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Driving Tips
•  Traffic drives on the right in ...
Metro
The Metro here is Lisbon is constantly ...
Buses
As well as a bus network, Lisbon also ...
From the airport
Aeroporto de Lisboa is situated 6km ...
Car for hire
    In order to rent a car in ...
Taxi
The taxis are usually beige in colour ...
City in a Day
If you must visit this city in one day then start it off with a ram ride on Tram 28. As explained ...
Festa de Santo Antonio – 12th-13th June
One of the city’s festivals of the country’s annual Festas dos Santos Populares, this festival ...
Arte Lisboa
Parque das Nacoes transforms into a huge fair with over sixty Portuguese and international ...
BaixAnima – weekends from July to September
A summertime event in Baixa that hosts free circus acts, live music, improvised theatre and mime on ...
When to go
As with most European countries, the high season in Portugal begins from mid June and finishes ...

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon Today
Given its tumultuous history, Lisbon has constantly undergone rebuilding and renovation which has dampened its former historical glory somewhat. In its place however has bloomed an optimism and carefree, party atmosphere, making the city a must stop destination for late nights and good times. Recent years have seen Lisbon become 1994’s European City of Culture and host of Expo 98 and the 2004 European Football Championships with redevelopment continuing to further Lisbon’s economic and cultural prospects. Today Lisbon is the 12th most popular city in the European Union and a candidate for

Lisbon History
Fires, plague, the worst recorded earthquake in Europe’s history, revolutions, coups and dictatorship, you name it and no doubt Lisbon has experienced it within its history. Beginning 3000 years ago, the Phoenicians first settled here, calling it ‘Alis Ubbo’ (Delightful Shore). Later the Greeks, Carthaginians and then finally the Romans, in 205 BC, settled here, staying until the 5th century. In 714 AD the North African Moors took over, naming their new home ‘Lissabona’ and fortified the city against the Christians, holding them off for the next 400 years. This occupation was to end

Casa de Sao Mamede
A lot more of an intimate setting is on offer here at this 18th century, family run villa. There are
Hotel Avenida Palace
You’d think you’d stepped into a palace when you walk into this hotel. Chandeliers, polished mar
Hotel Principe Real
A small boutique hotel hidden in a quiet area of Bairro Alto and only a 5 minute walk to Chiado, thi
Jeronimos 8
The first boutique hotel in that area of Lisbon, Jeronimos 8 goes for the top in style with designer
Olissippo Castelo
Coming up a cobblestone driveway you’ll find this bubblegum pink hotel which offers beautiful view
Lounge Hostel
While the 9 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms of this hotel are immaculate this is a party hostel which makes

Articula
A gallery/workshop, this place is anti-conformist to the bones, literally. Created by designer Teres
Centro Vasco da Gama
A more high-end shopping mall than the others in Lisbon, this glass-roofed complex houses designer f
El Corte Ingles
A Spanish chain mall giant, housing over nine floors of pricey but good quality fashion, design and
Fabrico Infinito
An avant-garde designer palace that showcases recycled items into luxury designs. On any given day y
Story Tailors
A former 18th century bare-brick warehouse, this boutique is an enchanted forest of fashion, with ch
Armazens do Chiado
A large complex that stocks fashion and cosmetics but mostly specialises in books, music and DVDs.

Moda Lisboa
A four day fashion week, where Portuguese designers show off their latest collections on the catwa
New Year’s Eve
Fireworks, free concerts and DJs all converge down by the river to ring in ano novo (New Year).
Lisbon Marathon
A pre-Christmas run from Praca do Comercio to Belem heralds the start of the city’s festive season
Super Bock Super Rock
Rocking the city in mid July, this head banging and beer drinking music festival stages acts such as
Dia de Sao Martinho – 11th November
Celebrating the day of St Martin, Lisboetas gather to eat chestnuts and drink agua-pe (young wine).
Lisboa Downtown
The wackiest race you may ever see, this event is held in the district of Alfama. Competitors race a

El Rei D’Frango
A restaurant specialising in grilled meat from salmon and febras (sautéed pork strips), it is promi
Pois Cafe
A laid-back establishment that is Austrian-run, this place serves salads and sandwiches with pungent
Gambrinus
Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 23-25
Tel: +213 421
Pao Pao Queijo Queijo
Address: Rua de Belem 124
Tel: +213 626 369
Toma La-Da-Ca
Address: Travessa do Sequeiro 38
Tel: +213 479 243
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Everest Montanha
Location: Calcada do Garcia
Type: Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat<

Fast Facts
•    Location: Lisbon is located on the western coast of Portugal, itself the most south-west country of mainland Europe. It’s only neighbour is Spain.
•    Dialling code: country: 351 city: 21

Emergency numbers:
•    Police:  Lisbon Metropolitan Police Command: 217 654 242
     Lisbon Tourism Police Station: 21 342 16 23
•    Fire: 112 / 213 422 222 or 213 924 700
•    Ambulance: 112 / 808 20 10 68
•    Tourist Information Helpdesk 808 781 212
•    Car Breakdown Service: 112
•    Highway Patrol: Portuguese Republic National Guard 213 217 000
•    Telephone Directory Services: 118 (International Directory Services: 177)
•    Airport Enquiry:  Lisbon Airport  21 841 35 00 / 21 841 37 00
•    Railway Enquiry 213 500 115 Mon-Thurs 9am to 7pm, Fri 9am to 6pm


•    Population: 564,477
•    Languages: Portuguese is the official language. In some of the big tourist destinations and offices English is spoken. If you venture further out into the countryside you’ll find that English speaking is rare, especially amongst the older residents.
•    Time zone: GMT +1
•    Average January temperatures: 14.5°C
•    Average July temperatures: 27.5°C
•    Annual rainfall: 725.8mm
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