In Belém, situated west of the city along the river, lies Lisbon’s and possibly Portugal’s most important historical monument. Here you can see an opulent church and cloistered garden built in the elegant Manuelian style at the beginning of the 16th century when Portugal was a great seafaring power. There are several other sights close by.
National Tile Museum is devoted to the tiles which are so typical in Portugal, housed in a monastery whose varying building styles and decorations give a good summary of the country’s history. One of the high points is an enormous tiled fresco which shows Lisbon as it was just before the big earthquake in 1755.
The largest single cultural institution in Portugal was founded in 1955 when Calouste Gulbenkian, the Armenian oil millionaire, donated his estate to the country that had welcomed him during World War II. The museum, constructed in 1969, which houses his extensive collections, is part of a larger complex that includes concert halls, a park, restaurants and a museum of modern art.
The area where Expo 98 was held has been successfully transformed into a centre for exhibitions, leisure and culture. The extensive amount of building since the Expo almost overshadows pearls such as Siza Vieira’s Portugal pavilion and Santiago Calatrava’s adjacent Oriente Station.
The Jesuits built this church in 1574 and its interior is breathtaking. One of the world’s most expensive chapels, covered in gemstones, marble, mosaics, gold, silver and bronze, is to be found here. It was built by 130 artists in Rome, and then transported to Lisbon after the blessing of the pope.
To get a panoramic view of the city you can take the Gloria Elevator from Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara up to the garden, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. Here you can take a stroll between sculptures and busts of heroes and gods from Greco-Roman mythology.
For a day out of the city you can take the train to the former fishing village of Cascais. Here you can stroll on the beautiful decorated streets, experience the lively fish auction held every afternoon next to the main beach, visit "Museu do Mar" to see the rich history of Cascais or take a refreshing walk along the coastal road to Boca do Inferno ("Mouth of Hell") where high waves crash into gigantic caves.
The trams have transferred people through the city of Lisbon since 1873 and even if today it competes with the metro, it is still a perfect way to see the city and to get an overview. Tram number 28 is an old-fashioned vehicle that goes around town and you can hop on and off during your trip.
Eleven is one of the most sophisticated places that Lisbon can offer, featuring a sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos in the entrance and the post-modernistic box at the top of Eduardo VII Park. The cuisine is supervised by Joachim Koerper, who has been awarded prizes by Guide Rouge and who has all of Iberia as his territory.
This trendy restaurant lives well on the fact that John Malkovich is one of the owners, but it is worth a visit even when he is not there. It is a retro-decor harbour warehouse with a dining room, bar, sushi department and a small pavement café. Excellent Portuguese and international cuisine is served here.
This is one of the most historic and popular restaurants in Lisbon. Cervejaria Trindade is an ale-house restaurant with a well decorated and beautiful room. The restaurant offers Portuguese cuisine and has a nice mixture of people, locals, business people and, of course, tourists. Arrive early so you do not have to wait in line.
Soon after its opening in 1958, this restaurant became popular among the locals. At the beginning of 2012 it re-opened with a total new trendy look and interior and in November, the restaurant could celebrate its first Michelin star, earned through its imaginative and delicious cuisine.
This is the home to Lisbon’s most famous cake; a custard bun called Pastel de Belém here, pastel de nata, in other places, and the perfect accompaniment to a bica - the Portuguese espresso. The recipe is said to have come from the monks in the adjacent Jerónimo monastery, and its secret is preserved by three bakers who bake them every morning behind locked and barred doors. About 10,000 a day get eaten!
This popular café is a favourite among many due to its history and the wide variety of pastries, cakes and fruit juices. The café was founded in 1922 and is located on one of the city´s busiest squares, Rossio. They also have an outside terrace where you can sit and enjoy the sun and your coffee.
At Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet you will find just what you are looking for in our more than 150 top fashion brands with discounts up to 70% all year round. Make the most of your visit by taking the Freeport Outlet Shuttle, with two daily departures from Marquês de Pombal Square (at 10 am and 1 pm) and get 10% extra discount with the VIP DAY PASS available at the Information Center.
Lisbon’s only true department store is Spanish, but the Portuguese put aside their suspicions of their larger neighbour here. The range of goods is quite varied, with international brands and a number of Portuguese designers, together with the store’s own low-price lines. There is a large food hall and gourmet shop downstairs, restaurants and cinemas – and direct access to the Underground.
Portugal can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
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 7.30am-11pm. Aerobus line 1 connects the airport and Cais do Sodré, departing every 20-25 minutes. Aerobus line 2 links the airport with the financial centre, Av. José Malhoa, also departing every 20-25 minutes. www.aerobus.pt Public transportation such as metro and public buses are also available. The underground train takes about 21 minutes. www.metrolisboa.pt A taxi to the city centre takes between twenty minutes and half an hour. The traffic is also somewhat higher during nights and weekends.
Lisbon enjoys a pleasant climate year round, with mild winters and very hot summers. During the summertime people head for the seaside for vacation and the beaches can get very crowded, especially during high season (July-August). Being located on the ocean means that the temperatures never get too high, and there is often a gentle breeze coming from the Atlantic. The best time to visit Lisbon is definitely mid to late spring, when the weather is nice and warm and the city is not yet packed with tourists. The most important festivities are held in early June, when the whole city celebrates the patron saint, St. Anthony (on June 13th), and other revered saints. During the celebrations the city is full of people, with music, street dancing and traditional grilled sardines sold at kiosks along the streets.
Lisbon is well provided for with public transport, including buses, underground, local trains, ferries, trams and funiculars. The latter two are the least efficient but most entertaining. Tickets can be purchased both at ticket offices and on board with an extra charge. The fares range from 1.50 € to 3.00 € with the tram being more expensive. Funiculars can be even more expensive but are worth it nonetheless. Buses and the underground stop running around 1 am, there are night buses but it is easiest to take a taxi for late night journeys.
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. Autocoope +351 217 932 756 www.autocoope.pai.pt Retalis Rádio Táxis +351 218 119 000 www.retalis.pt Teletáxi +351 218 111 100 www.teletaxis.pt [email protected]