8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lisbon

Lisbon is the city of Fado, with a mythical and romantic light that enchants who visits it, Here are 8 interesting facts that will certainly sharpen your interest in getting to know the capital of Portugal.
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Lisbon, the city of Fado, with a mythical and romantic light that enchants who visits it, has so much to visit and to show beyond the obvious. There is so much to discover and here are just some interesting facts that will certainly sharpen your interest in getting to know the capital of Portugal. In the meantime, you can always make a good impression on your friends with these fun facts!

1 – Lisbon is known as the city of the seven hills (Castelo, Graça, Monte, Penha de França, São Pedro de Alcântara, Santa Catarina and Estrela). This designation goes back to the time of the Roman occupation, in which it is affirmed that Lisbon would have been founded under seven hills, like Rome. In each hill, we can find several belvederes with unique and magnificent views of the romantic capital of Portugal.

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2 – The Lisboetas are known as “alfacinhas” because in the time of the Arabs, the “alfaces” (lettuces) were cultivated abundantly in Lisbon. In fact, the word “alface” is of Arabic origin.

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3 – In the basement of Lisbon there are the enigmatic Roman Galleries of Baixa, unknown by the tourists and only open to the public for three days a year. The visits this year, will be held on 22, 23 and 24 of September and are already sold out!

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4 –  The statue of Christ the King on the left bank of the river Tejo is a copy of Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, has a height of 28 meters and the monument in total reaches 100 meters in height.

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5 – The Belém area has two buildings classified by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Jeronimos Monastery and the Torre de Belém – formerly guarding the entrance of the boats on the river Tejo.

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6 – Lisbon it’s home to the oldest bookstore in the world. The Bertrand Bookshop has been around since 1732. It is located in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto neighborhood. The bookstore was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake that ruined the city, but was moved to the same location you can find it today and since 1773. And so it came to Guinness as the oldest bookshop in the world still in business.

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7 – Lisbon is older than Rome. Lisbon has been around four centuries longer than Rome and Portugal has maintained its original borders since 1139, making it the oldest country in Europe.

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8 –  The Vasco da Gama Bridge, inaugurated in 1998, is the longest bridge in Europe and one of the longest in the world, 17.3 km long, 12 km of which are on the waters of the Tejo river estuary.

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Visiting Lisbon is in fashion and it conquers more and more tourists every year…It is easy to see why!

10 Top things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

Do not worry about your next visit to Lisbon, Portugal, because we have already chosen for you, the sites you should not miss! Get ready!

Lisbon is a vibrant city with lots to do and visit!

Indeed, the list does not end up in only ten things, but for us, just like when going to Rome, you have to see the Colosseum and go to the Vatican, in Lisbon these are places and details you must definitely visit.

So, shell we start your trip to Lisbon right now?

  1. Historical Belém and pastry tasting

Probably, Lisbon most iconic touristic attraction celebrating Portugal glorious past. A delightful combination of historical monuments, fascinating museums and beautiful green parks, all aligned with the cooling waters of the Tejo river.

Tasting the famous Pásteis de Belém at the traditional home of the cake is also something not to be missed. Get ready to face some queues, depending on the time of year, because everyone who visits Lisbon wants to taste these delights!

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  1. Torre de Belém ex-libris of Lisbon and the jewel of Manueline art

Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor, the Torre de Belém was the preliminary point for many of the voyages of the Portuguese discovery age. For the sailors it was the last vision of their motherland.

And Unesco says… Belem Tower was declared a World Heritage monument because:

“It is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.” 

As they know what they say, nothing like coming to discover it with your own eyes!

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  1. Padrão dos Descobrimentos a modern monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime discoveries

On the edge of the Rio Tejo you can find this remarkable modern monument designed to promote Portugal national self confidence while honouring the great Portuguese explorers. A curiosity… on the court floor in front of the Padrão dos Descobrimentos there is map, which traces the extent of Portuguese influence around the world. Amazing, hum?

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  1. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos the greatest example of Manueline art

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of the most complex religious buildings of Portugal!

Vasco da Gama spent his last night here before his impressive voyage to India and the church was used later by the sailors wife’s to pray for the safe return of their loved ones.

It is tremendous! Expect long queues to get inside but it is absolutely worth it.

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  1. Alfama – Mouraria

The oldest and most picturesque part of Lisbon where you can feel the essence of this city, where most of the typical restaurants (like the Houses of Fado) and monuments are concentrated.

Lose yourself in the narrow labyrinthine streets of Alfama and Mouraria and discover  Lisbon’s most charming neighbourhoods.

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  1. Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio is the biggest and most beautiful square in Lisbon where you must stop for a picture and enjoy the views.

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  1. Baixa-Rossio-Avenida da Liberdade, Marquês de Pombal, city center

These areas reveal a greater Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755 and like the Champs-Elysees and other immense European boulevards, expect to see a large roundabout and a monument, in this case, to Marques de Pombal, the prime minister responsible to rebuilding the city after the great natural disaster.
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  1. Major belvederes of Lisbon

An essential part of the city’s charm, visiting some of these belvederes it’s almost mandatory. We will not describe much to keep the beauty of the surprise…

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  1. Santa Luzia – Senhora do Monte – São Pedro de Alcantara – Graça – Santa Catarina

Stretching along the slopes of the riverside along the Tejo, Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, offers excellent views from viewpoints on higher points or terraces of monuments. These are some of the most famous, so fix these names!

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  1. Bike my Side Tours in Sidecar, Vespa or Jeep

In fact, you do not need to worry too much about your next visit to Lisbon, Portugal, because Bike my Side, whether in a sidecar, Vespa or Jeep will guide you to know these and other wonders. In a relaxed and fun way, get to know Lisbon, one of the most beautiful European cities. Just enjoy the ride!

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Lá vai Lisboa! Enjoy Portugal popular saints festivities

In Portugal, June is the month of the Popular Saints with festivities all over the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter. The main ones are the Festivities of Lisbon, from 12 to 13 of June, St. Anthony Day, and those of Porto, on the night of 23 to 24 June, when St. John is celebrated.

In Portugal, June is the month of the Popular Saints with festivities all over the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. PeterThe main ones are the Festivities of Lisbon, from 12 to 13 of June, St. Anthony Day, and those of Porto, on the night of 23 to 24 June, when St. John is celebrated.

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During these nights people come outside to eat grilled sardines, drink, and have fun in the streets of the popular neighbourhoods, adorned with arches, colourful balloons and scents of basil.

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In Lisbon each “Bairro” do a parade in Avenida da Liberdade, filling the road with music, colour and a lot of people. Alfama, Graça, Bica, Mouraria and Madragoa are famous with sings and dances throughout the night. Another high point of these festivities is the procession of St. Anthony, who on the 13th of June leaves his church, located in Alfama, near the Cathedral, in the place where this saint was born, around 1193.

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In Porto, the party is identical in color and joy along the most traditional neighbourhoods, such as Miragaia, Fontainhas, Ribeira, Massarelos and others.

But Porto has other traditions: if in the past the revellers beated with leek on the heads of the companions, today they use plastic hammers with the same purpose!

And in addition to the amazing firework that is launched at midnight on the Douro River, colorful balloons of warm air are also launched in one of the most beautiful celebrations of these popular festivities. The night ends  by the beach, to watch the sun rise or for a morning bath, as tradition says.

On June 29, St. Peter is also celebrated, with popular festivities in various localities such as Sintra or Évora, both on the World Heritage list.

Some of these feasts, of pagan origin are associated with the celebration of the summer solstice, featured by dancing, eating and fireworks, all good excuses to take a hop to visit Portugal and discover these traditions so colorful and lively!

And Bike my Side Lisbon custom rides are excelent for this purpose!

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Lisbon always with a cool point of view

Whenever we do our private tours in Lisbon, we are dazzled by the streets, the urban art and small details that make us so happy to share this city with all who visit us.

Lisbon is really a spectacular city! There is so much to see, to discover and always a cool point of view…

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Whenever we do our private tours in Lisbon, we are dazzled by the streets, the urban art and small details that make us so happy to share this city with all who visit us.

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Sometimes we do not even have to go very far to find interesting reasons full of stories and secrets from our past.

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And our sidecar is amazing in any photograph, in any environment of our cosmopolitan Lisbon, whether day or night.

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The joy of our passengers is what moves us and each day, we discover a new and even more cool point of view.

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It’s really worth it to visit Lisbon with Bike my Side.

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Celebrate diversity and take a sidecar ride

One of the most interesting aspects of our sidecar tours is the opportunity to meet different people from several places of the world, of all ages, who end up having in common the fact that they look for a different and unique experience during their holiday’s time in the Algarve or in Lisbon

One of the most interesting aspects of our sidecar tours is the opportunity to meet different people from several places of the world, of all ages, who end up having in common the fact that they look for a different and unique experience during their holiday’s time in the Algarve or in Lisbon.

It does not matter your age, it does not matter your gender or physical condition. The sidecar is for everyone! And it is really incredible how our sidecar tours have an excellent acceptance among people of the most diverse ages, genres and physical circumstances. From 7 years old to 90 years old or more!

In 2015, for example, we had a couple from Hawaii, cruise customers, with the age of 79 who loved our Postcard Collection tour in Portimão.

This year, at the age of 81, they returned to Portimao on a round-the-world cruise and made a point of repeating our sidecar tour because the experience made them feel capable of everything, made them feel so alive!

We have also transported people with disabilities in the sidecar who reported that they felt safe, comfortable and free.

Another unforgettable story was the surprise request for a wedding on The Most Beautiful Beaches tour with the groom declaring himself and making the request at the lovely top of Praia da Marinha cliff.

The stories are numerous, tremendous and it is truly comforting to feel that we provide a lifetime experience. It is incredible! A sidecar ride is actually part of the bucket list for so many people around the world!

What are you waiting for? Celebrate diversity and take a sidecar ride!

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One of our all time favorite tours!

We previously went on the Bike My Side tour in Lisbon and it was the most enjoyable tour we had ever been on…now Daniel has to share that distinction with Delfim! The tour to the beaches was wonderful. Delfim is a great guide with such a nice personality and very interesting information about the places we saw. Being in the open gives a much different perspective and a panoramic view. It’s a comfortable ride and we old retired folks had a blast…you could tell by the smiles and thumbs up we were the envy of many. We will definitely book with Bike My Side again when we return to the Algarve and absolutely recommend them. 

Visited May 2015

Superb way to travel round the beautifull beaches of Portugal
Fantastic day from start to finish. Prompt pickup at hotel. Delfim and Philipe were very experienced bike riders, the bikes were superb. Felt really safe and comfy in sidecar. Views were unbelievable , we would never have got to see all these beautiful sites by coach as the bikes went up narrow side streets through beautiful little towns..Delfim was very knowledgable about the history of the places we visited and it was a very interesting tour, we learnt a lot about the Portuguese scenery and lifestyle. Would defiantly book a tour next time we visit again…well worth the money…both couples thoroughly enjoyed the day !!! Thanks again guys. 🙂 
Visited April 2015

Awesome Experience

Because life is all about adventures and experiences, the Sidecar Tour is a MUST DO if you visit Lisbon. This is one of the best ways to get around and learn about Lisbon’s history. We had so much fun and enjoyed every minute of our tour. BIG thanks for the cool ride Daniel! 

Visited May 2015

The best entry to Lisboa

To start your Lisboa stay with Daniel is the best you can do. It was fun, Daniel told us so much about the city, and it was a fantastic ride. This was the first time as a tourist I was permanently photographed by other tourists 🙂
The half day tour was enough for us. You get to all the interesting places, you can visit on your own later on.
Thanks a lot for cool ride Daniel 🙂 

Visited May 2015

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When to visit the Algarve

Originally posted on Algarve Blog:
“Everyone talks about the weather, but no-one does anything about it.” Mark Twain We are often asked ‘When’s the best time to visit the Algarve?’ – closely followed by ‘What’s the weather like?’ Having experienced every month of the year here, we thought it might be fun to give you an…

When to visit the Algarve… always!

The Algarve has charm all year round.

That’s why the Bike my Side works over the entire year.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … Every season has its beauty, its colors, its aroma!

Just choose the month and let yourself be surprised by this beautiful region of Portugal that has much more to offer than sun and beach …

 

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Bike my Side Algarve in Ferragudo

Algarve Blog

“Everyone talks about the weather, but no-one does anything about it.” Mark Twain

We are often asked ‘When’s the best time to visit the Algarve?’ – closely followed by ‘What’s the weather like?’

Having experienced every month of the year here, we thought it might be fun to give you an idea of what you can expect – with some hints about the weather and what to pack if you are coming here on holiday!

Algarve temperatures

So here goes, let’s start with Spring, which can be a very nice time of year to visit the Algarve:

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You may need to pack a sweater or warm coat for the evening, but during the day you can enjoy some lovely balmy temperatures – even in February! 17 to 20 degrees – sometimes even slightly hotter during the day – and it’s often 8 or 9 degrees in the evening. The oranges are at their…

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