Coyo Taco Mexican Restaurant Lisbon

Coyo Taco, Principe Real, Lisbon

Coyo Taco is a Mexican-style eatery in the Bairro Alto district of Lisbon close to Jardim do Príncipe Real.

As the name suggests the restaurant specializes in tacos with a large selection on offer including pescado and duck. Also on the menu are burritos, tortillas and churros with some fine Mexican tequila, margaritas, and beers for drinks.

There are vegetarian options on the menu too. Look out for the mushroom and quinoa felafel.

Coyo Taco, Principe Real, Lisbon


Access - Getting There

Rua Dom Pedro V No 65
1250-093 Lisbon
Tel: 21 052 9201
www: coyotaco.pt

The nearest Lisbon metro stations to Jardim do Príncipe Real are either Restauradores or Rossio.

Take the popular Elevador da Glória up to the Miradouro (Viewpoint) de São Pedro de Alcântara in the Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara and walk from here along Rua Dom Pedro V.

Alternatively, take tram #24E or a Lisbon bus either the 202 or 758 from Cais do Sodre.

Coyo Taco Mexican Restaurant Lisbon
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Segway Tours in Porto

Segway Tours in Porto

A fun way to get around the UNESCO World Heritage district of Ribeira in Porto is on a Segway. A full tour lasts around two to three hours and takes in the city's cathedral, Avenida dos Aliados and Porto City Hall with a stop at the iconic Majestic Cafe for a coffee.

Segway Tours in Porto
Segway Tours in Porto
Other sights usually visited include Sao Bento Railway Station, the Lello Bookstore, the Portuguese Center of Photography and Clerigos Tower.

Segway Tours in Porto
Segway Tours in Porto
Book A Segway Tour With Get Your Guide

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Tour is 3 hours duration
Guide
Pre-departure tuition
Visit Porto Cathedral
Avenida dos Aliados
The UNESCO World Heritage district of Ribeira
Cafe Majestic
Rainwear if it rains
Helmet
No previous experience is required

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Camino Portugues Book Review

The Camino Portugues: From Lisbon and Porto to Santiago - Central, Coastal and Spiritual caminos (International Walking) Book Review

By Kat Davis
Cicerone Press, 2018
336 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-85284-932-0

Camino Portugues Book Review


Since the year 1211, pilgrims have been walking the Camino Portugues, a 620-kilometer (385.3 mile) trek from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, site of the cathedral believed by many to be the burial site of Saint James the Great, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.

Some say the Camino Portugues is the world's second-most traveled pilgrimage.

Those undertaking this trip will find that Kat Davis' book is all you need, and sometimes more, about how to manage their trip. The trek is broken down into 25 stages (one day each) along the main path, and within each stage a list of the start and stop points, the total distance you'll be walking, the elevation climb and descent, level of difficulty (easy, medium or, very rarely, hard), the time required to walk and a shortlist of cafes and accommodations to choose from.

Camino Portugues Book Review
There are two variant routes, a coastal route, and a spiritual route. Routes linking these alternative routes are also covered. The routes listed will take you via ancient Roman roads across ancient bridges and through quaint villages, farmlands and forests, and in some cases large cities.

Also dealt with are trip preparation, for example, the level of fitness required (surprisingly not very high), the best time to go (April to October), what to take, a calendar of annual festivals and events, an English-Portuguese-Spanish glossary and a “getting there and away” section covering air, rail, and bus.

In addition to many nice pictures, there are maps for every day of each of the branches of the trip. Even if the book fails you somehow, there are markers along the roads to point you to your ultimate goal. Should you get lost, the book says friendly Portuguese are more than willing to help you find your way.

Camino Portugues Book Review


There are four UNESCO sites along the way; Tomar's Convent of Christ built by the Knights Templar, Coimbra University (one of Europe's oldest universities), and the old towns of Porto and Santiago (in Spain). There are numerous other historical and religious sites you will run across as well. The reader can't help but learn a number of interesting historical tidbits while reading through descriptions of the cities; for example, how port wine was first made in the city of, of course, Porto.

The level of detail in this book might surprise the reader at times. For example, in one of the variant routes, it becomes necessary to take a ferry. If the main ferries are closed for whatever reasons, the book suggests going to the local tourist office and having them find a local willing to take you. Failing that, the book lists the phone number of a local man who is willing to take tourists in his private boat!

Curiously, the book doesn't have an index, which would have been handy if you wanted to find, for example, a list of museums on the trip.

Anybody concerned with the logistical problems of taking this pilgrimage will probably rest assured after they get this book. That is a sign of a good travel book.

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By Marshall Hughes

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Tascardoso Restaurant

Tascardoso, Principe Real, Lisbon

Tacardoso is a restaurant in the Bairro Alto district of Lisbon close to Jardim do Príncipe Real. This small eatery has a stand-up bar on the ground floor with the seats down below.

The menu offers authentic Portuguese favorites including Sardinhas grelhadas (grilled sardines), Polvo Grelhado (grilled octopus) and Bife a Portuguesa (steak Portuguese style). The Arroz doce (rice pudding) dessert comes recommended.

There are vegetables and salads on the menu but this is not really a restaurant suitable for vegetarians.

Tascardoso, Principe Real, Lisbon
Entrance to the restaurant


Access - Getting There

Rua de O Século 242
1250-095 Lisbon
Tel: 21 342 7578

The nearest Lisbon metro stations to Jardim do Príncipe Real are either Rossio or Restauradores.

Take the popular Elevador da Glória up to the Miradouro (Viewpoint) de São Pedro de Alcântara in the Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara and walk from there.

Alternatively, take tram #24E or a Lisbon bus either the 202 or 758 from Cais do Sodre.

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Igreja de São Sebastião Setúbal

Igreja de São Sebastião, Setúbal

The Igreja de São Sebastião in Setúbal dates from the mid-16th century. Like many churches in the area is was damaged in the 1755 Earthquake that struck nearby Lisbon. However, it retains its original design.

Igreja de São Sebastião, Setubal


The interior of the church is furnished in Roccoco and Neoclassical styles with gilded woodwork and paintings decorating the altar and lateral chapels.

The church is near the Casa do Bocage (Centro De Estudos Bocageanos), the excellent Museu do Trabalho Michel Giacometti and another church the Igreja da Boa-Hora.

Igreja de São Sebastião Setúbal


Access - Getting There

Igreja de São Sebastião
Largo São Domingos, 2910-082 Setúbal

The Praca do Quebedo railway station is a short walk away.

Igreja de São Sebastião Setúbal


Accommodation

There is a cluster of hotels located near Setúbal Station including the recommended four star Meliá Setúbal Hotel, the Hotel Arangues, three stars and the four star Luna Esperanca Centro Hotel.

See a listing of all available hotels in Setúbal.

Igreja da Boa-Hora
Igreja da Boa-Hora
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Sociedade De Geografia De Lisboa

Sociedade De Geografia De Lisboa (Geographical Society of Lisbon)

The pedestrianized Ruas das Portas de Santo Antão in the Baixa district of Lisbon is an interesting street. The thoroughfare is home to the luxury, five-star hotel, One Palácio da Anunciada, the Teatro Politeama and the Casa do Alentejo restaurant. The Sociedade De Geografia De Lisboa is across the street from the Teatro Politeama.

Sociedade De Geografia De Lisboa


History

The Sociedade De Geografia De Lisboa (Geographical Society of Lisbon) was founded in 1875. This was a time when Portuguese overseas interests included territories in Africa, South America, and the Far East. The society's establishment was especially driven by the age of western exploration and colonization in Africa.

The ethnographical museum here is a real treasure. There are exhibits from all over Portugal's once vast empire. These include African masks, ceramics, glass pieces, inlaid furniture from Goa and Macau, items of clothing and fabrics, statues of Indian gods and goddesses and tribal weapons and other items from Angola, Benim, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique.

Also on display are scientific instruments and globes made in the west as well as western paintings featuring the earlier Age of Discovery.

Sociedade De Geografia De Lisboa


The Society maintains a vast library of 66,000 titles in about 200,000 volumes, numerous magazines and about 6,000 documents in manuscript form. Part of the library is in digital format. It is visited by researchers and scholars from all over the world.

The museum also contains a cafe/bar and a museum shop selling books and other publications.

Access - Getting There

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 100
1150-269 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: 213 425 401
www: socgeografialisboa.pt

Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 am - 12.45 pm and 2 pm - 4.45 pm.

Admission: small fee.

The Aerobus from Lisbon Airport stops on nearby Avenida da Liberdade. The nearest Lisbon metro stations to the museum are Restauradores on the Blue Line (Linha Azul), just 3 minutes away and Avenida.

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The One Palacio da Anunciada

The One Palácio da Anunciada

The One Palácio da Anunciada (Book this hotel with Booking.com), is a five-star hotel close to the Teatro Politeama and Casa do Alentejo in downtown Lisbon.

The One Palácio da Anunciada


Hotel Facilities

The hotel is housed in a restored, historic building and offers excellent facilities. These include a bar, shared lounge, garden, and private parking.

All rooms have WiFi and a flat-screen TV with decorations featuring traditional Portuguese arts and crafts. There is also a sun lounge and sauna on the property along with both indoor and outdoor pools and a recommended restaurant.

The One Palácio da Anunciada


The Aerobus from Lisbon Airport stops just close by on the ritzy Avenida da Liberdade. The nearest Lisbon metro stations are Restauradores on the Blue Line (Linha Azul), just 3 minutes away and Avenida.

One Palácio da Anunciada (Book this hotel with Booking.com)
Ruas das Portas de Santo Antão
1150-268 Lisbon
Portugal

The One Palácio da Anunciada, Lisbon.


Other Lisbon Hotels

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