Lisbon’s green guide: the best parks

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Travelling in Portugal means coming into contact with incredible landscapes and, even if you’re staying in one of our hotels in the centre of Lisbon, it’s perfectly possible to get lost in the most beautiful parks and gardens. If you’re looking for something to do in Lisbon as a lover of nature and outdoor activities, this article is dedicated to you.

Where?  https://goo.gl/maps/sEyYppNHbZq

Distance from HF hotels: 6 km

The Monsanto Forest Park is characterised by a thick and diversified forest area, but also by very attractive spots for outdoor activities. Perfect paths for those who want to test their athletic abilities or simply go for a walk, or if you prefer, enjoy a picnic with family or friends in the picnic area.

  • Parque Eduardo VII

Side by side with our hotels, Parque Eduardo VII is the largest and most emblematic park in the heart of Lisbon. If you’re staying with us, this space is perfect for a walk on a sunny morning, a morning run or for taking the kids to play outside. The view from the top of the park allows you to contemplate Avenida da Liberdade, which goes all the way down until the Tagus river.

The HF Fénix Music and HF Fénix Garden hotels have privileged views of this green garden. Discover our hotels !

  • Parque da Bela Vista

Where? https://goo.gl/maps/sEcwTf4cqcQ2

Distance from HF hotels: 6km

Due to its vast green area, in recent years this natural space has been the chosen venue to host one of the major international music events, Rock in Rio. In the past, it was a big farm and some of its rural characteristics were kept. Here you can go for a bike ride, away from the urban movement.

  • Tapada das Necessidades

Where? https://goo.gl/maps/cFxhRwXJA4t

Distance from HF hotels: 3km

Tapada das Necessidades is a park that dates from the 18th century and was expanded by the order of the Portuguese king, D. João V. With the Palácio das Necessidades and its beautiful lakes, this is the idyllic place for traditional picnics. Curiously, it has been said that the renowned artist Édouard Manet created his masterpiece Le déjeuner sur l’herbe inspired by his stay in this park. This is a spot you really need to discover.

  • Sintra-Cascais Natural Park

Where? https://goo.gl/maps/w9ULSgQYzrN2

Distance from HF hotels: 26km

The large Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is comprised by the Sintra mountains, which accompany the coastline between Sintra and Cascais. A preserved natural place, which maintains a thick forest and presents its own microclimate. Birds of prey can be seen in this is a true green lung, which can be accessed by car, bus or walking. It’s also possible to take a tour of the capital’s purest park.

  • Tapada da Ajuda

Where? https://goo.gl/maps/CQq7AFxCZHJ2

Distance from HF hotels: 6km

Tapada da Ajuda is located between Alcântara valley and Monsanto Forest Park, and it’s a great walled in area which was of major importance during the monarchy in Portugal. If you’re looking for a cultural visit in an outdoor space, this place is perfect. Here you will find a Renaissance dovecote, the exhibition pavilion and a diversity of botanical species.

These are our suggestions for those who want to make their stay in Lisbon a little more green!

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6 tours close to Lisbon that can’t be missed

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If you’re planning on travelling to Lisbon and want to explore the most beautiful places closest to the city, we leave you with the top 6 places you definitely can’t miss out on!

Know that near the city there are charming places that should be on your bucket list of tours to go on while in Portugal.

  • Sintra

With very particular weather, Sintra mountains are mystically surrounded by a mist that frequently roams throughout the entire natural park. Within this charming scenery, it’s mandatory that you visit Quinta da Regaleira and discover all the symbols hidden in its gardens and statues. If you climb to the top of the mountains, you will find Palácio Nacional da Pena (palace) and, at the top, you will find Castelo dos Mouros (castle). For the return journey, don’t forget to take with you the region’s traditional delicacy, the famous queijadinhas de Sintra.

  • Serra da Arrábida

Arrábida mountains are part of the Arrábida natural park and are one of the largest natural treasures in Portugal. Extending from Setúbal to Sesimbra, this natural park follows the seashore. Here, the mountains and the beach come together in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. For those in search of a unique summer experience, we proudly suggest Galapinhos beach, considered Europe’s best beach, by the European Best Destinations in 2017.

  • Sesimbra

The importance of the sea is truly felt in Sesimbra. This fishing village stretches from the slope of Arrábida mountains to the beach and its shore is much appreciated by those who love walking. The Castelo de Sesimbra (castle) rises up from the landscape and for those adventurers who dare to reach it on foot, be aware that it requires a good physical preparation, but also that the view from the top is amazing and the climb totally worth it.

  • Cascais

The town of Cascais is located a few minutes from Lisbon, between the sea and the mountains. Its unique location gives it a privileged identity and is frequently referred to as the Portuguese Riviera. In its historical centre you can visit Palácio da Cidadela (palace), a place that was the summer retreat for Portuguese royalty. If you’re a fan of art, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (museum) is a great suggestion that shouldn’t be missed.

  • Óbidos

The town of Óbidos is known for its medieval setting, preserving the walls of its castle until today. The narrow streets, between the white houses, form a web that lead their visitors to all town’s nooks and crannies. Here, events such as the International the Chocolate Festival and the Christmas Market are organised every year. If you visit Óbidos, don’t forget to taste the famous Ginjinha in a chocolate cup, a combination of typical local flavours.

  • Peniche

Peniche is a town with a strong connection to the sea, where the fishing tradition is alive. Its privileged geographic position and the beauty of the local beaches turn Peniche into an excellent touristic attraction in the summer. Located a few kilometres from the shore is a small natural treasure, the Berlengas archipelago, which you can visit by boat. For those that prefer to stay on dry land, there are other historical attractions such as the Forte de Peniche (fort) and the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (sanctuary).

All these places will amaze you during your trip to Portugal!

And if you’re still looking for a hotel to stay in Lisbon, stay with us and follow our suggestions for an unforgettable journey!

Lisbon and Porto: The best New Year’s Eve parties

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We have chosen the 8 best parties in Lisbon and Porto for you to say goodbye to 2018 with a bang and start the New Year in a memorable way!

Filled with music and fun, this is how the first seconds of 2019 are expected to be. The New Year is just around the corner and the options for parties in the country’s main cities keep coming up! If you’re still looking for a place to spend New Year’s Eve, here are our suggestions:

Lisbon

  • New Year’s Eve Dinner, HF Fénix Lisboa

Located right in the heart of the capital, the HF Fénix Lisboa prepares the best end-of-year dinner. With a menu especially created for this evening, we guarantee the perfect balance between the refinement of the occasion and some of the most traditional flavours. You can choose to have dinner with us and then find a party in the city afterwards, or you can stay at the hotel and toast with us at midnight. For more information visit our website.

  • New Year’s Eve at Terreiro do Paço

Only 3 km away from our hotels is the venue for the greatest outdoor party in the city. With a privileged view over the Tagus river, this party will host some of the best national artists, who promise to entertain the crowd until morning. Here, 2019 starts with the pyromusical show, eagerly awaited by the thousands of people that make Terreiro do Paço the largest free common area for festivities in Lisbon.

  • Royal Palace 2018-2019 New Year’s Eve


Right next to our hotels and only a block away from the HF Fénix Urban, Pavilhão Carlos Lopes (Carlos Lopes Pavilion) hosts the 5th edition of the Royal Palace. Considered Lisbon’s most exclusive party, it has captured the presence of the foreign public, travelling from the most diverse countries and transforming this event into an international reference. In the same year that Lisbon won two World Travel Awards, the tourism Oscars, expectations are very high and Royal Palace promises not to disappoint. For more information visit the website.

  • Revengellion Noventeiro (Revenge of the 90’s)

With a strong 1990s style, the motto of this party is the iconic quote from Kevin McCallister, the little boy from “Home Alone”, adapted to this occasion, “Happy New Year, You Filthy Animals!”. Never revealing the venue beforehand, the only thing the organisation has announced so far for this edition, adapted to New Year’s Eve, is that it’s going to be a unique option with a playlist filled with music hits that will certainly please the partygoers. To get all the necessary information and buy your tickets, the organising team is available to answer all your messages, sent through their official Facebook page.

Porto

  • New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party at HF Ipanema Park

The HF Ipanema Park hotel ensures the best Réveillon in Porto. We have put together a special dinner menu for the last evening of the year. You can choose any one of the available packs on our website, tailoring the big evening to your needs. A live DJ will shake up the night with vibrant music. And for the morning of the 1st of January, you can count on our unparallel brunch, with a great selection of food so you can recharge the batteries you need to start the New Year off right.

  • New Year’s Eve at Avenida dos Aliados

This year, music will be heard all over downtown Porto, with many stages set up around the city, such as in Largo Amor de Perdição (Cordoaria), in Praça Gomes Teixeira (Leões) and Praça dos Poveiros. The great host of the evening is, once again, Pedro Abrunhosa, who will do the countdown with his northern accent in Porto, at Avenida dos Aliados. At midnight, there will be a firework display to mark the beginning of 2019. All of this only 2 km away from the HF Ipanema Porto.

  • Plano B, Baixa do Porto (downtown Porto)

Right next to Rua das Galerias de Paris, a reference for those looking for a fun evening in downtown Porto, you’ll find the local’s favourite bar, Plano B, who will be opening their doors once again to the best start of the New Year. The vintage and bohemian vibes are perfect for those who want to spend the New Year’s Eve indoors. The stage room and gallery will be playing music until dawn and the organisation ensures this will be the perfect way to start off the New Year on the right foot. For more information, visit the official facebook page.

  • Porto Réveillon

They guarantee this is going to be the most exquisite and glamorous party on the city and, this time, it will take place at Alfândega do Porto. The group gabba.pt is known for the quality of their events and this year, just like the last 7 years, they will once again be the team responsible for Porto Réveillon. The event programme starts with a dinner, followed by an entertaining party with DJs. The music for the night may vary from the contagious 1980s and 1990s vibes, to tropical Brazilian sounds and even house music.

The HF family wishes everyone a prosperous new year!

5 Christmas markets that can’t be missed

Christmas markets

With Christmas just around the corner, countless activities for the whole family are popping up in markets and fairs, specially designed to provide the best festive experience.

December is one of the year’s most awaited months and the one in which the Christmas spirit is felt everywhere. We came up with a list of the country’s most beautiful fairs and markets where, during this time of year, you can get lost in the most typical Christmas flavours, sounds, lights and colours.

  • Wonderland
Wonderland
  • Where? Parque Eduardo VII, 1070-099 Lisboa
  • When? 1stDecember to 1st January
  • How much? Free entrance

Right in the heart of Lisbon – in front of the capital’s HF hotels – Wonderland market delights kids with its play village, Santa’s house and the Christmas train. Nonetheless, this market is not just for young children and the ice rink is a must visit for everybody. This year, Wonderland added two features to its giant wheel, the cabins are now air-conditioned and have a 360º view, providing more comfort in what is certainly one of the best views of the city, this time of year.

  •  Óbidos Vila Natal
Óbidos Vila Natal
  • Where? Parque Cinegético de Óbidos, 2510-089 Óbidos
  • When? 30thNovember to 6th January
  • How much? General ticket – 7 euros

Óbidos has already accustomed us to the quality of the country’s largest Christmas village. For this edition, the inspiration was the four seasons of the year, ensuring a whole lot of colours and music in a market that hosts both kids and grown-ups in exactly the same way: with loads of fun. In addition to the traditional market, the ice rink and the giant wheel, grown-ups can travel back in time with the carousel and its traditional wooden horses. For the kids it’s easy, every single attraction brings tons of joy. Above all, Óbidos Vila Natal hosts families, bringing them together with an array of activities and a delightful environment, while strengthening the true values of Christmas.

  • Porto Christmas Village
Porto Christmas Village
  • Where? Edifício da Alfândega – R. Nova da Alfândega, 4050-430 Porto
  • When? 24thNovember to 30th December
  • How much? General ticket – 5 euros

This is the first indoor space exclusively dedicated to Christmas festivities and activities in the city of Porto. Located in one of the city’s historical buildings, the Porto Christmas Village includes a dining area inspired by the season’s typical flavours, a market with national products and a food&winebar. The toy factory and the ice rink are the most anticipated attractions for the families that visit this unique event in the city. The Porto Christmas Village brings to Porto an innovative virtual reality snowball fight, as well as the opportunity to try curling, a collective sport that is part of the Winter Olympic Games.

  • Perlim
Perlim
  • Where? Quinta do Castelo, 4520-306 Santa Maria da Feira – 31 min. from Porto (by car)
  • When? 1st to 30th December 
  • How much? General ticket – 7 euros

Perlim -A World of Dreams, this is how the largest Christmas event in Portugal is presented. Located in Santa Maria da Feira, this is Perlim’s kingdom, filled with music, candy and entertainment. As a family or as a group, visitors are amazed by street theatre plays and endless recreational activities with an educational component, carefully prepared for the children. Perlim is truly an enchanted world that takes its visitors to the imaginary of childhood. This year, the atmosphere of legends and fairy tales takes place at Quinta do Castelo, a completely remodelled green space.

  • Cascais Christmas Village
Cascais Christmas Village
  • Where? Praceta Domingos D’Avilez – Av. da República, 2750 – 475 Cascais – 35 min. from Lisbon (by car)
  • When? 6thDecember to 1st January 
  • How much? General ticket – 7 euros

The theme for this year’s Cascais Christmas Village is “A journey to the magic of Christmas” and visitors are welcomed with an atmosphere of fantasy and tradition. The kids will have fun with the treehouse, the carousel and various outdoor activities. A must visit at this fair is the enchanted forest, where you’ll be able to see real reindeers. But, what are the reindeers doing without Santa Claus? Well, he certainly hasn’t skipped the market and will be opening his home to everychild! And for those in search of  “that” special gift to offer, the Christmas market may have the perfect solution.

With all of these suggestions it will be hard not to feel the Christmas magic. Board this journey with your loved ones and share all the joy that makes this time of year so special. And, if in the middle of this adventure you need accommodation, you can always count on us.

7 museums that can’t be missed in Lisbon!

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Go for a more historical and cultural tour through Lisbon and make sure to include a visit to the best museums in Portuguese capital!

Travelling, regardless of how it’s done, is always synonymous of learning. Interacting with a different reality from what we are used to, or just a break from our daily routine, allows us to see other perspectives and adopt different ways of thinking and acting.

If you enjoy returning from a trip with more culture and history in your luggage, then you must be a true museum enthusiast. If that’s the case and if you’re thinking of travelling to Lisbon, you should know that the capital has a complete offer when it comes to museums. To make it easy for you, we put together a selection of some of the best museums in Lisbon!

 

  • MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology)

MAAT

  • Where? Av. Brasília, Central Tejo, Belém, 1300-598 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm

One of the most recent and most impressive museums in Lisbon, MAAT is the museum of art, architecture and technology. With an architecture characterised by giant curves, this museum has a privileged location by the river, making it impossible to blend in. Open to the public since 2016, this project is intended to be part of the city’s tourist itinerary and its ambition is to host national and international exhibitions, by the hands of contemporary artists, architects and thinkers.

 

  • MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda (Design and Fashion Museum)

MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda

  • Where? Rua Augusta, 24, 1100-053 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Winter opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm | Summer opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm

This is a must visit for the true lovers of fashion and its evolution. At MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, you can witness an authentic journey to the past of fashion, from the present all the way to the 1930s. Responsible for Francisco Capelo’s collection, this museum opened in 2009 and continually collaborates with external curators, artists, designers and architects, in order to increase its offer.

 

  • Museu Coleção Berardo (Berardo Collection Museum)

Berardo

  • Where? Praça do Império,1449-003 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Every day from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Located in the Centro Cultural de Belém, the Museu Coleção Berardo is one of the most important modern and contemporary art museums in Lisbon. It always hosts one permanent and two temporary exhibitions, allowing each visitor to experience the most relevant artistic movements from the 20th and 21st centuries, thanks to names like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Paula Rego, Andy Warhol, among others.

 

  • MNAA – Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art)

MNAA

  • Where? Rua das Janelas Verdes, 1249-01 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Located inside Palácio do Alvor since 1884, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is the Portuguese museum that hosts the most national treasures and works of reference. With more than 130 years of existence, this museum hosts a collection of over 40 thousand items that range from painting, sculpture, jewellery and decorative art, originating from Europe, Africa and Eastern countries.

 

  • MNAz – Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum)

azulejo

  • Where? Rua da Madre de Deus, 4, 1900-312 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

One of Portugal’s most characteristic symbols is, without a doubt, the tile! Of course, such an iconic piece as the tile deserves a true homage in a museum. In that sense, Museu Nacional do Azulejo has the mission of collecting, preserving, studying and showcasing representative samples of the evolution of ceramic pieces and tiles in Portugal. Located inside Convento de Madre Deus, it exhibits the most significant examples of Portuguese tiles.

 

  • Museu Nacional dos Coches (National Coach Museum)

Museu Nacional dos Coches

  • Where? Avenida da Índia, 136, Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Inaugurated in 1905, and with a new home since 2015, Museu Nacional dos Coches presents an incredible collection – one-of-a-kind in the world – of the most beautiful, iconic and antique coaches in the world’s history. A collection of astounding beauty and luxury, detailed in each coach that served the most important members of royalty and that will leave anyone in awe.

 

  • Museu do Fado (Fado Museum)

fado

  • Where? Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, N.º 1, 1100-139 Lisboa
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

If Portuguese tile is worthy of a museum, of course we could not forget fado, so dear to all of us. Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, fado now has a home to present its story, Museu do Fado, open to the public since 1998. The museum hosts numerous collections donated by various singers, musicians, artists and songwriters.

Have we sparked your curiosity and you’re already making plans to visit each and every one of these museums in Lisbon? You can also visit other museums, such as Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum), Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência (National Museum of Natural History and Science), Museu da Água (Water Museum), among others.

And to finish your day with a cherry on top, rest and enjoy an amazing stay, as if you were in the comfort of your own home, with the partner you can always count on, the HF Hotels. Come stay with us!

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