, toddler areas and bowling. Come and relax in the spa.

Visit the Caribbean

Punta Cana is one of the most beautiful regions of the Dominican Republic. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world thanks to its perfect climate and great variety of beaches. Tourism here is a priority, so the city emphasizes the comfort of its visitors.

There are many hotels for all tastes. Click here to see some of the best on the island. The suites are luxurious and offer all the necessary comforts. Hotels are usually fully-equipped in their common areas to provide the best service to tourists: spas, swimming pools, casinos, children’s areas, nightlife and much more.

The culture of the Dominican Republic is very striking, with opportunities for endless fun. Urban life, family games on the beach, golf, paragliding, fishing and a number of water activities.

The local gastronomy is wonderful, with many different flavors. It is one of the best internationally. There is a great variety of fruits, vegetables and fresh fish. The restaurants are a great tourist attraction for having great chefs working on them.

Some tips

  1. Don’t forget to have travel insurance. This is the best decision you can make on vacation, so you won’t have any worries. You will be able to relax even when you have problems because the insurance will take care of everything.
  2. Take a suitcase with only what you need. Excess luggage can be very annoying because of the weight and packing back will be very difficult. Don’t forget to leave space to store the gifts you want to buy during your trip.
  3. If you are traveling with children, take them to their designated areas if you want to rest. They will have activities to have fun with the supervision of specialized personnel to take care of them. It’s your moment of relaxation.


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A holiday experience for all the family

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Finding the perfect location for your family holidays is often a tedious task, especially when kids are involved in the equation. Thankfully, there is a new 5-star resort especially created for the whole family.

A place for everyone 

Planning the perfect family holiday is never an easy task. We need to look for a place that would make everyone in the family happy, no matter their age. Traditionally, parents had to adapt their holidays plans to meet their kids needs for fun and entertainment. Thankfully, the tourism industry is aware of this issue and, over the last years, alternatives that fulfill the whole family needs have been developing. 

A place that has become renowned for having the best all inclusive family resorts is ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres. ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres is a 5-star resort located in Mexico, on a paradisiac beach just 15 minutes away from downtown Cancun. It was especially designed keeping the needs of the whole family in mind. 

It does not matter if the visitor is a kid or an adult, relax and a pleasure experience are ensured in this place. 

The perfect location for adults to relax

family resort

If you are looking to get away from the world and relax, Estudio Playa Mujeres has everything you need in order to have the best holiday experience of your life. 

The resort’s luxurious design and its wide range of activities available make it the best spot for your vacations

All the suites vanguardist concepts were designed by Mexican artists and on them you can see a modern architectonic display along with some luxury items like the revolutionary Total-Rest Beds®. These beds are especially designed to ensure you have the best resting experience during your stay and feature top-quality bed sheets. 

The suites are also equipped with a modern private bathroom, a 24 hours room-service and a minibar that is restocked on a daily basis. 

Once you leave your suite, a world full of marvelous experiences awaits you. The whole resort is decorated with artistic pieces created by contemporary Mexican artists. There are multiple installations you can make use of during your stay.  The resort has a 18-hole golf course, 6 restaurants to meet even the pickiest gourmet needs and, our personal favorite, the nuup spa. 

The nuup spa is equipped with everything you may need for relaxing in your luxury Spa Vacations. Distributed among three different levels, this luxurious  spa includes:

  •  18 treatments cabins equipped with  private showers
  • Relaxing lounges to chill before and in between treatments.
  • A fully equipped hydrotherapy circuit which includes a sauna, a steam room, a sentations shower and a ludic pool. 
  • A tea station with all sort of flavours from around the globe. 
  • A beauty salon with the best hairstyling, pedicure and manicure experts. 
  • A Bridal Dress-Up Lounge®. On this private space brides and their maids can get ready for the ceremony while enjoying features like a private bar or bathroom. 

Let your kids have the time of their lives

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At Estudio Playa Mujeres, kids are very important. They have a wide range of activities to enjoy while their parents relax. Kids can enjoy the Doodle Land® program, where creativeness is encouraged by the means of interactive workshops and programs and fun activities by the beach and the pool. Kids up to the age of 15 can also join the kids club, where they will learn while having fun. 

Your pet also deserves the best holidays

Estudio playa mujeres are Pet Friendly Resorts. Pets are welcome and encouraged on their installations just as one more member of the family

The resort provides all the things our furry friends could need for a fun experience. Estudio Playa Mujeres counts with a team of professionals that offer doggysitting and veterinary services. 

The food necessities of our pets are fully covered with a luxurious 5 plates menu especially designed to meet their needs. 

Fun is also assured for pets within the resort. There are a wide range of activities and happenings along the resort that will bring our pets and us an unique experience. Toys and accessories are also provided inside the suites so our pets are always entertained and feel just like at home.

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The Must-Know Before Booking Your Next Flight

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One of the essential things that will keep you happy throughout your traveling is booking a flight that caters for all your needs without necessarily paying much. Whether you are going on a business trip or you just want to spend your next holiday away from your country booking the right flight will be your very first crucial thing to do.

When it comes to flight booking, getting the right airline that will suit all your preferences, needs, and taste can be a bit tricky especially if it is your first time. Making even the minutest error in the choice of your flight can easily ruin your entire journey. That’s why in this article, you will learn some of the factors you need to know before booking any flight. So let’s get started.

Ticket Price

Of course, this is one thing that many people are sensitive to and definitely, it is one of the most crucial factors you should consider. Flight ticket prices usually vary depending on the airline you have chosen.

Definitely, you need an airline that will save some bucks for your ice cream, that’s more than often people tend to go for cheaper ticket prices. It is always advisable that you check whether the price of the ticket has included or excluded the taxes. Besides, check whether the luggage fees are separate.

The duration and stops of your flight

Sometimes, even if you are taking a direct flight, it has several stops before reaching the destination. It could be for technical checkups or fueling. By checking the number of halts and flight stops you will be having, you will easily determine the duration of your flight.

The actual value of your ticket will also largely depend on the number of stops and duration you will be in the air. The direct flight usually charge high prices because they are faster compared to indirect flights that have several stops. It is always advisable you check on the duration your flight will take besides the attractive ticket prices.

The Airline

This is one of the factors that cannot be overemphasized having in mind the many airlines that have stormed the air transportation industry. It is always advisable that you choose an airline that has a good reputation for its safety, prices, and treatment of its customers.

You also need to check the number of years they have been in the field and how well-maintained are their planes. Turkish Airlines could be your choice in your next flight because of their efficiency, effectiveness, the number of years in experience, and diverse quality services. Why not give it a trial?

Flight time

Well, the time of your flight is crucial in saving you some money and for your safety. You may have noticed that there is a peak hour where almost everyone likes flying. In such hours, you dig deeper into your pocket. Such hours are usually during the day, perhaps in the morning to afternoon hours.

It is advisable to travel at such peak hours if you don’t know your destination very well. However, if you are conversant with your destination, you can take odd-hour flights which are basically cheaper. 

Travel Dates

This is another crucial factor that you will need to consider. Always plan your trip very well to suit your preferred dates of travel. Choose different days for your flights and eventually choose the one that is best for you. However, this may be impossible if you are on an emergency schedule.

It is advisable that you be as much flexible as possible when it comes to the dates of your flights. If you stick to one particular date, you might end up spending more than you had planned for in case some ugly incident occurs.

The flight itinerary

For indirect flights, you will need to change your planes; you will need to take another flight to connect you to your destination. Some airliners are hostile enough that they don’t even provide you with transport to the next airport. If you have some tons of luggage it becomes chaotic for you.

Some passengers may be having Visas that don’t allow them in certain countries and this will be very frustrating for them. Always check at the distance between the airports and the entire itinerary to avoid frustrations in your flight.

Final Remarks: You can make your flight joyful or irritating by the choices you make. The above factors can make your flights comfortable. However, it is advisable that you book your ticket 6 weeks before your date of travel. This will save you some good money. Consulting travel agents is also a great idea. Now make it happen the right way.

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