If you are looking for something a little different during your stay in Lisbon, why not jump on the metro and head out to the Parque das Nacoes area. This is the old Expo 98 site, and the area is filled with interesting modern architecture.
Jump on the red metro line to Oriente, the last stop. When you arrive you will find yourself at the large Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre, with plenty of shops for all plus a large food hall.
The best idea is to by-pass the shops and go for a walk first along the river towards the stunning Torre de Vasco da Gama. The 140 metre high tower is the tallest building in Lisbon, and offers fabulous views from the top. It also has a panoramic restaurant, but unfortunately the Tower was closed when we were there.
One thing you can't miss is the Ponte Vasco da Gama. This is one of the longest bridges in Europe, stretching for 17.2km across the river. You would never imagine that it is that long - I found it quite amazing.
If you need a break from walking, you can catch the cable car for more great views.
There are loads of restaurants and bars in the Expo building that stretches along the river....I am sure these are very popular in warmer weather, but they were pretty deserted when we were there in winter.
Also in the Parque das Nacoes area is the Interactive Science Museum and an Oceanarium. As you walk about you will also see some impressive modern buildings.
Make sure you check out the impressive entrance to the metro station on your way back in and there is some other interesting architecture within the station complex.
Nearest metro: Oriente
If you feel like taking a swim in the ice-cold Atlantic ocean or just want to lay down and fry in the Sun, Portugal is the right country for you!
In case you are staying in Lisbon and feel like going to the beach, know that it is not that difficult.
If you take the train from Cais do Sodré (that can be accessed by Metro) you can lie on the beach in less than 30 minutes. Not bad!
Any of the following train stations have a beach withing walking distance:
- Parede (some walking involved)
- S. Pedro do Estoril
- S. João do Estoril
- Monte do Estoril
Basically, any of the last 8 stations... I have been told that Carcavelos and S. Pedro are quite good this year. These two are quite large beaches, whereas Estoril and Cascais are a bit smaller, but if you go on a weekday it can be very enjoyable.
Just be careful with your belongings as there are thiefs hoping for some unsuspecting tourists to "relieve" of their belongins. Don't worry about them being dangerous or anything, just pay attention to your stuff.
In packing up at the hotel for our departure from Lisbon, Sue realized that she was missing her small wallet that contained some Euros, her Canadian Permanent Resident, credit and banking cards as well as her drivers licence. It must have happened the evening before when we returned from our tiring day trip in Belem. We had grabbed a taxi to the hotel and Sue had pulled her wallet out to pay the driver. It must have been left in the rear seat of the taxi, and we had no idea of which car or who the driver was!
We still had our passports and I had all my stuff so we were OK. We phoned the Canadian Consulate near the Praca dos Restauradores and they said that we must come and see them. Away we went in a taxi to meet with their very friendly and helpful staff. I had a piece of paper in my wallet that listed Sue's credit card numbers so we were able to phone Canada from there to cancel the credit and bank debit cards. The Consulate made a copy of Sue's passport to be sent to the Embassy in Paris for actioning regarding the Permanent Resident card. Because of our numerous pre-booked accommodations, I also had a list with me detailing where we would be (with phone numbers) on the subsequent nights of our road trip. They took a copy of that too so we could be reached if need be. We were also told to go to the nearest police station to make a report so we would have all possible evidence to show Canadian Immigration that we had done all we could to deal with the situation regarding the lost Permanent Resident card.
We dragged our suitcases the two blocks to the police station just opposite the memorial. The staff were very friendly as they took down our details and I handed out our itinerary to them as well. They said we were luckier than most, at least we still had financial means and our passports! We thanked them and grabbed a taxi to the airport where we finally picked up our rental and left town in a blur at 1 PM! Nothing has been heard in the 5 months since, and no useage was made of any of the cards.
With just a few days in Lisbon and so much to see, we really didn't have time to seek out the out-of-the-way or minor sights of the city. However, by staying in a small Alameda apartment on a quiet side street rather than somewhere right in the centre, or even on the main avenue running through Alameda (lots of smart shops there), we found ourselves in a very residential area of the city, not at all touristy.
Served by two metro lines and only 5 minutes from the city centre, the Alameda district was built during the 1930s and 40s. It's still very much a middle class family area, with a big park, a children's playground and a beautiful modern fountain. Lisbon's Technical University is in Alameda. There are always people about, even quite late at night, and being very well lit, it feels very secure. With small local restaurants frequented by family groups and local residents, not a tourist in sight apart from us, prices were noticeably lower than the places we ate at elsewhere and the service was different too.
I wouldn't say you should make a special journey there, but if you're looking for a hotel, you could consider somewhere in this locality. You'll see a side of Lisbon that is quite different from more central areas., or tourist-frequented places such as Belem.
Since they started to rebuild, fix, and largering the Metro stacions that it called my attencion.
So thats something I would personally advice to go visit with some attencion because some of our metro stacions were designed and painted by famous architects and artists. And for me some are peaces of art. So my bet, take the metro without desteny :)
Santa Justa lift is one of the normal stopping points in Lisbon and it has been around since 1902. In summer months, every day, tourists queue at the door to go up to the top and appreciate a nice view of Lisbon. But you can go there for free. Go to Largo do Carmo and next to Convento do Carmo’s doors (at right) there is a path that will lead you to the top of the lift. The only con is that the view is obstructed with some grids but you will see everything perfectly. Now it’s paid to get above, to a view without grids, but sincerely 1.50€ for the same view isn’t worth it.
In the path from Largo do Carmo to Elevador is an Italian restaurant. A bit expensive, but not too much: http://www.bellalisaelevador.com/ (lunch menu: 9.5€)
Metro in Lisbon is really great. There is no way to get lost there. Each station looks different, and so nice!
On this pic, i'm in a station called 'laranjeiras', which means oranges. And the whole stations is covered with oranges on the walls, so there is no way to miss it!
Cabo da roca is the western most point in continental Europe and is located about 40 kilometers north west of lisbon.
It´s quite a dramatic setting with steep rocks plumming in to the Atlantic ocean and there is also a little religious memorial there with an inscription of the portugese national poet Camois.
It´s quite a scenic place and a nice place to go if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon.
If you manage the steep climb to Miradouro da Graca, on Lisbon's highest hill, you'll be rewarded by excellent views of the castle and the rest of the city. There's a nice cafe with a terrace at the viewpoint and it's a great spot to relax and enjoy an excellent panorama of the city. There is an easier way to get here than on foot as the 28 tram also travels this route.
Cacilhas is a very short journey from Lisbon - just across the river. There are regular ferry services between Cais do Sodre and Cacilhas and many people travel here to visit Cristo Rei in the suburbs of Almeda, west of Cacilhas.
However, Cacilhas is also worth looking around. There are a number of good-value restaurants near the ferry terminal. You can also walk along the riverfront and get great views of Lisbon in one direction and the Ponte 25 April bridge in the other.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge was built in 1998 connecting Lisbon to Setubal across the Tago estuary. It is Europe's longest bridge at an impressive 17.2 km and the speed limit is 120 km per hour. We travelled across the bridge on our way from Lisbon to Evora and it's quite impressive that you can still be in the bridge after Lisbon has disappeared from view.
As it's in the north-east of the city not all visitors to Lisbon see the bridge. The best place to see it is from the air. If you arrive or depart from Lisbon airport you'll have an excellent view. Another good spot is from the cable car at Parque das Nacoes.
Ler Devagar is a library and book shop on the Lx Factory complex. It is huge and really beautiful! It has 3 floors with an uncountable number of books – old and new. They also have a bar with tables to have a drink on the old machinery of the factory, a silent and comfortable place to read and a corridor with CD’s and Discmans on which you can listen to the CD’s they have there.
They also host various events: workshops, book releases, movie projections, fairs, concerts…
http://livrarialerdevagar.blogspot.pt/ - Their blog
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Livraria-Ler-Devagar/119887341354664 - Their Facebook
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Friday- Saturday:12:00 -2:00
As Lisbon is built on 7 hills there are many great lookout points (miradouros) around the city. My favourite one was the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara in Bairro Alto. Either climb or take the Elevador da Gloria from the Baixa and take a right turn at the top. The view is over the Baixa and to the castle in the distance and it's especially nice at sunset.
I think the English name of this church is Church of Our Lady of the Conception. It's very close to the Praco do Comercio but we must have walked past it the first few times we explored this area. The church dates from the 16th century though it was rebuilt after the Lisbon earthquake in 1755. the facade is very impressive and is of the manueline portugese style - similar to the monastery in Belem.
The remains of Convento do Carmo (an earthquake that took place in 1.775 destoyed it), house the Museu Arquológico do Carmo/Archeological Museum.
Largo do Carmo
How to get there:
It is in the Bairro Alto, you can reach it either using Elevador de Santa Justa or just walking.
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