Lisbon Travel Guide

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Lisbon Highlights

  • Pro
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     weather, people, beauty, budget (not necessarily this order) 

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     traffic, polution... 

  • In a nutshell
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     Europe's most underrated city 

Lisbon Things to Do

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  • Churches and monasteries

    I was pleased to find that excavation at the rear of the cathedral had continued since my last visit in 2008. In consequence, the site is much easier to interpret. There are information boards in English and walkways above the excavations, so you can get excellent views of what once was. The dig goes deep enough to expose some of the pre-Roman...

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  • Plazas and squares

    Until 1974 Carmo was only a touristy place, with its beauty and not many references. In April's revolution it was the surrendering place to the government, since then becoming a reference to freedom. Still beautiful as before, or... even more!

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  • Belém

    The Monument to the Discoveries (in Portuguese “Padrão do Descobrimentos”), created by Cottinelli Telmo (1897–1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898–1975), was first erected in 1940, in a temporary form, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition. Built with perishable materials, it had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded...

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Lisbon Restaurants

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  • General info on eating in Lisbon

    Once upon a time, in the middle of last century, high society living in the new quarter called exactly "Avenidas Novas" used to gather in selected places, for the 5 o'clock conversation with or without tea. Versalhes was in the top, a real landmark. Times changed, coffee houses were replaced by banks or phone houses, the most resistant tried to...

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  • Café Pastéis de Belém

    This is a must do when near the monastery in Belem …. the line goes quick … the price is 1.30 euro for each pastel de nata …. and boy are they worth it ….. we first bought 1 each and sat down across the street in a park to have it … one bite and we knew we were going back for more … we ended buying another dozen …. they are soooooooo good !!!!!!...

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  • Café a Brasileira

    The service was abysmal! The restaurant counts on its historic past to keep people coming in the door. They must realize that many are tourists and the staff feels comfortable speaking in abusive ways to customers. Our waiter did not enter an order - when the mistake was realize there was no apology just screaming at us. If he had simply said. I am...

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Lisbon Nightlife

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  • Dancing and nightclubs

    In the heart of Lisbon you can find this medieval themed tavern. Once you enter the door, there is no "outside world" anymore! The music takes you back to Ireland, the clothes are all from some medieval movie and everything in there is well decoretared. Ask for your beer on a horn! You'll feel like a king celebrating your victories! The place...

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  • Quieter bars

    In the Barrio Alto you can find the Pavilhao Chines (it would translate as the Chinese Pavalion), but it was very worldly and not just limited to China. We were lucky enough to have our friends Antonio, Carlos and Gloria take Zohara and I to this place, one of the most attractive and interesting we experienced in...

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  • Fado clubs

    Everybody knows Amalia, but the real first icon of fado was Maria Severa, a reference to Amália herself. There's a fado restaurant with her name in Bairro Alto, but she lived and sung in Mouraria, by the castle. Rua do Capelão, a known fado theme thanks to Severa, is the place where she lived, with her house well identified. Several small taverns...

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Lisbon Transportation

  • Buses

    Sintra is a mountaintop town and walking to the site is almost impossible. Upon arriving in Sintra train station exist right and walk about 50 meters and you will see a bus stop with maps and time schedules ….. In order to get to Sintra town and the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace you must take bus #434 a all day ticket cost 5 Euro's … the bus is...

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  • Tram Electrico

    When I visited in 2009 the whizzy new electronic tram 15 to Belem started from Cais do Sodre (at least, I think it did) so that's where we started from. Unfortunately, we chose a day when a cruise ship was in port and it seemed the whole world wanted to get on the tram...ok, not the whole word but there were at least 60 people in the queue. Given...

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  • Metro

    Just wanted to advise other VT travellers to Lisbon that the way out of the Baixa-Chiado metro station involves 4 very long sets of escalators and a flight of stairs. Good idea to take the lift even if you have no luggage. Plus, just wanted to mention, it appeared, that some escalators, around Lisbon, stop working if nobody use them for a length...

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Lisbon Shopping

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  • Shopping centers and malls

    The biggest Spanish chain conquered Lisbon. With the best accessibility among all the greater shopping malls (central location and Metro) this is an easy place to shop. Prices are not very cheap, but diversity in quality and brands, and the integration of space are the stronggest arguments. I must confess that, till now, I was forced to spend...

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  • Boutiques

    There are those occasions - more often than not in today's travels - when by necessity, demand and even urgency where we find ourselves wanting that new and extra luggage to have to accommodate our suddenly enlarging purchases, to give that extra convenience and room or to simply have one so new precisely the one we've just spotted...simply as a...

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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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Lisbon Local Customs

  • Food and drink

    Be sure to try the pasteis de Belem (or pasteis de nata) while you're in Lisbon. They are custard tarts and every bakery and cafe sells them. You can sprinkle some powdered sugar on them, and eat them with coffee/tea. They are absolutely delicious and make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.

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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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  • Festivals

    As in many parts of Europe in the month of Feburary, Lisbon too holds its carnival. It may be a far cry from Venice or Rio, but the locals have their share of fun too, young and old alike. Recently, though, the celebrations have become more simple, owing perhaps to the economic crisis which means less money to spend for this. Nowadays, less people...

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Lisbon Warnings and Dangers

  • Street crime

    cassiodoro theres no "islands" across the ferry u typical ignorant ourist.. check a map to see if theres islands there.. on the other side of the river there is a city called Almada, is where u can see the "cristo rei" statue.. Almada is so much better than lisbon yet we dont want no tourists around here check out costa de caparica its a beach area...

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  • Hassles from people on the street

    When walking through Lisbon, even in the most touristic area's, you get harrassed repeatedly by guys offering marihuana and coke. This happens already in the afternoon and is not limited to late evenings or special area's. When walking through the main street Rua Augusta we got harrassed more then 15 times in about one hour time (it was only 9pm!)....

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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

  • Taxi rip-offs

    I don't like to speak about this but some of them have shown us the entire city (which is not so big) trying to get one more euro... or even less I haven't complained about it as I had to recognise that for a lot of people the life is hard... You shall be anyway aware about it... even if the price of the taxi is not so high in Lisbon. We have spent...

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  • 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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Lisbon What to Pack

  • 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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  • Something for windy nights

    Even if the locals warned me,I didn´t belive how chilly it might be at summer.I really had not enough long sleeved shirts.My husband did not even take his jeans with him,because at hollidays in Italy and Spain he had never used them.No he was missing his jeans,even if he hardly ever feels cold.

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Lisbon Off The Beaten Path

  • Day trips: Sintra, Cascais,...

    Spend a day on the beach in Carcavelos or just have a great lunch/dinner in one of the beach restaurants. It's also a good option to take some Surf / bodyboard lessons. There's plenty of Surf Schools on the beach. I recomend Angel's Surf School (contacts below). It's very easy to get to Carcavelos, just pick the train in Cais do Sodré.

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  • Neighborhood sights

    One of the oldest traditions still in use in Lisbon is the "Volta Saloia" that consists in going out from Lisbon to the surrounding small towns and villages, from where the "saloios" - rural folks - used to feed Lisbon. It's a search of nature, and culturally unspoilt people. Well, things are changing, and the landscape evidences the hand of...

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  • Monuments and structures

    Largo Martim Moniz is a huge, multi-cultural space in the heart of the city. It's the terminus of tram 28, so you're almost certain to wander around it at some point during your visit. If you look across the square in the direction of Bairro Alto (though there's a hill in the way) you'll spot what looks to me like a chunk of the original city...

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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 Favorites

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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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  • Views of Lisbon

    When I lived in Lisbon (I left in 1972) the city was divorced from the river. Ugly and dirty banks, abandoned buildings, dangerous territory! With EXPO 98 Lisbon rediscovered the river, and now Tejo is not only the traditional theme for poems and fado, but also a well maintained resource, with lots of places where we can safely stroll, rest, or...

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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. It is surrounded by the Dona Maria II National Theatre, various cafes, shops...

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