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WELCOME TO LISBON

Lisbon, capital of Portugal, is a fascinating city of old-fashioned and funky art, architectures and traditions. Lisbon is a modern welcoming city which nowadays offers excellent tourism facilities and all the necessary infrastructures for the success of the most demanding events. Rich in history and monuments, it attracts people from all over the world.

HOW TO REACH LISBON

By Air
Lisbon International Airport (LIS) is located eight kilometres (five miles) from central Lisbon. The Airport is a busy, one-terminal European airport that is used by a large number of the major airlines.

By Road
Arriving in Lisbon by road is a pleasant experience, as the visitor can enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way. The city has good road accesses and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway, the 25 April Bridge, the new Vasco da Gama bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring road for the Lisboa region.

By Train
Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisbon every day. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city now has the new Gare do Oriente, which opened in 1998 adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or underground connections to the city centre. Intercity trains connect all of Portugal’s major cities to Lisbon.

GETTING AROUND

Lisbon is a city rich in monuments, artistic places and other beauties. Most of these are located in the historical city centre. The best way to visit Lisbon is by public transportation.

Public Transportation
Buses, trams and subways are available and operate from 06:00 or 07:00 a.m. until midnight or 01 a.m. Tourist Passes for 1, 3 or 7 days are valid for trams, buses and underground.

Metro
One of the quickest way to travel in Lisbon is by Metro. It covers almost the whole city.

Buses
An extensive network of 90 bus and tram routes covers the entire city and outskirts.
Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance at major bus stops or kiosks rather than in the bus.

Taxis
Taxis are available any time in the city. Average fare within the city centre is Euro 8,00-15,00.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Currency and Exchange
As a member of the European Union, Portugal’s currency is the Euro (e). The banks are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The bank at the airport is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Money can also be changed at bureaux de change or automatic exchange machines. International credit cards are widely accepted.

Climate and Clothing
Lisbon has a moderate Atlantic climate. The weather in June is usually warm (average 28° to 32° C). Light clothing is suitable with some warmer clothing for the evening.

Electricity
220/380v, frequency 50 Hertz. All sockets comply with European standards. For electric appliances using other voltages, you will need a 220v adaptor.

Shops
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. There are also a number of shopping centres, which are usually open from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Restaurants
Open for lunch from 12.00 to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Alfama, Bairro Alto, Belém, Baixa Districts
Sé Cathedral
Castle of St. George
Church of Monastery of Jeronimos
Monument of the Discoveries
Tower of Belém
Elevador de Santa Justa