Hotel Marquês De Pombal Av. Da Liberdade, Avenida Da Liberdade, Lisabona, Portugalia
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Fado is the musical expression of Lisbon and Portugal. The word “Fado” comes from “fatum” in Latin, which means destiny.
Lisbon is having a moment. Once a sleepy secret with its back to Europe, Portugal’s sun-drenched capital has emerged from the global recession to become one of the world’s hottest destinations. In fact, the city’s recent architectural renaissance and affordability have lured so many visitors to admire its azulejo-painted facades, ride its vintage tram cars, and photograph its miradouro overlooks that Lisbon has just unveiled plans for a second international airport.
But ask any Lisboeta and they’ll tell you that of one the city’s must-do experiences—and most seductive charms—is to thread the capital’s twisting alleyways, slip inside a steamy restaurant or bar, and listen to Portugal's soulful national soundtrack: fado music.
“Fado is the musical expression of the Portuguese people,” Sara Pereira, the director at Lisbon’s Museum of Fado, which chronicles the music’s origins, tells Condé Nast Traveler. “It’s a mirror of our identity, culture, and history, and you won’t hear it anywhere else.”
These days, a new generation of musicians has begun infusing the typically mournful songs with a full scale of emotions and international influences.
In recent years, fado music has experienced a similar resurgence as the city that birthed it. Today, there are more than 40 fado houses sprinkled throughout Lisbon’s cobblestoned streets, and hundreds of fadista singers perform every night in the city’s Alfama, Mouraria, and Bairro Alto neighborhoods. With a series of high-profile concerts set to take place inside the city’s iconic São Jorge castle this spring, and Portugal’s biggest music festival (Nos Alive) featuring a fado stage this July, there’s never been a better time to get to know Lisbon’s UNESCO-inscribed music.
In the summer months, Lisbon swelters under a cerulean blue dome. ‘A praia’ (to the beach) sings out from the city’s sun-kissed, begonia blossomed streets as surf boards are stacked on top of cars and everyone makes for the beachy ‘burbs of Cascais and Estoril – 20 minutes drive from the city-centre. The aim being to cool off in the frosty Atlantic, get some sand between their toes, and tuck into the seaside classic of a plate of garlicky ameijoas (clams) washed down with a tumbler of brain-freeze cold lager.
Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn manners and traditions.
Just check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way among the seven steep hills over which this city lies. Or witness the best of this bygone heritage by wandering through the Baixa district, where age-old herbalists, haberdashers and tailors rub shoulders in the baroque streets of the ornate city centre.
Meander up one of Lisbon’s loftiest hills to the Moorish Alfama neighbourhood, where sunset-amber walls and dusty lanes orbit the Arabic-cum-medieval castle that looms, omnipresent, over the terracotta rooftops of the city below. At the imperial Belém waterfront, Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries” is celebrated in the form of a lavish monastery and dazzling river-facing statues, built with the coin of one of the most ostentatious colonial empires in history.
For Lisboetas (natives of Lisbon) today, excess is largely channelled into nocturnal activities, making the city a libertine’s dream. A night on the (azulejo) tiles always starts in the bar-filled cobbled lanes of boho Bairro Alto. It inevitably peaks to the dawn chorus of Euro house on the sundeck of one of the city’s immense river-facing warehouse clubs. Should sore heads make sightseeing a chore, skip it and laze away the day on the nearby Atlantic-battered beaches. Just 30 minutes drive from the city centre, wild stretches such as Guincho, Adraga and Grande curl out around the surrounding coast, making Lisbon one of the best city/beach-combo destinations in Europe.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - This imperious 15th-century Manueline monastery was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s “discovery” of India. The main attraction is the delicate Gothic chapel that opens up on to a grand monastery, in which some of Portugal’s greatest historical figures are entombed.
Castelo São Jorge - The winding medieval streets of Lisbon’s most ancient neighbourhood, Alfama, twist up to the city’s Moorish pinnacle. The dusk-orange walls of the ancient castle date back to the ninth-century and lord over the city, being visible from almost every street.
Tram 28 - The most charming way to tick off a few sights, the wooden tram 28 rumbles through Lisbon’s prettiest and most historic streets. Starting at the foot of Bairro Alto, the vintage carriage trundles through the shopping districts of Baixa and Chiado before lurching and labouring past the churches and castles on the cobbled hills of the Alfama and Graça neighbourhoods.
Sintra - The aristocratic hill town to the west of the city is a Neverland of fairytale palaces, manicured floral gardens and wild woodlands.
Dining in Lisbon is far more dynamic than navigating countless preparations of Portugal's beloved bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish; 365 recipes and counting!). While bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes; a Bairro Alto original) is never far, Lisbon's strategic seaside position on Europe's doorstep means a bounty of fresh seafood (octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp, sardines, clams, snails) rules the city's kitchens, from Michelin-starred restaurants to gourmet-food markets to countless corner tascas (taverns). Top-grade Alentejan beef beckons with juicy steaks and gourmet burgers; and you'll find everything from tantalising Indian curries to authentic Moroccan couscous in-between.
The Hotel Marques de Pombal is situated in the main avenue of the city of Lisbon, Avenida da Liberdade, with pedestrian access within few minutes to the historic district of downtown, a few meters away from public transport, and exceptional access to major city exits by road.
With 17 years of experience, this 4-star hotel is cozy, relaxed, and widely recognized for its excellent service and flexibility. The rooms, with their soft and careful decoration, breathe the history and the city's monuments, inviting you to stay.
The Hotel Marquês de Pombal has 123 rooms including 110 Standard, 10 Superior, 2 Junior Suites and 1 Suite.
All rooms are soundproofed and equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, work desk, ihome, telephone with voice mail, safe, free WIFI, minibar, cable and satellite TV, amenities, hairdryer and make-up mirror.
The decor is characterized by smoothness of colors and materials. A photo occupying the entire wall of the headboard, takes the guest to an historical monument of the city.
Harmony, comfort and well-being are the key words of the rooms.
À la carte restaurant, bar, 24 hours room service, buffet breakfast, conference rooms, garage, gym, sauna, massage, laundry service and hairdressing and beauty center complete the offer, and help to consolidate the Hotel Marques de Pombal as an unavoidable piece of Lisbon’s tourism, and its traditional hospitality.
Hotel Marquês de Pombal, a reference of tourism in Lisbon.
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