Friday, 22 April 2016

Portugal visto do Céu - Best of my flights in 2015 - 4K Ultra HD

A wonderful ten minute overflight by drone of the best of Portugal by Helder Gomes!



Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Public Transport from Lisbon,Portugal to Santiago de Compostela,Spain

The current most direct route is by bus. operates a daily through bus service from Lisbon Sete Rios Bus Station as follows:
May 26 2016 -
Dep: 07:30 Lisboa Sete Rios
Arrive Santiago de Compostela 17:45 (+1hr Spanish Time)
By train one has to change at Porto and Vigo and can take longer.
By plane one has to fly to La Coruna and then bus or train from there.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Supermarket, Baixa/Chiado area, Lisbon, Portugal

Pingo Doce
R. 1º de Dezembro 81
1249-970 Lisboa
One road back from Praça do Rossio & near Rossio Train Station!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

From Praça Marques de Pombal, Lisbon, Portugal to Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

From Praça Marques de Pombal, Lisbon,one has two simple options to get to Lagos in the Algarve.
1) By Train
Descend into the Metro station.
Take the Metro Line Amarelo(Yellow line) direction Odivelas.
Descend at the 4th stop Entrecampos.
From here one can catch all south-bound trains to the Algarve.
(Both Alfa-Pendular & Intercidades)
They usually leave from Platform 4
Remember that one has to change at Tunes Junction (between 2hrs 20mins and 2hrs 50mins from Entrecampos ) for the connecting local Algarve Line train to Lagos. There have been recent reports that conductors have NOT been announcing Tunes prior to arrival, causing mayhem on occasion.
2) By Bus
Enter the Metro
Take the Metro Line Azul (Blue) in direction of Reboleira (new terminus as from 13th April,2016) and descend at the 4th stop Jardim Zoológico Metro Station. Follow the signs for Rodoviario. This bus station is also know as Sete Rios, as is the train station next door.

The bus service from Lisbon to Lagos from this station is jointly operated by and
The EVA bus departures are usually faster, taking +-3hrs45mins BUT there is no stop between Lisbon and Lagoa in the Algarve. 
The Rede-Expressos buses take longer but there are usually stops en route.
As mentioned above, also operate bus services from Lisbon Gare Oriente Bus Station to Lagos. However, these services take longer and from Marques de Pombal it will also take longer to get to that bus station..

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Public Transport to Lagos Zoo, Algarve,Portugal

How to get from Lagos to Zoolagos ( ) by Public Transport.

There are buses but the current frequency is not that great.
At weekends only two buses per day.
On weekdays there are more services.
You need Onda Green Line 6 Lagos to Barão São João - timetable in pdf and in portuguese is here:
The best downtown stop in Lagos is Portas do Portugal CTT (Opposite the MEO/PT building on the Avenida.)
There are departures at:
You descend at stop Medronhal - Zoo (norte).
Transit time is about 30 minutes.
There are return departures from stop Medronhal - Zoo (sul) at:

A couple of EVA Buses to Barao Sao Miguel go by the zoo.

See Cubsur's excellent site here for more info but be aware of the difference between summer and winter schedules! 

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Public transport from Obidos to Porto

There are no direct bus services between Obidos & Porto.
The current CP timetable show two daily connections by rail changing at Caldas da Rainha and Coimbra-B.
Departures as follows:
Dept Obidos: 11h03
Arr Porto Campanha: 14h39
Dept Obidos:16h03
Arr Porto Campanha: 20h35
More info is available from the Portuguese Railways website at
The first two trains to Coimbra are regional trains and normally there are no reservations.
The Intercidades between Coimbra-B and Porto Campanha has to be booked.
This would mean getting a bus to Caldas, then to Coimbra, then Porto or back to Lisbon then onto Porto 
Two different companies are necessary with the first leg by local bus.
Personally, I would recommend the train option.

Friday, 12 February 2016

EN 125 - More Roadworks - Lagos - Portimão . February 2016

As from Monday, 15th February, 2016, for about a month, alternating traffic will be implemented on both the Boina Bridge and Arade bridge on the EN 125 between Lagos, Portimão and Lagoa.

Expect long traffic delays in peak period. 

See: (In Portuguese)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Lisbon, Portugal - Sete Rios Train station to Cais do Sodre Train Station

There is no direct metro line between these two stations.

One can take the Green(Linha Verde) and Blue(Linha Azul) Metro lines between the two, changing at Baixa Chiado Station. 758 bus runs directly between Sete Rios Station and Cais de Sodre Station.
Every 10 minutes during the day. Transit time depending on traffic about 35 minutes & one gets to see Lisbon.

Details here:

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Cascais, Portugal - Comments on where to eat reasonably

We were in Cascais a couple of weeks ago.
We ate at two restaurants, neither of which were expensive and where the food was good.
I had an açorda das gambas (traditional alentejo bread stew with prawns which I love) which was to die for! It came in medium sized saucepan and would have done both of us! Cost was about 9.50€
The restaurant is located on the top floor of the old Cascais Market, where as a kid I used to see live poultry and wabbits being sold. The market is now a type of "Space" and there are other restaurants around there that look good as well. If I am correct we came out at about 13,00€ per head including drinks.
One should book as it is clear that it is very popular.
O Apeadeiro -
Found this on our first night. Good Portuguese food.
A bit pricey at the top end of the menu, but I had a good traditional Portuguese meat dish.
Again we both got out for under 15€ per head including drinks.
The food court on the top floor of the Cascais Vila Shopping Centre opposite the station has a range of eateries and on a good day wonderful views over the Tejo Estuary towards Caparica.
There are also two excellent Pastelerias/Cafes in Cascais run by the same group ( ) which also do small set dishes of the day (pratos de dia)!
I had soup and a vegetable lasanha type thing for about 5.00€
We go to this one near the Hotel Cidadela:
There is also a branch here:

Alvor, Algarve, Portugal - Public Transport to/from Lisbon, Portugal

Alvor is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination.

However, there are poor local public transport links linking Alvor to the train and bus stations at Portimão, the nearest main centre.

The bus company is the easiest option to travel directly from Lisbon to Alvor.

Bus timetable in pdf format is here:
I use RENEX if I need to get up to Lisbon Airport from Lagos, (final stop after Alvor) overnight, or to Porto as the connections are very easy..
At present, there are seven buses daily each way between Alvor and Lisbon.
These buses stop half-way up the motorway to Lisbon in the Alentejo for 15 minutes for a coffee, loo-stop and generally admiring the countryside or Alentejo night sky.
It is a pain one can't book online, but as long as one is at the ticket office at the Gare Oriente Bus Station, 30 minutes in advance, there is usually no problem with tickets..