Lisbon is known as a foodie’s paradise. In fact, there are so many incredible eateries that it can be hard to narrow it down. Check out this list of some of the most critically acclaimed restaurants and see which ones whet your appetite. Don’t forget to check out these amazing Lisbon group tours while you’re at it! Lisboete If you want a fine dining experience, you’d have a hard time doing better than Lisboete. With a six-course tasting menu that will cost you a pretty penny, this is not a restaurant for those on a budget eating plan. However, if you feel like splurging, this highly acclaimed Mediterranean eatery should be a strong contender. Estamine Art Food Drink For those on a budget, Estamine Art Food Drink is a great choice. This pub offers the ambiance of old Lisbon with modern flavors. Don’t expect fancy food here, but if you want to order several tasty small plates to enjoy with a drink or two, this is your top choice. Locals swear by the banana pie and this is also considered one of the best vegetarian friendly options in Lisbon. Belcanto Those of you interested in traditional Portuguese cuisine in an upscale setting will likely love what Belcanto has to offer. Once again, this is going to set you back, but the incredible tasting menu is like no other in the world. This is classic Portuguese haute cuisine with some unique and fantastic twists. Ha Tapas no Mercado!!! Possibly the only restaurant in Lisbon with exclamation points in its name, Ha Tapas no Mercado!!! is a top choice for tapas. This tiny, tiny restaurant is located right outside the biggest market in Lisbon. As a result, the ingredients here are incredibly fresh and the options are always changing. They have tapas…

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You want to take your little one on your next adventure but you’re nervous about traveling alone. Don’t worry, GoCar Tours is here with some great tips! Read on to learn more and then book your incredible storytelling car experience with us. Always use a stroller This is obvious advice if you’re dealing with a toddler, but even if your child is a little older and doesn’t typically use a stroller at home, they’re likely to need one on vacation. The last thing you want is to be half an hour from where you’re staying and have your child become too exhausted to walk. Even if they don’t end up needing the stroller, it’s a convenient place for you to store the things you want to take with you. Consider traveling with a friend Who says you have to travel on your own? You may have a friend who’s willing to go along with you. Perhaps another parent, or even another single person without kids. You might even travel with a family member. Regardless, if you have another person along then traveling can become easier. They may even watch your child for an afternoon so you can take off on exciting adventures on your own. Take advantage of any and all special privileges From boarding early to getting crayons and a placement at a restaurant, anytime someone offers you and the little one something, you should take it. Remember that these folks work in the travel business. They know what’s going to make your life easier – even in situations where you don’t. Don’t be afraid to ask for help It’s common for single parents to want to do everything on their own. Resist the urge. If you’re having trouble on the plane, ask the flight attendant for help. If…

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Lisbon is an incredible city to explore. For those who want to come home with some of the most unique photos out there, we’ve rounded up some don’t-miss photo spots. Learn all about them and then find out how GoCar Tours can get you to them quickly and easily. The Tagus Bridge Easily one of the most iconic structures in Lisbon, the Tagus Bridge is officially known as the 25 de Abril Bridge. The design and color may remind many people of San Francisco, but it’s got its own unique features too. Under the bridge is an area called Alcantara, which includes a waterfront complex that offers you the best views of the bridge – and the best place to photograph it. Just make sure to bring your wide angle lens if you want to shoot the entire bridge. Belem Belem is a few miles to the west of the Tagus Bridge and was the launch spot for many of the famous Portuguese explorers. This spot is incredibly rich in architecture, history – and of course places to photograph. Check out one of the many excellent locations on the banks of the river, where you can get a great cityscape shop, or walk down the road to get the Museum of Archaeology and all of its incredible angles. The top of the Elevador da Justa The Elevador da Justa is one of the tallest points in Lisbon and as a result, it’s no surprise that it offers great views of the city. It can be quite a trek to get up there – this historic building doesn’t have any elevators after all – but the views are well worth it. The golden hour of around 5PM is the best time to get shots of everything in the best possible light…

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When planning a trip to California, it can seem as though there are a million and one activities to consider. At GoCar Tours, we love a lot about this sunny state but believe that sports fans won’t want to miss some of the best baseball parks in the country. San Diego’s Petco Park If you’re like a lot of people, when you think of a legendary baseball park you may think of historic parks that have years of charm. That’s not the case with San Diego’s Petco Park but its newness didn’t keep it from being named the best ballpark in the country by USA Today. Once you see this park for yourself, you’ll get what all the fuss is about. It’s got incredible, unbeatable views of downtown, a great local beer selection, gourmet food options, and it’s all located in a city that’s known for having perfect weather year-round. It’s one of the newer parks in baseball, which means it has unique, comfort-based additions you won’t find anywhere else. San Francisco’s AT&T Park The San Francisco Giants may have most famously inhabited Candlestick Park, but when they left in ’99 and went to AT&T Park, they got a significant upgrade. This stadium offers incredible views as well, but here they are of San Francisco’s Bay. Home Runs that get out of the park go straight into McCovey Cove -and the crowd goes wild! The park seems to always smell of delicious garlic French fries, the outfield has an enormous baseball glove in it, and in all it’s just one of the best atmospheres in all of baseball. This is the type of ball park that even non-fans will love. Locations is everything One of the great things about both of these California ballparks is that they’re located close to…

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There’s a lot to be said for traveling with friends, family, and other loved ones, but there’s nothing quite like a solo vacation. If you plan to take off and explore the world on your own, we hope you’ll consider the unique touring experience available from GoCar Tours. Whether you do or not, the following ten things shouldn’t be left behind. Plastic bags. Some parts of the world don’t have plastic bags. Others charge for them. Whether you’re going to the beaches of Spain or California, you’ll want plastic bags to store your wet and / or dirty clothes in. Fanny pack. Otherwise known as a money belt, this is an easy and secure way to carry your money and IDs. Jacket with a zippered pocket. This is yet another way to securely store your money and IDs. Scarf. Scarves can be used for so many things. From keeping you warm to using as an extra blanket, to dressing up an outfit, they’re versatile options. Shoes you can use for several purposes. Ideally, you’d be able to bring your entire wardrobe but that’s not likely. Choose shoes that can work as walking shoes and as dress shoes. Dry sack. These waterproof sacks are small and can be stored in your purse while you’re not using them. When it starts to rain, pull it out and use it to keep your valuables dry. You don’t want to get stuck on vacation without a camera or phone! Clothes that have seen better days. There are many reasons to bring clothes that you don’t mind throwing away – they can be ditched to make room for things you want to bring back and they’re great if you want to do some hiking or other dirty activity.   A first-aid kit just for you….

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No one wants to miss a flight but unfortunately it happens all the time. Let’s say you’re out sightseeing in San Diego and plan plenty of time to get to the airport. However, just after you get on the interstate, the taxi you’re in gets into a fender bender. Everyone’s fine but you must wait for the police to show up and you know you’re going to miss your flight. What do you do? Go to the airport no matter how late you are It doesn’t matter if you’re two hours late by the time you get there, it’s always worth it to go to the airport anyway. First, you never know if your flight ended up delayed too. You may also find more luck talking to an airline representative in person than you do over the phone. Remember there are baggage cutoffs too One thing we always stress people remember is that even if you get to the airport with ten minutes left, you’ll be too late to check your baggage. The checkoff time varies by airport and whether it’s an international flight or not, but if you end up getting there after you can check your bag, you’ll have to take your checked bag through security – and it’s likely you’ll have things in there that you can’t take as carry ons. Communicate with the airline As soon as possible, call the airline and let them know what’s going on. They may be able to rebook you right away or they may tell you to talk to an agent when you get there. Either way, you’ll have done your due diligence. Remember that a lot is at the discretion of the agent The official policy of most airlines is that if you miss your flight you must purchase…

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There’s so much to do in Spain and so much of it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Yet, no one is actually made of money and those of us who want to travel in style while on a budget may struggle to find the best way to accomplish that goal. Here GoCar Tours has uncovered ten money-saving tips to help you have the best time possible in Spain – while on a budget.   Eat the menu of the day. The biggest meals of the day are eaten at lunch and most restaurants offer a “menu of the day” that’s a great bargain. Buses are cheaper than trains. You’ve likely heard a lot about traveling via train but they can get expensive. For the parts of your trip where you’re not touring cities like Madrid in style, then the bus is the most affordable choice. Check museums for free hours or days. Many museums are free late in the afternoon or on a certain day of the week. Check the website of each museum before you visit. Skip the bottles of wine. Generally, you can get a house glass of wine for less than two euros. Don’t tip. Tipping is not the norm in Spain. Save your money! Skip July and August. These are the busiest times of the year for tourists and hotel rates will be high. Ask for free maps. Your hotel’s info desk or a local tourist office will offer maps for free. Tap water is fine. In Madrid especially, tap water tastes great and is perfectly healthy. Always try the tap water before you spend money on bottled water. If you don’t want bread, tell your waiter. It’s customary in Spain for the server to bring you bread right away. This is not complimentary. If you don’t want…

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Despite your planning, there’s always a chance that something can go wrong when traveling anywhere. However, when you travel internationally, it can be especially scary. You may not know what to do or who to call. GoCar Tours is in the business of helping you have an incredible vacation – but we also want travelers to know the basic things to do if they have an emergency. First and foremost: Call for help You may not know what to do if you have an accident or are injured, but you can trust that the local police and hospitals will. Stay calm though – depending on where you are, they may take longer to get to you than they’d like. For example, if you’re in a highly populated city like Barcelona, then you likely won’t have to wait long. However, if you’re in a smaller, out of the way city then you may be waiting longer. You may need to contact the ACS The ACS, which is a department of the State Department, helps citizens who are dealing with a crisis overseas. For example, if you lost your wallet with your passport, credit cards, and money, they may be able to help you get money to get home. If you have travel insurance, contact your insurer You may think you know what’s covered and what’s not covered by travel insurance, but some companies do offer emergency help above and beyond what you think. Most should pay for your expenses, but some may help you find local medical care that will accept your insurance. Most companies require you to notify them within 48 hours if you need medical care. Trust the locals Remember that the local authorities know their country better than you do – and better than your friends back home….

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When you’re visiting Madrid, you don’t want to waste a second. You want to make your trip of a lifetime as fun-packed as you can, but if you’re visiting for the first time it can feel downright impossible to do that. At GoCar Tours, we offer tours of Madrid that will ensure you see exactly what you want to see.   Our tour allows you to stop whenever you’d like When you choose to sightsee in the GoCar, you can drive a cool, easy to use vehicle and tour the city at your own speed. You can explore wherever you’d like and stop whenever you’d like. We offer several GPS Guided Tours for you to choose from. You can select just one or you can check them all out! When you choose GoCar Tours, you’re in the driver’s seat – literally and figuratively! Our tours can be done in a number of different languages, and you can take all the time you need. If you want to stop and see all the sights up close, you can do that. If you want to breeze by and take in as much as you can in as little time as possible, you’re able to do that as well! Our most popular tours of Madrid are incredible There are several different Madrid tours you can choose from. The Old Madrid Tour takes you down narrow, historic streets – many of which can’t be accessed by tour buses. You can take in this unique, old-world atmosphere and use the small size of your advantage, as it’s very easy to park. The Cosmopolitan Tour takes you to incredible palaces like Casa de Cisneros, El Palacio Real, and Casa de las Siete Chemeneas. You can stop at any of the numerous museums or art galleries throughout…

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When most areas of the United States are blazing hot and in the middle of summer, GoCar Tours knows that it may seem like a strange time to be talking about booking Christmas-time travel, but the truth is that booking at the right time could result in huge savings. It all depends on where you’re traveling and how flexible you are. If you’re flexible and willing to gamble then you may want to wait later than you think According to an exhaustive study of past plane fares, the best time to get the cheapest price on a plane ticket is the first week of December. However, this can be too stressful for some people. The reality is that most people can’t plan travel just a few weeks before it’s time to take off, and without a plane ticket and specific dates and times of travel, it’s hard to book anything that isn’t refundable. Comparing cost versus convenience The stats show that the average person can save around 10% on their Christmastime plane ticket if they wait until a few weeks before they want to travel. However, there are some very serious downsides. First, you’ll have to take what’s left. Do you want to travel late at night or early in the morning? Do you want to deal with three layovers? Do you want the middle seat on a 12-hour flight to Lisbon? If these issues don’t bother you and you’re all about the deal, then waiting is a great idea. On the other hand, if you’re traveling with a large group, are traveling with children, or simply want to be able to make plans further in advance, then you may need to have a better plan in mind. 10% may be a lot of money saved but for some families…

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