Lisbon basks in the sun reflecting off the Tejo River and quickly seduces most visitors. The mixture of history and modernity, of small town and metropolis, of the antiquated and the shining new is irresistible. Add excellent shopping, late but safe night life and restaurants with Europe’s best fish, and you have Lisbon in a nutshell.
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Shops are generally open between 9 am-1 pm and 3 pm-7 pm. Nowadays there are many shops also open during the lunch break.
Tourist Information - Turismo de Lisboa
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Lisbon’s heart lies beside the river, even if the city has grown in all directions. Sit down at a pavement café on Rossio Square and you will see the Baiza, the flat city centre that dates from the 18th century, between yourself and the river bank. Look up in one direction and you will see the São Jorge on the top of a hill. Look in the other direction and you will see the ruin of the Carmo Church on another hill. Walk, or take a tram to one of them and you will discover the quarters of old Lisbon, most of them with a magnificent view of the rest of the city and the river.
Wander north from Rossio, you will soon end up on a stately 19th century avenue, in the part of the city which is still called "Avenidas Novas". Further north, the buildings become really new, with the city’s two large football grounds, Luz and Alvalade, and lastly the airport which is twenty traffic-jam-free minutes in a car from Rossi. Most of the best sights, restaurants and nightlife are situated along the river. The shopping is good along the Avenidas Novas, but otherwise the rule is to keep close to the river to get the best out of your visit.
Most of the best sights, restaurants and nightlife are situated along the river. There are plenty of things to do and see in Lisbon. Below are a few suggestions on how to spend your time here:
Castelo De São Jorge
Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos
National Tile Museum
Parque Das Nações
Oceanario de Lisboa
Igreja de Sao Roque
Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcântara
Pavilhao do Conhecimento
Cristo Rei Statue
Lisbon Escape Game
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Lisboa Story Centre
The Orient Museum
King Jose Statue
In Lisbon, you can find both modern, sophisticated restaurants and simple, traditional ones. In general, you will find the strongest Portuguese ambience in the simple, traditional places. Small, unpretentious restaurants are all over the place and do not require booking. At most of the restaurants below, it is safest to book a table. Many restaurants are closed on Sundays or Mondays.
Bica Do Sapato
Terreiro Do Paço
Martinho Da Arcada
Casa Do Alentejo
Enoteca de Belém
After a day of sightseeing, a great place sit down is at a pavement café on Rossio Square. From here you will see the Baiza, the flat city centre that dates from the 18th century, between yourself and the river bank.
Antiga Confeitaria De Belém
Cafe No Chiado
Lisbon is a city that takes its nightlife seriously. Shortly after midnight, it is best to move down towards the river and the larger clubs along the Avenida 24 de Julho, to the Docas area and Alcântara, where the coolest dance floors are never filled before two in the morning.
Chafariz Do Vinho
Belém Bar Café
Bar A Parodia
Matiz Pombalina Bar
Quero-te no Cais
Hot Club Portugal
A lot of the shopping in Lisbon is now housed in enormous shopping centres such as Colombo and Amoreiras, or in smaller gallerias. The city’s old centre, Baixa, retains its identity as a traditional shopping district, where you walk on the streets (some of them traffic-free) between the shops, with the sun in your face.
Chiado is close to Baixa, and has the reputation of being the city’s finest shopping district. Chiado successfully manages to combine the gallery model with open shopping, blending the best of both worlds.
Santos Ofícios Artesanatos
El Corte Inglés
Amoreiras Shopping Centre
Centro Vasco da Gama
Armazéns do Chiado
Cork & Co
A Vida Portugesa
Lisbon Airport is located very close to the city centre. So it is quick, easy and cheap to get to and from the airport.
There is one airport bus (Aerobus) with two lines that operates from 7 am-11.20 pm. Aerobus line 1 connects the airport and Cais do Sodré, departing every 20 minutes. Aerobus line 2 links the airport with the financial centre, Av. José Malhoa, and departs every 40 minutes.
Public transportation such as metro and public buses are also available. The underground train takes about 21 minutes.
A taxi to the centre takes between twenty minutes and a half an hour. The traffic is also somewhat higher during nights and weekends.
Address: Lisbon Airport, Lisbon
Phone: +351 21 8413500
Lisbon is well provided for with public transport, including buses, underground, local trains, ferries, trams and funiculars. The two latter are the least efficient but most entertaining. Buses and Underground stop running around 1 am, there are night buses but it is easiest to take a taxi for late night journeys.
More Information: www.carris.pt
Taxis can be stopped on the street, taken from stations or phoned. In central Lisbon, empty taxis circulate frequently, except during rush hours or when it rains. Tips are not mandatory, but are appreciated even if they are small.
+351 217 932 756
Retalis Rádio Táxis
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Phone: +351 218 111 100
The post offices are generally open from Mon-Fri 8am and 10pm. The main post office at Praça dos Restauradores has longer opening hours.
Main Post Office:
Address: Praça dos Restauradores, Lisbon
Each suburb has a 24 hour pharmacy (farmácia, with a green cross) according to a schedule posted in the windows of closed pharmacies.
Address: Rua do Alecrim, 125, Lisbon
Phone: +35 213 241 670
Country code: +351
Area code: 21