The library of the Mafra National Palace is considered the most beautiful in the world by well-known American Book Riot portal dedicated exclusively to books. After electing the Lello bookshop in Porto, as the most beautiful in the world, Portugal back to win the US with the incredible hidden library within this national monument. It is charming, reads. And what makes it even more impressive are the techniques with which it is made the preservation of books and how to protect them from being damaged by insects. There are 500 bats inside that library. During the day, these are stored in boxes, but at night are released to feed on insects that go through there. In all, even eat twice their own weight in insects, and there are legends of giant rats that night, leaving the library through an underground tunnel that connects to a fishing area nearby. Another highlight is the magnificent ground covered with pink tiles, gray and white marble and the shelves, all in a Rococo style, arranged along the side walls, separated by a balcony with wooden handrail. The latter contains more than 35,000 volumes, with covers lined with leather, including the largest bibliographic jewels.
The Rua nova do carvalho was considered one of the twelve European favorite streets, the New York Times
For decades, streetwalkers and sailors were the main denizens of Rua Nova do Carvalho, a dockside lane of seedy nightclubs named for Rotterdam, Liverpool, Copenhagen and other ports.
These days, all types walk the street, which has been closed to traffic, painted a cheerful shade of pink and elevated into Lisbon’s most bustling new party strip, thanks to a combination of enterprising bar owners and municipal action.
Tin is in at Sol e Pesca (Rua Nova do Carvalho 44). Stacked in illuminated glass cabinets, hundreds of cans of tinned fish line the maritime-themed bar, a former fishing tackle shop. Drinkers can indulge in sardines in tomato sauce (4.90 euros, or about $5.30 at $1.05 to the euro), mackerel roe (€9.50) and other briny bounty with their shots of ginjinha cherry liquor (€2).
Gin is in a few steps away at Lateral (Avenida Barbosa du Bocage 107A), which serves multiple boutique varieties of the liquor, such as Bloom (€8) and Berkeley Square (€12). Slip into one of the classic wooden school chairs and you’ll also get an education in neo-Portuguese cuisine, from scrambled eggs with lush farinheira sausage (€7.20) to tuna focaccia with wasabi mustard (€9.50).
You’ll find robust tapas dishes at Povo (Rua Nova do Carvalho 32-36), but the real star is the Portuguese language itself. Within the intimate chapel-vaulted,candlelit space, local poets give readings and young practitioners of fado,Portugal’s melancholy folk music, perform concerts. It all goes down smoothly with Povo’s several varieties of caipirinhas (€6).
More spirited soundtracks abound next door. Lined with red velvet banquettes and tasseled lamps, Bar da Velha Senhora (Rua Nova do Carvalho 40) is a bordello-like den with burlesque shows and cabaret, jazz and flamenco acts. For a harder edge, order a Super Bock beer (€2) and crowd the stage at Tokyo (Rua Nova do Carvalho 12), a “rock bar” where albums decorate the wall and phrases from iconic songs (“We are the champions …”) are stenciled on the bar.
The street’s most medieval space hosts its most modern performers. Stony and vaulted, the cavernous Music Box club (Rua Nova do Carvalho 24) is a sonic cathedral where you’ll hear Portuguese indie rock, Brazilian hip-hop, minimalist drum ’n’ bass collectives, funk and electro D.J.s. An absinthe (€6) makes everyone fast friends.
Portugal was elected by Americans as the best country in Europe to travel and tourism and isolated leads the "Top 10 Best European Countries".
The newspaper "USA Today" and the specialized travel portal "10Best" cast a vote for the top 10 Best European Country, between 20 European countries chosen for "tourism industry experts." The election was a decision of the readers and users of these two American giants. End result: absolute victory of Portugal, ahead of Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, France or the UK.
The famous electric 28, one of the main attractions of Lisbon, is one of the world's best for sightseeing. Who guarantees is the Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph, choosing his favorite examples of this means of transport is often the chosen tourist to know the cities.
A stay in Lisbon is incomplete without a ride on the electric 28, which is both an attraction for tourists and a practical means of transport for the inhabitants, writes Alana House, newspaper travel chronicler who signs the article published on Sunday.
Second House, a full turn lasts less than two hours and visitors can buy a day pass and use it to meet many of the narrow streets of Lisbon and to visit places like the Prazeres Cemetery, markets, second-hand or sights.