The musical genre of fado is as characteristic of Portugal as the waltz of Austria or the flamenco of Spain. A particular fado melody is recognizable from the first bars. It combines Moorish, African and Brazilian airs. The Portuguese name fado probably comes from the Latin Fatum: destiny. Fado singers often use the concept of saudade in their songs. A difficult word to translate to describe loneliness, melancholy, meaningless desire and anticipation of a sad future. As one of the songs says: “It exists, it’s sad, it’s fado”.
Those who go for a walk in Lisbon cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, which has a permanent exhibition and some temporary exhibitions. Do you want to meet him? Then come from there. Everything you need to know about visiting the Lisbon Oceanarium: exhibitions, schedules, tickets, access, activities and good reasons to visit…
Cascais and Estoril are part of the so-called Lisbon Riviera. Two small towns along the ocean that practically fit into each other. The French Riviera of Lisbon is not a holiday destination in seaside resorts, but a seaside holiday destination. The ocean water, even in the hottest summer, does not exceed 18º C. It is a strange idea to come to Cascais to swim in the sea in summer, but coming to Cascais at any other time of the year just to breathe the air, walk along the ocean, admire the view of the coast and the old villas, is a great way to relax.
Sintra is the famous suburb of the Lisbon Palace. You will discover a beautiful natural landscape, the centre of a small Portuguese town, some royal palaces and charming parks, all surrounded by magnificent tropical vegetation. In general, a visit to Sintra is almost essential for any trip to Lisbon. In this article, I will try to answer the various questions you may have.
Château Pena is located in the charming suburbs of Lisbon – Sintra. The fairytale castle stands on the top of a high hill in the Sintra mountain range, not far from the city of the same name. On a clear day, the Palace of Pena is easily visible even from Lisbon and most of the large city. The Palace of Pena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a national monument of Portugal and one of the country’s seven wonders, along with Guimarães Castle, Obidos Castle, Batalha Monastery, Alcobaça Monastery, Jerónimos Monastery and Belem Tower.
There is a certain charm in the São Jorge castle which is still hidden and mysterious. The view from the castle walls is really magnificent, from the hill you can see Lisbon from almost all sides, look into the small courtyards under the castle walls, touch very old stones. Despite all the tourist promotion of the castle, at the top of the hill you can feel an incomparable peace and tranquility.