Lisboa and its surroundings

Lisboa and its surroundings

Add some Nature, Culture and Gastronomy to your stay in Lisbon!

Your stay in Lisbon is going to be everything but boring! If you want to add any extra ingredient to your stay, Lisbon and its surroundings are a giant market with a lot to offer! And Oasis Backpackers Hostel Lisbon is just in the bustling heart of the city, in one of the most famous and traditional neighborhoods – Bairro Alto.

So be adventurous, step out to the cobbled streets of Lisbon and get ready to be surprised. From the city’s cultural diversity, to the amazing architectural heritage and hectic nightlife, Lisbon allows you fill in the 24 hours of your day. Known as the city of seven hills, make sure you make time to go to the higher viewpoints, such as the São Jorge’s Castle, and get amazed with the panoramic views of the city, perfectly embraced by the majestic Tagus River.

Enjoy the best Pastel de Nata in town

For some extra motivation, ask us where you can try the best Pastel de Nata in town, our world famous pastry. And make sure you make some extra room in your suitcase for some boxes, you won’t want to keep this secret just for yourself.

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Alfama and Mouraria

The old and traditional neighborhoods, Alfama and Mouraria, introduce you to the real Portuguese lifestyle back in the days, with narrow streets and clothes drying out of people’s’ windows. Make sure you try typical Portuguese cuisine in these neighborhoods, combined with a Fado performance. And even if you’re not a Portuguese speaker, the vibrant emotion that the song carries will definitely touch your heart.

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Add a perfect end to your day by connecting with locals in the city’s most crowded night spot – Bairro Alto. That is right, it is just a few steps away from the hostel and you don’t need to worry about transportation. Just stay as late as you want!

Visit Cascais

Even though Lisbon has enough to entertain you for a whole month, you should not miss the opportunity of visiting some really cool towns just a 30 minutes away. That’s right, we are talking about Cascais and Sintra.

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You can choose from taking the train in Cais do Sodré station or to get an hop on hop off tour, and you’ll be driven along the seaside, where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean, on a nice and relaxing ride until the Cascais town. An old fishermens’ village that is nowadays known as the Portuguese Riviera. Get lost in this picturesque town, where the seagulls stand tall majestically on the bay and the white sanded beaches seem endless. Other of Cascais highlights is Boca do Inferno, which means the “mouth of hell”. It is quite close to the town center, so you can easily walk there or rent one of the various bikes available throughout the town, to go and see this amazing rock caves sculpted by the crushing waves that seem that it is going to swallow you!

Your camera will not get tired of this town, so make sure it is fully charged!

Go to Sintra

Continuing the ride along the seaside, let’s go a little bit higher and aim to the Sintra mountains. On the way, you’ll pass by one of the most famous spots for surfing in Portugal, Guincho Beach, where the waters are full of boards and the skies full of kites. From there, you can spot the most western point of Portugal, therefore of the European Continent – Cabo da Roca – “where the land is over and the sea begins”, as written by our epic poet Luis de Camões, the red light house proudly marks the spot. Stop by and feel the grandiosity of this unique place on earth.

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As you start entering the Sintra area, you’ll find hard to believe that you are just a few minutes away from Lisbon, as you suddenly feel like being part of a fairy tale. Surrounded by forest, Sintra is so green that you feel rejuvenated.  In every corner you can find a castle, a palace, a fountain, perfectly landscaped gardens, you name it! It is mysterious, romantic and with a lot of mysticism. The stories and myths involving this town are countless. And make sure you don’t leave with an empty stomach.

Try the regional pastries, Travesseiros and Queijadas!

So, as you can see, you won’t get bored at all! Visit us!

Join the best pubcrawl in Lisbon

Join the best pubcrawl in Lisbon

Join the fun with our pubcrawls on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. We leave the hostel at 23:30 to the first bar for a beer or sangria, then heading off to the next place for some free shots. Finally we move to a club around 2am to dance the night away. 

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Food Walking Tour in Lisbon

Food Walking Tour in Lisbon

The ultimate foodie challenge.

Accompany our resident chef on a food journey to local specialty shops and the main market. Discover the true flavors of Portuguese ingredients and cuisine. Try a bifana and sample some Portuguese specialties, and prepare for the challange! We are all chefs tonight and we will be preparing tonight”s 3 course dinner!

Portuguese ingredients samples, bifana for the way, cooking class.

Tuesdays at 11:30, 12,50 euros (dinner included)

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Beer Volleyball Championship

Beer Volleyball Championship

Come down next to the river and join us for an afternoon of sun at one of Lisbons best green spots for a game of Volleyball! A little competetion never hurt nobody, especially when it involves sun, beers and balls. Put your best game face on as the winners gets a free pub crawl, second place gets a free dinner! Are you up to the challenge?

Friendly game of Volleyball and beer. Winners get free pub crawl or a free dinner.

Tuesdays and Saturdays; 16hs, 3€

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All you can eat BBQ

All you can eat BBQ

Meat in your mouth

Join us out on the Patio for the best damn barbecue in Lisbon!

“All you can eat” buffet of Bifanas(white wine pork sandwiches), burgers, piri-piri chicken, sausages, 3 fresh salads, and assortment of dips and accompaniments, and of course, your sexy Oasis Meat Handler.

Fridays,19:30,12€

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Dinners at Oasis Lisbon

Dinners at Oasis Lisbon

Nightly feasts of culinary genious

Let our local chefs show what’s the best going on in the food scene in Lisbon with our 3 course menu dinner, once voted as one of the top 20 food deals in hostels in the world, by the daily meal.

Apetizers. Starter dish, Main course, wine and dessert.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays, 20:30, 5€

Because there is no better way to make friends, than around a table

Here at your Oasis food is taken seriously, It is unbelievable how food plays a role on a new travel experience. Every smell, taste, texture-  essential characters of a story.

So I walk into the living room, smiles are loosen up by the alchemy of the local bartender,  happy hour is almost over. While waiting for the big call, reminding of the good old times momma used to cook me dinner, I sip the last drops of the homemade from scratch sangria, and watch the staff, in a very synchronized dance, bring plates, cutlery, cups, jugs, napkins, tablecloth… Wow, they are not joking.

The smells coming from the tiny door behind the bar counter blend with beats, classics of funk, soul, or even the new wave of the nu jazz, hot R&B tunes, in a perfect balance, nothing is too much, not much is missing.

In the kitchen, the chef divides her time in between chopping greens for the last touch, and scooping out Pataniscas -hydrated codfish fritters, one of the 365 ways Portuguese came up to cook their most important ingredient- out of the pan.

She looks at the “Arroz de Feijao”, a soupy risotto cooked over a hearty pinto beans stew, and she feels she needs more. She always needs more, and if she could, she would keep on adding last touches until physical exhaustion. But she knows her game, she just found what is missing. She reaches an egg, some oil, and a garlic-ginger paste she once bought when adventuring herself in a pakistani curry. I am curious but the answer comes straight away: “I am going to make some mayo”, she announces.

Expectations now are high, I walk back into the dining room, and it is happening. Over 15 people are sitting around it, talking, laughing, singing, while spreading a freshly made garlic butter on top of classic Portuguese bread toasts. Where did all came from? How did I miss this happening?

I sit.  The same laughing people are now on a bragging competition of who has been here the longest, who is the most frequent eater.

-“I have been here since Pizza Night, oh, that was good”.

-”I got here on friday, it was Petiscos!”.

Funny enough, the staff is also sitting with us at the table, and they insist to mention how many other amazing dishes they had, and we should have tried.

They then stand up, they know it’s duty time, so they walk back to the kitchen, and come back in seconds, with plates piled up in the arms, ladies first, that’s classy. They sit back. And there is finally silence. There is too much to try to waste time with words. Soon you start hearing some mumbling:

– “Oh, that’s really good!, is that fresh mayo?”

-“Yes it is”-I shout. “I saw her making it”-that is when realise I am now playing the whole game of who is more local on the table.

Everyone is happy.

“How can it only cost 5 euro?”

The staff -circumstantial locals from every part of the globe- stand up again, one of them announces there is still dessert.

They come back, and this time even quicker than the previous time. On the plate, a very moist pumpkin cake, topped with cream cheese frosting, and orange zest. Ok, I will not mention again this is classy, I better just walk up and say thanks to the chef.

She is there, in her little kingdom, now doing the dishes, while sipping on a beer the bartender has granted her, as a reward for another success. I ask her where all that came from. She mentions, her mom, her grandma, her dad… Food is a way of living, and Portuguese people live well.

She also mentions the many places she uses as inspiration. She mentions “Casa da india”, “Oh I know this one”- I am now a local, aww Yeah!

I could just go back to bed now, but the beats at the bar are just getting better, people are standing up, I hear “SHOTS!”. Nah, I am not falling into this trap again, I have seen it all before. “Let’s go just for a beer”, can quickly turn to one million and I am out until 5 AM, craving for a slice of frozen pizza from lunch. That would be a blasphemy after such a feast.

What? Where am I? I do not know how I got here, but the first beer is now the number five, and I am surrounded by many more, in the streets, and I have no intention of stopping now. Oh well, thank god there is pão com chouriço.

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