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Apparently, it's very expensive to go up into the tower of Belem. And it's not that high, so I don't think you'd get to see any spectacular views anyway. The tower is nice to look at from the outside but it's not really worth it to go inside for the price you have to pay.
Written Jun 13, 2004
If by any chance you're going to the airport for your trip back home taking a car, go with 2 hours in advance from the time you actually were thinking on going. The "segunda circular" is a road with lots of traffic and can trap you enough time to make you miss your flight home..
Updated Jan 30, 2004
Not a major tourist trap, but I was fooled anyway. Many travel guides will draw your attention to the Metro Art, the azulejos art that decorates all metro stations. See my General Tip on Metro Art.
However, my Lonely Planet also remarked that Metro station Cais do Sodre even featured an underground waterfall!! Who wouldn't want to see that... So I went there - but what a disappointment it was! It was more like a shower area without showers, or part of a swimming pool that's running out of water. The picture says it all...
Updated Nov 17, 2003
well, what can be a tourist trap?
It really depends on the expectations of each tourist.
In my opinion, the zoo, it's nothing special, i also don't like Feira Popular (kind of entertainment park)
Like I said before...it really depends on the expectations!!!
Written Apr 15, 2003
Don't spend all your time in an internet cafe, but if you want to check in with VT or your email, I'd definitely recommend this great little place in Bairro Alto. The computers were reliable and fast and the price was right, although the drinks were a little expensive. Grab a coffee at a nearby cafe and make a quick stop here to stay in touch. Just don't spend all your time online when you're supposed to be out enjoying the beautiful city!
Popmail is located at Rua das Gaveas, 74 in Bairro Alto.
Updated Mar 27, 2003
For some reason, the Rough Guide raved about the multimedia program at the Castelo São Jorge--it's located inside the castle, not far from the cafeteria. For a few euros, you get a headset which presumably takes you through an exhibit of video and image installations. Unfortunately, the headsets weren't working too well, and the narration didn't seem to correspond to what you were looking at or tell you where you were supposed to go next. The whole thing was a little baffling. We didn't learn much about the Castle or its history.
Unique Suggestions: The castle itself is probably going to be on everyone's list to see no matter what, but it's not particularly interesting to look at or wander around. Make sure you have a good guidebook so that you'll know what you're looking at--explanatory signs are few and far between. There are equally good views from nearby locations such as the Igreja da Graça. If you're short on time, skip the castle and make sure you get in other, better sights like the nearby São Vicente monastery.
Updated Sep 14, 2002
It's beautiful, the Church is very interessant but don't pay the entry of the Monastery. If you pay it, you will see nothing except a garden and you will have the pleasure to see the stairs!!!
Written Aug 26, 2002
One would expect to find a site reportedly visited by the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, to be an ethereal, transcendant experience. Instead, it is a money venture in a most startling way. Everything pulls at the heart strings and toys with the faith of those who believe in such things...fortunately, I only went out of curiosity, or I think my faith would have taken a blow that day.
Surrounding the Cathedral, built on the site of where the bulk of the visions took place, there are dozens of stores hawking cheap Fatima rosaries, dinner plates, and my personal favorite, Virgin Mary shot glasses. To this day, I regret not purchasing that item. Ahh, opportunities missed...
In any case, we even found a store that had, mixed among the religious artifacts, toy guns, handcuffs, and other war toys. Somewhere I have a picture of that and will scan it, just for laughs.
Unless you're a devotee of these kinds of places (i.e. Lourdes, etc.) I would spend valuable time elsewhere.
N.B. No offense is intended to those who seek healing or solace at this location. I will however point out that if you are able to find any peace here, it is due to the strength of your faith and in spite of the tawdry commercialism present here.
Written Aug 25, 2002
Do not buy anything in the streets. You may find a real shop where you find it at an even better price.
So buy in shops. In the shops however you cannot weal and deal. The price is steady and will remain that way.
Updated Aug 25, 2002
A second tips for you: don't buy the LISBOA CARD, it isn't so convenient and so cheper as they say you.
Another one (the last one) is for a tourist itinerary: take the tram number 28, it's a circular route tram. You can take it from Praca Do Commercio so you will go in the old Lisbon, you will see the Sé Patriarcal (Cathedral), a lot of very thins streets, and at the end you can take off near the S. Jorge Castle.
Written Aug 24, 2002
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