The Little Book of Lisbon - Top 5 Lisbon New Years Eve venues. I've chosen venues which offer great views for the firework displays and are also located in interesting places, all with spectacular views over the River Tagus.
The best things in life are free and that also goes for my #1 choice for New Years Eve Venue in Lisbon 2017. Perched on top of the Lisbon hills are viewpoints, or as the Portuguese prefer to call them, Miradouro!
My #2 choice for New Years Eve Lisbon 2017. Every time I visit Lisbon it keeps on throwing me more tasty treats and I found a really tasty treat by accident when hanging out along the River Tagus promenade near Belem, it's called Sud Lisboa.
Park Bar is one of my 'go to' places in Lisbon to see the sun set, so it makes sense that if you want to see fireworks, then this surely is a perfect location to ring in the New Year 2017.
My #4 choice for New Years Eve 2017 is Chapitô a Mesa. Located in the medieval district of Alfama, in the evening this restaurant's hillside positioning offers incredible panoramic views of Lisboa unfolding beneath you.
The backdrop of the Rua Augusta Arch is wonderful, lit up in all its glory, it surely is one of Europe's great monuments which honours an illustrious past. Perfect for your Lisbon New Years Eve experience!!!
The Cafe dates back to 1961 when several local bakeries combined to pool their expertise and these days it continues to offer exceptional cakes and breads in a remarkable environment.
My love of Lisbon starts every day at breakfast ... what's indulgent for some is normal for the Lisbon locals, so go with the custard flow and enjoy a Pastéis de Nata with your morning espresso.
The goggled, top hatted staff are wonderfully enthusiastic in explaining the concept of the store which lures you into purchasing Portuguese sardines and the concept is simple.
The bars, cafes and restaurants in Bairro Alto which project cool, generally are cool, so trust your instinct and you'll meet great people in great places!
Every time I visit Lisbon I find new restaurants. Some have been there forever and I've just missed them but more often I've been walking by familiar buildings and finding new openings and exciting venues for food and entertainment.
You just have to do a little searching to sort out the good from the not so good and sometimes you'll find a really great place run by really great people.
Bottega Montucci is where the wine flows a beautifully as the conversation!
The atmosphere is building in the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Lisbon ahead of Leg 2 which starts today. Meet Tony Mutter, two time winner of the race and crew member of Team Vestas.
It may be November but the best place to be in Lisbon this weekend is on the water with the Volvo Ocean Race. The weather forecast on Saturday & Sunday is for clear skies & 20 Degrees so there are no excuses not to miss this event.
Once you reach the rooftop, the views over Lisbon are stunning and offer a fantastic perspective of the city.
The food is simply great, the atmosphere is as local as you can get and the prices are incredibly reasonable for the food which will be served to you.
When the weather is on your side (it normally is in Lisbon) why not have your eggs Sunny Side Up?The best way to describe Esplanada Cafe is ‘Really Nice’.
When in Lisbon I highly recommend that you find this backstreet wonder - It’s your own loss if you don’t!!!
Check out the coolest Open Air Cinema you'll find in Europe. It looks like a pop-up event on every Thursday evening running until October 12th 2017 when they are showing one of my all time favourite classics, 'Scarface'.
Cascais is a wonderful fishing town located about 30 minutes from Lisbon.
People live in the city and over the shops, cafes and offices are homes & apartments which provides the heartbeat to this thriving community
High Heels are bad for the ladies and just don’t look good on men!
Sintra is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site and you won’t be disappointed with Sintra.
It can get hot in the city so you may want to cool down in the Atlantic. Here's how to get to the beach!
25th of April Bridge which was completed in 1966 and was originally named after the then dictator, Salazar.
This is another great landmark for you and it’s where you can get the train to Cascais & Estoril.
A great way to see the sights is the tram and Tram 28 is the one to take to discover Alfama which is the medieval part of Lisbon.
Cacilhas is located on the far bank of the River Tagus and you'll need to take the ferry for this adventure.
It's a wonderful spot to see the sun set in Lisbon and you'll find a bohemian audience joining you to take in the magic.
This funicular was originally powered by a counter- balance of water weights and cables and dates back to 1892
The Miradouro São Pedro de Alcantâra is one of the finest viewing points in Lisbon and the vistas of the city are simply stunning.
Largo do Carmo is a small but beautiful square in the heart of the city which also brings its fair share of history.
The Elevator was designed by the company owned by Gustave Eiffel, so if you think that the steal work is familiar, then you’re not imagining it.
The Cathedral is a microcosm of an amazing history of Lisbon involving Kings, Popes and the Moors, all of whom have had a massive influence on this intriguing city.
The Monastery's 18th century tiles tell it's history, which includes scenes of the Siege of Lisbon in 1147.
If you feel a cold chill over your shoulder, believe it or not, it could be a Celt from 48 BC.
Aerial Photo Belem
This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a fine example of Portuguese Gothic architecture.
The Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and served as the home of the Captain of the Navy, a prison for traitors and a fort from where to defend Lisbon as it is positioned at the mouth of the river Tagus.
Perched on the banks of the River Tagus in the area of Belem this is an impressive monument which recognises the achievements of those who shaped Portugal.
Aerial View of area surrounding Praça do Comércio
Praça Rossio was the communal area that was the preferred location for social events in Lisbon including the many executions of the Portuguese Inquisition.
Rua Augusta is the main pedestrian street in Lisbon which is packed full with shops and restaurants suited to all tastes.
Built in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in 1755 Praça do Comércio is now the splendid centerpiece of this wonderful city.
The views are spectacular from here looking over the terracotta tiled roofs with Castelo de Sao Jorge in the distance the Lisbon Elevator to you left and the river Tagus to your right.
Bairro Alto Rooftop bar in this hotel is listed in the Top 10 Rooftop bars in the world and presents another fantastic lookout over the river to see the sun go down.
The British Bar is a place for a quiet beer for those who like a bit of nostalgia.
The clientele is diverse and the bar has an alternative atmosphere.... Not to be missed