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PORTUGAL ACTIVO & AVENTUREIRO – ACTIVIDADES DE LAZER & DESPORTOS EXTREMOS

Portugal é fantástico e as suas diferentes paisagens, praias, oceano, lagos, rios, serras e imensos vales, linha costeira fantástica e as suas incontáveis praias, desportos extremos estão a tornar-se cada vez mais populares constituindo cada vez mais uma razão para viajar até Portugal, para uma pausa de adrenalina extrema!
As empresas que prestam este tipo de serviços e possibilidades de participar neste tipo de eventos trendy, estão a aparecer um pouco por toda a parte, outras já cá se estabeleceram há muitos anos e estão agora trabalhar a todo o gas, com clientes vindos de todo o mundo à espera de poderem usufruir da sua oferta.

Este artigo pretende descrever o que é possível, quais as actividades mais apelativas e como manter a segurança, no caso de pretender este tipo de férias, seja apenas um principiante ou um viciado em adrenalina com vasta experiência. Existem muitas e boas razões para que venha até Portugal!
Nós também podemos aconselhar acerca das melhores empresas que proporcionam este tipo de actividades e damos-lhe a oportunidade de reservar directamente no nosso website. Procura alguma actividade que ainda não esteja publicada no nosso Website? Contacte-nos, gostamos de dar o apoio necessário e ajudar!

Olhemos as actividades disponíveis, uma a uma, pela sua popularidade e reconhecimento. A primeira terá de ser surf!


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Surf em Portugal
Portugal é famoso para a prática do surf e as suas ondas. Pessoas vêm de todo o Mundo para surfar em Portugal durante todo o ano. Portugal dispõe de uma linha costeira muito grande e as melhores ondas da Europa para a prática do surf.
O clima é ameno e as ondas variam muito de local para local, dependendo da altura do ano, tornando-o o local ideal para aprendizes até aos surfistas mais avançados.
A Nazaré é um dos locais mais famosos graças a Mc Namara´s recorde, ao bater o record mundial por ter surfado a maior onda do Mundo, mas as ondas da Nazaré não são geralmente ideais para os iniciados no surf .
Outros locais fantásticos para a prática do surf são o Guincho, Cascais, Costa da Caparica, Ericeira, Matosinhos, Porto e vários locais no Algarve.
Pesquise: Surf em Go Discover Portugal


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Mergulho e caça submarina em Portugal
A costa Oeste Portuguesa é uma das mais longas e maiores da Europa, com as suas margens selvagens do Oceano Atlântico, até às margens de águas mais calmas do Algarve (a Sul), Portugal oferece muitas oportunidades para a prática de mergulho ou caça submarina, desde cursos certificados a recreativos. A abundância de vida marinha e parques aquáticos fazem de Portugal um destino muito apreciado por mergulhadores.
Escolas e academias que oferecem cursos, introduções e mergulho de recreio! Algumas das óptimas escolas de mergulho



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Rafting nas águas brancas dos rios

Este excitante e energético desporto só pode ser praticado num único local em Portugal, por existir apenas um rio em Portugal que oferece as condições adequadas à pratica de Rafting. Está localizado no Norte de Portugal, a 50 km distancia da cidade do Porto. O Rio Paiva é um rio com um caudal rápido formado pelas águas da chuva vindas das montanhas e paisagens que o circundam e é melhor para a prática de Rafting durante os meses fora do Verão, quando o rio está cheio.
Reserve:Rafting nas águas brancas do rio Paiva

 

 

Parapente – Paragliding Portugal


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Parapente Portugal, Parapente em Portugal está a tornar-se mais e mais popular em Portugal e existem cada vez mais empresas a oferecer experiências, equipamentos e voos de introdução de saltos Tandem em Parapente Bi-Lugar por todo território em Portugal. Instrutores oficiais de Parapente estão ligados à federação portuguesa de Parapente a FPVL e sujeitos a ambas as leis nacionais e caso tenha algumas dúvidas poderá contactar a FPVL.
O salto Tandem Paragliding / Parapente pode ser uma experiência incrível para quem faz o seu primeiro salto como um pássaro sem o barulho de motor ou estar confinado ao espaço de um avião aberto e sujeito aos elementos e as vistas incríveis do ar. Muitos dos praticantes ficarão de tal forma impressionados que acabarão por votar a repetir a actividade múltiplas vezes. Existem muitos locais onde poderá ter a possibilidade de fazer um curso oficial com certificação internacional e com licença para voar só ou até mesmo com Bi-Lugar.
Paragliding / Parapente on Go Discover: tandem paragliding

Kitesurfing Guincho, Cascais, Lisboa


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Outra actividade em moda actualmente a qual também se está a tornar cada vez mais popular entre os praticantes de actividades de lazer náuticas e extremas e que também constitui uma das razões para viajar até Portugal é esta enervante e excitante actividade derivada do surf, mais propriamente o Kitesurf. O Kitesurf baseia-se em 4 desportos diferentes, O Surf, Wakeboard, Parapente e Windsurf o qual pode ser praticado em vários estilos ou formas.
O Kitesurf tem por base surfer as ondas com a ajuda de um Kite (Papagaio) e pertence ao grupo de desportos extremos. Pode ser praticado por quase toda agente, no entanto, não deverá ser praticado sem a ajuda de profissionais certificados, os quais podem facultar a assistência adequada, lições teóricas e praticas e respectiva certificação.

PaddleSurf ou Stand Up Paddle


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Paddle surf ou paddle boarding é uma tradição Havaiana a qual providência o transporte entre as Ilhas. As pessoas moviam-se usando uma prancha e remos assentado-sena prancha ou até mesmo de pé e faziam a prancha deslocar-se pela água com a ajuda de um remo.

A oferta da actividade de Paddle surf está actualmente disponível por quase toda a costa Portuguesa e é uma forma de se mover de forma lenta e descobrir vários locais ao longo da linha costeira, seja em grupo ou com a assistência de um instrutor ou guias individuais, É um desporto que pode ser praticado quando o mar é demasiado calmo para a prática do surf, mas o Paddle Surf também tem variantes para os praticantes mais experimentados o qual é praticado nas ondas.

Canyoning Porto Portugal



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Canyoning ou, conforme é conhecido nos estados unidos “USA”, Canyoneering
é viajar por canyons usando uma variedade de técnicas e pode também incluir outras actividades outdoor tais como caminhadas, scrambling, montanhismo, saltos, abseiling (rappel), e natação. Pode ser praticado em vários locais em Portugal Continental, a maioria no norte próximo da cidade do Porto. É uma actividade fantástica a qual pode ser praticada por quase todas as idades desde que devidamente acompanhadas por profissionais credenciados.
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Voos de balão de ar quente

Actualmente trabalhamos com uma empresa a qual oferece voos de balão de quente em vários locais em Portugal, incluindo Lisboa, Alentejo e Algarve. Esta empresa dedica-se há várias décadas e é uma das mais prominientes empresas em Portugal para a prática de viagens de balão de ar quente. Voo de balão de ar quente é uma experiência e actividade maravilhosa a qual pode ser praticada por quase todas as idades desde que acompanhada por profissionais.
Saltos de queda livre Tandem em Espinho Porto


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O pára-quedismo e queda livre, pode ser aprendido e praticado em vários pontos em Portugal os quais estão devidamente licenciados e credenciados e que podem facultar a devida certificação para que possa saltar em pára-quedas em qualquer parte no Mundo. Para os iniciados, dispomos de várias empresas e oferta no nosso web site as quais oferecem saltos Tandem quer seja para indivíduos ou grupos e a varias altitudes.
Veja onde: pára-quedismo, skydive, queda livre

Warner Bros The Bachelor At Speed jet Porto


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Extreme jet no Porto pode efectivamente ter a experiência mais rápida na água que alguma vez tenha experimentado a bordo de um barco num passeio com o Ferrari das águas. Este deve ser a forma mais excitante de descobrir as águas das margens do rio Douro, mesmo no coração da cidade do Porto.

Esquiar em Portugal



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Andar de Esqui e Snowboard na Serra da Estrela. A prática de esqui e snowboard é possível numa região de Portugal a qual é ainda por agora um dos maiores e mais bem guardados segredos de Portugal. Ainda assim, os portugueses durante o inverno viajam em massa até à serra da Estrela para desfrutarem da neve num complexo turístico relativamente pequeno numa das mais belas regiões montanhosas do Mundo. Uma das coisas mais maravilhosas em Portugal, é que o Inverno e o Verão estão apenas a algumas horas de distância, por isso, porque não desfrutar dos 2 durante as suas férias!


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Wakeboard jet ski entre várias outras actividades de lazer náuticas podem ser praticadas em quase todos os Lagos em Portugal. Encontrará vários centros náuticos onde poderá encontrar uma variada lista de actividades náuticas desde as extremas às mais calmas e relaxantes e também equipamentos para alugar. Desde o Wakeboard à canoagem e kayak, mergulho em alguns dos lagos mais profundos como o de Castelo do Bode onde pode mergulhar (Scuba Diving)e redescobrir antigas aldeias submersas as quais tiveram que ser inundadas e submersas para ai nascerem as barragens.

Actividades de Lazer Náuticas: veja todas as actividades de lazer náuticas em Go Discover Portugal



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Montar a cavalo é uma actividade de lazer muito agradável a qual pode ser realizada livremente na natureza por todo o território de Portugal. Portugal é famoso e mundialmente conhecido pelo cavalo Lusitano, uma raça de cavalos que nos dias de hoje são maioritariamente usados para montar em estilo livre ou para “dressage ( o adestramento)”. Os cavalos são graciosos e belos e constituem um verdadeiro prazer de montar a cavalo.

Portugal dispõe actualmente de uma das feiras internacionais do cavalo mais reconhecidas à escala planetária, a qual é organizada uma vez por ano no centro da Vila da Golegã, a capital do cavalo em Portugal.

Nós oferecemos várias possibilidades de poder montar a cavalo em estilo livre ou até mesmo de poder fazer um curso, tanto com alojamento incluído ou sem alojamento incluído por todo o território de Portugal. Procure com o nosso motor de busca para encontrar o melhor e que mais lhe agrade!

Use o nosso motor de busca no nosso web site para reservar qualquer uma das actividades mencionadas ou contacte-nos para que lhe possamos sugerir algumas das actividades!

Continuaremos a adicionar mais actividades brevemente, caso procure mais informações use o formulário de contacto para nos informar ou contactar!

Todas as actividades podem ser reservadas através do nosso web site e se não encontrar o que pretende, diga-nos e nós encontraremos para si a actividade desejada!

Com os nossos agradecimento aos nossos parceiros por terem facultado as informações e as fotos.

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Nós aceitamos a sua reserva e gerimos todo o processo de reserva incluindo programas à medida personalizados e informações para qualquer actividade, gastronomia, alojamento, transferes e conferências, para grupos pequenos, médios e grandes. Por favor use este formulário.

Porto, Holiday Design Apartments with a difference

Porto, Holiday Design Apartments with a difference are light, airy and spacious design apartments lodged in a historical building just 50m from the Matosinhos beach.
Barbosa & Guimaraes, the innovative architects designed its rehabilitation and The Architect José Carlos Cruz framed the Atlantic Ocean and the Ourigo beach with its modern and comfortable interior design..
Each apartment showcases an individualized interior design with small bookcases, vintage furniture, contemporary classics and great fabrics. All of this enriched by the works of Young Portuguese Artists from the Flattered Art Collection.
The apartments are located in the heart of Foz do Douro in one of its main commercial streets.
Here you will find one of the most genuine places in town with some of the most famous restaurants just a few meters away. You will also find plenty of little neighbourhood shops, still run by old traditional families, cafés, beautiful terraces by the sea and even a small supermarket. All of this in within walking distance.

The apartments consist of 3 separate units, Level/Floor: R/C, 1º, 2º
Area 60, 85 and 120 m21 Double room with a double bed
1 Double bed in the living room
1 Single bed/ sofá bed in the living room
Dining room and kitchenette
1 Bathroom

All the apartments have Breakfast service
Cleaning service
Air conditioning
Central heating with radiant floor
Satellite TV Free
Wi-Fi acess
Flat screen TV
DVD
Phone
Safe
Library
i-POD dock station
Fully-equipped kitchen (refrigerator, glass ceramic/ induction hob, microwave oven with grill, dishwasher, washing and drying machine, espresso coffee machine, electric kettle, toaster)
Hair dryer
Amenities “Claus Porto” from Ach. Brito
100% cotton bed sheets and bath towels
Iron and ironing board

Maximum capacity for extra beds/ cradles in the apartment: 2

Children
All children under 2 shall be accommodated at no extra charge for using the existing bed or cradle.

Baby pack (on request): Cradle, highchair, bathtub, toy box.

Prices from 60 €

For questions or reservations, use the following form or call us 00351 - 918354714 / 00351 938328865

Gourmet Portugal, long standing food traditions & modern innovation

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Does Portugal offer Gourmet food? Portuguese food is particular. Recently the controversial food critic for the times, Giles Coren, criticized the typical cuisine badly. He based his review on a one off experience in a London based Portuguese restaurant.

The country was in uproar as an attack on their food causes  particularly strong emotions in Portugal.

Giles had his reasons, I’m sure. He didn’t understand the many nuances of Portuguese food. Had he understood what he was eating, he could have turned the review into what it was, a bad restaurant review.

Where it all starts

First of all it starts with the basic. The freshness of ingredients combined with subtle seasoning.

Going to the market in Portugal. You’ll notice people take their ingredients very serious. The first step to great food is meticulously analyze, inspect and compare the products.
Ingredients will generally be the best available and seasonal.  Outside of the cities many still grow their own vegetables picked just before cooking. This healthy practice also guarantees tastes are at their best. A old habit that is gaining popularity in some restaurants and eco resorts.

Types of traditional dishes

Understanding the Portuguese Cuisine, its history and basis and how it differs from others.
The internationally most famous of the Portuguese dishes
are grilled sardines and salted cod. Neither of these fishes are subtle in taste. Both can be prepared in various ways. Bacalhau or salted cod is used in hundreds of traditional recipes. In my opinion neither should be eaten to often.
Common dishes less known internationally are octopus, clams, shrimp, sea bass, dourada, goat meat and cheese, black pork, local cabbages and beans.

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Comparison across Europe

The French kitchen in Comparison to the Portuguese
The modern French cuisine has undergone much modification over time. Typified by complexity it has  richness and diversity. Like the Portuguese cuisine it was once regional, seasonal and simple.

Similar are the Processing of  food such as cheeses, cured meats, dried fruits and other delicacies developed from the foods gathered during the summer to help survive the winter.

Southern European foods relations
French, Spanish and Italian cuisines came from similar backgrounds,  Related by climate and travel inspired ideas and ingredients. Each country devloped through personal paths to create original dishes that vary from region to region.  according to habits and circumstance.

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Regional and local influences in Portuguese Gourmet

Due to Portugal’s many sub climates. Its proximity to sea and fast changing landscapes all contribute to a large selection of produce.
Rice is one of the products seldom expected as one of its crops. Cactus fruit, capsicum, citrus fruits, almonds, pistachio may be others.
Not all produce is as exotic as these and the cooler months and areas produce many more Northern vegetables with a heightened sweetness.
The Atlantic ocean has established Portugal as one of the main sea food countries in the world. Whereas its internal waters provide many unique sweet water fish and even more unique fish dishes.
As for meat goat, pork, beef and lamb are the more common.

Travel abroad has introduced newer flavors

Colonization and discovery travels helped introduce more exotic dishes and flavorings.
Modern innovation and the reinvention of traditional dishes is revolutionizing the Portuguese kitchen to current demands.

Typical Portuguese produce

Citrus fruits

Iberia produce the largest amount of citrus fruits in Europe. As a result many, are used in Portuguese dishes, mainly in the many desserts and pastries. read on below

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Cheese

Hardly known as a cheese country,  Portugal produces many cheeses from young cottage cheese style to ages and matured cheeses. In Portugal, cheeses are produced according to unique and old processes. These processes help produce unusual cheeses not comparable to those found abroad.

Portugal has its own label for high classified cheese. DOP cheeses like in France are well established and currently more than 80

Olive oil

As one of the main producers of Olive oil, its influence on food is very evident. Used for more or less everything, Portugal is also one of the largest consumers of olive oil.
Much as cheese, olive oil comes from local sources often with a limited supply. DOP versions are becoming ever more popular as oils are being refined and exploited in positive ways

Unique cabbages

As a result of the influence of the sun combined with the plentiful winter rains have given opportunity for unique cabbages. Couve Portuguese, Grelhos, Galaga are just a few of the most common. The Portuguese cabbages end to be more delicate and sweeter than Northern cabbages.
Portuguese Cabbage is commonly served as side dishes but also the main ingredient of many typical soups.

Beans and other leguminous vegetables

Widely used, leguminous vegetables have helped create many typically Portuguese dishes.  Originally from the former colonies of Brazil, Macau, Angola, Mozambique and Goa (India) they are responsible for original twists that have become uniquely Portuguese.

Regional differences

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Portuguese cuisine is based on a comparable history as the French, Spanish and Italian and is based on local regional food that differs very much from North to South, Inland to coast.

The Algarve

Gourmet food from the Algarve tends to be more adventurous in flavor. Maybe the Moorish and Spanish influences have helped play a part in this. The most famous Algarvian dish is the cataplana or fish stew. Cooked in its own copper pan it is a popular dish even locally.

Central Portugal’s menu

The “horta”, vegetable garden of Portugal concentrates in the fertile lands of the center of Portugal. Due to its more damp environment alternated with extended sun hours the land produces in abundance. In addition to its abundance, Its grassy, large valleys are the home of beef and its many internal waters the home of many unique fishes.

Migas and Magusto are  2 examples based on sturdy local bread and mixed with olive oil, garlic, beans and cabbage. Other ingredients added could be Bacalhau, Shrimp or Bacon. The resulting unique dish  resembles risotto and is much loved in the region.

Found in this area Stewed eel and fried eel .

The North and Porto

Because the Northern districts have older roots in the Nordic countries, many Jewish influences and influences from the vast international trade that took place over the centuries based on their Port wines. They also went through much poverty over the centuries which has given rise to some very typical dishes, one being the famous Porto Tripas or tripe.

Dishes explored

Bacalhau didn’t enter the Portuguese cuisine before the 17th century. Today its a much loved ingredient in the traditional kitchen

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Introduced into Portugal from the colony of Goa, Piri Piri chicken spicy chicken

South America help bring Bean dishes such as Feijoada

As in other European, bread was made with sourdough, not yeast

You may not know that Portugal was the first location in Europe for grape cultivation and wine production

Not to forget Petiscos are Tapas Portugal has a large range of typically Portuguese tapas. Little delicacies enjoyed as a social food.

Tourist restaurants are not particularly good at serving Portuguese food. Therefore you could easily imagine that the Portuguese live off sardines and bacalhau, chips and rice, which is as true as claiming the Italians live of Pizza, the French like Brie and the Spanish only eat Paella.

The uniqueness of Portuguese food

To summarize Portuguese food: Freshness of ingredients come first. In second slow and elaborate cooking processes and thirdly traditionally intensive preparations.
There are influences from its former colonies and travel to its neighboring countries.
Its climate and landscapes which help produce a very large diversity of ingredients.

Modern Portuguese gourmet foods

Just like other European countries, Portugal is also going through a gourmet revolution. With thanks to Michelin starred chefs, modern innovation and young talents, traditions are being reinvented.

The newest modern tendencies in Gourmet cooking are exciting and refer back to older principles refined and updatd. Local ingredients and traditional cooking methods, freshness of produces and subtle flavoring are the best to describe the food.

All of this is what Giles didn’t understand and his analysis caused quite a commotion in Portugal.

For those who didn’t catch the The original article from Giles that inspired this one, it can only have been been written by someone who hasn’t yet really tasted Portuguese food. Tastes will always be personal but as much of it is winning prices everywhere it deserves some credit It was slightly rewritten since 2015 but still not correct The original article by Giles can be found here

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Hotel Carmo’s 5 star Boutique Hotel, Ponte de Lima

Hotel Carmo’s 5 star Boutique Hotel, Ponte de Lima is about 2 kilometers outside off Ponte de Lima set in the wonderful landscape of the Vinho Verde region, Minho.

It is a small boutique hotel lusciously decorated with many surprising remnants of the past and classic modern design details. It has a dining room that functions as bar, resting area and a restaurant during dining hours and its theme is that of a wine hotel and spa.

The restaurant serves gastronomic surprises only available to its guests and the hotel pays much attention to service and details.

The rooms are decorated in the style of the hotel and are very comfortable. This hotel is not a hotel to arrive late at night and leave the next day, it is a hotel that concentrates specifically on packages suited for celebrations, romantic breaks and just to get away from it all to get as spoiled as possible or as the perfect resting spot for your discoveries of Northern Portugal.

Its classic interior is a lovely contrast to the modern design building that houses it.

Some of the packages on offer include

ROMANTIC NIGHT | 1 NIGHT
WEDDING NIGHT | 1 NIGHT
IN LOVE AT CARMO’S | 2 NIGHTS
OENOLOGICAL ROMANCE NIGHTS | 2 NIGHTS
GLAMOUR, BEAUTY & FINE ART AT CARMO’S | 2 NIGHTS
STAY 2 NIGHTS GET THE 3RD FOR FREE!
ROMANCE DAYS AT CARMO’S | 4 NIGHTS
DISCOVER PORTUGAL – SPECIAL CAR OFFER | MIN. 5 NIGHTS
ROMANTIC NORTH + VISIT PORTO & DOURO OPTIONAL | 5 NIGHTS
DIVINE SPA | 5 NIGHTS
STAY 5 NIGHTS GET 2 MORE FOR FREE!
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
CELEBRATIONS

Price on average start at 150 euro per night. Please use the pre reservation form or call us to get actual prices, offers and available discounts! We provide reservation services for Carmo’s Boutique hotel and provide lowest available rates.

We provide lowest prices for groups with personal service, no fees or obligations

Please note this form is not a reservations form you will be contacted by one of our staff to help you with your request and hotel choice

 

The Rose Guest House, Lisbon

The Rose Guest House Lisbon is a affordable alternative in one of the most noble areas in the centre of Lisbon. Situated close to the Edward VII park it is set in a truly lovely surrounding within walking distance of many of the most interesting historical sites and the old centre of Lisbon.
The B&B has 5 rooms all decorated to create a peaceful, tranquil and clean atmosphere, that creates the perfect retreat from the busy city surroundings.
The Guesthouse is on the second floor of the building and is accessible by lift, there is free Wifi throughout.
It is liking staying in a home away from home and you will be well received by the friendly owners. Breakfast is great, the ambiance comfortable and the surrounding district quiete and safe.

The guest house is most suitable for guests that are looking for a quiet, pleasant place to stay in Lisbon while going out to discover the city.
the rooms are 4 double rooms, one single, and one family room for 3 people.
The guest house is fitted with two new large bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen.
The Apartment can also be fully rented for groups of up to 12 people.

The rooms

The Flowers Room
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The Garden Room
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The Peaceful Brown Room
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The Ocean Room
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The Single Room
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The Vacation Room
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We provide lowest prices for groups with personal service, no fees or obligations

Please note this form is not a reservations form you will be contacted by one of our staff to help you with your request and hotel choice

 

Casa do Conto – The House of Tales, Arts & Residence hotel, Porto

Located in one of the nicest areas of Down Town Porto, Casa do Conto – The House of Tales, Arts & Residence hotel, Porto is a guesthouse hotel set in a charming building in the emerging and lively Cedofeita area of central Porto.
It was a renovation porject of a former 19th-century bourgeois home with the intention to host demanding and discerning guests in an atmosphere of striking cultural imagery.
An innovative project which could only have been possible in the urban setting of the city.

In the restoration art and contemporary architecture where combined with natural light and sky views to create a modern feel with natural emphasis. Colours are subdued in tones of gray and white which perfectly emphasize the occasional burst of colour provided by the design furniture set throughout the building. All in all the peaceful, aesthetic atmosphere contrasts perfectly with the bustle of city activity outside.

The house of Tales or Casa do Conto has 6 rooms
Library, Lounge, Wi-fi (internet), Dining Room,Garden, Cable Tv – LCD

Suite residence AD

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The Suite Residence AD is located on the first floor and in addition to an indoor balcony with a work desk also has a kitchenette with mini-bar, Nespresso coffee maker and kettle plus a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, high-towels weight, slippers and bathrobe.

This suite is equipped with LCD TV, cable TV, free wireless internet, telephone and air conditioning.

Suite Residence AT

Suite AT, Casa do Conto
The Suite Residence AT is located on the second floor, and in addition to an indoor balcony with a work desk also has a kitchenette with mini-bar, Nespresso coffee maker and kettle plus a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, high-towels weight, slippers and bathrobe.

This suite is equipped with LCD TV, cable TV, free wireless internet, telephone and air conditioning.

Suite residence NG

Suite NG, Casa do Conto
he Suite Residence NG is located on the third floor, and beyond a panoramic balcony still have mini-bar, Nespresso coffee machine and kettle, plus a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, heavy weight towels, slippers and bathrobe.

This suite is equipped with LCD TV, cable TV, free wireless internet, telephone and air conditioning.

Suite Avenue JF

Suite Avenue JF, Casa do Conto
The Suite Avenue JF is located on the first floor and beyond a work desk also has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, heavy weight towels, slippers and bathrobe.

This suite is equipped with mini-bar, LCD TV, cable TV, free wireless internet, telephone and air conditioning.

Suite Avenue JP
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The Avenue SW Suite is located on the second floor, and as well as an outdoor terrace also has a refrigerator and a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, heavy weight towels, slippers and bathrobe.

This suite is equipped with LCD TV, cable TV, free wireless internet, telephone and air conditioning.

Suite Avenue FL
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The Suite Avenue FL is located on the third floor, and beyond a work desk also has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, heavy weight towels, slippers and bathrobe.

This suite is equipped with Frigo-bar, LCD TV, cable TV, free wireless internet, telephone and air conditioning.
Prices start at 70 € per night to receive lowest available rates straight form the hotel, please use the pre – reservation form.

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Casa do Conto
In 2008, our office Pedra Líquida (Liquid Stone) was commissioned to create a new Hotel design concept – Casa do Conto, arts&residence – giving life to a beautiful XIX Century Oporto House, through a chirurgical restoration process. Unfortunately, on March 2009, few days before the hotel opening, the building suffered a terrible fire.
As architects and concept creators we decided that we had to rebuild it, better than before. In fact, recreating its remaining structure was an opportunity to make this new hotel, and the memory of that special house, reborn from the ashes, like the Phoenix.
In this sense, the new project evokes, through an abstract approach, the old house adornment and its wall textures by using traditional surfaces – crossed wood patterns, corrugated steel plates and curved plywood panels – as a “mould” for the new concrete walls: at the central staircase; at the back facade; at the cubic bathrooms inside every suite; at the oval-shaped central skylight, a typical Oporto typology. As a result we get a kind of “fossilized architecture” where those modern “skins” rephrase the pre-existing ones.
All the concrete ceilings are (re)decorated by carved texts, in bass-relief, where you can read different narratives about the concept of “house” and of that house in particular. Created by different authors related to Oporto and its architecture, those six tails were spatially layered by our office, and graphically imagined by R2 Designers.
Casa do Conto embodies a unique story of life, which is, in fact, the history of the city itself. The hotel highlights Oporto’s domestic architecture, solemn and vertical, carved by the scars of a time that mediates its decline and rebirth, the memory of the past and the desire for the future, the granite stone of the old facades and the new concrete of its inner core.

Credits
Architecture: Pedra Líquida
Coordination: Alexandra Grande e Joana Couceiro
Team: Alexandra Grande, Nuno Grande, Daniela Coutinho, Joana Couceiro, João Crisóstomo, Luís Sobral, Gerson Rei, Rui Baltazar, Ivo Lapa,
Grafic design: R2
Consultants: AB Projectos, Gatengel, GET, ALFA Engenharia
Client: Casa do Conto, Arts and Residence
Location: Rua da Boavista, 713, Porto
Construction Company: Pedras de Ronfos
Project year: 1st phase 2008-2009; 2nd phase 2009-2011
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Heritage boutique hotel, Avenida Liberdade, Lisbon

Its hard to find a hotel on Tripadvisor that has almost 1200 reviews and not one single one bad or poor! The Heritage boutique hotel, Avenida Liberdade, Lisbon is one. It is a beautiful, stylish boutique hotel right in the hearth of the most stylish avenue of Central Lisbon, the Avenida de Liberdade

The Heritage Avenida Liberdade is stylish, quiet and luxurious and the perfect place to stay in the hearth of the city. If you like classic luxury, design shops and top restaurants you will love this area of Lisbon as you could compare it to the Champs-Élysées of Parisl

” Heritage Avenida Liberdade is a small Lifestyle Boutique hotel in the historic center of Lisbon

Located at Lisbon’s main avenue – Avenida da Liberdade – this 18th Century Townhouse is decorated by the Portuguese architect Miguel Cancio Martins. Heritage Avenida Liberdade was the winner of the Historic Rehabilitation Prize 2008 of Portuguese Real State Oscars and was also listed in the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2007.”

As this hotel is very popular we suggest booking on time


Pices from

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Quarto Baixa: 148 €
Quarto Lisboa: 173 € .
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As Janelas Verdes, Charming palace boutique hotel, Lisbon

As Janelas Verdes Boutique hotel, Lisbon is one of the first boutique hotels in Lisbon, Set in a small palace in the centre of Lisbon , it’s one the most loved and appreciated small hotels in Lisbon.

The 18th century palace is next door to the National Ancient Art Museum. , As Janelas Verdes Boutique hotel in the historic building transmits a romantic and welcoming feeling.
The rooms are sunny and cheerful and the Tagus is close by.
The hotel is spread over three floors and is a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe
It was built XVIII Century and its character has been kept but all rooms are modernised to our comfort standards. The hotel has a lift.

The hotel is located in Down Town Lisbon close to the Tagus river and in the lower part of the city.
References
Top 25 Small Hotels and Romance Hotels in Portugal – TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2015

Top 25 Small Hotels in Portugal – TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2013 and 2014

Quality Selection – Holiday Check 2013

Certificate of Excellence – Tripadvisor 2011, 2012 and 2013

Nominated the Most Excellent Luxury Guest House – Condé Nast Johansens

The Hot 100 Best Hotels in Europe – Sunday Times 2010

101 World’s Best Hotels – Tatler Magazine 2010

Most Elegant and Traditional Hotel Worldwide – Tablet Hotels 2009

Nominated Portugal’s Leading Boutique Hotel – The World Travel Awards! 2005

American Express Lisbon Guide
…it has a Neo-Classical décor and a peaceful, charming patio…

cntraveller.com
…probably the best upmarket hotel in the city…

Prices starting at
Classic room: 120 €
Bairro room: 150 €

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Solar do Castelo, Boutique hotel, Lisbon

The Solar do Castelo, Boutique hotel, Lisbon is the only hotel situated in the most unique location of Lisbon within St. George’s Castle walls. The castle is build on the highest point of Lisbon, at the top of Alfama and it overlooks the largest part of Lisbon and over the Tagus river.

The Solar do Castelo was the first hotel in Lisbon to receive the Eco Hotel certification for its good environmental awareness and regultions practices

Solar Do Castelo is a small Mansion built on the site of the former Alcaçova Palace. With two floors and a mansard, an inner courtyard and garden, the largest part of the furniture was specially designed for the hotel in a Medieval Contemporary style. Keeping the authentic medieval feel that this hotel deserves, the rooms are all modernized and provide all amenities to current comfort standards.

The Solar do Castelo is member of the historic hotels of Europe and it was built in the XVIII century, last renovation was in 2001 and it has a first class hotel rating.

Its location and style make it one of the most romantic small boutique hotels in the world and even though the surrounding are quiet, set within the castle walls it gives the impression of a secluded and peaceful retreat, the busier, lively, cobble stoned medieval streets of Alfama, with its bars, shops and restaurants start a few steps away.
Prices
Room Castelo: 140 €
Room Mansarda: 164 €

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Memmo hotel, Alfama, Lisbon

The Memmo hotel Alfama is best known for its incredible service, its spectacular location in the heart of the oldest part of the city, Alfama and its trendy ambiance.

The hotel is set in the oldest district of Alfama which covers much of its history, from Roman remnants to Moorish street plans and much of medieval character has remained in tact.  The hotel overlooks the Tagus river, there where it is at its widest just before joining the sea and is set in one of its many winding, cobble stoned alleys as they climb their way up the hill in the direction of the Castle of Sao Jorge.

The Memmo hotel was opened recently and has already booked much success with its visitors. It is a small hotel with a personal feel. The rooms are not large but in style with the monumental building the hotel is housed in.
The terrace is just beautiful and the perfect place for sunny relaxations or lingering evenings accompanied by soem of the best views of Lisbon.

“Located in the heart of the most typical district of Lisbon – Alfama – steps away from the Cathedral and the São Jorge Castle, Memmo Alfama is already considered as one of the best hotels in Lisbon and is the first boutique hotel in the city’s historic area, with it’s narrow streets, traditional shops and the famous Fado restaurants.

The hotel was considered by wallpaper® magazine as one of the 48 new world’s best urban hotels in 2014.

memmo Alfama redefines the standards of hospitality in Lisbon: the authentic and contemporary style, perfectly integrated in the surroundings, the 42 rooms overlooking the river Tagus and Alfama, the special feeling of being at a Portuguese home and the attentive staff that will make your visit to Lisbon unforgettable.

The available rooms types are

Alfama rooms provide you with magnificent views over Alfama and the Tagus river.

 Alfama room Memmo hotel

The Alfama Superior are our most spacious accommodations.

Alfama Superior room, Memmo hotel

The Terrace rooms have access to a common terrace with a small wooden deck per room, overlooking Alfama and the river.

Terrace rooms, Memmo Hotel

The Patio rooms offer views overlooking the entrance street and/or the patio of the hotel.

Memmo Alfama, Patio Rooms

The Mansard rooms are located in the rooftop of the hotel and do not have direct views. However, stepping into a typical stair of Alfama one can enjoy one of the best views in the hotel.

Mansard room

The Mansard superior rooms have the same characteristics, offering largest room areas.

Mansard Jr. Suite

The Mansard Junior Suite is the most spacious accommodation and offer a living room area and an oversized bathroom.

Mansard Superior Room

Prices start at 100 euro per night

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Active adventure in Portugal – leisure activities & extreme sports, find out what is trending!

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For adventure activities Portugal, this article gives a concise overview of possibilities for the year 2018!

Portugal is located at the most south western point of Europe. The country is part of the Iberian peninsula and it plunges into the Atlantic ocean with its approximately 1900 KM of shoreline.

Portugal is a particularly great country for adventure travel.
Its warm climates combined with a very divers landscape make Portugal the ideal location for an extreme adrenaline break!

To find whats trending in adventure travel to Portugal we show here some of the options.

First on the list has to be the most famous, Surf!

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Surfing in Portugal
Portugal is famous for it´s surfer waves and people come to Portugal to surf all year round. Portugal has a large coastline and the best waves in Europe for surfing. Because of this there are hundred of surf schools and surf spots spread along its western coastline.
Nazare is one of the famous spots where on Praia do Norte the waves reach the highest swells in the world making it the location for many surf competitions and events. But there are many other spots more suitable for the beginning and medium skilled surfer.
Want to see what we have available?: Surf on Go discover

Scuba diving, why Portugal?
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Scubadiving in Portugal
With its beautiful coastline and 8 dedicated marine parks Portugal is a much loved location for learning and parctising scuba diving. It has many diving school that offer courses and international certification. But try dives for absolute beginners and recreational diving for professional diving make it a popular travel destination for diving
Find schools by location: Scubadiving schools in Portugal >>

Find adventure activities by location

Azores

Coasteering Sao Jorge, Acores

Lisbon

Mergulho-Scuba Diving

Porto

Flyboard Porto

 

Flyboard, Hoverboard and Jetpack!


Flyboard Portugal
Flyboard!
This sport is fast becoming one of the favourite activities to practice on the Portuguese shores and inner lakes by adrenaline junkies from all over the world. its a high energy sport with a low learning curve accessible to anyone above the age of 16 who wants to experience the feeling of flying like a bird and diving like a dolphin.
In one session most people have mastered the art of flyboard. For groups we can organize flyboard anywhere in Portugal with water deep enough.
See locations: Read more about Flyboard in Portugal >>

 

For winter travel only, White Water Rafting in the North of Portugal!

White water rafting North Portugal

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This energetic and exciting sport is only practised in one place in Portugal as there is only one river that provides the perfect conditions. It is located in the North of Portugal, 50 km from Porto city. The river Paiva is a fast moving rain formed river in a mountainous landscape and this sport is best practiced outside of the summer months when the river is full.
book: White water rafting, river Paiva

Check more  locations

Madeira Island

Jeep tours Madeira

Algarve

Alentejo

SUP tours Alentejo

 

Coasteering, A new way of climbing along coastlines!


Another new sport is becoming a trend amongst adventurers traveling to Portugal. It consists of climbing, sliding, jumping into the water and swimming. Its a sport that can be practiced safely by anyone accompanied by professional coaches and a boat. It is accessible to any age with enough swimming capacity-  In Portugal it can now be done either close to Lisbon in the Arrabida Natural park or in the Algarve where the coast is best suited to this sport!  find it in the Climbing / Canyoning section of our site >>

Paragliding for dare devils

Paragliding Portugal

Paragliding Portugal Para-gliding in Portugal is becoming more and more popular. Official para-gliders are connected to the FPVL federation and subject to both national and international laws. Portugal`s often unpredictable winds don’t make it the ideal location for para-gliding, however the landscape and views make it worth traveling and waiting for.
Tandem Paragliding can be an amazing first time experience for those that like to take to the air and experience it much like a bird without the sound of engines or the confinement of a air-born vehicle. There are many places giving the possibility of courses that offer the official international certification giving the license to fly alone. However take into consideration when you book the we can only provide this experience when the winds are correct.
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Quad bikes, buggy tours, Jeeps, off the road adventures!

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Not to much into physical challenges but you do like adventure? A quad, buggy or jeep tour or challenge might be just the thing you’re looking for. Most locations in Portugal will have at least one the options available.

All these tours have in common that they provide an of the road experience through the landscapes of Portugal that cannot be reached by regular cars. Depending on location and chosen vehicle, the adrenaline rush might be slightly lower to very high. Inform with us if you need help choosing the right type and location!
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Buggy kart and quads here >>

Kitesurf for the ultimate adrenaline kick!

Kitesurfing Guincho, Cascais, Lisbon

Kitesurf Another great activity that is fast becoming a more and more popular reason for traveling to Portugal is the enervating and exciting practice of Kite surfing. Kite surfing is based on 4 different sports – surfing, wakeboarding, paragliding and windsurf and can be practiced in various styles.

Kitesurfing is based on riding the waves while being guided by a kite and it falls under extreme sport. It can be practiced by most but should not be attempted without the help of professionals who can provide the right guidance, theory lessons and certification.

Kite surfing is not suitable for a one off experience but only as a full course. Anyone starting it should count on at least 4 – 6 hours beach practice before entering the water and it is one of the more difficult sports to master. Courses of 3 – 6 days are available to reach a basic understanding of the sport.
Find Kite surfing opportunities in Portugal in our surf section >>

 

Paddle surf for all ages and capacity

SUP Cascais
Paddlesurf Paddle surf or paddle boarding is based on the Hawaiian tradition which provided transport between the islands. People would replace themselves using boards and paddles on which they would either sit or stand while using the paddle to move.
Paddle surfing is currently being offered at various spots in Portugal and is a nice slow moving way of discovering various coastlines either in a group or with individual guides. It´s a sport that can be practiced when the sea is to smooth for surfing but also has a variety for the more experienced paddle surfer on the waves.
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Canyoning, make your way through some of the most impressive canyons in Portugal mainland, Madeira and the Azores!


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Canyoning Canyoning or, as it known in the USA, canyoneering is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques and it may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming. It can be done in various places in Portugal mostly in the North close to Porto and on the Islands of Madeira and the Azores, where they are many canyons. It is a great activity for the adventurous and can be done by all ages in the company of a proper professional.

Read more about Canyoning, coasteering and climbing: canyoning and climbing on Go Discover


Balloon flights in some of the most impressive locations of Portugal!

 


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The landscapes of Portugal make some of the most impressive locations in the world for ballooning. with its landscapes, ancient towns and amazing views, a balloon flight will leave a lasting impression on all who participate in it. There are many locations for ballooning all over Portugal for individuals and groups. Ballooning is a popular reason to travel to Portugal as the sky and climate lend itself so perfectly to this sport also you will find the views breathtaking! The sensation of flying with the wind in the silence of the skies can be an immensely satisfying experience and a balloon flight is always a luxury event fit for any occasion.

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Skydive experiences!

Tandem Jump Espinho Porto

Skydive and Parachuting are a dream of many. In Portugal it can be learned at various places. For the beginners we have various companies on our site that offer tandem jumps either for individuals or groups at various heights. There is no prior experience necessary as you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor who will manage the parachute.
To read about these experiences, check out ours!: parachuting, skydive, sky fall in Evora

The easy adrenaline kick! Jet boat in Porto!


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Extreme jet boat In Porto you can really get the fastest water experience that you’ve ever experienced on an extreme jet boat ride. This must be the most exciting way to discover the water and shores of the Douro river right in the hearth of Porto. This activity is all about speed and you will very likely get wet!

Book this activity here: Jet boat Porto >>

Serra da Estrela, Skiing, snowboarding and winter breaks!

Ski Portugal

Skiing and snowboarding on the Serra da Estrela Skiing and snowboarding is possibly one of Portugal´s best kept secrets. Yet every year the Portuguese travel on mass to the Serra Estrela to enjoy the snow in a relatively small ski resort in one of the most beautiful mountain regions in the world. Given that one of the nicest things about skiing in Portugal is that winter and ´summer´ are only a few hours apart so why not get it both in the one holiday! Read more about the Serra da Estela and check possibilities >>

 

Horse riding on the beaches or in the mountains!

Horse riding Algarve

Horse riding Horse riding is a great activity that can be done freely in nature all over Portugal. Because of the countries famous Lusitano horses, horses have gained an important cultural aspect.
Once a year, in November, you can visit the Golega horse fair. This fair is internationally famous. It is organized once a year in the central town of Golega, the horse riding capital of Portugal.
We are offering various possibilities to ride free or learn to ride either with or without accommodation throughout Portugal. Check our search engine to find the best!
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Deep sea fishing, dolphin watching and boat tours

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With its long coastline and many inland waters, Portugal lends itself perfectly to fishing and boat tours and is a preferred destination for deep sea fishing.
Check out all our tours or request a custom tour! >>

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Hiking the only real way to Discover hiden landscape secrets and get the best vieuws in Portugal!

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Hiking, walking and trekking
The climate, landscapes and views make Portugal a much loved destination for hikers. With thanks to the countries  overwhelming, many places have natural hiking paths used for centuries by sheep and goat herders. For hike suggestions and guided tours check out the hiking section of the site >>

For any activity you can use the search engine at the top of our site, enter your keywords and hit go!
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The Rose, Guest House, Lisboa

The Rose Guest House

Localizado no centro da cidade de Lisboa, a uma curta distância de seu centro histórico e à variedade dos principais pontos turísticos da cidade, Com Wi-Fi gratuito em toda a propriedade, e oferece acomodação. The Rose Guest House dispõe de algumas unidades incluem uma área de estar para sua conveniência. Todos os quartos estão equipados com casa de banho partilhada, Você vai encontrar uma cozinha compartilhada na propriedade. Avenida da Liberdade fica a 1,2 km de The Rose Guest House, enquanto Amoreiras fica a 1,3 km da propriedade. O Aeroporto da Portela está a 5 km da estação de metro away.Parque está a 3 minutos a pé (a partir do aeroporto-use a estação de metro) Para reservar um quarto, por favor contacte-nos directamente através do nosso email (godiscoverportugal@gmail.com) ou por telefone (+ 351) 918.354.714), e você vai receber a confirmação imediata da sua reserva. Se você quiser fazer o check-in em uma hora é possível, apenas por favor deixe-nos saber com antecedência a hora da sua chegada, enviando-nos um e-mail ou por telefone , só aceitamos pagamentos em dinheiro. você está convidado a vir e visitar e apreciar a bela cidade de Lisboa,

Quartos

Quarto Individual com Duche e WC Partilhado

Detalhes dos Quartos The Rose Guest House

Este quarto individual dispõe de uma ventoinha.

Amenidades
  • Cabideiro
  • Linho
  • Ventilador
  • WC Partilhado
  • Banheiro compartilhado
  • Toalhas
  • Pisos de madeira / Parquet

Quarto Duplo Standard com Casa de Banho Partilhada

Detalhes dos Quartos

Este quarto duplo apresenta uma área de estar.

Amenidades
  • Cabideiro
  • Linho
  • Área de Estar
  • Visão
  • Ventilador
  • WC Partilhado
  • Banheiro compartilhado
  • Toalhas
  • Pisos de madeira / Parquet

Quarto Duplo com Varanda

Detalhes dos Quartos  The Rose Guest House

Este quarto duplo dispõe de uma varanda e de uma área de estar.

Amenidades
  • Cabideiro
  • Linho
  • Varanda
  • Área de Estar
  • Visão
  • Ventilador
  • WC Partilhado
  • Banheiro compartilhado
  • Toalhas
  • Pisos de madeira / Parquet

Quarto Duplo Grande

Detalhes dos Quartos  The Rose Guest House

Este quarto duplo apresenta uma área de estar.

Amenidades
  • Cabideiro
  • Linho
  • Área de Estar
  • Visão
  • Ventilador
  • WC Partilhado
  • Banheiro compartilhado
  • Toalhas
  • Pisos de madeira / Parquet

Quarto Duplo com Casa de Banho Partilhada

Detalhes dos Quartos  The Rose Guest House

Este quarto duplo tem uma ventoinha.

Amenidades
  • Cabideiro
  • Linho
  • Ventilador
  • WC Partilhado
  • Banheiro compartilhado
  • Toalhas
  • Pisos de madeira / Parquet

 

 

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The Garden Room
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The Peaceful Brown Room
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The Ocean Room
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The Single Room
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Luxury travel Portugal, Discover Portugal’s amazing offer of luxury travel on Go Discover

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Portugal as a luxury travel destination many may not be aware of. Portugal has always been a popular destination for budget travel and people searching for unexplored adventure but luxury travel in Europe is generally more associated with France, Monaco and certain parts of Italy. However Portugal is a top destination for those who seek luxury.

Portugal’s history is abundant with royalty, noble families, kings and queens  and visiting nobles from the other European former states. The country is densely populated with castles, Manor houses and palaces , many of which remain to this day and many which have been recovered to become current hotels.

Portugal’s climate is one of the warmest in Europe, it’s landscapes are incredibly diverse and flowers bloom the entire year round, it has a long coastline with many beaches and a large number of inland lakes and rivers. You will also find some of the most amazing views spread throughout the entire country.

Portugal has a large amount of heritage sites and historical towns, most of them beautiful and a lot completely undiscovered and still completely authentic.

Portugal has many natural thermal baths that have been visited by tourists, in some cases, for hundreds of years. These natural springs have warm water coming from the depths of the earth filled with minerals that perform healing and natural relaxation to the skin, in the North you will find Geres natural park which has warm water springs in which one can swim, more south you will find some Thallasotherapy spa’s the salt water baths that claim to have healing properties for skin and lung disease.

Portugal has a vast and booming wine industry resulting in gorgeous vineyard landscapes and terraces and the country is producing many medal winning wines that are growing fast in popularity worldwide.

All in all the setting is perfect for luxury travel of any type.

Types of luxury stays

Land vineyards spa Alentejo

Historical hotels – If you ever dreamed of living like royalty Portugal has a large offer of fantastic Manor hotels and recovered palaces some best suited to romantic getaways others great for family breaks , most surrounded by royal gardens

Golf resorts – Portugal is one of the most loved destinations for golfers it has an incredibly large offer of some of the best European golf courses and most golf courses accompany some of the best 4 or 5 star hotels in Portugal

Modern luxury hotels A new trend in 4 and 5 star hotels in Portugal are new build hotels built to enhance the views, the landscape and the traditions of the surrounding district. These hotels tend to be highly comfortable and luxurious and very popular.

Wine hotels wine hotels are hotels generally built or set in the more prominent wine farms in the Douro and Alentejo regions. often these hotels emphasise the production of wine, wine tasting, gastronomy and it’s surrounding wine region. You will also get a feel for Portuguese wine history which is one of the oldest in Europe.

Family resorts – In our busy times where often 2 parents work on high demanding jobs, vacations with children and family are becoming just as demanding. People want to have a full and perfect time making use of a large offer. Resorts give this opportunity often all in. Portugal has some of the best award winning resorts in the world.

Gastronomy

Restaurante Casa do Leão, Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa

Portugal natural cuisine consists of simple dishes where quality and freshness of the ingredients seem to be the main theme. In modern times gastronomy that is more creative is gaining importance. Gourmet is on the rise as are the Michelin starred chefs of Portuguese origin.

Activity on the water

Portugal with its large coastline has much opportunity for water activities and boating, there are a few luxury lines that offer solutions for exploring this coastline in style.

Lagoon 420

 

Transfers

Luxurious transfers of all types are available from helicopter to limousine to Mercedes from group transfer to individual.

Would you like us to help you plan your luxury holiday, event or celebration, contact us, we work only with best.

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Charming House Marques, Bed & Breakfast, Porto

Charming House Marques, Bed & Breakfast, Porto is a comfortable, luxurious guest house bed & breakfast located 100 meters from Marquês de Pombal square, in the upper part of Porto city with access to the historical city centre of Porto. It is in the more luxurious neighboorhood of Porto where once the bourgeois resided.

The Praça do Marquês has an metro station that takes you to the city center on a 10 minute ride and it has free parking. By car it is easily accesible.

All rooms at Guest House Charming House Marques has modern ambiance and personalized decor. Feature Hairdryer, Safety Deposit, Bathroom with bath, TV, Cable, WiFi, tea and coffee service available to the customer.

This guest house provides excellent accommodation with 100% good reviews!

The Rooms
Deluxe Suite – Ponte do Infante
Charming house Marques Deluxe room

Deluxe Ponte do Infante downstairs -. Entry into the room is preceded by a private hall and living room suite with a flat-screen cable TV, coffee table and a sofa. The room has a double bed, a flat-screen cable TV and a coffee table. With private patio and garden.

Possibility to book a Deluxe Suite Spot Infante rather be an additional cost of 20 Eur / per night room.

Maximum Occupancy: 4 people + 1 child up to 3years

Comfort Room:

  • Wardrobe / Closet,
  • Dryer Hair
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Bathroom with bath,
  • television
  • Cable
  • Wireless
  • service tea and coffee to having the client.
  • Room size 19 Square meters

Charming house Marques room

Deluxe Family Ponte S. João  on the first floor – the room has a double bed, two single beds, a flat-screen cable TV and a coffee table. With street views

Maximum Occupancy:. 4 people

Comfort Room:

  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Bathroom with shower,
  • Television
  • Cable
  • wireless
  • service tea and coffee available to the client.
  • Room size 30 Square meters

Charming house Marques room

Superior Deluxe Suite Ponte D. Luis I, the second floor – the room has a double bed, a sofa with possibility to convert into two single beds, a flat-screen cable TV and a coffee table. With street views

Maximum Occupancy:. 2 people + 2 people

Comfort Room:

  • Wardrobe / Closet,
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Bathroom with whirlpool bath,
  • Television
  • Channels Cable
  • wireless
  • service tea and coffee available to the client.
  • Room size 30 Square meters

 

Charming House Marques room suite

Superior Suite Deluxe Ponte do Freixo , the second floor -. Entry into the room is preceded by a private hall. It has a bedroom with a double bed and another bedroom with two single beds. Flat-screen cable TV and a coffee table. With balcony and garden view. Connecting room available.

Maximum Occupancy:. 4 people + 1 child up to 3 years

Comfort Room:

  • Connecting Room Available,
  • Wardrobe / Closet,
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Bathroom with Bath Shower or
  • Television
  • Cable
  • Wireless
  • Service tea and coffee available to the client.
  • Room size 36 Square meters

Prices start at 70 euro per night, for actual prices and availability, please use the pre-reservation form. We provide services for Charming House Marques and will help you with your reservation.
 

We provide lowest prices for groups with personal service, no fees or obligations

Please note this form is not a reservations form you will be contacted by one of our staff to help you with your request and hotel choice

 

Lisbon tours, in the sea of tour opportunities and tour(ism) fails – here are the means to find the best guided tours of Lisbon

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Lisbon tours, Lisbon walking tours, Lisbon Segway tours, Lisbon car tours, Lisbon bus tours, Lisbon boat tours, Lisbon Tuktuk tours, Lisbon helicopter tours history tours, food tours, monument tours, wine tours….. These are just a small fraction of the tour offer you will find in Lisbon and as tourism grows bigger and bigger in Lisbon, tour companies seem to keep popping up like mushrooms on a wet autumn day and just like the autumny fungi growth, not all of them will do you good.


When thinking of a guided tour of Lisbon, you can’t even begin to imagine how many Lisbon tours exist! Lisbon has so many touring companies and people on tours that, some days, you cant go out on street without being run over by at least 5 groups of eager, blinded tourists and some very uninterested, run down, exhausted tour guide running on automatic pilot the same speech he has shared with thousands of others, before you all go home, financially lighter, psychically worn and none the wiser. To get a good tour that takes you to the nicer parts of the city and really provides good value and great times to your trip can be hard but when you do its guaranteed rewarding.

Firstly you could ask why would you go on a tour, finding your own way in a new city is just as interesting or not? Yes going to the tourist office getting a map and just travelling around is a nice way to discover this city but a good, well organized tour accompanied by a friendly knowledgeable guide can really show you aspects of this city that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise, it can introduce you to its history, culture and local traditions and it will help you overcome language barriers and show you the better parts of the city.

On Go Discover Portugal we’ve collected a selection of tours that we consider the best tours in Lisbon city for quality and price but also for the diverse offer and based on excellent feedback from our visitors.

When deciding which tour to do you should first determine your interest, do you like history, food, are you an active person or do you prefer to be driven around, would you like to see the most famous historical points or are you more interested in local culture or undiscovered parts of the cities?

Walking tours are the best way to discover Lisbon as you will get to see areas best reachable by foot and you wont have to deal with Lisbon’s hectic traffic but we’ve also gathered some wheeled options for those who don’t choose to walk but do like to get of the beaten track.

Walking tours

Pastel BacalhauFood and gastronomy tours
Food is an important part of Portuguese culture and tradition and Lisbon is no exception, Getting to know Lisbon’s gastronomy on a walking tour is possibly one of the most enjoyable ways to learn local culture while discovering various districts of Lisbon, tasting its delights and being introduced to its culinary history, you can end the day dining out in a typical Fado restaurant, you could follow a cooking class to prepare your own typically Portuguese dinner or lunch or you could dine in a local restaurant that we can suggest based on your budgets and wishes.


saramagoCulture and history tours
Lisbon with its long history and multi cultural background has many, many amazing historical landmarks, buildings, monasteries, churches, palaces and museums. The culture tours will take you to some of its most amazing points, it will inform you about its background from the Romans to the Moors to the first days of the country of Portugal


Sintra Wine walkWine tours
Portugal has a rich assortment of wine which is as inherent to the Portuguese culture as its food and history. Wine tasting tours will take you to some of its nicest wine bars and inform you about the different wine regions as you taste a selection of typically Portuguese wines.


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Sightseeing tours

Lisbon is an incredibly beautiful city, trendy and popular, it has many contrasting districts, amazing views and old and modern aspects mixed in a friendly, lively atmosphere.

Wheeled tours

segway_delicious_tour_5Segway tours
Segway tours have taken over Lisbon the way they have taken over most the cities that attract mass tourism, you may not be a fan of these robotic looking tour “guides” but they are a great way to get around the city if walking is not your thing and they are none pollution so a good alternative to the walking tour.


beetle-and-the-driverBeetle tours
One of my particularly favourite wheeled tours is the Beetle guided tour, these tours are available for either half a day or a full day and can also include a visit to the wonderful UNESCO world heritage town of Sintra, there are 12 beetles available and each beetle fits 3 passengers making it a great way to Discover Lisbon and surrounding in a group. Each beetle is accompanied by a licensed tour guide/chauffeur.


Electrical car tours LisbonElectrical car tours
Another environmental friendly way to tour Lisbon is on an electrical car tour. These little cars are silent and move easily through the narrow streets of Lisbon the guide is a digital guide that will explain to you the sites and views based on the type of tour you choose.

Boat tours

Sailing and catamaran boat tours
Lisbon build on the shores of the Tagus revolves around its river as it approaches the sea, a great way to explore this river is on a sailing tour or Catamaran tour, for other boat tours please inform using the contact form.

We organize tours with licensed local tour guides in 5 languages Find and book some of our Lisbon tours on http://godiscoverportugal.com/category/tours/?tag=lisbon

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Christmas in Portugal, perfect vacations, great events, quality time, parties and relaxing – some tips

Christmas in Portugal

Christmas in Portugal means Office parties, group and friend celebration, food, presents and relaxing oriented family time.

In most of the Christian countries Christmas is the high point of the year and the most extravagant of celebrations. Celebrations with friends, family and co workers. A time to bury all hatchets, forget about diets and limits and be merry and social.

Now if there is a crisis in Portugal at the moment at Christmas you wont notice it, people are shopping, eating, planning and spending more than they do at any other time of the year and these often commercialized acts are just as sacred to people as the event that they are celebrating.

Some nice unique facts about Christmas in Portugal

Christmas trees, due to deforesting, forest fires and a modern, ecological awareness that many Portuguese people have, Christmas trees or rather pine trees chopped for Christmas are limited by law and most trees will be artificial, tree shaped imitations or artistic concepts of the traditional Christmas trees. Most towns and cities will ask its art schools, schools and artists to produce “trees” making many bright colorful alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree that liven up the streets and squares.

Bacalhau, No Christmas is complete without a serving of the traditional Portuguese bacalhau salted fish cooked after de salting, actually no Portuguese is complete without Bacalhau, its such an inherent part of society that Portugal could not possibly be Portugal without it. At Christmas it is generally served boiled with chick pea, potato, boiled egg, Portuguese cabbage, olive oil and garlic and if I was doubtful at first about its suitability to “extravagant” Christmas, prepared in the right way the flavours, consistency, protein levels and combination actually emphasize everything Christmassy about Portuguese Christmas.

Christmas in Portugal is also about sweet indulgence and it has many special cakes

Weather

Christmas generally still has a very mild climate consisting of sunny warm afternoons and colder nights, temperatures at this time of year often change fast starting with low temperatures in the morning that heat up fast towards the afternoon at around 16.00 the process starts to be reversed. On sunny days temperatures can reach 22 degrees Celsius in the afternoon and 8 – 10 degrees at night. In the south and center you are more likely to get dry weather and higher temperatures and in the North, you are more likely to experience showers or full rain days.

The Serra da Estrela is likely to be already covered in snow, whereas Madeira will have the warmest climate in Portugal on its lower plains.

Restaurants

Many restaurants specifically the family owned restaurants close for Christmas day purely because the owners will be celebrating Christmas with their family, but many stay open and serve specific menu’s suitable for a real Christmas dinner. At this time of year many of the better restaurants are full and reserving on time is advisable. Prices will also also be higher.

Bars and going out

Specially busy just before Christmas combined with Christmas shopping sprees and the general festive atmosphere at this time of the year

Event spaces

If you want to conduct an event or group/ large group or family gathering at this time of year and you need an event space, booking on time is important

Shops and times

On Christmas day you wont find any open shops on Christmas eve shops generally close earlier.
For Dutch people, there is no such thing as second day of Christmas on the 26th everything is back to normal.

Best things to do when visiting Portugal in the Christmas holidays

Shopping Go Shopping! There is something so nice about doing Christmas shopping in Portugal other than the big rush, the long lines and the stress of getting that one last present for someone very dear, that somehow deserves the best that you cant find, you’ll be delighted with all the other people on the same mission and how jolly, united and celebrating the atmosphere is and how people, for this period, loose the stress of everyday and the excitement of this once a year occasion binds all taking part in it.

Walks
through towns and cities, visit , monuments and enjoy the decorations, view Portugal’s Christian heritage as an onlooker or a sharer of this religion and feel the intimate atmosphere that only Christmas captures perfectly. Though many Portuguese are no longer religious, this is the one time of year that the historical reference is appreciated by all and somehow it finds its relevance perfectly.

Enjoy socializing, at Christmas everything in Portugal is about appreciation, appreciating heritage, appreciating food, drinking the best and for many a lot, appreciating family, friends, colleagues even your boss. Any café, restaurant, church, shop you will visit will be filled with jolly smiling people, excited by the upcoming days or sometimes jokingly cynical about the entire occasion but still happy to take part.

Go for hikes, the weather is great and there’s not that much else going on :)

Accommodation

Book yourself or your group a place that is heated, nights are cold and if you’re not used to these fast changing temperatures it could feel even colder than it actually is. Sitting by a fireplace with a glass of Port wine or roasting chestnuts in the fire is a romantic, enjoyable and unforgettable experience of Portuguese winter nights that could keep you coming back.

But many hotels, specifically the more budgety places, rental houses, bars and restaurants don’t have any heating (mainly because the colder nights are just a short part of the year and because winter tourism is a new thing in most of Portugal) and the reception, waiter or owner will greet you wearing 5 jumpers and a coat red nosed and rubbing their hands. Many buildings are built to deal with the immense summer heat, thick walled, small windowed and large entrances to keep the hot out and to create cool, solemn escapes, in the winter these buildings are very often very cold and you will find yourself trying to escape outdoors where the climate is much better and the air comforting with warmth.

Modern Portugal has many options that do have the right amount of heating at the right times of day, but the older buildings tend to give a special feel to Christmas and some are heated the way they would have been centuries ago, with fireplaces spread throughout the building others have been completely recovered with central heating that please our modern standards, some even heat the buildings with ecological and sustainability awareness that exceed most of the other European tourism markets and create comfort with a minimal of stress on the environment.

Enjoy the food! Portuguese love their food but specifically at Christmas lunches last even longer, dinners are even more extended, wines served are more luxurious and snacking are added keys to having a wonderful time!

Best places to visit in the Christmas period

Obidos is a magical medieval city that is charming at any time of the year. Set on a low mountain, most of it is contained within the old city walls that hold the castle. It has winding medieval streets, old buildings and is slightly touristic though I visited it many times out off season just to find myself alone on its streets. In the winter you will find mostly Portuguese people visiting it and once a year it ……………..

 

Serra da Estrela, take your ski stuff understand that down the mountain it could be warm up the mountain its cold, wintery and possibly the white Christmas you may have wished for all your life. Its also popular and busy at this time of year but definitely my choice for a white Christmas in a warm country as it is also the only choice for a white Christmas in this warm country.

Inland Alentejo for instance the lovely world heritage town of Evora

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Cold nosed beach walks. Portugal has a long coast line starting a bit under Vigo North west Spain and ending close to Huelva in the south of Spain, the coastline covers the entire length and width of the country. Beaches are the best place in summer for sunbathing, swimming and sport, in the winter they are the best place for fresh air, strong wind erasing your sense of sound and salt water spraying your skin clean.

At Christmas they are specifically popular for long walks after lunch…………….

Lisbons centre, Lisbon booms with tourism all year round nowadays but at Christmas you wont be dealing with the masses of lost foreigners, you will be dealing with the shoppers, Christmas lights, hohoho Santa’s and lots of funny things going on, its a time where the city is at its most friendliest, most local and the light surrounding its monuments will amaze you

Serra d’Aire to see the waterfalls Serra d’Aire and Serra dos Candeeiros are 2 mountain ranges neighbouring each other roughly 120km from Lisbon. This is Christmas wonderland…………..

Nazare to see the biggest waves in Europe. Nazare, Nazare, Nazare the sound is so beautiful. I would expect this town to be in the middle east but its in Portugal, on the west coast. Its a small fishing town that has been gaining so much fame mostly under surfers because of its gigantic waves. In the summer its beaches are very popular but it many many life guards to ensure the safety of beach loving visitors, in the winter the waves grow even bigger to amazing heights and professional surfers flock from all over the world to surf them. If you’re not a surfer the waves will make still a gigantic impression on you and the town if filled with places that provide the perfect fisherman’s Christmas.

Porto the bustling lively city of Porto is specifically nice at Christmas note that you might get some rain!

The Douro region the beauty of the terraced vineyards, the old heritage manor houses that can be found everywhere, the relaxing cultural atmosphere make the Douro region especially nice at Christmas.

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