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Information to help you with your stay in Lisbon

 

The capital of Portugal has experienced a renaissance in recent years and has reclaimed its rightful place as the 'golden city' of southern Europe. After slumbering for decades, the city's modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan identity is today much similar to that which it enjoyed in the 15th and 16th centuries during the age of the great discoverers, when Lisbon was the centre of trade with the East and the starting point for maritime exploration of the globe.

 

Within easy reach of the city are the sandy beaches of several coastal resorts, such as Costa da Caparica, Estoril and Cascais, as well as the forested areas of Sintra and attractions like the extraordinary Mafra monastery. The mood of Lisbon is light and bright, confident, fresh and avante garden, ready to welcome the world to the doorstep as one of the great capitals of Europe.

 

Temperature

 

   
Months Normal Warmest Coldest
January 11.2°C 14.5°C 8.0°C
February 12.5°C 15.9°C 9.2°C
March 14.2°C 18.1°C 10.3°C
April 15.2°C 19.0°C 11.3°C
May 17.3°C 21.4°C 13.3°C
June 20.3°C 24.8°C 15.8°C
July 22.7°C 27.5°C 17.8°C
August 23.0°C 27.9°C 18.1°C
Sepetmeber 21.8°C 26.3°C 17.3°C
October 18.4°C 22.1°C 14.6°C
November 14.8°C 18.0°C 11.5°C
December 12.3°C 15.2°C 9.5°C


 

Eating Out

With literally hundreds of restaurants on offer, eating out in Lisbon is taste sensation and an experience not to be missed. With an emphasis on seafood and the usual spicy Portuguese fare, this country has a love of spices, especially cinnamon and vanilla, which can be seen in their love of pastries, especially of the custard variety, such as the pastel de nata, a small custard tart sprinkled with cinnamon. Piri piri,small fiery peppers, black pepper and saffron are also popular spices that are commonly used in Portuguese cooking. Try the caldo verdewith potato, shredded cabbage and chunks of spicy chorizo sausage, or authentic Portuguese sardines, grilled as sardinhas assadas.Head to the city centre where all the trendiest and most popular Lisbon restaurants can be found, while the barrio Alto is a good place to sample Indian cuisine. The area of Lapa is known for cosy and well-established restaurants while Estoril and Cascal's restaurants come with breathtaking ocean views. When in Portugal, many choose to have a lengthy and drawn out lunch, pushing dinner later into the night and visitors will have to adapt to this.

Getting Around

Public transport in Lisbon is inexpensive and useful for negotiating the hills between attractions. The fastest way to get around is by metro, which covers most of the city, and complementing this is a network of trams, buses, funiculars and a vertical elevator to connect the high and low areas of Lisbon. There is also a modern electric train that links the city to all the towns along the Portuguese Riviera, and ferries across the Tagus River. Trams and buses are very inexpensive and the old trams have become a big tourist attraction. It is best to avoid public transport during rush hours, as the crowded conditions are the perfect cover for pickpockets. Various transport passes are available, including the Lisboa Cardthat allows unlimited transport, free entry to many museums and several discounted attractions and activities. Metered taxis are plentiful and affordable, and a popular means of transportation, but beware of drivers taking long, indirect routes. A car is not recommended for use around the city and it is best to leave it in a garage for the duration of stay and get around by public transportation

Nightlife

Lisbon has a very active nightlife, offering everything from clubs and bars to traditional Fado music, international concerts and fantastic theatre. The Bairro Alto area is the epicentre of the city's nightlife but there are various other party and entertainment destinations. The guide Follow Me Lisboalists all the major events and venues in the city. Start the evening with cocktails in a café in the Chiado square, before going to Bairro Alto's Bedroom, Pavilhão Chinês or Clube da Esquina. These venues can be followed by pre-dawn partying and relaxing at the docks of Alcântara and in the Santos district; Op Art is one of the favoured bars. Lux, another popular club in the area, is part-owned by actor John Malkovich. Classical music can be enjoyed at venues including the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Culturgest, while theatres such as Dona Maria II National Theatre offer contemporary works and classical plays; there is good opera at São Carlos Theatre. Fado is popular in Alfama and Lapa, the best venue being Senhor Vinho. Concerts are held at Atlantic Pavillion and Coliseu dos Recreios, featuring international bands and artists.

Shopping

Shopping in Lisbon is an all-day affair with plenty of major shopping malls, including two of Europe's largest, namely Centro Colombo and the Amoreiras Shopping Centre. Some of Lisbon's smaller independent shops can be found downtown in the Baixa quarter and strolling through these streets, visitors can marvel at the unique exteriors of shops such as Luvaria Ulises and Ourivesaria Aliança.

The most famous market in Lisbon has to be the Feira da Ladra, which is held every Tuesday and Saturday on the Campo de Santa Clara. Here bargain hunters can sift through clothing, hand-made goods, CDs, books, antiques, furniture, second-hand wares and other bric-a-brac. It's a must when shopping in Lisbon but tourists should beware of pickpockets.

Shops in Lisbon are generally open from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm from Monday to Friday while on Saturdays shopping hours are from 9am to 7pm and many of the larger shopping malls stay open till midnight.

Visitors should look into obtaining a Lisboa Shopping Card, which is available from tourist offices and provides discounts for tourists at more than 200 participating stores.

 

 


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