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    Castle's village

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Most castles still keep inside it a small "village" generally carefully preserved.

    Lisbon's castle is no exception, but preservation is something for a longtime forgotten. In recent years people started seriously to care, but ruin is a menace to many buildings, forbidden to change the external look and not suitable to modern life.

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    Direita

    by solopes Updated Mar 7, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Now it's about time to start learning some Portuguese:

    "Direita" is a Portuguese word that means either right or straight. Each city uses to have its "Direita" street that, by coincidence is generally one of the least straight of them. Don't try to understand - that's Portuguese logic.

    King José statue in Praça do Comércio is the subject to a traditional game that all the children visiting it must face:

    - Which one is the "direita" leg of King José's horse?

    Wrong! It's the other one.

    If they answer "the right one" they will be correct - the straight one is the left. If they answer "the left"... well... the right is the other one.

    With this innocent joke no child will ever forget that statue.

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    language

    by maz100 Written Jun 22, 2012

    Favorite thing: This is a tip, not a favorite thing. It is very useful to speak Portugese in Portugal as quite a few people don´t speak English. But if they do, they normally want to practise their English on you so don't insist on practising Portugese on them!

    Fondest memory: Ginja, ginja and more ginja

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    getting around.

    by maz100 Written Jun 10, 2012

    Favorite thing: Thanks. Good suggestion.
    My tip is: I spent too much money on bus, tram and metro tickets, until I discovered zapping. Ask for zapping to get a discounted ticket you can use on any transport and save money.

    Fondest memory: Pastries are fab in Lisbon

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    Safe Lisbon

    by SOLODANCER Written Jun 14, 2010

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    Favorite thing: I'm more familiar with Lisbon than Porto having visited the latter only very briefly.

    And having visited Lisbon more than twenty times over the years, I can safely tell you that from my own experience the city is quite safe and has been considered one of the safest in all of Europe. This is not saying Lisbon doesn't have its share of petty crimes, principally pickpockets which tend to occur in crowded trams and buses. Other than that, the city isn't known to suffer from big crimes violently-motivated that we hear of occuring in big cities of this size.

    Having said that, the neighborhoods of Lisbon (the old part that is) are pretty much safe and pleasant areas to base oneself in during a visit. But if you want central location, ambiance, convenience as far as public transport access, fun atmosphere, cultural diversity, etc....I'd stick to staying in the old section of the city. So you have the most obvious choices of great neighborhoods as Bairro Alto (more bohemian), the Alfama district (old Moorish neighborhood but more uphill), Mouraria (also more uphill next to Alfama), Lapa and Alcantara (a bit farther away towards Belem but closeer to the sea front), the Belem district (where the main tourist attractions of great monuments are located, also a bit farther away and no longer practical on foot) or even staying right in the Baixa, the flat area along central Avenida da Liberdade and main hub of the city.

    I personally love staying in Bairro Alto for its wonderful atmosphere.

    Take time to look thru member pages for great resources you may need...to give you a wider perspective.

    Enjoy Lisbon. One fantastic city it is.

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    Safe Lisbon

    by SOLODANCER Written Jun 14, 2010

    Favorite thing: I'm more familiar with Lisbon than Porto having visited the latter only very briefly.

    And having visited Lisbon more than twenty times over the years, I can safely tell you that from my own experience the city is quite safe and has been considered one of the safest in all of Europe. This is not saying Lisbon doesn't have its share of petty crimes, principally pickpockets which tend to occur in crowded trams and buses. Other than that, the city isn't known to suffer from big crimes violently-motivated that we hear of occuring in big cities of this size.

    Having said that, the neighborhoods of Lisbon (the old part that is) are pretty much safe and pleasant areas to base oneself in during a visit. But if you want central location, ambiance, convenience as far as public transport access, fun atmosphere, cultural diversity, etc....I'd stick to staying in the old section of the city. So you have the most obvious choices of great neighborhoods as Bairro Alto (more bohemian), the Alfama district (old Moorish neighborhood but more uphill), Mouraria (also more uphill next to Alfama), Lapa and Alcantara (a bit farther away towards Belem but closeer to the sea front), the Belem district (where the main tourist attractions of great monuments are located, also a bit farther away and no longer practical on foot) or even staying right in the Baixa, the flat area along central Avenida da Liberdade and main hub of the city.

    I personally love staying in Bairro Alto for its wonderful atmosphere.

    Take time to look thru member pages for great resources you may need...to give you a wider perspective.

    Enjoy Lisbon. One fantastic city it is.

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    Post boxes

    by berenices Updated May 30, 2010

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    Favorite thing: In places around the city, you can find these red post or mail drop boxes. There are the smaller versions, but only for domestic mails. These bigger ones marked CORREIOS, can be for various types of mails. On one side can be found a panel where postage stamps can be bought. There are different types of stamps, just press the button for what you need -- one is for domestic speed mail (correio azul), another is for domestic normal (verde), and another is for international (international). The machine gives change, and it has instructions in English as well.

    With the mail service ubiquitous and accessible through this, you avoid the long queues and usually slow service in post offices. In the Restauradores area and other touristic places, these boxes are situated in conspicuous areas.

    Great for dropping those postcards in with no hassle or pain!

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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Written Jan 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Portugal:

    Forest fire: 117

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    USEFUL LINKS and TOURIST INFORMATION

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 15, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Lisbon Local Tourist Office has the following offices throughout Lisbon:

    - Lisboa Welcome Center
    Praça do Comércio
    Tel: +351-21-0312810

    - Lisbon International Airport
    Arraivals
    Tel: +351-21-450660

    - Palácio Foz
    Praça dos Restauradores
    Tel: +351-21-3463314

    - St.ª Apolónia Train Station
    CP Train Station - International Terminal
    Tel: +351-21-8821606

    - Tagus Handicraft
    Rua do Arsenal, 25
    Tel: +351-21-0312820

    - Belém
    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - Quiosque
    Tel: +351-21-3658435

    - Augusta Street
    Rua Augusta - Kioske
    Tel: +351-21-3259131

    USEFUL LINKS:
    Meteo
    City of Lisbon

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    Internet terminals

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 25, 2009

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    Favorite thing: When you travel light without iPod or laptop you need an Internet terminal.

    Ponto Net is one of the providers with Cyber Spots equipped with terminals and printers at the following two tourist office shops:
    -Praça do Comércio tel.: +351-21-0312810
    -Rua do Arsenal 25 tel.: +351-21-3312820

    Another possibility is the Internet service at Western Union shops; € 1.25 for half an hour web surfing.

    At the Lisbon Airport you'll find NetSpace Internet.

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 23, 2009

    Favorite thing: This outstanding structure stands in the middle of downtown Lisbon and will take you on a very short ride to the sky. From the top you have a good lookout point for photography of the rooftops of Lisbon (it also saves you walking up hill from the downtown area to the upper area where you can find the Cervejaria Brewery ^O^
    What really caught my fancy was the fact that this was originally powered by STEAM...could just imagine the racket that caused downtown and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) would be on your back to "clean up your act"....

    Fondest memory: http://www.golisbon.com/sight-seeing/santa-justa.html

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    Maps

    by Turska Written Oct 31, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you are like me,and addicted to maps,you might feel like I did.The maps in Lisbon are poor!They have lots of streetnames missing,and I didn´t find any with street index.We allways walk everywhere,and maps are important then.
    So I was happy,that I had bought this map+guide-book from Finland.I have seen them in English,so I suggest to all "map-lovers" to buy this when going to Lison.It was very good there!Only some streets missing,and it also has lots of tips on it!Good value of money,if you ask me.This same one wasn´t so important at London or Rome etc,where there was better (and smaller) maps for free.Only negative thing with this is the size.It wont go to small pocket.

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    WiFi in Lisbon

    by windcity Updated Sep 13, 2009

    Favorite thing: I have now returned from Lisbon and can confirm that I tried McDonalds in several locations and found that I was unable to log on, although I did see others using lap tops. It was also very noisy with kids running around and shrieking. We stayed at the camp site and although they offered Internet access it was rarely working.(1.20 euro for 15 minutes) Eventually I discovered that the Ibis hotels offer free Internet and WiFi for their guests, so I asked politely and was allowed to use it. I did notice a few Cyber cafes in Lisbon.

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    Good Posture

    by grandmaR Written Aug 31, 2009

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    Fondest memory: When we visited Lisbon in 1964, particularly in the fish market area, we saw many women carrying their baskets of goods on their heads. It wasn't just the fishwives that carried things on their heads - there were also fruits and vegetables and other things as well. They had a padded ring type thing to cushion their heads. And very good posture!!! I tried doing it myself when I got home, and it is a good way to carry things as it is balanced (you don't have a heavy thing in one hand).

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    Cristo Redentor, Lisbon

    by georeiser Updated Jul 7, 2009

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    Fondest memory: The statue of christ (Cristo Redentor) in Almada, Lisbon is visible from long distance. It is formed as a gate with a 28 meter tall statue standing on a 75 meter tall base construction. The monument was build in 1959, and was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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