Rudi Raschke

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Don't let urban art cover up neglect of Lisbon's crumbling heritage

Rachel Dixon suggests that Lisbon council's liberal offering of derelict buildings to graffiti artists provides some alternative landscape for the itinerant tourist (Quick on the draw, Travel, 29 January). Highlighting recent examples in the city, she seems torn between viewing the results "either …

Alternative hen, stag and honeymoon destinations

Hen and stag weekends don't have to mean pole-dancing classes, spas and strip clubs, and there are plenty of adventurous options for honeymoons<p><b>HEN WEEKENDS</b><p><b>Your own palace in the sun</b><p>For laid-back sunshine and a spot of culture, try the coast of Montenegro, a cheaper, quirkier alternative to Croatia. …

Art inside the box: Lisbon's pop-up shipping containers

Pedro Cabrita Reis is smoking a cigar on the roof of his studio, waving his hand over the factories, silos and warehouses that crowd Lisbon's dockyards. "These are the real docks," he says belligerently, referring to the commercial development further along the Tagus. Cabrita Reis is one of the few …

A shopper's guide to Lisbon

When asked to think of the world's great shopping cities, few people would automatically suggest Lisbon. London, New York, Paris, yes. Marrakech even. But Lisbon?<p>I was sceptical, too, but the Portuguese capital surprised me with its rococco shopfronts and wonderful timewarp interiors selling some …

Readers' travel tips: foodie Portugal

Winning tip: Estremoz market, Alentejo<p>At this Saturday market old ladies sell whatever is fresh in their vegetable garden and on their fruit trees, and their husbands sell their olive oil, olives and honey. Ask '<i>Posso provar</i>?' ('Can I try this?'), and everyone will offer you a taste. The market is …

Day trips from Lisbon, Portugal: readers' travel tips

Winning tip: Tomar<p>The Convento de Cristo in Tomar is probably one of the most spectacular places in Portugal. Founded by the Knights Templar, it's a beautiful, mysterious and magical place, wonderful to discover and enjoy. Tomar is about two hours north-east of Lisbon, so an overnight stay would be …

Taste of Lisbon: classic dishes and culinary surprises on a foodie tour

'We have snails," declared the sign in the Mercado da Ribeira. Sure enough the stall was piled with net bags full of <i>caracóis</i>, destined for some of Lisbon's countless tavernas, where the chewy little morsels are a popular snack, especially in summer, washed down with a cold <i>imperiais</i> (draught …