Favorite thing: Distinctive black and white mosaics, known as Calçada, or Portuguese Pavement are a feature of the squares and pavements in Lisbon. It seems no two are the same, the patterns used complimenting the space they cover, whether an expansive square or a narrow footpath. Abstract, geometric, traditional and modern, flowers, stars, linear, swirling - there seems to be no limit to the variety or ingenuity of the designers.
Whilst the technique dates back to Roman times, the black and white style favoured in Portugal was first introduced to the country in 1849 when the distinctive wave pattern pavement known as "the wide sea" was laid in Rossio Square in Lisbon - it's still there today. They're rather beautiful and, I should think, incredibly labour-intensive to lay.
Favorite thing: The districts you have chosen are very nice. Bairro Alto is known for its night life, that means that, if you are looking for a quiet location avoid it. Chiado is, in my point of view, the best of the three choices, though it is very touristic. I would suggest that you book an apartment near Rossio, the real city centre of Lisbon, and full of nice cafés (Nicola, Suiça or Brasileira). There are some websites proposing very charming apartments in this area, and some of them are really quiet and well located. Santana is a very good alternative district, very central, close to the Rossio and a real old Lisbon area full of families living there for generations. Good trip to the magic city of Lisbon.
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Favorite thing: * Tourism Information Points
- Rua do Arsenal, 15 (main pic)
- Rua Augusta (second pic)
- praça dos Restauradores (third pic)
- Airport (arrivals)
- Praça do Comércio
- Jerónimos Monastery/Tower of Belem area
- www.lisbon-guide.info/facts_visitor/tourism_offices (Tourism Offices)
* Some websites:
* For Lisboa card:
* E mail: email@example.com
Currency: Euro (€)
Favorite thing: On 1 January 2.002, Portugal, as some other countries in Europe, adopted the common currency, the Euro.
Fondest memory: For those who want to know how much 1 € is before the visit, check:
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Christmastime in Lisbon
Favorite thing: Perhaps because I had an impression of Lisbon as a hot place I wasn't really expecting it to be very Christmassy, or maybe it's because back home in England it's almost become illegal to celebrate it these days. But I was glad to see Lisbon takes it's Christmas celebrations very seriously. Every major square, monument and street is in someway covered in Xmas lights. Some of them are a bit more in your face than others, such as the paparazzi lights of the Rossio Square, but the majority of them are really tasteful and definitely put you in a Christmassy mood. There is also piped Xmas music in the main squares and streets which adds to the atmosphere, and even in smaller towns we went through on our way to Sintra and Cascais nearly every street had decorations up. If you'd never considered Lisbon as a Festive destination, then think again.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Favorite thing: You should know some things regarding your medical care. Most hotels have contracts with clinics or private companies with english speaking medical staff. Even those that don't have any kind of agreement will be able to direct you to a competent medical service. Threr are a lot of public hospitals in Lisbon.
Tourists travelling from countries of the EU may have the European Health Insurance Card that is valid to all EU member states and provides you medical facilities.
Favorite thing: Cyber cafes are almost everywhere, so here are just some of the places where you can have access to the Internet:
Rua dos Duques de Bragança, 7, 1200-162 LISBOA
Tel.: 213 225 004
Website: www.cyberbica.com - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Largo do Picadeiro, 10 S/L, 1200-330 LISBOA
Tel.: 213 466 722
Net Lisboa Café
Rua Padre Francisco, 24 C, 1350-226 LISBOA
Tel.: 213 971 824
Teatro Taborda, Costa do Castelo, 75 - Tel: 218 865 786
Centro Consulta Internet - Estação dos CTT
Pç dos Restauradores, 58 - Tel: 213 238 700
R. Diário de Notícias, 126 - Tel: 213 421 181
Parque das Nações, Pavilhão do Conhecimento
Tel: 218 917 112
Lisboa Welcome Center, Terreiro do Paço
Tel: 210 312 700
Ciber Café da Biblioteca Museu República e Resistência
R. Alberto de Sousa, Cidade Universitária - Tel: 217 712 310
Favorite thing: You will find numerous public booths, where you have the choice of using coins, phone cards and sometimes credit cards.
Telephone calls made from bars, restaurants and hotels are usually a great deal more expensive than the street pay booths.
Favorite thing: Before you rent a car in Lisbon, there are a few things you should know:
* Portuguese drive on the right side of the road
* The use of safety belt is always compulsory
* Driving and drinking is not recommended. When you drive the legal maximum alcohol level is restricted to 0.5g/l, the equivalent of a small beer
* Usually, vehicles approaching from the right have priority, except when the signs tell the contrary.
Lisbon can be quite confusing and it is better for you to buy a road map. There are traffic jams, quite often, on its streets.
Favorite thing: Portugal specifies time according to the 24-hour clock which can be quite confusing for those who are accustomed to 'am' & 'pm'. Portugal maintains Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC) as summer time.
Clocks are put forward one hour on the last Sunday of March and back one hour on the last Sunday of October, according to the rules of the European Union.
Favorite thing: These are some useful phone numbers, just in case you need them.
National Emergency Number: 112
(it connects you to fire, police and ambulance services).
Police: 21 358 83 00
Public Security Police (PSP):
346 61 41
347 47 30
Airport: 21 841 35 00
Dona Estefânia Hospital : 21 312 66 00
Egas Moniz Hospital : 21 365 00 00
Santa Maria Hospital : 21 793 27 62
São Francisco Xavier Hospital: 21 301 73 51
São José Hospital : 21 884 15 40
São Luís Hospital : 21 321 65 00
Intoxications: 795 01 43
Ambulances: 808 20 10 68
Chemists: 800 20 21 34
800 20 21 35
800 20 21 36
800 20 46 13
Firefighters: 21 342 22 22/21 392 47 00
Portuguese Red Cross: 21 303 03 60/3
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Favorite thing: Located about 2/3 of the way down Portugal's western Atlantic coastline, Lisbon is the bustling, yet amazingly friendly capital of Portugal. We had been advised to take our time while there, spend a few days enjoying the many things that the city has to offer before zooming off on our round-the-country trip!
It was excellent advice! We really enjoyed our far too short time there (4 nights) and would love to have another go at the city!
This map also shows our eventual route around Portugal, taking us an additional 9 days to complete (2500 km or 1600 miles). Please check out my 'Algarve' page to see how we made out with the first part of our road trip on the southern coast!Related to:
- Family Travel
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Favorite thing: One of my favourite spots in Lisbon was the rooftop of the Santa Engracia church. It had been a long day exploring the sights of Lisbon and we got to the church an hour before closing time. We sat down on the rooftop with the evening sun keeping us warm and stayed there for a long time just taking in the fantastic views of the Alfama, the rest of the city and Cacilhas across the river.
Favorite thing: Yes. You're immersed in the antiquity of central Lisbon. You may be amazed to see anything modern around here, but in reality there are many up-and-happening places.
There's many small modern art studios, chic bars, and music studios, primarily in the artsy-hip neighborhood of Bairro Alto. Chiado also has a lot of elegant stores and studios
Walk down the narrow, rugged, centuries old streets, and through the small windows, bright colors and designs will catch your eye.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
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Look Up & Look Down
Favorite thing: When walking around, don't forget to look up........& down too, but watch where you're going of course!
The beautiful cobbled designs all over the streets & squares of Lisbon & surrounding towns really are eyecatching. Sadly, many of the footpaths that are made in this style are falling into disrepair. I should imagine it's an ongoing full-time job keeping them up to standard though.
And of course, don't forget to look up & admire the ornate balconies and architecture around this city!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
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