KITESURF AND VISIT LISBON
LISBON IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO KITESURF & PARTY!
- About Lisbon
- Night Life in Lisbon
- Guincho | Cascais & Sintra
Lisbon - The Perfect Place to Kite Surf and Party...
With all year round blues skies (an average of 260 days of sun per year!) and mild winters, Lisbon is an amazing destination for a holiday in Europe.
Lisbon is one of the least expensive cities in Western Europe and has surprising contrasts and an uncommon character and charm, result of the wide range of cultural influences, together with the latest trends and lifestyles... the old and the new go hand in hand!
Lisbon has it all! It's a multifaceted city bursting with life, with a unique mix of culture, history and a great blend of trendy new restaurants, bars, discos... Do some shopping (low cost and designer labels), enjoy the gorgeous views of the city, the river Tagus and the picturesque setting where the typical yellow electric trams take you to the most narrow alleys right into the city's heart.
If you stay in the city center you will find all this within walking distance but Lisbon is also well served by public transportation.
Cascais, Estoril, Caparica, Guincho, Ericeira and even Peniche are just a short trip from Lisbon so you will be close to all the surf action!
When you are not surfing, Lisbon has plenty more to offer: as cultural events, festivals and fairs are a constant part of the Portuguese capital.
And if this is not enough, within a 40 km radius you will find great sand beaches, fishing villages and the forests, magical architecture and breath taking views of Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Based on articles published by travel experts and visitor's recommendations, Lisbon has consistently been in the top 10 when it comes to touristic preference as the best destination for families, honeymoon, winter holidays as well as most affordable holidays.
These awards just highlight Lisbon's qualities and diverse tourism offer, mild temperatures and affordable goods and services.
Make sure you try "Pastéis de Nata" (egg tart pastry), "Ginjinha" (sour cherry liqueur) and "bacalhau" (salted codfish) some of the traditional delicacies of Lisbon.
Night Life in Lisbon
Lisbon is also known for its lively nightlife so the fun isn't over when the sun sets!
It is home to many discos, bars, fado houses and nightclubs, all catering to different tastes and interests and located throughout the city.
The Bairro Alto district and surrounding area has been considered the biggest hot spot for nightlife in Lisbon, with more than 100 bars and restaurants in a small neighbourhood. However, in the last few years, a new nightlife area has boomed at Cais do Sodré square, with great restaurants.
Other neighbourhoods with thriving nightlife include Largo de Santos area, Docas and Av. 24 de Julho street area.
The street bars close at 2AM on weeknights and at 3AM on weekends but the party continues in the night-clubs after that. Just follow the locals down the hill!
Night time venues begin opening their doors at sunset and often do not close until early the following morning.
Taking full advantage of the great weather, Lisbon natives like to drink outside. Don't worry about the police, it's fully allowed! Prices are also appealingly low when compared to other European capitals so, here's another reason to leave the house at night (if you ever needed one to start with...).
One of the aspects of Lisbon's that makes it unique are its Fado houses where you can taste the traditional Portuguese food and drink, and listen to this truly one of a kind music. If you can find the real thing, these intimate venues often serve traditional homemade food and drinks and host folk and acoustic musicians singing and playing the traditional music of the country. The best areas for Fado houses are mostly Alfama and Bairro Alto, but also some small spots near Lapa and Castelo de S. .Jorge.
When in Lisbon use the local spirit: ask everything you need to anyone, Lisbon natives always have an answer for you!
The Tourist Information desk puts out a monthly newsletter - Follow Me Lisboa guide - listing all the major events. However, do not neglect to search online for venues and events.
Close to Cascais (5 km), the long sandy beach of Guincho it's one of the most popular with bathers, and all through the year with surfers, windsurfers and kitesurf sports for which the beach offers excellent conditions.
With it's beautiful rocky surroundings, the beach is very deep and wide so there is lots of free space, specially when crowds go away from the strong winds!
Guincho has lifeguards during the summer months, car parking and several restaurants and bars. There is also a touristic bus that covers all the beaches from Cascais to Sintra, perfect if you want to travel along the coast.
In Cascais you’ll have access to the beach and all necessary services, amenities and activities and you can easily visit Lisbon and Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage Site, with breathtaking views), either by car or public transports.
Cascais is the closest villa to Guincho and you can easily reach the beach by car or bike - there is a bike lane that for it's most part goes close to the ocean and offers great sea views. This bike route from central Cascais to Guincho is closer around 9 km… even so, it’s not a difficult ride.
Sintra was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 (category Cultural Landscape) and this magical place is dominated by steep mountains and lush forests which create a microclimate, always several degrees cooler than Lisbon, with a characteristically romantic mist, just like a fairy tale.
The name “Sintra” has its origin in the word “Cynthia“, symbol of the moon in the Celtic mythology. The Romans called it “Mons Lunae“, meaning “the hill of the moon“, and there were deeds and sacrifices in its honour. This mystical stigma has been maintained until our times.
Sintra is a romantic getaway for people from all around the world, and has always been a place of election by kings and nobles as a country resort, and praised by writers and poets. Sintra has a wealth of cottages and manor houses, some of which now provide accommodation in the form of country-house tourism.
Sintra's attractions include the fabulous palace Palacio da Pena (19th c.), the Castelo dos Mouros (built in the Arabian period, but reconstructed on the 19th century) with its breath-taking view of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the Seteais and Monserrate Palaces, the Capuchos Convent, lost in the middle of the forest filled with histories of solitary monks to tell, and the summer residence of the kings of Portugal: Sintra’s National Palace, right in the villa centre.
Important and diversified Museums are also available to visit and delight in.
Sintra's confectionery deserves a special mention, particularly the Travesseiros (puff pastes stuffed with a sweet egged mixture) and the famous Queijadinhas (cheese-cakes), which according to ancient documents were already being made in the 12th century and were part of the rent payments.
Sintra is visited annually by many tourists attracted by its natural beauties, by its monuments and by the history of the town and, at the same time, to take advantage of the assorted amount of beaches in the region.
Besides the beach, one of the main attractions in Sintra area is the tram car. A picturesque journey that starts in Sintra, has a stop in Colares and ends in Praia das Maçãs Beach.
For its environment, history, mysticism, architecture and lifestyle, Sintra is considered to be the most Romantic town in Portugal.