Friday, 11 April 2014

Praca Rossio - Lisboa

The centre of Lisbon's Baixa Area today!)

Lisbon - View of Castelo Sao Jorge

View of Lisbon's Castle from Rossio

Lisbon - Catacombs open

The Roman catacombs off Rua Prata in the Baixa of  Lisbon are open for the next three days!

Ill not be visiting them! The queus stretch for three blocks

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Algarve Surf Bus - Praia de Amado - Summer, 2014 - Surf's up!!

Various Portuguese journals have reported in the past few days that Transol, a bus company based in the Western Algarve has launched Portugal's first "Surf-Bus", with the objective of linking centres like Portimao and Lagos with the region's famous surfing beaches on the West Coast.

Until now, it has been difficult for surfers to reach beaches like Praia de Amado without having a car or cadging a ride with a surf school etc.

This service will operate between 8th April, 2014 and 31st October, 2014.

The bus will leave Portimão daily at 08:40, calling to collect passengers in Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Lagos, Praia da Luz, Campismo de Espiche, and then proceeding directly to Praia de Amado, the Surfing Mecca of Portugal's south coast.

More information and booking here: 

Original articles (in Portuguese):


Surf's Up, Dudes!!! Enjoy!!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

April, 2014 - Bus Service between Seville and Cordoba, Spain

Bus services between Seville and Cordoba depart from Estacion Autobus Plaza da Armas in Seville.

Services are operated by

The following is an extract of the current (April, 2014) timetable for Seville to Cordoba and v.v.

Sevilla Cordoba Horarios Alsa

Visiting the Aqueduto Das Aguas Livres, Lisbon, Portugal.

The following is a free translation of a recent post by the Museum responsible for the management of the Aqueduto (Aqueducts) Das Aguas Livres, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Original post in Portuguese here:

"The crossing of the Vale de Alcântara reopened to the public last Saturday 1 March, 2014 and will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 17.30. Visitors are free to wander during this period. 

Entry Prices:
€ 2 - adult
€ 1 - seniors and students
 Free - Children up to 12 years

Address: Calçada da Quintinha, 6 (in Campolide),Lisbon"

A location map can be found here:

Information on the two local bus routes can be found here

Carris Bus 712 from Sta. Apolonia and Marques de Pombal -

Carris Bus 758 from Cais de Sodre, Largo do Carmo (Chiado) (Also from Sete Rios on the return route.) -

Vilamoura to Lisbon by train.

There is no train station at Vilamoura. 

There is a rail station at Loulé, about 5 kms distant from Vilamoura and also from Loulé town.

There are currently 5 trains per day between Loule and Lisbon Entrecampos Station.
Dept. Arr. Time
AP 07h11 09h56 2h45
IC 09h56 13h02 3h06
IC 13h51 16h57 3h06
AP 15h16 17h56 2h40
IC 17h52 20h57 3h05
All have 1st class sections although 2nd class is usually fine.
The two Alfa Pendulars (AP) call at Lisbon Entrecampos and Lisbon Gare Oriente Station.
The other three InterCidade trains call at Lisbon Sete Rios as well.
Schedules and more information can be found on the CP (Portuguese Railways) web site at:

Monday, 7 April 2014

Lagos - Dona Maria II bridge - Works to start in Summer 2014?

Interesting article here suggesting that the Câmara Municipal de Lagos in the Algarve, may, repeat may, be about to receive approval for EU support funding to assist with the reconstruction of the D. Maria II bridge that links Lagos to its Marina and Meia praia.

According to an article in today's "Região Sul", the works may start in the summer with completion scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.

More here (in Portuguese):

Ponte de Lagos fechada há dois anos deverá ir para obras no verão

Portugal - Sources of Historic and Current Cartographic Material

The address for the National Library of Portugal is:

Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Campo Grande, 83
1749-081 Lisboa

Tel.351 21 798 20 00
Fax 351 21 798 21 38
(Nearest Metro: Entrecampos)

There is an English language web-site here:

Here is an extract from the index of cartographic holdings, which appear quite extensive and it appears digital copies can be downloaded:

Unfortunately, this section is only in Portuguese.
Current cartographic activities in Portugal are handled by the military - Instituto Geográfico do Exército.: