Arrival at the airport in Lisbon. I had picked up a beautiful and restful flight with the airline TAP and was at the airport. In Estoril I found a MICE Forum, that is held Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events meeting, which had invited me. The conference has booked us into the Hotel Palacio. It is located in the heart of Estoril, is a luxurious 5 -star hotel with beautiful gardens and a fantastic pool, where even James Bond swam. The hotel still exudes the atmosphere of the “Roaring twenties”.
It begins with the porter, the salons and the rooms and the hotel bar. At the time it was built 75 years ago was the Hotel Palácio “State of the Art” in elegance and luxury. Therefore, it was probably a long time residence of the royal families, rich and famous. Later the house was renovated several times and a modern 5-star hotel. In the immediate vicinity are the sandy beach of Estoril, the casino and superb golf courses. During the Second World War, the hotel bar was the meeting point of international spies.
The bar and the hotel were finally very famous by the James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret” in 1969. The hotel was the scene of rotation and George Lazenby was the new 007 For the Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli everything went according to plan at last he had a new Bond actor.
However, in the middle of the shooting already occurred the first problems. Lazenby and broccoli verkrachten and for Lazenby it remained one-time use 007. Back to the hotel. The Palácio Estoril offers 161 renovated and very comfortable rooms and suites overlooking Estoril or sea views. We stayed in a beautiful junior suite and have felt very comfortable. Who wants to play golf will find a variety of ways, for example, the Estoril Golf Club, one of the oldest and most famous in the country. In addition, Marinha, Beloura or Oitavos the nearby golf courses of Quinta can be booked there. After the forum, I stayed a weekend in Portugal. The Estoril train station is only two minutes and the ride takes only 30 minutes to Lisbon.
Lisbon is always nice. I was drawn into the Alfama. Previously lived here Christian aristocrats and Jewish merchants, until the Jews were expelled from Portugal. Then add attracted sailors and longshoremen. Prostitution and crime made the Alfama soon for most criminal district of Lisbon. When in 1755 the great earthquake destroyed the city, the old town remained unaffected. In fact, I discover here every time lovely little restaurants, with great wines and delicious fish. Today, however, the Mercado is still a different target on the plan because Fusão. It was opened in 2012 and the whole year will be invited here to take a culinary trip around the world: Specialties from Mozambique, Brazil, Angola, Asia and the Arab world are prepared and served in the small kiosks.
In addition, there are Portuguese delicacies, vegetarian and local food. The small restos are open on weekdays to 22 clock, even on weekends to 24 clock. Then I was quickly going to the airport, CAP does not wait for me.