23 Concerts You Must See in Lisbon 2018

Concerts in Lisbon 2018

Here is a list of some of the best concerts happening in Lisbon this year.

February 2018

1 February – Metallica Wordwired Tour (they seem to be sold out but you can still try and check OLX for last minute tickets)

3 February – Black Mamba (you can buy your ticket here)

March 2018

8 March – Nick Kershaw (you can buy your ticket here)

22 March – Bob Dylan and His Band (you can buy your ticket here)

23 March – The Script (you can buy your ticket here)

29 March –¬†Benjamim Clementine (you can buy your ticket here)

30 March – Machine Head (buy your ticket here)

April 2018

10 April – 30 Seconds to Mars (find tickets here)

23 April РArcade Fire (find tickets here)

27 April РMarylin Manson (find tickets here)

May 2018

12 May – Niall Horan from One Direction (buy your ticket here)

18 May РSam Smith (tickets can be purchased here)

20 and 21 May – Pink Floyd Roger Waters Us + Them (tickets can be purchased here)

20 May РThe Jesus and Mary Chain (tickets available here)

30 May – Enrique Iglesias (tickets here)

June 2018

19 June – LCD Soundsystem (your tickets can be bought here)

28 June – Shakira (tickets here)

July 2018

1 July РLeny Kravitz Raise Vibration Tour (tickets can be bought here)

2 July – Ozzy Osbourne (get your ticket here)

13 July – Iron Maiden – Legacy of the Beast (tickets can be found here)

September 2018

16 and 17 September – U2 Experience + Innocence Tour (tickets for the 1st day are sold out you can still get tickets for 17th September – Tickets will go on sale 2nd February here)

29 September – Status Quo (tickets can be bought here)

October 2018

2 October РJosé González (buy your tickets here)



Podence – A Carnival like you’ve never seen

A Carnival party you will either love or hate

Deep in the North of Portugal, traditions are still being kept and this is one of the oldest. From 10th to 13th February, some of the¬†bachelors of Podence, also known as the¬†Caretos of Podence, take over the village and distribute mischieve everywhere they go. If you want to discover one of Portugal’s oldest traditions this really is a party you should try to be part of.

10 facts you didn’t know about Caretos of Podence

1. This is a Celtic tradition which has been going for hundreds of years.

Carnival Podence

2. Caretos usually appear when you least expect.

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3. They walk in groups.

Carnival Podence

4. They’re totally unpredictable.

Head Caretos

5. They whistle and shake their bell rattles while they spread mayhem around the village.

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6. ‚ÄúRobbing‚ÄĚ people‚Äôs wineries, tricking the unsuspected, shaking single girls, are some of the things they love to do.

7. In the past, Caretos would throw ash and manure to people as well as whip people with pig bladders but don’t worry,¬†these days they are very tame.

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8. Their faces are a representation of the devil.

Mask Podence

9.¬†At the end of the three days, two giant effigies will go up in flames, not before the “marriages” between some of the single people in the village.

10. Back in the day, Caretos would break down doors in order to get to the single girls and shake them. Single girls would either have to hide or dress as matrafonas the only people exempt from the Caretos passion.

Where to stay:

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Casa do Av√ī C√©sar: A rustic and comfy accommodation a mere 10 km away from Podence.


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Casas de Campo da Quinta Entre os Rios: You can instead choose to stay in a traditional house in Mirandela, a city known for its cuisine (try the alheiras), and beautiful landscapes.


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Quinta Rota d’Oliveira: Stay in the countryside, in a 17-century house, completely renovated, and with the most idyllic¬†views around you.

More info:

Discover the whole party program here.


Carnival in Loul√©, a party you can’t miss

A Carnival celebration with 100 years of history

If you thought the real Carnival experience only happened in Brazil, then you’re in for a surprise if you end up visiting Portugal this time of the year. It’s been more than 300 years since we took this tradition to Brazil and we’re still proud to host one of the most brilliant, fun and crazy¬†Carnival parties in Europe.¬†Carnival, also known as Entrudo in Portugal, is a pagan festival which is always celebrated in Portugal on a Tuesday, 47 days before Easter Sunday. It marks the beginning of forty days of fasting, just before Easter. In the past, people would get together and have large feasts with lots of meat which wasn’t allowed by the Catholic church during Lent.¬†Nowadays, this is an opportunity to dress up, dance like crazy, play pranks and eat and drink with your friends and family.

Carnival parade in the centre of Loulé

In Portugal, Carnival is an optional holiday and every municipality will have different ways to celebrate it. Throughout the week we will look at the different celebrations around the country. We will start with Loulé, a city in the Algarve known to throw one of the most traditional parties.

Every year, huge crowds flock to Loul√© making this Carnival celebration, one of the busiest in the country. Carnival in Loul√© is known for its¬†fun¬†social comments on society. A few years ago the Corso’s motto was Troika, with many satirical figures portraying the¬†political context of Portugal at the time. This year, the theme will be the Web Summit and the entrepreneurial and technological world. There will be around 14 floats that will parade through the streets of Loul√©, along with samba schools and the traditional Corso of Carnival. Around the city, there will be many parties and sports activities for you to join.

When is it happening?

From 11th to 13th February | Start: 3pm | Entrance: ‚ā¨2 | Address: Avenida Jos√© da Costa Mealha.

Where to stay

We don’t want you to miss the chance to have a unique experience in Portugal. Here are some of the hotels where you can stay if you want to come and enjoy a winter break during the Carnival celebrations.¬†

If you’re¬†on a budget, you can stay at¬†Dom Fernando II, a family run B&B, right int the centre of Loul√©. It’s ‚ā¨180 for two people, for 4 nights, with breakfast included. If you’re travelling with a bigger group you can always rent this villa¬†for ‚ā¨400, it accommodates¬†6 and it has a small garden where you can enjoy some much-needed vitamin D.¬† This villa is also very nice. The price is ‚ā¨600.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation¬†right in Loul√©, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.¬† Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for ‚ā¨216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only ‚ā¨96 for two.

We’re already a bit too close to Carnival, at this point in time it might be difficult to find accommodation¬†right in Loul√©, but fear not, there are plenty of other cities and smaller villages only a few mile away from the party hub where you can have a more luxurious stay.¬† Vilamoura is only around 6 miles away, and you can stay at Vilamoura Garden, a 4-star hotel, for ‚ā¨216, garden view and breakfast included. For considerably less you can stay at your own villa for only ‚ā¨96 for two.

What To Do This Weekend in Lisbon: 25 and 26 November 2017

Saturday 25 November 2017


PORTUGAL FIT: The biggest fitness event in Portugal is taking over Lisbon this weekend at Altice Arena, the old Meo Arena, in Parque das Na√ß√Ķes. From fitness, to body-building, from group classes to cross fit training, there will be¬†more than 100 activities waiting for you. And that’s not all, with the same ticket this year you also get to see the body-building competition¬†(happening on Sunday) and the¬†Manz Cross Games challenge. The two day pass for adults is ‚ā¨19 and the children pass is ‚ā¨14. Buy it here.

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MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS CARD: You will be making 10 linoleum print Christmas cards. Learn this technique at Contraprova – Atelier de Gravura. The price is ‚ā¨20 with all the materials included. It starts at 9.30am. To book send them an email to¬†contraprova.gravura@gmail.com

chirstmas market

CHRISTMAS MARKET GET ZEN: Handcrafted items, regional, gourmet and biological food, recycled products, workshops dedicated to wellness, healthy eating and even a space dedicated to children are some of the things you will be able to enjoy at the market. It starts at 10pm on Saturday and goes on until Sunday. It takes place in Palácio Pimenta. Details here.

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MAKE YOUR OWN ADVENT CALENDAR: Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to make your own personalised advent calendar? Now is your chance. Take your children (+6) and learn different techniques as well as how to work with different materials. This workshop starts at 10am, lasts 3 hours and includes a coffee-break. Price is¬† ‚ā¨35 for a child accompanied by an adult.


MAKE YOUR OWN 3D BENCH: From the idea¬†to the concept,¬†the drawing, the printing and the finishing touches. Make your own bench from scratch at this workshop. The course costs ‚ā¨90 and you can sign up using this email: workshops@fabricamoderna.com. More details here.

WRITE LETTERS AND SAVE LIVES: Join Amnesty International for this letter marathon where with your help and the help of other volunteers you will call for the end to human rights violations by sending letter appeals. The event is free and takes place at Village Underground Lisbon. Info here.


LEARN IRISH DANCING: This is a partnership between Irish Dance Portugal and the World Irish Dance Association. You will learn different dances, some of them traced back to the 1500’s. Classes will be running on Saturday and Sunday for adults and children older than 7. Details here.

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO: Also known as, Les Trocks, they’re “an American all-male drag ballet corps which parodies the conventions and clich√©s of romantic and classical ballet”. They are also “The funniest night you will ever have at the ballet.‚ÄĚ –¬†Sunday Times. Catch them at different sessions. Prices start at ‚ā¨15. Tickets here.

DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY: There are several parties happening in different clubs, bars and cafes in Lisbon. There’s the¬†Worldwide Boogie party¬†going on.¬†BoomBox, the very talented and famous Ucranian band will be playing a fusion of rock, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and soul. And for some alternative tunes of the 70, 80, 90 and 00s pop up to¬†Metropolis club.

Sunday 26 November


JEWELLERY WORKSHOP: Make your own jewellery with resin at this workshop. Costs ‚ā¨70. The course is given at F√°brica Moderna. To sign up send an email to:¬† workshops@fabricamoderna.com

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IMPROV BODY MOVEMENT CLASS: No shoes, loose clothes and don’t forget to take a bottle of water. Discover your body with this improvisation class. The course will be translated into English.¬†Price: ‚ā¨5 To sign up send an email to davidjohnkong@gmail.com. Details of the event here.

repair cafe

REPAIR CAF√Č LISBOA: Carpenters, upholsterers and locksmiths of the Lisbon City Hall will be there to help you fix your stuff. May it be an appliance or a chair that is broken. This event celebrates the¬†European Week for Waste Reduction. The event takes place here. Starts at 3pm. It’s free but you have to register. Send an email with your name and object you’re taking to¬†repaircafelisboa@gmail.com


DANCE YOUR SUNDAY BLUES AWAY: For some, Sunday is the day where you relax and stay at home, have a nice early dinner and go to bed preparing for the work week ahead. If you’re not one of those people then there’s always a party happening in Lisbon, dance your worries away at Bart√ī while you listen to Ginga √† Milanesa. The party starts at 10.30pm here.

New Years Eve In Madeira – Best Hotels in Funchal 2017

Madeira, the pearl of the Atlantic, the birthplace of football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, the home of a prehistoric forest, classified as UNESCO World Heritage. And that’s not all. There’s also the Madeira Wine, the gastronomy, the incredible landscapes, the amazing hotels, the lovely people. All packed on an island with its own subtropical climate, the eternal spring, as CNN¬†has called it. Check out the 10 reasons why you should visit Madeira here.

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And this brings me to New Years Eve. Have you thought about what you’re going to do for 2017/2018 New Years celebrations?

New Year Fireworks Madeira
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Well, Funchal in Madeira might be just what you need. In the mix of the multiple tourism awards, Madeira has also been voted as the “Best Destination to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Europe”, an award given by European Best Destinations. New Year’s Eve in Madeira includes a fabulous display of fireworks, once recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest in the world. A display that can be seen in the centre of Funchal, the capital, which transforms into a beautiful multi-coloured amphitheatre¬†on that special night.

Here are the top 5 hotels where to spend new years eve in Madeira this year, the prices are for the dates 29th November to 2nd December:

1. Madeira Regency Club

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Choose this hotel for the sea view, the proximity to the beach, the salt-water pool with a private sea access, the free transportation to two different golf courses and the delicious¬†breakfasts. Book now and you’ll only pay ‚ā¨480 for a 4-night stay during the new years eve weekend.

Book it here before the prices increase or save the link and make the decision later.

       2. Enotel Quinta do Sol

enotel quinta

Stay here for the lovely room with sea views (ask for a room with a balcony), for the comfy¬†beds, for the staff who will go out of their way to help you with anything you may want. Then there’s also the location, it’s near the old city centre, and the S√£o Martinho Boardwalks, perfect for a morning walk or a run. There’s also an abundant breakfast included in the bill and a lively piano bar with reasonably priced drinks. Right now it’s ‚ā¨744 for 4-nights.

Book it now before the prices increase or save the link and make the decision later.

   3. Pestana Bay Ocean Aparthotel РAll Inclusive

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The all-inclusive experience. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks with an option to take picnics when you’re away on tours. All paid for once¬†you book this hotel. And then there’s the beach, literally one minute away, the gardens, the staff, the amazing pool, the late check-out, and the free shuttles to the centre of Funchal. 4 nights will cost you ‚ā¨988 but trust me, it will be worth it.

Book it now before the prices increase or save the link and make the decision later.

4. Tiles Madeira Hotel

View from balcony Madeira

Visit if you’d like to stay in a brand new hotel, inaugurated less than a month ago, or if you want to have a front row to this year’s fireworks. The rooftop is amazing and the ponchas highly¬†alcoholic and very sweet, as one would expect.¬†

‚ā¨769 for four nights.

Book it now before the prices increase or save the link and make the decision later.

5. Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live inside a botanical garden, this is your chance. Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden¬† in Cani√ßo, is only 15 minutes away by car from Funchal and it’s so worth the drive. Quinta is known for having one of the biggest spas in Madeira and a¬†botanical garden so rich you will want to photograph every single plant and flower. Four days here will cost you ‚ā¨824.

Book it now before the prices increase or save the link and make the decision later.

Street Food Festival In Estoril This Weekend

street food

The Street Food Festival in Estoril starts today and goes until the 1st of May. From 12 pm to 18 pm¬†in the Casino do Estoril garden discover world cuisine such as¬†Colombian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, English and much more in the different food trucks that will be parked here for the event.¬†There will be also show cooking¬†classes and tastings, music and there’s even a special space dedicated to children.

If you want to know more, you can check their Facebook page, unfortunately, it’s only in Portuguese.