Lisbon Travel Guide

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Lisbon Things to Do

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  • Torre de Belém - Tower of Belém

    The Coaches Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches) is housed in a two storeys building that was an old horse riding arena used for training horses and for horse riding exibitions. Here you can see a large collection of horse drawn carriages, chaises and sedan chairs dated from the 17th to the 19th centuries. These belonged to the Portuguese royal...

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  • Day Trips:

    Get there by train from Ross station, quite frequent and about 30 minutes. In Sintra you have 2 circuit bus lines taking you to all the major sights, bus 434 (€ 5) to Pena park with Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) and, Moorish Castle and Convento dos Capuchos, bus 435 (€ 2,50) to Quinta da Regaleira (Regaleira Palace and Gardens) and...

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  • Castelo de São Jorge

    It's far from being one of the best castles in Portugal, but its precious story, accessibility, great sights over the city, and the typicity of the surrounding quarters turn it in a mandatory visit. At the eastern end of tram 28 line, it is a natural stop, to discover the city descending to the centre.

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Lisbon Restaurants

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  • Pastéis de Belém

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Ir you want to try The very tradional Portuguese sweet "Pastel de Belem ", I recommend the shop "Chique de Belem ". It is one block away from the most famous store, but there is no line and the "pastel" is better.

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  • A Brasileira

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of the oldest surviving coffeehouses in Lisbon. It has done virtually nothing to change the opulent but faded Art Nouveau decor that has prevailed since it became a fashionable rendezvous in 1905. Once a gathering place of Lisbon's literati, it was the favored social spot of the Portuguese poet Bocage. Patrons sit at small tables on...

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  • Casa do Alentejo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    First of all - this place is kind of hidden. Though its located on a street with many restaurants that cater to tourists, Casa do Alentejo is actually an embassy of sorts for the region of Alentejo. Walk through the beautiful courtyard on the ground level up to the second floor to find the restaurant. Carne de Porco à Alentejana (pork with clams)

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Lisbon Nightlife

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  • Dancing and nightclubs

    Hello i recommend Lisbon, Portugal if you're planning to have a party. i enjoy 4 days your in the city and introducing the night life party at night. i love the place and the scenery. I love taking photos of the event every night. I enjoy and relax every sec i stayed in Lisbon. Awesome :D More powers. Basty

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  • Fado clubs

    Dining at a fado's restaurant may be a tourist trap. Portuguese fado lovers use to have dinner somewhere else, in a chosen restaurant, and go to the fado houses later in the night, eating a light snack with a glass of wine, so joining two advantages: eating better, and saving good money.

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  • Neighborhoods for nightlife

    The Santo Amaro Docks is a part of the former industrial docks by the Tejo river that has now been torned in to an upscale cafe/restaurant area that is in particular lively during the evening hours and it´s a really nice place to go if you want to hang out with friends for an evening, starting with a good dinner and then moving on to some drinks...

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Lisbon Transportation

  • Metro

    The metro in Lisbon has four lines. Each of these are colour coded, as in other cities. It doesn' t cover the whole city, but it is useful to reach places which are quite far from where you are. You can also go to the airport by metro. It runs from 6.30 a. m. until 1 a. m.

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  • Tram Electrico

    There is a tram-way system in Lisbon, and it is easy to use. They still use may of the old-fashioned tram cars that move rather slowly, but that's part of its charm, and it's a nice way to travel around the city. You buy your ticket inside the tram car. But be careful because there can be pick-pockets there.

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  • Buses

    What’s the best travel card for a tourist, in the triangle Lisbon – Cascais – Sintra? Well, maybe… none. I explain: In Cascais or Sintra and connecting them, the only public transport is bus, owned by Scotturb - www.scotturb.com Local service in Cascais is called BusCas, paid in the bus (1.00€). Local service in Sintra is called Sintraline, paid...

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Lisbon Shopping

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  • Shopping centers and malls

    The first big mall in Lisbon and the most central of them all, (though having been over sized by the newest ones), this mall continues to be one of the favorite shopping centers of Lisbon. Furthermore, its "risky" architecture still feeds many discussions among the specialists. Its weakest point is the great distance to the closest Metro station.

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  • Souvenirs and handicrafts

    On our way down the hill from the castle we came across an attractive display of tiles outside a small shop. This isn’t unusual in Lisbon, where the traditional blue and white azulejos are sold all over the city (both new ones made especially for the tourist market, and odd tiles salvaged from old buildings and sold singly as decorative items). But...

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  • Markets

    Awesome market. I was looking for the "Pingo Doce" market and got lost so I asked a guy where the market is and he pointed to this one so I figured what the heck let's see what's inside. This is a little market but the products they sell are of good quality. The fruits are very fresh and very well priced. I paid 40 Euro cents for four peaches!...

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Lisbon Local Customs

  • Food and drink

    Local traditions are fading, but some still have their followers. Ginginha is one of them: two tiny shops were the landmark of this cherry liquor, that, of course, you may buy everywhere, including shops and supermarkets. But the tradition was to stop, ask for a Ginginha at the counter, and drink it outside, watching the passing people....

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  • Useful information about Lisbon

    Learn to say “Bom dia”, “Obrigado/Obrigada” and “Me desculpe” which mean “Good morning”, “Thank you” and “Excuse me”.These few words will get you far so learn to say them well because you will use them often. “Bom dia” to the downstairs neighbors, to the baker at the coffee shop you go to each morning for a sweet roll and café au lait, to the old...

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  • Social interactions

    This is the oldest barbershop in Europe. Barbearia Campos’ undertook their first shave in 1886 and since then they have never stopped trimming hair and beards It opened in 1886 and it is still family owned. Located in Largo Chiado 4, 1200 Lisbon - have a haircut or a shave.

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Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

  • Street crime

    This is a big city, so watch out for pickpockets and petty crime. Don't wear or carry anything valuable, and don't carry large amounts of cash - the usual precautions when visiting a big foreign city. But be aware that even seasoned travellers who know these risks can still become victims - just ask VTer DAO (who has traveled all over the world)...

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  • Hassles from people on the street

    We are Brits living in Portugal. Almost every time my wife and I are in Lisbon we are hassled by hash sellers. All drugs are decriminalised for personal use in Portugal (the focus is on health to help addicts instead), and unfortunately that extends to the dealers unless they are caught with a huge amount on them. Result, there are more hash...

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  • Taxi rip-offs

    I would like to inform all of you that came to Lisbon. Lisbon Airport has to main taxi points. One is the down point and the other is the upper point. The better, is to pick up a taxi is from the upper point. On the down point 99,9% of the times you'll be cheated. They use a wide range of tricks. Why? Because usually if the taxi driver's aren't...

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Lisbon Tourist Traps

  • Street crime

    It's true Lisbon can be dangerous at night (especially certain areas) mainly the downtown, but a lot of it is exagerated. I've been to Rossio many times at night (not alone obviously) and have never been mugged, robbed or even close to that. Ok so it was before 11pm... still it was already dark. After 11 would be a different story though, so alays...

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  • Fado clubs

    Fado is definately an aquired taste as far as musical style, but its hard to find a house where true Fado exists. We had companions who went to an outing and liked it, but said the food was horrible and the whole evening a little overdone. The best piece of advice I've heard is to find a club that is owned by a Fado singer themselves and has a low...

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  • Restaurant rip-offs

    This is the worst eating experience I ever had. The vegetarian dish tasted like nothing, after complaining, the waiter showed us the desserts card. Thinking it would be free, we ordered a pudding, but it was added to the bill as well. Very bad price-value relation. There’s Indian restaurants around the corner, and a very good Maroccan one, Ali A...

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Lisbon What to Pack

  • Most importantly: bring some sturdy...

    Lisbon is often nicknamed the "city of seven hills". These hills are very steep, and most often the streets or stairs leading up there are not in very good condition. The cobblestoned pavements aren't much better, so bring some sturdy shoes. In rainy weather the stones also become quite slippery.

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  • Bring and wear FLAT shoes

    Lisbon is completely covered in cobblestones - uneven and very slippery cobblestones. Plus, the up and down terrain throughout the city makes for very treacherous walking if you are in anything but flat shoes with a rubber sole. Seriously. Do not think you will be OK wearing heels of any kind unless you plan on taking a taxi door-to-door, from...

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  • The Rough Guide to Lisbon

    I usually borrow guide books from a library for my travels, but sometimes I feel like I have to buy a guide book just to make my bookshelf look well travelled. As I was really looking forward to finally visiting Lisbon, I decided to buy the "Rough Guide to Lisbon". Rough Guides are my prefered travel book series.I read quite a lot in this book...

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Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

  • Day trips: Sintra, Cascais,...

    Mandatory for anyone spending more than two days in Lisbon, a trip along the coast until Cascais allows you to see some beautiful beaches lined with classical palaces and modern villas. Estoril joins the best of the several beaches with the Casino that now has got some competition in Lisbon but keeps being a highlight in Lisbon's coast. It's also...

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  • Little things to notice in Lisbon

    Not so visited as its neighbor Alfama, this quarter still has its attractive look, sharing most of the characteristics, and giving a perfect look of Lisbon. A few interesting monuments enhance this quarter's interest.

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  • Out-of-the-way museums and sights

    This was the house where Amalia Rodrigues spent her last 45 years. Six rooms are open to the public here. These are almost like Amalia left them. The hall; with a huge Amalia' s portrait; the dining room, the guests bedroom; Amalia' s bedroom and the living room. In this house you can see several of her belongings. For instance there are some of...

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Lisbon Sports & Outdoors

  • Stadiums and sports venues

    Lately during my travels I usually attempt to watch a match of the locals favourite sport. In Lisbon it is football (or soccer to us North Americans). In planning my trip to Portugal, I planned ahead to find a match I could attend. This proved to be more difficult than I imagined for most of the important teams (we will say Sporting, Benefica,...

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  • Running

    We happened to be in Lisbon when the Lisbon Marathon was being run. It was a lovely morning for it, at least it was for watching it. The route took the runners down the seafront, finishing in the Praca de Comercio. It looked very good, though we didn't stay to see them finish as we were off to Sintra for the day. We saw some of the half marathoners...

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  • Belém

    Lisbon is not a great example of nautical sports (the river has too much traffic and sometimes suffers the agitation of the sea) but it is possible to practice a few water sports, in the Estoril's coast and in the city. In Belem, the Nautical Club has some activity and it seems to have good structures

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  • Lisbon neighborhoods and atmosphere

    I stayed just off of Avenida da Liberdade (at the Ibis Hotel) and I spent lots of time strolling up and down. This was especially so when I just arrived in Lisbon and my room was not yet ready. I was dead tired and walked up and down this palm lined avenue just trying to keep awake. There are plenty of cafes, pasteurises and restaurants here to...

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  • Architecture, monuments, and structures

    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...

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  • Getting around

    Rossio is one of the main squares in Lisbon. Its official name is "Praca Dom Pedro IV". Long ago it was used as cattle market, public execution place, bullfight arena and carnival ground. In the middle of this square a tall column with a statue of king Pedro IV is located. This square is surrounded by the Dona Maria II National Theatre, by various...

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