Lisbon Travel Guide
Lisbon is one of Europes most enjoyable but underrated cities. Having experienced regeneration over the last decade Lisbon is chic without being pretentious, retaining its original relaxed charm. Lisbon has many fine buildings, museums, restaurants and a great atmosphere.
Lisbon is on the Central west coast of Portugal
Generally mild in winter - maximum temps 14-18 degrees Celsius. Summer is hot - maximum temps 27-33 degrees Celsius.
GMT +1 hr
Lisbon International Airport is around 30-45 minutes from the city centre by taxi. Alternatively the Aero-Bus runs to the Cais do Sodre train station.
Accommodation is varied from cheap budget hostels and small quaint locally owned pensions to superior deluxe international hotels.
St George Castle, Gulbenkian Museum, Traditional Folk Dancing, The redeveloped dockland area offers great restaurants, bars and late night venues. Nearby beaches at Estoril and Cascais are also popular with locals and tourists alike.
Popular shopping can be found at the Vasco Da Gama and Amoreiras Shopping Centres or the cluster of shops in the Baixa area. For the more upmarket clientele try the designer shops on Liberdada Avenue. Week-day shopping hours are 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm.
City tours are available taking in sites such as Black Horse Square, Belem Tower Jeronimos Monastery at the Expo '98 site.
Family attractions include the Gulbenkian Planetarium, Vasco da Gama Aquarium and the Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa. Many restaurants have a family orientation and expect to see local families enjoying the cuisine at the table next to you.
Many attractions can be reached on foot. There are also taxis, double-decker buses (exports from London) and the metro is relatively cheap and comfortable. For exploring further afield car hire is recommended.