Carcavelos Apartment Bedroom

Apartment Bedroom

Welcome to the blog about my lovely apartment in Carcavelos on the Lisbon coast, in Portugal.  As well as providing information about the apartment in the drop down menu here, I’ve added lots more about the local area and places close by. It’s a special place by the sea where you can watch wonderful sunsets and is close to Lisbon and all that wonderful, white city has to offer. So you can have two breaks for the price of one. I hope you enjoy the blog and that the information will encourage you to visit. I look forward to welcoming you there sometime soon.


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Where to eat out in Lisbon

Lisbon’s food scene is changing rapidly.  And for the better. Continue reading

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Insider’s Guide to Lisbon

Lisbon’s best restaurants, shops, hotels and museums, according to chef José Avillez, actor Daniela Ruah, novelist Robert Wilson and designer Alexandra Champalimaud.

THIS CITY IS often overlooked as a destination, considered an also-ran to Paris, Rome and other European capitals, with their iconic attractions and masses of tourists. But there’s something to be said for Lisbon’s subtler charms. Continue reading

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A day in Cais do Sodré on the Lisbon Coast

Once a seedy area of Lisbon, the riverside Cais do Sodré district has been reborn as one of the city’s coolest, a hub of great clubs, bars, restaurants and original shops. This is also the name of the station from where you take the train along the Lisbon coast to Carcavelos, so is a very convenient place to socialise into the wee, small hours.

Cais do Sodré’s transformation from sleazy haunt to one of the city’s coolest nightlife districts has been swift. Elegant new bars jostle with contemporary restaurants and even the beautiful 19th-century fish market is set to unveil a new food court later this month, mixing gourmet fare with traditional petiscos.

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Café Martinho da Arcada

Praça do Comércio 3, 1100-148 Lisboa

Pessoa scattered his selves among these tables.
We take turns to read his fugitive verse.
Now, from a notebook with his portrait I
Distill these fading signs, once lucent.

Here Saramago fluxed his river-like prose.
I flit between a glass of Super Bock
And olives, Filtro cigarette and coffee;
Read how Pessoa hesitates, invited
By Ricardo Reis, the year he dies,
Almost steps into the cool interior
Haunt, with its tables white-clothed, uninscribed.
The waiters smile and sanction what we read.

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Don’t just take my word for it….

Looking out across the moonlit Tagus River to the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer, I felt momentarily confused.

I was sure I was in Lisbon, not Rio de Janeiro. And beautiful though it looked under a starry night, what was the Golden Gate Bridge doing in one of Europe’s best-loved capitals? Lisbon is full of such surprises.SIM-769783

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Two weeks in Central/North East Portugal

2013-09-25 11.41.35I recently came back from a fabulous two week tour of Portugal with three friends and wanted to recommend it as a holiday, if you are looking for somewhere new. Our total spend per person for 14 days was less than £600, including car hire, tolls, petrol accommodation, food and entry tickets. (Admittedly off season in the second half of September.)

Portugal is a small beautiful country with a fantastic road network, almost empty of cars – at least when it’s not high holiday season. And it has fantastically good value and welcoming guest houses and hotels with big rooms and big breakfasts. It also is child-friendly. If you want the best value holiday, discovering hidden treasures and enjoying beautiful walks, here’s a tour with great places to stay in central and north Portugal. We went in mid-late September.

Top tip: start from Brid’s apartment in Carcavelos. Continue reading

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Lisbon’s aquarium. A big hit


Aquarium2My wife, my two sons of 10 and 12 and I greatly enjoyed visiting the aquarium in Lisbon in May. It was recommended to me by an American friend as the biggest in Europe. I’m not sure that it’s bigger than the one in Genoa, Italy however but it’s certainly impressive. To get there travel by Metro to the Oriente station and it’s about a 10 minute signposted walk from there. Going via the sea front along a walkway is an alternative, picturesque option, although it takes about 15 minutes to reach the aquarium that way.

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Moritz’s (10) holiday ‘tops and flops’ on the Lisbon coast

“Great apartment for a family vacation and an ideal spot to enjoy Lisbon and the area around at its best.”

Christo Rei statue from the planeI (Sylvia) travel once a year with my friend Martina and her two sons, Moriz (10) & Felix (7). Before Lisbon we did all inclusive holidays at the beach with children’s entertainment included. Now as the kids are older we decided on a city break. We were unsure if they’d like a city trip with sightseeing better than swimming pool and children’s cocktails. But that cosy apartment in Carcavelos and its great location made the holiday a big success. Continue reading

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Funchal Street Art

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