Feel safe during your trip to Portugal

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If you’re thinking of traveling to Portugal, know that this is the 4th safest country in the world and the 3rd in Europe.

With great weather, gastronomy and hospitality, Portugal is also one of the safest countries where you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Since 2016, the country has occupied the 5 best positions on this ranking, competing with over 160 countries, and even managed a 3rd position in 2017.

For this study factors such as the annual crime rates, risk of terrorism, internal and external conflicts, militarisation and others are assessed. It is also worth mentioning the evaluation of the country’s relations with neighbouring countries and the low crime rate.

After consecutively winning several tourism awards, the annual peace report of the Institute for Economics and Peace places Portugal back in the top 5 most pacific countries in the world.

For all this, if you’re thinking of traveling to Portugal, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is the beautiful walks you’ll go for in Lisbon or the nice things you’ll do while visiting Porto.

To get you inspired, we leave you with two suggestions of itineraries to explore the cities of Porto and Lisbon as if you were a local.

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Florence + The Machine fan went to London with HF Fénix Music

Fábio Soares, winner of the contest promoted by the HF Fénix Music and Universal Music Portugal, went to the London, to watch the concert of Florence + The Machine and shared with us his experience!

During October, a contest took place in the @hfhotels instagram, where the big winner would win a trip to London to watch Florence + The Machine.

To win the contest, the participants just had to make the most original photo!

After some and funny participations, here is the the winner:

Winner

When Fábio got the news, he couldn’t believe it and was only able to say: “Thank you very much!” … And here is the result:

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If you like music, concerts and special experiences, stay tuned to HF Hotels’ social networks! The HF Fénix Music and Universal Music Portugal have even more surprises in the next months.

To always stay updated, follow us in our social network, Facebook and instagram!

 

 

6 bars for a night out in Lisbon

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If you’re in Lisbon and are spending the day exploring the city’s fantastic historical monuments and landscapes, don’t forget to save some energy for discovering all the diversity that the Lisbon’s nightlife has to offer.

With every visit, Lisbon, one of the most coveted European capitals, opens itself up like a little box of surprises.

With breathtaking landscapes and places that overflow with culture and history, the Portuguese capital has something for every tourist or resident – as long as there is a thirst for life!

And because at night Lisbon is even more unique, if you really want to get to know this capital’s true mystique, you must have a drink at one of these (practically) mandatory spots in the city:

Lux Frágil

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Where? Avenida Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Lisbon

Opening hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00 pm to 6.00 pm; Saturdays from 11.00 pm to 7.00 am

One of oldest nightclubs in Lisbon, Lux Frágil is a must-stop for fans of a great night out.

In 2014, The Guardian considered it one of the 25 best clubs in Europe. It is located on the banks of the Tagus river and offers 2 floors of electronic music and a magnificent balcony that invites anyone who can handle it, to dance until sunrise!

Onair

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Where? Rua Joaquim António de Aguiar, 5, Lisbon

Opening hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00 pm to 6.00 pm; Saturdays from 11.00 pm to 7.00 am

Right in front of the emblematic Marquês de Pombal, on the 8th floor of HF Fénix Music, the rooftop bar Onair features a swimming pool and a lounge bar, with the best panoramic view over the city.

Although the swimming pool is only for the use of guests, this oasis is also open to the public starting at 7.30 pm and allows you to watch the sunset to the sound of concerts that occur from Thursday to Sunday, accompanied by Onair’s signature cocktails.

Red Frog

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Where? Rua do Salitre, 5A, Lisbon

Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays, from 6.00 pm to 2.00 am; Fridays and Saturdays, from 6.00 pm to 3.00 am

Behind a discreet wooden door with a red frog hanging from it and a bell that says “Press for cocktail”, you’ll find the place that was considered the best bar in the country, the Red Frog!

Completely inspired by the clandestine bars of the United States during the 20th century – due to the Prohibition ban – this “speakeasy” is also an ode to cocktails, where all of them are signature.

This is the only Portuguese bar on the list of the best bars in the world and it’s located in a basement, without any natural light and almost no cell phone reception, which means mingling is key and where it is expected that, more than just a simple night out, the customer enjoys a true experience.

Lust in Rio

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Where? Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Lisbon

Opening hours: Thursdays to Saturdays from midnight to 6.00 am

In the Tagus riverside, Lust in Rio comes to life during the bathing season.

Open from Thursday to Sunday during the summer months, Lust in Rio is an outdoor space in the Cais do Sodré area that attracts crowds, thanks to its theme parties and all night long animation.

It is currently one of the most sought out night spots in Lisbon and has a varied agenda with DJs and guests that make every night even more fun than the last.

Cinco Lounge

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Where? Rua Ruben A. Leitão, 17 A, Lisbon

Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays from 9.00 pm to 2.00 am

Located in Príncipe Real, is the classic – but not out of style! – Cinco Lounge.

With a London vibe and low lighting, you’ll find cocktails for everyone, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. In a quiet atmosphere with calm background music, Cinco Lounge creates a serene environment where everyone can enjoy their drink until the last drop, without having to rush.

Perfect for all ages, it’s the ideal place to start off your night or to simply enjoy a quieter evening.

Maria Caxuxa

Where? Rua da Barroca 6-12, Lisbon

Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays, from 6.00 pm to 2.00 am; Fridays and Saturdays, from 6.00 pm to 3.00 am

Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays, from 6.00 pm to 2.00 am; Fridays and Saturdays, from 6.00 pm to 3.00 am

What was once a cake factory is now one of the busiest bars in the mythical Bairro Alto. With a calm, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, Maria Caxuxa is the ideal place for those looking for something a little less intrusive or for those who just want to start the night off right. It has a retro décor with antique furniture, including a wood-burning oven that belonged to the old factory, and its main stars are cocktails and caipirinhas.

At the end of a long day of sightseeing and after an evening filled with emotions, be sure that at the HF Hotels you’ll find the comfort and relaxing atmosphere you need to rest and recover your energy. Benefit from a late check-out (subject to availability) and feel ready for one more day in this addicting city!

Learn more at www.hfhotels.com

Visiting Porto or Lisbon with Cabify can be cheaper if you are a HF Hotels client

If you are staying at our hotels and you want to enjoy the most of your visit to Porto or Lisbon, the HF Hotels and Cabify give you a hand! You can benefit from discounts in your trips and visit the city in a cheaper and more comfortable way!

Discovering Porto or Lisbon and visiting – all – the most emblematic places should be part of your bucket list!

However, if you are staying in Porto or Lisbon for just a few days but would like to have a true experience in the city walking on the beach, have a drink downtown, visit historical monuments or shop,  you might not have time for all this.

With you in mind, the HF Hotels and Cabify joined together so you can explore the city, in a faster way.

If you choose to stay at one of the HF Hotels – you can benefit from discounts in your trips with Cabify.

How?

1.Ask for the discount code at the HF hotel reception desk.

2. Download the Cabify app to your mobile phone (available for Android and iOS)

3. Register – if this is your first time using the Cabify app – or login

4. Click on the “Promotions” menu

5. Open the “My discounts” tab

6. Enter your discount code

7. Select your destination and have a nice trip!

The discount offered is of € 6 per code, to be used in 3 trips – with a discount of € 2 per trip.
You will have the city in your hands, just a click away!

If you have any doubts or need more information, talk to the HF team. They are available to help you.

Make your reservation and start organising your itinerary!

Learn more at www.hfhotels.com