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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Pub Crawl Sevilla

Pub Crawl Sevilla

We go to three bars and one club, skipping the queue.Join us and be lead by our expert guides throughout the Night Life of Sevilla, a great way to meet other travellers from all around the world.

Go to the right places, in a fun and safe way, have fun with Pancho!

We have several routes: Alameda, Calle Betis, Buhaira, Alfalfa, Arenal…

Every Day a different experience!
(Duration: 4 hs aprox)
Includes:
  • 1 Mojito (or Mixed Drink)
  • 3 shots
  • VIP Entrance into Club (skipping the queue)
  • Expert guide
  • Meeting loads of other travellers

Seville is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain but not only by day but also by night

It is full of tapas bars, cervecerias, restaurants, bars and clubs. It is loud and lively and loves a good party.

The sevillanos don’t miss the opportunity to stay out late in the streets. Dinner is late, around 10pm and be ready to stay up until 7am. Sevilla has a large diversity on bars and clubs and depending on the time of the year you visit you will notice this. In summer you will find people in the streets, just by the doors of the bars and the most popular clubs are outside terraces while in winter they prefer to stay inside.

The Sevillanos favourite drink is a cold beer and Cruzcampo is the king of the south as their company is based in Sevilla and its tradition is big in the city. However, there are many other good drinks that we invite you to try while in Seville such as the famous sangria which is often expensive but tasty and very fresh. Also tinto de verano is a good and cheap alternative to sangria which is red wine mixed with soda (you can order it with normal soda, lemon or orange soda) and it is also very refreshing in a hot summer day.

In Seville you will also find orange or strawberry wine which you shouldn’t miss while here, the orange wine started to be produced in 1880 and was originally called orange-scented wine. It is a sweet macerated wine with orange peel and truly delicious.

You know about wine in Seville, but…do you know what is a Cubata?

Red or white wine is also very popular as well as sherry wine otherwise known as fino. Cubatas are the favorite mixed drinks of the Sevillanos which are just their favorite liquor mixed with their favourite soda.Puerto de Indias is the brand of the gin made in Sevilla and we dare you to try their strawberry gin.  Last but not least you will find new cocktail bars that are becoming more and more popular in Seville.

Alameda, Alfalfa, Calle Betis or Arenal

There are several areas with great nightlife such as Alameda, Alfalfa, Calle Betis or Arenal and we recommend that you can visit them all as they have different atmospheres. Alameda is a more alternative atmosphere while Alfalta you will find a lot of students and younger crowd. Arenal is a little bit more fancy and in Calle Betis the views over the riverside are amazing.

With our pubcrawl we will take you to experience the nightlife of Seville as a true Sevillano. We offer a pubcrawl every night and will will change the route according to the day just in case you want to repeat  and see new bars.

Where do we start?

We will gather in the Oasis Backpackers Palace where we will enjoy a delicious mojito and our first shot. Here is the perfect place to get social, have some fun and start last longing friendships. There is an amazing terrace with the view over the city and we will start gathering around 10.30pm and leave the hostel around midnight.

After that we will take you to two other bars in which we will have one shot in each of those and end in one of the best clubs in town. We won’t get to the club before 1.30 pm and the activity will be finished around 2.30am. But there is no reason for you to go back at this time and we will invite you to stay longer in the club.

Our guides are very social and they will try hard to make sure that you melt together with the group and enjoy yourself. They will guide you through Seville and show you the best of our nightlife.

Dress Code

Also important to bear in mind that you need to come dressed accordingly as the club won’t allow you to enter with flip flops and board shorts. Clubs are less picky with girls but still please avoid flip flops just to be sure.

Do you want to experience the nightlife of Seville? Every night we will take you out and you will experience a night to remember and get to know new people along the way. We offer you a visit to 3 different bars and the entrance to the club and the price includes 3 shots and a mojito! Every night from 10pm onwards! (Price between 10 and 15€)

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Street Art and Caves Tour in Granada

Street Art and Caves Tour in Granada

Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

3:00pm to 6:00pm

Come joins us for this great 3 hours walk to discover alternative side of Granada. See the three oldest neighbourhoods in the City ~ Albayzin ,Sacromonte and Realejo and their amazing Street Art from different graffiti artists + the highest view points , gypsy caves from the inside and cold beer with the view of the mountains.

Take a look to the alternative side of Granada, a mix of modern culture and history.

During the XVI century, a mix of Muslims, Jews and Gypsies, expelled from their homes started to occupy this hill in the outskirts of Granada. What begun to be basic holes in the mountain, became proper houses with different rooms and facilities. Nowadays, this neighbourhood shows the historic caves and some other new caves occupied by modern hippies who come to Granada from around the world.

Street Art, also known as graffitis, is one of the surprises that Granada has to offer to its visitors.

Despite the world famous Alhambra and Albaicín neighbourhood, some walls of Granada have been painted with murals representing messages of inspiration and protest. Most of these paintings are in Realejo, the old Jewish neighbourhood, where Campo del Príncipe and Cuarto Real are worth a visit.

“El Niño de las Pinturas” in Realejo

One of the most famous street artist in Granada is known as “El Niño de las Pinturas”, who also lived in Realejo, where you will have the chance to see some of his famous graffitis who let him became very popular in the street art scene world wide. One of his latest works was the walls of a New York hotel.

The tour will leave the hostel at 3 pm to first lead you to the Realejo along the Calle Molinos which is populated with some Street Art on the way. From there you will go up to the Alhambra hills to have one of the first views of the city from one of those places not everybody gets to see while in Granada: Carmen de los Mártires. A romantic style garden for those who want to escape from the city stress to find peace and freshness under the shade of its trees.

“Cuesta de los Chinos”

From Carmen de los Mártires you will be going down “Cuesta de los Chinos”, the historic way to connect the Alhambra and the city which will bring you back to the times of Muslim Granada. This way will take us down to cross the Darro River and into Paseo de los Tristes, one of the most popular places of Granada with breathtaking views of the Alhambra right above you.

Sacromonte

From this point, we start another climb into the Sacromonte, to see the old gipsy caves and the hippy ones, ending up on the highest view point of Granada. The climb is a bit hard, but we are sure the panoramic views are worth it. The combination of Sierra Nevada, Albaicin, Alhambra and the rest of city will be one of the best images you will get during your trip.

Albaicín neighbourhood

From here we will start the way back to the hostel crossing the Albaicín neighbourhood. White houses, narrow streets, ups and downs, hidden squares and the most popular point in Granada after the Alhambra: Mirador de San Nicolás. Always filled with life, some music and people from all over the world, this place is famous for its sunset lights with the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada in the background. Bill Clinton named it “the most beautiful sunset”. A visit to Granada is never complete without passing by this place.

Mirador de la Lona

After the mandatory picture in San Nicolas, we continue the way down to the hostel visiting the last of the viewpoints: Mirador de la Lona, where you can have an overlook of the new parts of the city and the “Vega de Granada”. Known to be the garden where most of fruits and vegetables are watered with Genil river.

This will be the last point of our tour before heading back to the hostel. Whether if you are spending a short time in Granada or longer, this tour is the best option to have a full visit to the city in short time. It covers all the main sights you have to see of Granada and it can be a good introduction to get a deeper view later.

This tour is scheduled on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. Leaving from the hostel at 3pm and lasting approximately 3 hours. Mike, the guide, has been leading this tour for 8 years receiving many positive reviews from our guests:

The walking tour from Mika about the street art was really great!!
I had a great stay at Oasis! It is great for solo travellers as the hostel organises so many events. Make sure you do the street art and caves tour with Mika

Mika who runs a great walking tour. Highly recommended for a solo traveller

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Sevilla Walking Tour

Sevilla Walking Tour

Why are the Monument Tours free? Because you choose the value!

Duration: approx. 2,5-hours

365 days a year (under rain or sunshine)

Our Monument Free Walking Tours are mostly about the history of Spain and Seville since 1492 until now.

In 1503 Seville was chosen by Isabel and Fernando, ‘the Catholic monarchs’ as the incoming port with the monopoly of all the ‘Indian’ products with the construction of the ‘House of Trade’.

Seville lives as the biggest and richest city the Golden Age of Spain.

This tour covers:

Catedral y Giralda

Visit outside walls.

Puerta de Jerez

The impressive Hotel Alfonso XIII, Palace of Yanduri.

Palacio de San Telmo

Beautiful baroque construction from 1680s, formerly a famous school of sailors
Then house of the noble Montpensier family, and nowadays the presidency of Andalucia

Tobacco Factory and University

When built in 1770s it was the 1st tobacco factory in Europe and the biggest building in Spain by square meters, now the 3rd one
Famous for being the place where the story of George Bizet’s Carmen, a very famous Opera, was inspired. More that 8.000 gipsy girls used to come across from Triana, the other side of the river, to work here every day. Carmen (ficticious character) was one
Site of the University of Seville.

Statue of El Cid and Prado San Sebastian

The statue of El Cid, one of the greatest heroes of Spanish History
Prado San Sebastian. These gardens were a mass grave in the roman times, then also in the times of the Inquisition (1492-1781!!)
Since 1847 until 1973 the place of the main festival in Spain: La Feria de Abril

MarÍa Luisa Park

Huge public garden, formerly private for the nobelty
With many tropical plants and species of birds

Plaza de España

The highlight of this tour!
One of the most impressive builings you ll ever see in your life!
An open-air Enciclopedia for the history of Spain, and a hidden offense to the Catalan’s identity
Built for a very important World Fair in 1929

Lunch all together (optional)

World Heritage

The biggest christian temple in the world at the time of its construction
It contains the official tomb of Christopher Columbus (5 more places claim to have one, too!).
Its tower, formerly a minaret, used to be the highest tower in the world in the 12th century!!
It’s the southern gate of Seville’s city center. Inside and around the fountain is where Spanyards celebrate when the national football team wins!

Queen Cristina gardens

Lunch all together: optional, the most fun and interactive part of our tour.

We´ll taste typical Tapas

Find the best Seville has to offer with our historical walking tour in the heart of our city

We will take you through a 2,5h journey along time in the historical center of Seville that will allow you to discover all about the history of this magical city.

The main meeting point is in the Plaza Virgen de los Reys but we will also pick you up in Oasis and take you to the main meeting point. From there we will start to explore the city.

This tour is mostly about the history of Spain and particularly Seville since 1492 until now. Did you know that in 1503 Seville was chosen by Isabel and Fernando, ‘the Catholic monarchs’ as the incoming port with the monopoly of all the ‘Indian’ products with the construction of the ‘House of Trade’? In this period Seville was the biggest and richest city during the Golden Age of Spain. On the tour you can see the main highlights of the city such as the Cathedral, Alcázar, Puerta Jerez, Hotel Alfonso XVIII, Prado San Sebastian, the old tobacco factory, the  Maria Luisa Park and the beautiful Plaza de España.

Our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about this city that we consider one of the most beautiful in Spain. You will be surrounded by the charm of Seville and the smell of orange blossom in spring. Together with beautiful sunny weather there is nothing better than to get lost in the narrow streets of Santa Cruz or let yourself be amazed by Plaza de España.

Seville history is vast and rich. The romans ruled Seville for six centuries but it is the Muslim empire that had the biggest influence in our city. Nowadays you can still find many remainings of the Mudejar architecture such as the Giralda tower (the tower of the cathedral), Álcazar gardens or the Golden Tower just to mention a few. Out of curiosity did you know that the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech (Morocco) is almost identical to the Giralda tower? That the Saint Mary’s Cathedral is the gothic cathedral with the largest surface in the world? That no building in Seville can be built higher than the the giralda tower? That the tomb of Cristobal Columbus is located in the cathedral? These are some of the amazing facts that you will learn during our walking tour.

Seville is also the stage of 153 operas by so many famous artists as Beethoven, Mozart or Rossini and world-known operas as Carmen or the Barber of Seville have as main stage the streets of Seville and we will show you some of the sites where you can relive your favorite opera.

Don’t forget to use comfortable clothes, walking shoes, put sunscreen on and bring a bottle of water. In summer time temperatures get really high so we also recommend to bring a hat. We will find best places in the shadows to relax.

We will pick you up every morning at the Oasis Backpackers’ Palace and the Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Seville (check with reception for the time) and this tour is FREE of charge! If you enjoyed the tour please tip the guide at the end of the tour.

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Pubcrawl Lisbon

Pubcrawl 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

Food Walking Tour

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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