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From the days of the Roman empire, through centuries of domination by the Moors, to the voyages of discovery and the great earthquake, to being considered the "coolest" city in Europe, Lisbon has been on the edge and at the centre of European history, power and culture. The well-preserved waterfront city of seven hills is today more fascinating than ever, and is home to a wealth of different sights and experiences to suit all tastes. Lisbon is cool, you can't deny it.








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Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has become one of the continent's favourite tourist destinations. Discover a vibrant mix of ancient, medieval and modern influences just by going for a walk. A must for lovers of food, history, art, music, shopping and nightlife; all easily accessable. Elegant squares, narrow cobbled lanes, roman, moorish and medieval architecture, traditional cafés, superb restaurants, modern clubs, boutique shopping, all-night partying, wonderfully distinct neighbourhoods, all with the ever present River Tejo as a background. Unlike many cities drowning in mass tourism, Lisbon is delightfully authentic and maintains the perfect blend of big city and beach, charming old and cosmopolitan new.


Lisbon, Portugal

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Euro
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Where to stay in Lisbon:

Every central neighbourhood of Lisbon has a wide range of accomodation options, and you will be grateful to be able to walk home at night without any problems. More expensive hotels can be found around Avenida Liberdade. Baixa neighbourhood is full of places to stay for those on a budget. There are good hostels also in Chiado and Alfama. 20-30 minutes walk from the centre are Bairro Camões and Picoas which are full of small hotels or "residencial"; these are a little more out of the way but much quieter at night for exactly this reason,and a short walk leads straight to Avenida da Liberdade and Praça dos Restauradores. If you choose to stay in Bairro Alto, remember that the fantastic nightlife in Lisboa starts around midnight and the streets will be full, and noisy until the early morning.


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Getting around in Lisbon:

Undoubtedly the best way to see Lisbon is on foot. Choose a neighbourhood, and just go for a walk. That said, the city enjoys an excellent modern network of easily accessible (and affordable) public transport including trams, trains, metro and buses. The traditional small tram or "Electrico" has become a symbol of the city. 24 hour travel passes and rechargeable travel cards are available.


It's always worth asking the driver for an approximate price before starting the journey. Taxi in Lisbon is fast and very cheap compared to other EU capitals.

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    On top of the minimum, there is a per km charge (€0.47-€1.13) depending on time of day, destination, one-way or return trip. Baggage €1.60. Standard tip 20%. Payment usually in cash.


Lisbon's metro serves almost all principal points of the city, including the airport and main train stations. It's worth getting the "Viva Viagem" travelcard; rechargeable and valid on all public transport in the city. Travel time from airport to the city centre (Rossio or Baixo-Chiado station) is 30 minutes. The metro runs until 1am every day.

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    "Viva Viagem" travelcard costs €0.50 and can be charged in 3 different ways; 1) For single journeys; 2) For unlimited travel within 24 hours = €6; 3) For pay-as-you-go travel, called "zapping", the card is charged in increments of 5, so €5, €10, €15 etc.


Lisbon regional trains' most popular destinations for tourists are Cascais (Cais de Sodré station is convenient to centre) and Sintra (Rossio station is convenient to centre). Trains leave every 20 minutes, and both journeys take approx. 40 minutes.

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    The price varies a little depending on where you take the train. It may be more convenient to use metro for part of the journey, and then change to the train.


Aerobus 1 to city centre from airport; €3.50. The bus company is also responsible for the famous Santa Justa Elevator (€5.00 2 trips), and the 3 "tram elevators" at Bica, Lavra and Gloria (€3.60 2 trips). There is a good network of daily bus routes, many of which also run at night.

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    Fare is reduced to €1.40 via travelcard 24hrs. €1.25 via pay as you go "zapping".


The trams or "eletricos" have become a symbol of Lisbon. Few lines remain, but those that do are well worth using. The modern version 15E from Praça Figueira passes the trendy Alcântara Docks, and Belem (for the famous bakery, Geronimos Monastery, Monument to the voyages of discovery, and the best views of 25 April suspension bridge). The traditional 28E is the best way to see the old town as it runs all around the narrow lanes of Alfama and Bairro Alto. Most trams run until 1am every day.

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Weather in Lisbon:

Lisbon has the warmest winters of any European capital, and the mildest night-time temperatures too. From May to October expect highs in the 30s and lows of 15-16˚C; Transitional months March, April and October range from lows of 11 or 12˚ to highs of 20˚C. During winter months from December to February expect days between 8˚ and 15˚C. The period from June to September is your best bet to avoid rainy days, and of course Lisbon is beside the sea so a breeze is always a possibility. Even in winter the sun can be very strong on a clear day so don't forget those sunglasses.



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