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*<eat name="Sul" alt="" address="Rua do Norte 13" directions="" phone="+351 21 346 24 49" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&euro;30  (''2 courses with wine and cocktail'')" geo="" tags="">Delicious Mediterranean and South American food. Good wine and drinks list. Helpful staff will translate the menu, which is written on the blackboard, and happily cater for vegetarians. Gets packed in the evenings so bookings recommended if you're eating from 9PM onwards.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Sul" alt="" address="Rua do Norte 13" directions="" phone="+351 21 346 24 49" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&euro;30  (''2 courses with wine and cocktail'')" geo="" tags="">Delicious Mediterranean and South American food. Good wine and drinks list. Helpful staff will translate the menu, which is written on the blackboard, and happily cater for vegetarians. Gets packed in the evenings so bookings recommended if you're eating from 9PM onwards.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Pap'Açorda" alt="" address="Rua da Atalaia, 57-59" directions="" phone="+352 21 346 4811" url="" hours="Dinner: from 8pm" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="" geo="" tags="">Food is good but not really sophisticated; awful service. Yet another co-owner of Bico do Sapato (there are four) is Fernando Fernandes. A restaurateur with his finger firmly on Lisbon's pulse, he also owns this place, opened in 1981 and it has been full ever since. Unlike its fabulous half-sister, Pap'Açorda offers a modest check, and it reverses the ratio of great food vs. show-off quotient. This is all about real. If you want to try (almost) unreconstructed Portuguese dishes, here's your place—and it's handily located in this month's up-and-coming-back neighborhood, beautiful Bairro Alto. Since the restaurant is named after Açorda Real, a lobster and shrimp dish, it stands to reason that this is a good thing to order.</eat>
 
  
 
*<eat name="Brasuca" alt="" address="Rua Joao Pereira da Rosa 7" directions="" phone="+351 (21) 322-07 40" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="" geo="" tags="">Great Brazilian food served by friendly staff.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Brasuca" alt="" address="Rua Joao Pereira da Rosa 7" directions="" phone="+351 (21) 322-07 40" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="" geo="" tags="">Great Brazilian food served by friendly staff.</eat>

Revision as of 20:24, 2 October 2009

For other places with the same name, see Lisbon (disambiguation).


The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today's Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that face the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city. Lisbon enchants travelers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it a popular year round destination.

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Understand

Like Amman, Bath, Iasi, Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Sheffield, and Yaounde, Lisbon is built on seven hills.

The sparkling new Lisboa Ask Me Centre (Pç. do Comércio, Tel. +351 (21) 031-2815, open 9AM - 8PM daily) will help you find accommodation and the staff are happy to dispense advice, maps and brochures. Smaller Ask Me Lisboa kiosks are dotted about the Rossio district and airport and their multilingual staff also have maps and brochures.

The Lisboa Card, which can be purchased from tourist information outlets, offers free use of all public transport in the city and free or reduced price tickets to many museums, galleries and tourist attractions. They can be purchased in 24 hour (adult / child: €14.85 / €7.50), 48 hour (€25.50 / €12.75) and 72 hour (€31 / €15.50) denominations. They are not very good value unless you plan to visit a lot of museums. Especially so if you are a holder of a student identification card (international or national) since the student discounts to these attractions are often the same as for the Lisboa Card.

Get in

By plane

Portugal's largest international & main air hub for Tap/Air Portugal is the Aeroporto da Portela, located between Loures & Lisboa (IATA: LIS; Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas, Tel: +350 (21) 841-3000, Fax: +351 (21) 841-3675, [1]) which is linked to the city center by an Aerobus (line 91) every 20 minutes from 7AM - 9PM and bus lines 5, 8, 22, 44, 45, 83 (board fare €1,35 or 7 Colinas can be used which can be bought at the airport post office).

  • A ticket for the Aerobus is €3.50 and is valid on all public transportation lines for one day.
  • Taxis cost about €10 from the airport to the city center. Charge is according to the meter, adding €1.20 per item of luggage. As with many cities, watch out for dishonesty and if you think you are being charged significantly more (paying €45 to get into the city but only €6 back to the airport is not unheard of) ask for their number and a receipt, and make it clear you plan to complain. To avoid fraud, you can buy a taxi-voucher in the airport (€18 - a lot more than the average real meter price) which is good to go anywhere in the center, with luggage. Make sure to ask the driver how much he estimates the fare will be before getting in the taxi, which will diminish the chance for a surprise bounce in the price.

By train

There are two big train stations in Lisbon: Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente. However, if you are entering Lisbon from the south, you may want to get off at Entrecampos or Sete Rios: their metro stations are a few stops closer to the central and old town.

If arriving from the north (Porto, Gaia) and center (Aveiro, Coimbra) of Portugal use Santa Apolonia, close to Alfama/city centre.

Cais do Sodré is another important train station, connecting Lisbon to Cascais/Estoril coast.

By car

Vasco da Gama Bridge

Lisbon can be accessed from six main highways. Coming from the south (A2) or east (A6 - the main route from Madrid), there are the two bridges:

The A2 goes all the way to the 25 de Abril bridge, which usually has lots of traffic getting into Lisbon, especially on weekday mornings. This is the best option if you want to go to the center of Lisbon or to the west (A5 - Estoril, Cascais, Sintra).

If you branch from the A2 into the A12, you'll get to the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, it usually has less traffic than the older 25 de Abril bridge (but a more expensive toll). This is the best option to go to the eastern/northern section of Lisbon (to the airport and to the Parque das Nações - the former Expo 98 site), and also to take the A1 or A8 going north.

Coming from the north, there is the A1, that connects Lisbon to Santarém, Fátima, Leiria, Coimbra, Aveiro, Oporto. The A1 ends near the airport. There's also the A8, which goes to Torres Vedras, Caldas da Rainha, Alcobaça, Leiria.

From the west, there is the A5, which connects to Estoril, Cascais, and the IC19 that crosses all the suburbs and ends near Sintra.

Lisbon has three ring roads: The 2ª circular, which connects the A1 to the IC19; the CRIL IC17 (still incomplete), which connects the Vasco da Gama bridge with the A1 and A8; and the CREL A9, which connects the A1 with the A8, IC19, A5, and goes all the way to the Estoril coast.

Regarding toll highways - Portugal has a unified electronic toll paying system - it's usually on the one or two left most lanes of the toll booths, marked with a green "V" (Via Verde - "Green Lane"). If you don't subscribe to the system, pay the toll at the manned booths (cash and most debit and credit cards accepted). If you by chance get distracted and go through the Via Verde lane, you have 48 hours to go to a Via Verde office and pay the toll without a fine.

By bus

All nearby cities and most major cities in Portugal have direct buses to Lisbon. The main bus terminal is at Sete Rios (metro: Jardim Zoológico). Rede Expresso [2] is one of the largest inter-city bus companies.

By boat

You can get a boat to Lisbon from the following stations: Barreiro; Trafaria; Montijo; and Cacilhas. It's an excellent sightseeing opportunity crossing the river Tagus to Lisbon.

Many cruise ships dock at several places along the river, with variably good access to public transport throughout the city.

By bicycle

Due to the relative proximity of Lisbon's airport to the city center, it is quite easy to cycle from the airport to the center, and could be recommended if you arrive for a cycling trip. Cycling in Portugal can be a challenge, though Lisbon offers far easier cycling than what you may find outside of the city. The further you get from Lisbon however, the easier the cycling gets. You may wish to take advantage of certain regional trains that take bicycles in a separate luggage carriage, allowing you to start your cycling some 50 or 100 kilometers outside of the city.

After leaving the airport and negotiating a roundabout, merge onto the long and straight dual-carriageway Av. Almirante Gago Coutinho (you should be able just to follow the "Centro" ("Downtown") signs.) After merging, the route to Baixa is simple and straight. This street later turns into Av. Almirante Reis, and then Rua de Palma, at the end of which you will be right in Baixa.

Cycling within the city is now much easier because of the work the municipality has been putting in with bike lanes, changing car traffic patterns and adding speed bumps etc but of course parts of the town will always be part of the surprisingly hilly outlet of Lisbon. Although better than in recent years there are still very few bike lanes in town the newest one stretches from Baixa to Belem along the beautiful river Tejo water front. Car drivers are now often weekend cyclists and way more careful with cyclists than in recent years. Good spots to cycle are along the EXPO coast, the waterfront between Cais Sodré and Belém.

Just outside of Lisbon -you can take for free a bike on trains or ferries- along the coast from Estoril towards the beautiful beach of Guincho, reach Sintra, Cascais or Costa da Caparica.

If you take a bicycle in public transportation beware of the following:

Metro: During working days you are allowed to carry bicycles in the metro only after 8:30PM. On weekends, it's allowed and it's free of charge. Suburban trains: You are allowed to carry bicycles in the trains free of everyday of the week just be reasonable and avoid rush hour passenger patterns. Ferries: Bicycles travel for free, you are allowed but there are strict limitations on the number of bikes allowed depending on ferry lines and ferry boat type, arrive early and you shall avoid disappointment.

Bike shops in Lisbon town center are rare. You can find a SportZone near Rossio or in Amoreiras shopping mall. Ask there for specialist shops, shop assistants are usually very helpful. For bike the sights and bike rentals you can always check out Bike Iberia (Phone: +351 96 242 3455, [3]) located in Baixa-downtown , next to Cais Sodre and the Praca Comercio square; they are professional, friendly and very helpful on providing tours, bikes, touring equipment, mountain biking gear and native insider's knowledge.

Get around

Campo Grande Metro Station

Lisbon's recently refurbished metro system [4] is quick and efficient. Single trip tickets within Zone 1 (which covers most of the city) cost €0.80, although you can buy a 10 trip card for €6.50. However, a more economic choice is the all-day (til 1AM) pass which costs €4 . The all-day pass is also valid on city buses and tram lines. A rechargeable card (Viva Viagem) is needed to travel in the Metro and Carris and costs €0.50 and it's valid for a year.

The extensive bus and electrico (tram) network is run by Carris [5]. The best way to ride is buying a 7 Colinas card, which is also valid on the metro (subway) and electricos. A rechargeable 7 Colinas can be purchased for as little as €0.50. Note that you can charge on it only one type of ticket a day (e.g. you can't charge it with a single ticket and a day ticket at the same time, but you can use it with a day ticket and then charge a single ticket the next day). Be aware that the 7 Colinas card is only valid in the metro, electrico and in the buses run by Carris. All other bus companies have their own tickets. If you will be traveling around a lot, you may wish to get a multiple-day ticket. There are many sales outlets, but the easiest ones to find are the ticket booths in metro stations.

If you plan to be in Lisbon for an extended time, you can purchase an unlimited pass that covers buses, metro, and funiculars at the Carris station in Santo Amaro. It's €10 for the Lisboa Viva card, plus €25 for a one-month unlimited pass. You can also get them in week-long or two-week unlimited denominations. Bring a photo ID (passport) and cash.

Think twice before using a car in the city unless you are prepared to spend hours in traffic jams. Parking in certain areas can also be a pain. The busy traffic and narrow streets with blind corners can be overwhelming to tourists as well.

If your accommodation is in the center of the city, walking is a great alternative. Many of the attractions of the city, such as the Castelo and the Alfama and Bairro Alto districts, are within easy walking distance of the Baixa. While walking around Lisbon, if you become lost or cannot find the location you are looking for, try to locate the nearest Carris bus or tram stop. Most of these stops (not all) have a very good map of the city with your current location clearly marked on the map. All the prominent tourist sites in Lisbon are also shown along with an index at the bottom of the map. A quick consultation with one of these Carris maps should point you back in the right direction.

You may also use the funiculars and elevadores. Day passes for public transportation are also valid for those.

Lisbon is very close to ocean and that brings windy and fast-changing weather, so you'd better bring a jacket or an umbrella with you, at least in spring and autumn.

See

Parque das Nações

Instead of paying for a trip in one of the tourist trams, try line 28. It takes you by many of Lisbon's most famous sites, and although it is overrun with tourists, you still get a flavor of the locals. Ticket costs Euro 1.40 per journey and can be obtained from on-board vending machines. These machines do not accept notes so ensure you have sufficient change.

  • The Gulbenkian Museum, Avenida de Berna, 45A (take the metro to Sao Sebastiao or Praca de Espanha Sations), [6]. 10AM-5:45PM - Closed Mondays. Created from the personal collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian who longed to see all his treasures displayed in a museum. A nice assortment of Egyptian artifacts, along with paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cassat. The museum's gardens are worth a visit in and of themselves, as a little oasis in the middle of downtown Lisbon. Entry to the museum is free for students with ID.
  • Castelo de São Jorge (St. George's Castle), (Walk up the hill from Alfama or take bus 37), +351 218 800 620, [7]. 9AM - 9PM (March - Oct) and 9AM-6PM (Nov-Feb). Located up the hill, with a great view over the city and the river. If you have the energy, get there by walking from downtown, going through the fantastic old neighborhood of Alfama. €5 with student discount available.
  • Santa Justa's Elevator, Rua Aurea & Rua de Santa Justa, +351 (21) 361-3054. Located downtown, this elevator was designed by a follower of French engineer Gustav Eiffel and connects the downtown to the Trindade, located several meters uphill. It offers some of the best views of the city. 7 Colinas valid.
  • Praça do Comércio, (Take the metro to Terreiro do Paço Station), [8]. This magnificent plaza, facing the river, is the beginning of Lisboa's downtown. It is also known as 'Terreiro do Paço', meaning 'Grounds of the Palace', relating to its function before the Great Earthquake of 1755.
Belem tower
  • Belém, [9]. This monument-packed neighborhood is a must-see place. It features the likes of Belem Tower (entry fee €3) (Torre de Belém), the Jerónimos Monastery [10], Padrão dos Descobrimentos (entry fee 2,5 euros) and the modern CCB (Belém Cultural Center, in english). CCB is holding a permanent contemporany art exhibition, from the Berardo Collection - it features works from Picasso, Dalí, Duchamp, Magritte, Andy Warhol, among others. A stroll around its many gardens enjoying the river's bright blue is also a must. In front of the former Royal Palace of Belém, now the Presidential Palace, there is a massive statue looking out to sea, representing Afonso de Albuquerque , first Viceroy of Portuguese India at the early 16th century. Housed in the former ridding school of the palace, don't miss the world's largest collection of coaches and royal vehicles at the Coach Museum [11] (Museu dos Coches). Take tram 15 to the west, which follows the coast line.
  • Chiado, [12]. Take a stroll along the historical streets of this elegant shopping district, stopping for a cup of coffee with the statue of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal's great Modernist poet. Head uphill to Bairro Alto, for stunning views of the city and some wild partying in Lisbon's most popular nightclub district.
Downtown (Baixa)
  • Downtown (Baixa). This part of the city was completely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake by the Marquis de Pombal. The planned layout, greatly different from what you will see in the more ancient neighborhoods, is a testimony to the ideas of the Enlightenment.
  • Ponte 25 de Abril. This sister bridge of the Golden Gate in San Francisco was designed by the same architect in 1966 to connect Lisbon with the Setubal peninsula across the Tagus (Tejo) River. Formerly known as the Salazar Bridge, it was renamed after the Carnation Revolution, which on April 25, 1974 ended the dictatorship.
Hieronymites Monastery
  • Cristo Rei, (Catch the ferry to Cacilhas from Cais do Sobre then grab Bus 101(€1.35 return)), [13]. 9AM - 6PM. Similar to the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro, this statue stands over 100 meters tall on the opposite bank of the Tejo River from downtown Lisbon. Views from the top of the statue are breathtaking, although the elevator up will cost you €5.
  • Jardim Zoológico, Estrada De Benfiea 158-160 (Metro:Take the Blue Line to the Jardim Zooligico. Buses: A variety of buses stop here including 16, 31, 54, 58, 701 and 755), +351 (21) 7232-920, [14]. 10AM - 8PM (21st March - 30th Sept.) and 10AM - 6PM (1st Oct. - 20th March). A zoo that is fairly pricey, but has a variety of exotic animals featuring sea-lions and dolphins. €15.
  • Parque das Nações, On Av. Dom Joao II (Metro: Oriente Station. Train: Gare Do Oriente Station.), +351 (21) 8919-898, [15]. Built for the 1998 World Expo, the eastern side of town (take the Metro to Oriente) is a change from downtown and has one of the world's largest aquariums (11.00 euro admission fee), among other sights.
  • Lisbon metro, [16]. Most of the metro system is a free art gallery. You'll find art by contemporary artists inspired by the stations' surrounding area. Check the subway webpage for more details on this curiosity. The red line is the newest one and has the best pieces of art.
  • Lisbon Botanical Garden, Rua da Escola Politécnica, 58 (Metro: Rato Sation), [17]. Daily 9AM - 8PM (Summer) 9AM - 6PM (Winter). The botanical garden of Ajuda is one of the oldest gardens in Europe and is considered the first in Portugal. After the earthquake that occurred in 1755, the homeless Portuguese royal family decided to build a new royal residence at Ajuda but also gardens around it. This 10 acre garden was laid out in from 1858-1873.
  • Fundação Arpad Szenes / Vieira da Silva, Praça das Amoreiras, 56/58, +351 (21) 3880044/53 (, fax: 351 21 3880039), [18]. Mon-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 10AM-6PM. This museum is installed in the restored 18th-century former Royal Silk Factory. It permanent collection covers a wide time period of the works of 20th-century painters Arpad Szenes and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, and regularly hosts exhibits by their contemporaries. Adults €2.50, students €1.25, kids under 14 free.
  • Alfama. This neighborhood is a sign of the Muslim presence in the city, with the buildings very close to each other, and very irregular streets. Its very atmospheric and a great spot to wander around in.
  • Tram 28. This tram route winds its way from Campo Orique to Martim-Moniz through many neighbourhoods and past several interesting sights including churches and gardens. The trip is hilly, noisy and hectic but affords beautiful glimpses over the city. From start to finish the ride takes around half an hour and is the cost of a normal fare.


Do

Go out at night (but not alone) to the central Bairro Alto, or 'High Neighborhood'. Just up the hill from Chiado, this is the place to go out in town. In the early evening, go to a fado-themed restaurant near the Praca Camoes, and head upwards as the evening goes on. If you're in Lisbon on the night preceding a Feriado or public holiday, you have to check this out. Tiny little streets which are empty in the daytime become crammed walkways which are difficult to get through.

One hidden gem is the Botanic Gardens, Jardim Botanico, which you can find between the Avenida da Liberdade and Bairro Alto. It was created several hundred years ago, by a King of Portugal at the time of the Discoveries. The story goes that this King wanted one of every type of plant in the world, and although that's unlikely, there is a huge collection dating back by three or four centuries which is worth checking out. Also some weird and wonderful bizarre grafted trees - the roots hang down like fingers and toes where one tree has been grafted onto another, sometimes completely different, species. And there's something quite eerie about seeing plants or huge trees from completely different climates growing next to each other in apparent harmony. There is an entrance fee of one euro eighty for adults, and concessions are available for kids, OAPS and students. A great place to take a picnic - this green oasis is completely surrounded by city but even the city sounds filter out.

  • Cine Theatro Gymnasium, Rua da Misericórdia nº 14, 2º Andar 1200-273 Lisboa, (+ 351) 210 121 000, [19]. Fado In Chiado - Daily show (except on Sundays) with a duration of 40 minutes. Voices that sing the Fado to the sound of Portuguese guitar. "Fado in Chiado 'encounter with the tradition in the historic Lisbon. A show that reveals the Fado as World Heritage, to hear and feel, the voice of the Portuguese soul.

Work

Members of the EU can work in Lisbon (and the whole of Portugal) without a work visa. Citizens of non-EU countries must obtain a work visa.

Buy

Vasco Da Gama shopping mall

From Praça do Comércio (aka Terreiro do Paço) to the Restauradores, the Baixa is the old shopping district in the city. Stroll along the pedestrian Rua Augusta, with everything from tourist stores to European chain clothing stores like Zara, H&M, Campers and many others.

You can buy a Lisbon Shopping Card, which gives you discounts at major stores around the city for a period of 24 hours.

Shops are open a little later than other places in Europe, usually around 9:30AM- 10PM, and the lunch breaks can be quite long, usually from 1PM to 3PM. Most malls are open on Sundays.

Malls

While most stores are closed on Sundays, many malls are open 7 days a week. They usually open around 9:30AM and close by 11PM or midnight, although the film theaters within them usually run a late session starting after midnight.

  • Centro Comercial Colombo, Av. Colegio Militar (Metro: Take the Blue Line to Colegio Militar/Luz Station), +351 (21) 771 36 36, [20]. 9AM - Midnight. One of the largest malls in Europe, this shopping and leisure complex also houses dozens of restaurants, a bowling alley, health club, multiplex cinema, funfair with rides including a roller coaster, and a go-cart track.
  • Armazéns do Chiado, Rua do Carmo 2 (Metro: Baixa-Chiado Station), [21]. A massive mall that draws a young hip crowd shopping for books, CDs, and DVD. Fantastic city views from the top floor restaurants and cafes.
  • Centro Comercial Vasco da Gama, (Metro: Oriente Station), [22]. A large mall and theme park in the Parque Expo.
  • Centro Comercial Amoreiras, Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco (Metro: Marquês de Pombal Station), [23]. The city's oldest mall in eye-catching post-modern towers housing international chains.
  • El Corte Inglés, Av. António Augusto Aguiar, 413 (Metro: Sao Sebastiao Station), [24]. Big department store with cinema and supermarket, a bit pricey but with good quality items.


  • Dolce Vita Tejo, Avenida Cruzeiro Seixas,Amadora (Metro: Amadora Station), [25]. The biggest Shopping Mall in Europe.

Grocery Stores

Grocery stores are closed on Sundays, after 1PM, except those smaller than 2000m2. However, from November 1st to December 31st, Grocery stores are allowed to remain open all day through Sundays.

Other Shopping

  • Feira da Ladra, Campo de Santa clara (Take Tram 28). 6AM-5PM Tuesday and Saturday. A lively out door market offering both new and used products. Markets of this type have pleased bargain hunters since the 12th century in Lisbon and the Feira da Ladra name has been around since the 17th century.
  • Mercado da Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho (Cais do Sodré). 7AM-1PM except Sunday. A massive farmers market open in the mornings. This is a great place to buy snacks for the day while traveling on a budget. Pick up nuts, fruit, veggies, cheese, bread or meat or delight your travel mate with some beautiful flowers.

Eat

Eating out is deliciously bewildering in Lisbon and with some of the best value cafes and restaurants in Europe, it's a great way to sample a smorgasboard of Portugese treats.

The area of Chiado offers Portuguese traditional cuisine at its finest, while the Baixa area caters to the tourists, all laminated menus and meal deals – with the exception of the seafood strip of Rua de Santos de Antão (also home to the best greasy spit-roasted chicken this side of Louisiana).

For a familiar taste, head to Doca de Santo Amaro and Parque das Nações where chain eateries abound. Doca de Jardim de Tabaco has scooped all the culinary and clubbing kudos right now, while eating in well-to-do Lapa means that you're paying a high price for quality dishes. Alfama is prime tour group territory, while Bairro Alto features traditional Portugese restaurants all scattered abundantly through its quirky narrow streets. Make sure that you dine at a restaurant that plays traditional fado music. Beware that you'll pay more than in normal restaurants, and the food and drink quality may not be up to the price, you're paying for the music experience.

Portuguese dining rituals tend to follow the Mediterranean siesta body clock. Most restaurants are very small, family run and generally cheap. Almost everyone has a sheet on the door with the "pratos do dia" (dishes of the day) written on. These are usually cheaper and fresher, and unless you're looking for something specific, they're the right choice. During the dinner the waiter will probably bring you some unrequested starter dishes: as those are not free, feel free not to touch them and they will not be charged on your bill (but check it!).

Try the magnificent pastéis de nata at any pastelaria; or better yet, visit the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém [26] (take eléctrico #15 from Praça do Comércio, or the Cascais suburban train line from Cais do Sodré station, to Belém stop). They are served right out of the oven there, with the side of confectioner's sugar and cinnamon; as you navigate through the azulejo-decorated labyrinthine passages of the expansive shop, stop to look at the workers behind glass panels turning the endless stream of these delicacies, just baked, each in its own little ramekin, over onto the waiting trays. These are absolutely a must eat and you can't possibly regret it.

Budget

You will find traditional meals served in small coffeeshops/restaurants, especially in the old parts of town. Some will be better than others, just check if there are a lot of locals eating there! They will be very cheap (as low as €5 for a full meal) and home-style cooking. The owners probably wont speak english and the menu will probably be in portuguese only!

At Café Buenos Aires, Calçada Escadinhas do Duque No. 31, you can find a good and selected combination of cheap and mid range dishes. The owners are very friendly and speak English, as well as Portuguese. (This restaurant would not be described as budget by any Lisboeta that I know or have known! It is a good restaurant if you want to eat south american grilled meat in Lisbon.)

Mid-range

Alfama

  • Pois Cafe, Rua S. João da Praça N. 95 (on the side street of the fantastic cathedral Sé), +351 (21) 886-2497. It's a place to relax, read a book, drink a coffee and plan you way around Lisbon

Downtown

  • Néctar WineBar, R. dos Douradores, 33, 912633368 (), [27]. Néctar WineBar is a place dedicated to the promotion of Portugal's wine and gastronomic culture. The wine list comprises - in its vast majority - a selection of Portuguese wines which best represent the country. Wine can be bought by the glass, and it is served at the appropriate temperatures and in suitable glasses. Savory dishes -served in portions for 2 - easily replace a main course meal, and provide a selection of the best Portuguese gastronomy. To complete the meal, you can taste homemade-style desserts with suggested sweet wines. A modern and cosy atmosphere, located in one of Lisbon’s historic areas – downtown, the Baixa Pombalina. €25-35.

Docas

  • Arroz Maria, Doca de Sto Amaro, +351 (21) 395-4677. Spanish food restaurant with fabulous seafood with a great view of the Tejo river and the Ponte de 25 Abril. Excellent service and really fresh food. Don't miss the tamboril (monkfish) with the tomato and asparagus sauce. Really worth the effort to get there, the Docas area is fairly newly developed, and the railway line makes it hard to find a way across the main road, but with determination it's a great spot to go to. It's one of a number of restaurants of varying types along this stretch of the quayside, but it stands out for quality and value. Check it out before it gets 'trendy'. €25 (two courses with wine and port).

Bairro Alto

  • Terra, Rua da Palmeira 15 (near Jardim do Príncipe Real, www.terra.vg), +351 707 108 108, [28]. Probably the best vegetarian restaurant in Lisbon and also the nicest in terms of ambience and service. They have a menu in English and will help with vegan choices or people with other dietary restrictions. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends but you will always be served even if you arrive with the place full and have to wait for a while. Weather permitting try to get a table "outside", which means a wonderful and secluded back terrace. €15-20 (Vegetarian Buffet plus drink and/or dessert).
  • Sul, Rua do Norte 13, +351 21 346 24 49. Delicious Mediterranean and South American food. Good wine and drinks list. Helpful staff will translate the menu, which is written on the blackboard, and happily cater for vegetarians. Gets packed in the evenings so bookings recommended if you're eating from 9PM onwards. €30 (''2 courses with wine and cocktail'').
  • Brasuca, Rua Joao Pereira da Rosa 7, +351 (21) 322-07 40. Great Brazilian food served by friendly staff.
  • Lisboa à Noite. Its a restaurant with a variety of traditional Portuguese dishes very appreciated by the tourists. You have friendly environment, great service and make sure you try the appetizers.
  • Ali a Papa, Rua da Atalaia 95, +351 (21) 347-4143, [29]. Couscous heaven in a tiny and friendly room. Highly recommended, and good veggie options too. €20 (two courses with house wine).
  • Calcutá, Rua da Atalaia 28, +351 (21) 346 -8165, [30]. Best Indian food. Ask for the shoot drinks! €25 (two courses with house wine).

Santos (10 minutes from downtown)

  • A Confraria, Rua das Janelas Verdes, 32, 1200-691 Lisboa (Near Ancient Art Museum), +351 213 962 435, [31]. Located on the ground floor of the York House Lisbon (a 17th century convent) with a view over the city garden terrace, classic decoration. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Seasonal menu based on Portuguese cuisine with an inpired twist of the chef! Delicious... try it!

Splurge

  • Eleven, Rua Marquês da Fronteira, +351 (21) 386-211, [32]. If you really feel like splurging, this is the place. The restaurant was recently awarded a Michelin Star, although the basis on which the award was made are disputable.
  • Il Gatopardo, Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco, 24 (3rd Floor of the Dom Pedro Palace hotel). Lunch: 12:20PM - 3:30PM, Dinner: 7:30PM-11:30PM. An elegant restaurant serving fashionable gourmet Italian with a big price tag.
  • Panorama, Rua Latino Coelho 1, +351 (21) 312-0000. Superb views over Lisbon and food with a good quality/price ratio.
  • Bica do Sapato, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique Armazém B, Cais da Pedra à Bica do Sapato, +351(21)8810320, [33]. Superb views over Lisbon and food with a good quality/price ratio.

Drink

Lisbon is known for its lively nightlife. For going out, stroll around the old neighborhood of Bairro Alto ('high neighborhood') for an after-dinner caipirinha or ginjinha and people-watching. It's located on the top of one of the hills and you can get there by subway (Baixa/Chiado station) or by taking the marvelous funicular from the Restauradores plaza. Its small streets, full of people, are packed with high variety of bars. Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest, but the Bairro is rocking every night until dawn.

Alcântara, Santos, Parque das Nações, and the castle area are all neighborhoods with a thriving nightlife. The whole area near the river/Atlantic, known as the docas, is a huge hub for nightlife, as Lisbon has never lost its ties to the sea.

  • Garrafeira Alfaia, Rua Diário de Notícias 125, +351 (21) 343-30 79 (). Nice wine bar with an impressive selection of good wines and appetizers. Good place to spend the late afternoon, before going out to dinner.
  • Chafariz do Vinho, Rua da Mae d'Agua., 21 342 20 79. Perfect place to linger over a glass of wine at this wine bar that is under the arches of the city's former acquaducts. With a great selection of appetizers that are matched perfectly with the wine, it's a pleasant way to spend an evening.
  • Gambrinus, Rua das Portas de Santo Antao, 21 342 14 66. Highly recognized in Lisbon as something of an institution, it attracts an eclectic crowd where the appeal is food that is served at all hours and a great selection of beers, wines and spirits.
  • Ritz Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 88, 21 381 14 00. Designed by Pierre Yves-Rochon, you'll enjoy deep, sumptous sofas and an impressive collection of contemporary art displayed on the walls. And with decorated bartender Paulo Costa serving you drinks, its a great place to peruse a crowd of sophisticated clientele.

Sleep

If you are in the center, finding a sleeping place should not be a big problem. There are many small, unlisted hostels that will offer you enough comfort, and offer a fair price. Expect to pay between €45 and €60 for a double room.

There is a tourist service center in the airport, where the nice ladies will book a room for you.


Budget

Chiado

  • Lisbon Old Town Hostel, Rua do Ataíde, 26A (5 minutes from Bairro Alto. Metro: Baixa/Chiado or Caiso do Sobre), +351 21 3465248 (, fax: +351 (21)346-5248), [34]. A new hostel, opened in 2007, catering to the young hip crowd with event listings on their website, free computer and internet access in the lobby and WiFi through out the hostel. 15€-22€.
  • Shiado Hostel, Rua Anchieta 5 - 3º - 1200-023 Lisboa (2 mins walking from Baixa-Chiado Metro station), +351 213429227 (), [35]. Located in the Chiado area, the very heart of Lisbon, a charming and relaxing hostel, perfect for people wanting to discover the true Lisbon. Opened in march 2009! 15€-30€.


Alfama

  • Alfama Patio Lisbon Hostel, Escolas Gerais 3 - Patio dos Quintalinhos 1 (10 minutes from Santa Apolonia Train Station), +351 (21) 888-31 27 (, fax: +351 21 888 31 27), [36]. Right in the oldest district of Lisbon with a fantastic view of the river. A pearl to be discovered. 20€-22€.
  • Lisbon dreams Guesthouse, +351 213872393, [37]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. brand new Guesthouse in central Lisbon.The Lisbon DreamsGuesthouse is on the first floor of a freshly renovated building. The house has high ceilings and big windows with colourful blooming flowerpots. The two connected internal patios are turning the ambient more relaxing and versitile. Due to its high ceilings and thick walls, the house is fresh in the summer and heating it well is our priority in the winter. 10-minute walk from Bairro Alto. from €50.


Bairro Alto

  • Bed&Breakfast Lisboa, Travessa do Alcaide, nº7 (atached at Adamastor), +351 (9) 1699 3798 (), [38]. Good rooms in a very central bed-and-breakfast with views all over Lisbon and the river. 30€ - €40.
  • Camões, Travessa do Poço da Cidade 38 1E, +351 (21) 346 40 48. Basic, clean and affordable. Single €20, Triple €60.
  • Hotel Borges, Rua Garret, 108, +351 (21) 346 19 51, [39]. Clean, spacious rooms with satellite TV. Rooms starting at €84.
  • Kitsch Hostel, Praça dos Restauradores 65, 2° esq (Aerobus stop and metro stop restauradores), +351 213467332 (), [40]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 11.00. brand new hostel in central Lisbon. 10-minute walk from Bairro Alto. from €14.
  • Oasis Backpackers' Mansion, Rua de Santa Catarina 24, +351 (21) 347 80 44 (), [41]. Backpackers rave about this hotel, often noting the friendly staff, large clean rooms, fun atmosphere and great dinners. It is a great place for a budget traveler to meet up with other travelers and feel safe when they go to bed at night - if they go to bed.
  • Pousada da Juventude - Youth Hostel, R. Andrade Corvo, 46, +351 (21) 353 26 96 (, fax: +351 (21) 353 75 41), [42].
  • Suiço Atlântico, Rua da Gloria 3-19, +351 (21) 346 17 13. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. A comfortable, non-smoking, hotel on Restauradores Square with WiFi available in public areas. Starting at €40.

Baixa

  • Beira Minho, Praça da Figueira, 6, +351 (21) 346 18 46. A great location at a good price, but with few amenities.
  • Goodnight Backpackers Hostel, Rua dos Correeiros 113, 2nd, +351 (21) 343-0139 (), [43]. The interior design looks a bit like IKEA show-room, the staff know where the good places to go out dancing and drinking are and the location works for a budget traveler. €18-20.
  • Hotel Astoria Lisbon, Rua Braamcamp 10 (1 minute walk from the Marquês de Pombal metro station), +351 (21) 386 1317. Great location and a clean room. 50€.
  • Ibis Lisboa Jose Malhoa, Avenida José Malhoa LT H, +351 (21) 723 5700, [44]. Starting at €61.
  • Ibis Lisboa Liberdade, Rua Barata Sagueiro 53, +351 (21) 330 0630, [45].
  • Ibis Lisboa Oeiras, Area de Servico da Auto-Estrada Da Costa Do Estoril-A5 KM 9,6, +351 (21) 423 07 30, [46].
  • Ibis Lisboa Saldanha, Avenida Casal Ribeiro 23, +351 (21) 319 1690, [47]. Travelers give this Ibis so-so reviews noting on the plus side the location only 5 min walk to the metro, and a good breakfast and on the minus side small rooms.
  • Lisbon Calling Hostel, Rua de São Paulo, 126 - 3D (Metro: Cais do Sobre), +351 (21) 3432381 (), [48]. Hardwood floors, a claw-foot tub as a table, fun people and friendly staff in a 250 year old building. 20€.
  • Lisbon Story Guesthouse, Largo S. Domingos, 18 S/L (on the right hand-side of Teatro Nacional D. Maria II), (+351) 211529313 (), [49]. A cozy Guesthouse with welcoming common areas and well-decorated small rooms at a budget price. Rooms Starting at €50.
  • Pensão Alegria, Praça de Alegria 12, +351 (21) 322 0670. Small cosy pension on a beautiful small square. €43,00 (Doubles).
  • Pensão Londrina, Rua Castilho, 61 First Floor (5 minutes walk from Marquês de Pombal underground station), +351.21.3863624, [50].
  • Pensão Norte, Rua dos Douradores, 159, +351 (21) 887 89 41. B&B style pension with friendly and accommodating staff in a quiet area.
  • Pensão Residencial Portuense, Rua das Portas de Santo Antao, 149-157, 1150-267 Lisboa (Is near Restauradores behind the Hard Rock Cafe), +351 (21) 346 41 97 (, fax: +351 (21) 342 42 39), [51]. Varies from €35 to €85.
  • Restauradores, Praça dos Restauradores, 13, +351 (21) 347 56 60.
  • Travellers House, Rua Augusta, 89, +351 (21) 0115 922 (), [52]. Nice hostel with lots of extras. Free WiFi, breakfast, coffee and tea, maps and city advice, lots of guide books to look at and a book exchange for travelers who are tired of reading the same book over and over again. Beds starting at $25.

Central

  • Lisbon Vintage Hostel, Avenida 5 de Outubro, 1076 R/c dto, (, fax: +(351) 309 890 193), [53]. This brand new, elegant and cosy hostel is near the city centre in the legendary Avenida da Republica. From living room you can experience a magnificent view over the avenue in a privileged and sunny environment. 10€-55€.

Mid-range

  • America Diamonds Hotel, São Sebastião da Pedreira, R Tomás Ribeiro 47, 1050-226 Lisboa, +351 (21)352 1177 (), [54]. The hotel is in a privileged zone of Lisbon with theaters, movies, historical monuments, gardens and a vast commercial and financial zones. Online booking
  • Hotel Real Parque, Av. Luís Bívar, +351 (21) 319 9000 (), [55]. Part of the Real Hotel chain, in a good part of town a short walk from downtown.
  • NH Liberdade Avda. da Liberdade, 180 B, 1250-146 Lisbon, Tel: +351 (21) 351 4060 Fax: +351 (21) 314 3674, [57]. Nice hotel located right in the center of the city. There are two other NH hotels in Lisbon [58] if this one doesn't suit your needs.
  • Real Suites, Rua Ramalho Ortigão,41, +351 (21) 382 2900 (), [59]. Part of the Real Hotels, Real Suites offers a smaller more intimate setting near Pace de Espanha.
  • Travelpark hotel, Avenida Almirante Reis nº 64, 1150-020 Lisboa, +351 (21) 810 2100 (), [60]. A brand new hotel that sits in the heart of Av. Almirante Reis. Just five minutes away from Lisbon International Airport and with underground station at doorstep. Online booking


  • Vila Galé Ópera, Tvª Conde da Ponte, 1300-141, +351 (21)360 5400 (, fax: +351 (21) 360 5450), [61]. The hotel basically stands right by the Tagus River. Adjoins Lisbon’s Congress Centre and the lively nightlife of Lisbon’s Docas area. Online booking


  • Fontana Park Hotel, Rua Engenheiro Vieira da Silva, 2, 1050-105 Lisbon, (+351) 210 410 600 (), [62]. A stunning four star designer hotel close to both the business district & the tourist attractions in central Lisbon. Rooms have huge windows & amazing views. Check availability and book online. (38.73115463,-9.14386511)
  • York House Lisboa, Rua das Janelas Verdes, 32, 1200-691 Lisboa (Near Ancient Art National Museum), (+351) 213 962 435 (), [63]. York House Lisbon a historic small hotel, once an old Carmelite convent dated of the 17th century, offers an extremely personalized and dedicated service. With 32 spacious and comfortable rooms, breakfast room, bar with terrace, fine dining restaurant “A Confraria”, business centre, 24 hour front desk, Wireless Internet access, room service, laundry service, concierge service.

Splurge

  • Four Season Hotel Ritz Lisbon, +351 (21) 381-1400 (fax: +351 (21) 381-1785), [64]. The Ritz engulfs you in palatial surrondings and an exquisite quality of living, and takes you back to the 50's, when luxurious furnishings and celebrated tapestries were a natural backdrop for travel and holidays. Guests stay in rooms that are decorated in styles such as French Neo-classical, and have balconies overlooking the river Tagus or the city. Marble decorates the bathrooms and the highest degree of comfort is maintained with Egyptian cotton sheets and sumptous bedding. The buffet breakfast is outstanding and worth getting out of your warm bed for. While dining at the esteemed Varanda restaurant, you may also be sitting with Kings, diplomats, and members of society, who make the Ritz Lisbon a favourite choice for accommodation.
  • Lapa Palace, Rua do Pau de Bandeira, 4, (+351) 21 394 94 94 (, fax: +(351) 21 395 0665), [65]. Property of Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises. A luxury palace hotel in one of Lisbon's seven hills, with gardens and pools, heated all year long. Member of The Leading Hotels of the World. With one of the best spas in Lisbon, gourmet food (its restaurant is considered by the Zagat Guide as one of the best in Lisbon) and one of best Concierge services in the country.
  • Pestana Palace, Rua Jau, nº 54, (+351) 21 361 56 00, [66]. Located in an old Palace, has a wonderful garden and luxury spa. Extremely comfortable, and well worth the €220 per night if you book in advance and online.
  • Pousada de Palmela - Castelo de Palmela, Historic Luxury Hotel, Castelo de Palmela 2950-317 Palmela, +351-212 351 226 (). This historic luxury hotel is on top of an imposing hill, and it is one of the best architectural fortresses in Portugal, specially known for its location and the magnificent views that it has to offer. (At Palmela, near Setúbal, not Lisbon)
  • Pousada de Queluz / Lisbon - D. Maria I, Historic Luxury Hotel, Largo do Palácio Nacional 2745-191 Queluz, +351-214 356 158 / 214 356 172 (, fax: +351-214 356 189), [67]. The Pousade de Queluz / Lisbon, D. Maria I, is a historic luxury hotel located in the building formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court in the Palace of Queluz, known as the "Portuguese Versailles". The Pousada hotel privileged location, about 5 km from Lisbon, 14 km from Sintra and 20 km from Cascais, the attractive interior design and exacting recuperation of its little private "theater", combines with the exquisite cuisine of the Cozinha Velha Restaurant.
  • Eurostars Das Letras, Rua Castilho, 6-12. 1250 - 069. Lisboa. Portugal (Five minutes walk from Avenida metro station, ten minutes walk from the AirportBus stop at Marques de Pombal), +351 21 357 3094 (). checkin: 10:00H. A new, modern hotel situated in the central Rato district. Despite its five-star rating, double rooms can be had for a very reasonable rate if booked in advanced. The hotel offers free wireless internet for guests along with two laptops with internet access. The hotel is very well situated - one street away from Avenida de Liberdad, a few minutes from the Avenida metro station and a short walk from Baixa / Chiado.
  • Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa, Rua Castilho, 149. 1099 - 034. Lisboa. Portugal, (). checkin: 15:00H. Luxury Hotel with 331 rooms each decorated as one of the four elements.

Apartments

  • Alfama House, Rua da Regueira, 73, Lisbon., (), [68]. The location is perfect. Right in the middle of old Alfama quarters, a typical neighbourhood of Lisbon. Self-catering place, modern and worth experiencing if you don't like being bothered by room maids and the like. It's a house in itself and it's nice to be picked up at the airport. Very "lisboetan". Easy to book with their website.
  • Casa na Bica, Largo de Santo Antoninho, (), [69]. Located in Largo de Santo Antoninho, in the heart of historical Lisbon, right next to Bica's funicular, the apartment is in walking distance to Bairro Alto Baixa, Santos and Cais do Sodré. Near the apartment you have restaurants, bars and markets. You also have the wonderful view of Miradouro of Sta Catarina just 100 meters from the house. Great place. 68 €.
  • Expo House, Parque das Nações, Lisbon., (). fabulous modern apartment in a luxury new building.It's perfect for those who want to visit Lisbon and take advantage of a well located flat in a beautiful & relaxing part of Lisbon. The flat, with 100 m2, has a large bedroom with a dressing closet, a full bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable dining room & a very nice living room all with plenty of natural light and a view of the River Tejo. The flat is brand new, very spacious with 100m2, private parking space (if you choose to drive!) and complete with the latest equipment and central heating. Close to the most important venues in Lisbon, you can also enjoy the magnificent gardens the proximity to the River.
  • Lisbon Apartments, VisitingPortugal.com, Rua Joaquina 9, +351 91 3464517 (), [70]. Personally Inspected and Recommended by Sawday´s "Special Places to Stay 2008". Four lovely apartments in the heart of Lisbon. Each beautifully restored home or apartment is in an historically-protect building, all located in one very quiet, residential (non-touristy) neighborhood, just 3-8 minutes walk from the Rossio, the main plaza, yet far from the raucous nightlife of the Bairro Alto/Chiado.


Stay safe

Lisbon is generally safe but use common sense precautions, especially at train stations and on public transport.

Some areas are best avoided late at night because of the risk of mugging: Bairro Alto, the alleys, Cais do Sodre. Some night clubs in Lisboa have a poor reputation.

Crime

According to Eurostat [71], the overall crime rate and in particular robberies are on the rise in Portugal. Some areas on the outskirts of Lisbon are becoming more dangerous, but it is unlikely the average tourist will visit these areas. The most common crime against tourists is pickpocketing and theft from rental cars or on public transport. The metro carriages can become crowded and opportune for pickpockets but simple precautions are enough to maintain your safety while travelling on them. There are some episodes of violent crimes (i.e. robberies) and some drug related crimes in places such as Bairro Alto and Santos, especially at night. Chances are you'll be approached at least a few times by certain types offering 'hash' or 'chocolate', especially in the downtown area on and around Rua Augusta. If you are of fair complexion or obviously a tourist you are more likely to be approached. Many of the people selling hash, cocaine, or marijuana are actually not offering that at all but rather a mixture of herbs they try to pass off to you as a drug. Oregano, or different types of tea can look similar to marijuana and a mixture of ginger and other ingredients are used to make an ºuvaº or an egg of what appears to be hashish. Cocaine is also occasionally offered by these people, but it is almost certain you will be buying a bag of baking soda if you choose to purchase. Don't let this completely discourage you but just remember that the cops in Lisbon largely do not care about the non-violent drug trade and trafficking. If possible go in a group, be patient, take your time and examine the product well, and you should be alright. Remember its OK to walk away from someone trying to sell you a false or bad product. It's also encouraged to be wary of the Intendente-Martim Moniz area. Intendente is a well known area for prostitution, and even though it has changed in the past couple of years (there's always police nearby, whereas before you couldn't say the same), it's still a problematic area. Martim Moniz is also notorious for the asian groups that live and work there. This isn't the problem in itself, but at night the area occupied by shifty crowds that more often that not will cause some trouble. During the day Martim-Moniz is quite a safe and pleasant area.

Criminals in Lisbon are very quick and witty and think of scams about how to get money from you (i.e. they canºt exchange their money and will pay you back in a few hours). Just remember that Lisbon is a big city and is very different from the rest of Portugal. Young tourists should be especially advised as they will likely be approached by many people especially near the Chiado Plaza. A firm 'no thank-you' or "não, obrigado", if you're a male; "não, obrigada", if you're female should be enough to deter them. Also be careful with bank machines in the city center. Groups of gypsies or adolescents occasionally stay close to the multibanco and wait until you have entered your pin. They then force you away from the machine and withdraw the maximum amount from the machine (500 or 600€). Try to withdraw money earlier in the day and try to avoid some of the train stations late at night, especially Cais do Sodre station.

Walking and Driving

Lisbon has one of the highest rates of car accidents on the European Union, so be extra careful when crossing the streets. Drivers don't usually respect pedestrian crossings unless there there is a red light for them to stop. Driving can be tricky without a GPS system as there is a poor signalization in the streets. Drivers overall are not too aggressive compared to other European capitals, although this is disputed by (mostly Spanish) tourists.

In case of Emergency

Ambulance, fire brigade, police: call 112.

Same number is used with both land line and mobile phone. The number works on any mobile phone, whether it is keylocked or not and with or without SIM card.


Contact

Private international call centers and public telephone booths are common throughout Lisbon. Be warned, however, public phones can be less generous than slot machines: many times they'll swallow your change and give you no credit. You're better off purchasing a Portugal Telecom pre-paid card you can insert into the phone, or even a discount calling card which connects you via a toll-free number. These can be purchased from street kiosks and convenience stores. Most payphones also allow you to pay by credit card, although support for this feature is somewhat expensive.

Internet cafes are also abundant in the Rossio and Restauradores districts as well as in the Bairro Alto (opening late there). Expect to pay between €2 - €3 per hour.

Cope

Embassies

  • Ca-flag.png Canada, Avenida da Liberdade, 198-200, 3rd Floor 1269-121 Lisbon, Portugal, 21-316-4600 (, fax: 21-316-4693), [72]. Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 12:30 to 13:30 - 17:00.
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom, Rua de São Bernardo 33 1249-082, (351) 21 392 4000 (, fax: (351) (21) 392 41 53), [73].
  • Us-flag.png United States, United States Embassy Avenida das Forças Armadas 1600-081 Lisboa, 351-21-727-3300 (, fax: 351-21-726-9109), [74]. Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Get out

  • Mafra— A charming town with a monastery.
  • Ericeira— A gorgeous seaside resort near Mafra, well-known to surfers worldwide.
  • Sintra is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site town 30 minutes by car/train from Lisbon.
  • Cascais— A town on the bay of the same name,on the Estoril coast.
  • Praia das Maçãs is a small and surprisingly calm seaside resort about 30km to the west of Lisbon,near the towns of Colares & Sintra.

South of Lisbon(south of the Tagus river/rio Tejo):

  • Almada, a city connected to/from Lisbon via ferry boats at Cacilhas and connected by train at Pragal and roadway via 25 Abril bridge/ponte 25 de Abril.

Monument of Christ-King(Cristo-Rei)is located in Pragal, Almada.

  • Setúbal— Capital of the district, and starting point for visits to Arrabida mountain, Troia, and the Sado river. Dolphins can be spotted on the bay.
  • Palmela— A hill town with a castle, with amazing views, near the city of Setúbal.
  • Sesimbra— A fisherman's village near the Arrábida mountain, good for scuba diving and fresh seafood, and starting point to visit the Espichel cape and sancturary.
  • Azeitão,near Setubal, some 30km South of Lisbon, this small region consists of a series of lovely villages, of which Vila Nogueira de Azeitão and Vila Fresca de Azeitão are the most well known. Azeitão stands between the Arrábida Nature Park and the coast. In the park you'll meet the last remains of the original Mediterranean flora. Also, there is the famous Convent of Arrábida to visit and the stunning views from its hills and at its peak.
  • Vila Nogueira de Azeitão— Visit the beautiful Winery and palace "Quinta da Bacalhoa". Also check out the grand estate and winery of "José Maria da Fonseca". Igreja de São Lorenço with hand painted tile panels, gilded wood chapels and a Lucca Della Robbia medallion. Convent of S. Domingos.
  • Tróia— A lovely peninsula gifted with kms of wild unexplored beaches, and with a tourist resort being developed on one of its edges.
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