Have you thought about sleeping in a train station?! That’s right .. We explain!

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The idea of sleeping in a train station can initially be viewed with some suspicion being associated with traveler ” backpacking “. But sleeping in a train station is no longer just an occasional overnight site and appeal, can enjoy stays at some stations with every comfort, worthy of prestigious hotels. We explain why: Disabled by CP ( Train Portugal ), several stations were put for sale, having been a reuse of this heritage of an extraordinary and intelligent way. Converted to inns , hostels and hostels , this new concept offers you different options than usual for a holiday or simply for a weekend getaway weekend . Get to know these 3 cases and 2 others where the stations where they belong still operate.

Train Spot Guesthouse (Marvão)

Being the last station of the old branch Caceres before the Spanish border, Marvão – Beira , was deactivated in February 2011 , having been placed infrastructure for sale by CP . Transformed into a hostel , the Train Spot Guesthouse is located in the old train station , 8 kilometers from the medieval village of Marvão. In addition to the panels of tiles typical of the most beautiful in the country train stations , the hostel has dorms and private rooms . And a common kitchen. What is striking , however, it is the spectacular living room. Old main wing of the station restaurant, still has the wooden ceiling, checkered floor and the characteristic geometric design tiles.


Queen Leonor Inn (Cabeço de Vide)

With only 5 rooms, small hotel is housed in the former train station of Cabeço – of -Vide the old extension Portalegre off for over 25 years. The graceful lines of the building stands the magnificent panels L. Batistini tile dated 1933. With 6 bedrooms, 4 doubles and 2 singles, you can relax and enjoy the calm of the Alentejo. If you prefer more privacy can opt for a T0 that are located in the former home of the staff, and you can also enjoy a unique cuisine in the restaurant transformed the old pier discharges.


Destino Pension (Castelo de Vide)

Installed in the former railway station of Castelo de Vide, not in the center of Castelo de Vide , which gives you the calm of the Alto Alentejo . It is one of the most unique options in the hotels concerned. With simple rooms, well appointed, and a breakfast that delights its visitors, is one of the options to consider for a holiday or just for a getaway in the Alentejo quiet.


Lisbon Destination Hostel (Rossio Train Station)

Located on the 2nd floor of the Rossio train station, Lisbon Destination Hostel offers private rooms or shared typically this type of accommodation. With a cinema , bar, very bright rooms overlooking the Rossio and its excellent location make this hostel a favorite of young foreigners because it is 5 minutes from the Bairro Alto.


Sunset Destination Hostel (Cais-do-Sodré Train Station)

A favorite of Millennials , 10 minutes from Bairro Alto this hostel inserted at the Cais -do- Sodré station. It lies in the center of Lisbon , offering rooms and shared dormitories overlooking the Tagus . It features a panoramic terrace with magnificent views where the pool and bar . Welcomes young people from the 4 corners of the world. It is the mirror that the fact that the official hostel site have 7 different languages ​​such as Korean and Russian.


June 10 – Did you know …

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This day is celebrated since the establishment of the republic in Portugal in 1910, to mark the death of the poet Luis Vaz de Camões in 1580.
It is also the Day of the Holy Guardian Angel of Portugal? The devotion to this saint has existed since the creation of our country, which in 1504 was created an annual celebration to this devotion, that was lost in time and in 1952 was included in Portuguese liturgical calendar to celebrate the Day of Portugal.

Even during the dictatorship of Estado Novo from 1933 until the Revolution of April 25, in 1974, this celebration was held and the day called the day of Camoes, Portugal and Race.
This day began to be particularly exalted during the Estado Novo regime, becoming celebrated nationally.
The regime wanted, with the celebration of the “Day of Race”, to underline the originality of the Portuguese people in relation to other Europeans, because this people was one of the oldest, that had a history of centuries and a colonial empire that no other had.
It was this “portuguese race” that the Estado Novo intended to glorify.
This historic exaltation functioned as a kind of support to the system, being used as a propaganda tool.
An example of such official ceremonies of propaganda, was the inauguration of the National Stadium (Stadium of Jamor) that was precisely the June 10, 1944.
After April 25, 1974, this day became known as the “Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities”



Túmulo de Luís Vaz de Camões – Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Lisboa)


More about the Douro Historic Train

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The historic train of the Douro is one of the symbols of Portuguese railway tourism and this year returns to the Douro line to make 40 trips from 4 June until 22 October.

This composition has five carriages of the 20 (CTF 2282, CTF 5511, CTF 5513, ACDT 484 and ACDT 481) with a total of 254 seats, which are pulled by the steam locomotive 0186, built in 1925 by the German company Henschel & Sohn. This locomotive belonged to the series of 10 locomotives from 0181 to 0190, who came to Portugal as part of Germany’s debt payment, related to the first World War (1914-18).

This locomotive has suffered in the past year a requalification in terms of the steam boiler to be heated by diesel combustion, instead of coal previously used, which required a difficult logistic of storage, loading and feeding the boiler. According to CP (The public company that manages the trains in Portugal), the engine is now “better adapted to environmental and energy requirements of the XXI century, allowing operation of the locomotive with less smoke, no ash and no fire hazards.” A round-trip between “Régua” and the “Tua” station, that takes about 3h20 and about 80 kms, this locomotive spent 1500 kg of coal and now spends 400 liters of diesel.

This journey between “Régua” and “Tua“, crosses part of the wine region of Douro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the famous Port wine is created. The program includes entertainment by a local Folkloric Group, a stop in the beautiful station of “Pinhão” and free time in “Tua” station to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Douro.

Come and have trip to the past!

Locomotive testing in Porto in May 2016.