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    Lisbon: Splendor on the banks of the Tejo River

    You could forgive Lisbon for having a bit of an ego these days. As one of the trendiest capital cities in Europe, it gets lauded for everything from its affordability and its waterfront location to its well-preserved looks and its near-constant pleasant temperatures. Sunshine and scenery aren’t all it offers, of course – you’ll also find several millennia of history,

    a compact centre well suited to weekend explorers, a seafood-rich gastronomic scene and a nigh insatiable nightlife. Unfurled across a series of hills and stitched together by a web of atmospheric backstreets, today’s Lisbon has become one of the continent’s top city breaks.


    Top 10 sights in Lisbon

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    Monastery of Jerónimos

    Praca do Imperio
    1400-206 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 362 0034
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1730 (Oct-May);
    1000-1830 (May-Sep)

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site and prime example of the Manueline style of architecture, this huge monastery was built in honour of Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India in the 15th century.

    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

    Avenida Berna 45A
    1067-001 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 782 3000
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1800

    Housing what is considered by some to be one of Europe’s best collections – and set up by the Armenian philanthropist that it’s named after – this excellent gallery contains works by the likes of Renoir, Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens.


    Esplanada Dom Carlos I
    1990-005 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 891 7002
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2000 (summer);
    1000-1900 (winter)

    The largest indoor aquarium in Europe, this colossal attraction is a chance to get up close to sharks, barracudas, penguins, eels and all manner of other marine and freshwater creatures. Always a hit with kids.

    Ancient Art Museum

    Rua Janelas Verdes
    1249-017 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 391 2800
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    Containing important European artworks from the Middle Ages onwards, with some superb examples of Portuguese sculpture and painting, this museum is located in a palace that once belonged to local nobility.

    Belem Tower

    Avenida Brasilia
    1400-038 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 362 0034
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1730 (Oct-May);
    1000-1830 (May-Sep)

    The most famous of Lisbon’s landmarks – and sitting close to the Monastery of Jeronimos – this beautiful limestone tower was constructed in the early 16th century. It’s been named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

    Sao Jorge Castle

    Rua de Santo Cruz do Castelo
    1100-129 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 880 0620
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (Nov-Feb);
    0900-2100 (Mar-Oct)

    A familiar sight on the skyline above the old neighbourhood of Alfama, this Moorish castle was largely constructed in the mid-11th century as a stronghold for the power of the day.

    Tile Museum

    Rua de Madre de Deus 4
    1900-312 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 810 0340
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    Showcasing a huge number of the traditional Portuguese tiles known as azulejos, this museum is housed in a former convent. Some of the wall panels on display date back hundreds of years.

    Castle of the Moors

    Castelo dos Mouros
    2710 Sintra
    Tel: +351 21 923 7300
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    Opening times:
    November-March daily 1000-1800
    April-October daily 0930-2000

    Located out of town in Sintra (around half an hour from Lisbon proper), this hilltop castle is a striking remnant from the medieval age, and well worth a day trip from the city.

    Design & Fashion Museum (MUDE)

    Rua Augusta 24
    1100-053 Lisbon
    Tel: +351 21 888 6117
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    Still relatively new, this is a celebration of 20th-century design in all its myriad forms, with design objects and fashion items from well-known names across the world, among them Philippe Starck and Arne Jacobsen.

    Pena Palace

    Estrada da Pena
    2710-609 Sintra
    Tel: +351 21 923 7300
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Another attraction in the Sintra district – and another that’s been named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – this Romanticist palace is a jaw-dropping attraction sat high on a hilltop.

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    Country overview

    Long considered primarily a haven for sunseekers and golfers, Portugal is also one of Europe’s unspoilt gems when you take the chance to dig a little deeper. This land of traditional villages and vibrant cities has a charming countryside strewn with historical treasures and a wide assortment of

    World Heritage sites – natural and cultural wonders that offer a window into this once great seafaring nation. Take in the prehistoric drawings at Foz Coa or 15th-century sea port at Angra do Heroísmo, alongside the other designated sites around the country that zip you back in time.


    Portugal juts out into the Atlantic in the far southwest of Europe otherwise known as the Iberian Peninsula. The only country it shares a border with is neighbour Spain to the north and the east, with the Atlantic Ocean hugging its 800km (500-mile) coastline to the south and west. It has a land mass of 89,000 sq km (34,400 sq miles) with the Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira boosting that by another 3,100 sq km (1,200 sq miles). The Azores lie around 1,100km (700 miles) west of Lisbon, while Madeira sits just north of the Canary Islands to the west of Morocco.

    Outside the large urban areas, the countryside is a great deal more rural and sparse than in many other European countries. Portugal is crossed by several rivers which have their origin in Spain. These flow from east to west out into the Atlantic or north to south, the main rivers being the Minho and Douro in the north, and the Tagus and Guadiana in the south.

    Portugal possesses a high plain of varying height intersected by deep valleys.

    The north of the country is rugged, mountainous and dotted with vineyards. The high northern point of the Serra da Estrela proves a popular area for skiing, while Serra de São Mamede further south on the Spanish border is a hiking favourite.

    After the stunning slopes of the central regions, the vast plains of the Alentejo region stretch south of Lisbon, with a range of mountains dividing the Alentejo from the Algarve, whose wide sandy beaches and attractive bays run along the south coast.

    Over half the country is used for agriculture, though the soil is much richer for cultivation in the greener north. The capital, Lisbon, sits about two-thirds down the west coast. Porto is also situated on the coast in the northwest of the country. Smaller Faro nestles on the southern end of the country, its airport a busy hub for Algarve sunseekers and swathes of golfers looking for year-round sun. Braga, Coimbra and Setubal are also near the coast and rivers.

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    General knowledge

    Population: 10.6 million

    Population Density(per sq km): 115

    Capital: Lisbon.


    European Portuguese is spoken in Portugal with different dialects throughout the country. Açoriano, Alentejano, Algarvio, Baixo-Beirão, Beirão, Estremenho and Madeirense are spoken in the central regions and south, with Alto-Minhoto, Nortenho and Transmontano in the northern parts. Barranquenho, Minderico and Mirandese are either spoken rarely or in a concentrated area like Barrancos and Miranda do Douro.

    Brazilian Portuguese and languages native to Cape Verde, Ukraine, Angola, Guinea, the UK and Romania are also spoken widely due to the larger immigration of people from these particular places, along with other mostly European countries. Spanish can be understood and spoken in those areas nearer the Portuguese border.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1500-1900.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period.


    Ano Novo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2018
    Sexta-feira Santa (Good Friday): 30 March 2018
    Páscoa (Easter Sunday): 1 April 2018
    Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day): 25 April 2018
    Dia do Trabalhador (Labour Day): 1 May 2018
    Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi): 31 May 2018
    Dia de Portugal/ Dia do Camões (Portugal Day): 10 June 2018
    Assunção de Nossa Senhora (Assumption): 15 August 2018
    Dia da República (Republic Day) : 5 October 2018
    Todos-os-Santos (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2018
    Dia da Restauração (Restoration of Independence Day): 1 December 2018
    Imaculada Conceição (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2018
    Natal (Christmas Day): 25 December 2018



    Ano Novo (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Sexta-feira Santa (Good Friday): 19 April 2019
    Páscoa (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day): 25 April 2019
    Dia do Trabalhador (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    Dia de Portugal/ Dia do Camões (Portugal Day): 10 June 2019
    Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi): 20 June 2019
    Assunção de Nossa Senhora (Assumption): 15 August 2019
    Dia da República (Republic Day) : 5 October 2019
    Todos-os-Santos (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2019
    Dia da Restauração (Restoration of Independence Day): 1 December 2019
    Imaculada Conceição (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2019
    Natal (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public transport

    A lot of the more central sights are easily explored on foot, but for those who need to use public transport, there are trams, buses and a metro system to keep things easy. The metro is clean and efficient, with many of the stations decorated with eye-catching artworks.


    The majority of Lisbon’s taxis are cream-coloured Mercedes, and have a reputation for being cheaper than comparable taxis in many other European capitals. You can either hail one on the street or find one outside a train station or main square. A company that’s good to try is Rádio Táxis (tel: +351 021 936 2113).


    Route to romance

    Sonnenaufgang und Angler an der Küste von Sagres. Portugal, Algarve, Distrikt Faro, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Travel GuideLuis Sousa, 42, surft am Strand bei Vila do Bispo. Portugal, Algarve, Distrikt Faro, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Travel GuideLuis Sousa, 42, surft am Strand bei Vila do Bispo. Portugal, Algarve, Distrikt Faro, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Travel GuidePenélope Clarinha, Geschäftsführerin, im Geschäft der Pastéis de Belém.Universitätscampus und zwei Studentinnen. Die Universitätsstadt Coimbra, liegt am Rio Mondego, der 40 km westlich in den Atlantik mündet. Coimbra hat etwa 143.000 Einwohner (2011), darunter etwa 30.000 Studenten, und war im Jahr 2003 die Kulturhauptstadt Portugals. Portugal, Distrikt Coimbra, Lufthansa, Travel Guide, TravelguideWeinberge am Weingut des Portwein-Herstellers der Marke Graham´s, bei Castedo, Alijó. Portugal, Distrikt Vila Real, Lufthansa, Travelguide, Travel Guide
    The great journey: Portugal

    Follow the road from Faro to Lisbon to Porto along the Atlantic coast, and you will be treated to some of Portugal’s loveliest sights. We meet a cheese maker, a singer and a surfer who turned a crisis into an opportunity.

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    Day 1 – Faro to Sagres: Ocean freedom

    For a Portuguese man, it’s not so common to do what your sister tells you. But if Lous Sousa, 43, hadn’t listened to Sara, 34, he wouldn’t be standing on a beach near Sagres on this fine sunny morning teaching what matters most to him in life: surfing. Luis Sousa is deeply tanned with sun-bleached streaks in his long, dark hair. In sunglasses, shorts and a colorful T-shirt, he looks the very cliché of a surf instructor on the Algarve coast. And yet he was once a fisherman in northern Portugal.

    He’d likely still be one if his sister had found a job in Sagres after qualifying in her trade. But unlike her brother, she didn’t want to leave the place where they grew up because she loved the glittering light, the salty air and the broad sandy beaches beneath towering cliffs. So Sara called her brother up north and told him she thought they should open a surf school in Sagres, because surfing was what Luis loved best and he had taught himself to surf at 14.

    Luis, the compliant brother, narrows his eyes, digs his toes into the warm sand and watches his students practice keeping their balance in the shallow water. “Carry on like that and you’ll be out in the deep water this afternoon!” he shouts, struggling to make himself heard above the waves. Perhaps one or two of his students will fall in love with surfing the way Luis did. “When I can feel the power of the ocean, I feel liberated. Any problems I have no longer trouble me,” he says. The moment his students settle down on the beach for their lunch break, Sousa grabs his board and paddles out to sea to find the big waves.

    Day 2 – Sagres to Vila Fresca de Azeitão: A cheesy tale

    The long beaches and the deep blue ocean, its waves crested with dancing white horses, gradually grow smaller in the rearview mirror. We head north, past grasses, shrubs and tall eucalyptus trees. If we start missing the sea, all we need to do is take the next road to the left and a couple of kilometers later, we will see the white sands and blue waters stretching out before us. We eventually reach the Azeitão region roughly 50 kilometers south of Lisbon, which abounds with cork and holm oak forests and is famous more than anything for its Queijo de Azeitão sheep’s cheese.

    Suse Macheta, 37, set up her cheese making business in the village of Vila Fresca de Azeitão in the midst of Portugal’s economic crisis. “It was a unique opportunity,” she explains, standing in her cheese factory surrounded by white tiles and stainless steel equipment. It almost sounds as though she wants to apologize for the timing. Producing sheep’s cheese had become too much for the owners of the Quinta de Camarate farm and Suse Macheta, who was raised on a nearby farm, knew what she was doing because she had worked for a cheese making company after studing agriculture. Her business is now thriving thanks to her contacts to old cheese makers – and to her family. Into a tub, Suse Macheta pours fresh, raw milk from the cows her husband milked that same morning. Then her mother-in-law stirs in the rennet and thistle flower extract that gives the Portuguese mountain cheese its distinctive flavor. Every day her father-in-law sells the soft and creamy cheese in its yellow rind at Lisbon’s main market.

    Day 3 – Vila Fresca de Azeitão to Lisbon: Sweet melancholy

    The Cristo-Rei statue of Jesus welcomes all who approach Lisbon from the southwest across the red steel Ponte 25 de Abril bridge. From this miniature version of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, there’s a fantastic view of the labyrinth of narrow streets and colorful city palaces on the banks of the Tagus and also of the modern high-rises with their mirror glass facades further to the north. First stop in the Portuguese capital: Belém, a neighborhood where many buildings are still adorned with tiles. Over a hundred people jostle for position outside a building with a colorfully tiled facade, all drawn by the mouthwatering Pastéis de Belém – the little custard-filled, flaky-pastry tartlets that are served in every café. But only the Clarinha family, which owns the Antiga Confeitaria pastry shop, bakes them according to the original recipe – hence the crowds.

    The recipe originated in the nearby Monasteiro dos Jerónimo monastery. After the liberal revolution in 1820 the monks were no longer allowed to do business, and so they asked a sympathetic grocer, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of the Clarinhas, to sell their pastries – Pastéis de Belém for them. The Clarinhas have had the recipe ever since and all Portuguese bakers have tried to reproduce it. But the Clarinhas guard it like a precious jewel, and it is known by four bakers only. Even Penélope Clarinha, 41, who runs the family business with her cousin and uncle, says she doesn’t know what makes the Pastéis de Belém so special – even though she always comes down to the kitchen from her office to help put the pastry rounds into their tiny pans when the cafe gets really busy.

    Meanwhile, Lisbon housewives jog around Jardim de Estrela park, perhaps in an attempt to work off their daily pastéis. The fado singer Aldina Duarte, who is very much a celebrity in Portugal, no longer turns heads here. Dressed in jeans, T-shirt and sneakers, her hair loose and wearing no makeup, the 46-year-old looks shy and terribly normal. Is that her intention? “I don’t like being the center of attention, I’m happiest on my own,” she says, sitting on the terrace of a café on the edge of the park. She speaks softly, we have to listen closely to make out what she’s saying. The little park at the heart of Lisbon with its palms, pines and luscious bougainvilleas is her favorite place to be. When she’s not touring, she spends her days there, reading, walking, writing lyrics.

    Duarte heard fado for the first time at the age of 24, quite by accident, in the nightlife district Bairro Alto. She was immediately enthralled – and felt ashamed to be discovering Portugal’s traditional music so late. From that moment on she spent all her time in fado houses, and a short while later met the well-known fado singer Camané, who would later become her husband. He and other singers encouraged her to start singing herself. “If it hadn’t been for my friends, I would never have dared to step on stage,” she says. “Today, it’s my life. I only feel good when I’m singing fado. It’s the interaction with the audience that makes the music come alive.” Every night for the past 19 years, she has been overcoming her shyness in Sr. Vinho, in the Lapa district of the city. This evening, we sit – fado is not for dancing – and watch a fado singer who takes pride in what she does. Striking, in a long black dress, her lips red, black liner accentuating her eyes and flanked by two guitarists, Aldina Duarte fills the room with her sonorous voice – singing of her love for Lisbon.

    Day 4 – Lisbon to Coimbra: Isabel and the bats

    We pass suburbs full of colorful high-rise buildings, then through eucalyptus groves and finally arrive in Coimbra, Portugal’s oldest university town. The faculty buildings and the library stand atop the tallest hill. This is Isabel Cardoso’s domain. In Coimbra they say that the 58-year-old librarian is responsible for the survival of the ancient books – along with the bats, which live behind the shelves and eat the pests that damage them. The library contains more than 9000 leather-bound volumes, and Cardoso cleans the pages with a soft brush. “Biblioteca Joanina has come to mean as much to me as my two children,” she explains. Cardoso left her job in a sugar factory ten years ago to work in the library, which, along with the Faculties of Law and Medicine, forms the heart of the university and the old town of Coimbra. “The university is almost like Coimbra’s biggest club,” she says, “if you’re not studying here, you work here.”

    Cardoso opens the heavy door to a group of tourists eager to see the library’s main hall with the tall, gilt wooden shelves and handwritten books. At once, the sound of music enters through the open door. Outside, on the sunny main quadrangle, students dressed in long, black cloaks are singing and playing guitar and flute. They are trying to raise money for the Queima das Fitas student festival. Walk down through the labyrinth of stone buildings to the new town, and you will soon understand why Isabel Cardoso is so happy to belong to the university club. Students sit engrossed in books in bars and cafés on the cobblestone squares, or chat together in the Botanical Garden, spreading that carefree mood so typical of the young.

    Day 5 – Coimbra to Porto: Wine valley

    In the Douro river valley the weak morning sun battles the swathes of fog obstinately clinging to the vines. You can barely discern the terraced vineyards that make growing wine on steep slopes possible, and which were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Dominic Symington, 57, parks his off-roader on the edge of the vineyard, pops a grape into his mouth and reaches for his phone. “Bom dia, José, Zimbro vineyard is ready for picking.” When he drives home to his whitewashed farmhouse Quinta do Malvedos on the banks of the Douro, his foreman, José, drives ten pickers to the vineyard.

    Grape harvest time would be almost a holiday for Symington if he didn’t have to get up so early to check the slopes to see which grapes were ripe. His role in the family business in Porto usually just consists of marketing the port that is produced from the grapes, but tradition dictates that a member of the family always give the command to pick the grapes.

    When the British went out searching for new wine regions more than three hundred years ago, the Symingtons, a Scottish family, began shipping port from the Douro valley to Great Britain. In the late 19th century, the company bought its first vineyards, and today, roughly one third of the port produced around the world carries the Symington label.

    We return along winding country roads to Porto, where the Douro flows into the Atlantic and where, in September, wine tastings are held to celebrate the new harvest. On the other side of the river, in Vila Nova da Gaia, the major port producers host tastings all year round in their wine cellars.


    Nightlife in Lisbon


    Nightlife lives up to its name in Lisbon, with many places staying open until at least 2am (and often far longer) -

    take your pick from traditional fado clubs, quirkily fashionable bars and everything in between.

    Dona Maria II National Theatre

    Praça Dom Pedro IV
    1100-201 Lisbon
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    A gorgeous neoclassical arts venue with a diverse programme of events.

    The Wine Spot

    Calçada Nova de São Francisco 10
    1200-300 Lisbon
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    An elegant new wine bar in a courtyard, with a drinks list for all budgets.

    Pavilhão Chinês

    Rua Dom Pedro V 89
    1250-096 Lisbon
    Tel. 00351-21-342 47 29
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    Stuffed full of curios, paintings and memorabilia, this trendy 1900s-style bar is one of Lisbon’s most unique.


    Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A
    Cais da Pedra a Sta. Apolónia
    PT-1950-376 Lisbon
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    Part-owned by John Malkovich, this club has long been seen as one of the hottest nights out in town.

    Senhor Vinho

    Rua do Meio à Lapa 18
    1200 Lisbon
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    Among the best places in Lisbon to catch a quality fado performance.


    Restaurants in Lisbon


    The city’s location means that seafood plays a starring role in local cuisine, but there are plenty of other local specialities to sample too, from suckling pig to egg tarts.

    Tapas bar, taverna or Michelin-starred gastro-palace, you’ll be well served.

    Restaurante Eleven

    Rua Marquês de Fronteira
    1070-051 Lisbon
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    Price: Expensive

    A Michelin-starred restaurant with hillside views over the city.

    Restaurante Tavares

    Rua da Misericórdia 37
    1200-270 Lisbon
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    Price: Expensive

    An opulent choice, serving gourmet Portuguese cuisine.

    Enoteca de Belém

    Travessa Marta Pinto 10
    1300-390 Lisbon
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    Price: Moderate

    A wine bar with excellent, creative food at reasonable prices.

    Restaurante Tágide

    Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes 18-20
    1200-005 Lisbon
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    Price: Moderate

    A great place to try traditional local fare, in a charming historical house.

    Pastéis de Belém

    Rua de Belém 84-92
    1300-085 Lisbon
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    Price: Budget

    Widely considered the best place in Lisbon to try Portugal’s famous egg tarts.


    Calendar of events

    Changing of the Guard and Charanga

    January – December 2018

    Venue: Garden of Viera Portuense

    On the third Sunday of each month at 1100, tourists congregate to watch the ceremonial Changing of the Republican Guard in front of the Presidential Palace in Belem just outside Lisbon city centre. With cameras at the ready, tourists also gather to watch the Charanga which sees 28 horsemen from the Cavalry Regiment riding pure-bred Lusitano horses as they perform ceremonial military marches. The ritual dates back to 1910 and the end of the Portuguese monarchy.

    Half Marathon

    11 March 2018

    Venue: Lisbon

    Starts Almada and ends Belém.

    Festas da Lisboa (Lisbon Festival)

    June 2018

    Venue: Various venues

    Street entertainment, festivals, cinema, music and theatre, parades and folk festivities are just some of the highlights of this summer event taking place in historic districts, along Avenida da Liberdade, and other major streets. Locals dance, listen to Fado, eat grilled sardines and drink. It is also traditional to hold a collective wedding ceremony where the brides are known as “Brides of Santo António”.

    Festas dos Santos Populares (Festivals of the Saints)

    June 2018

    Venue: Throughout the city, particularly Avenida de Liberdade on the opening day

    This festival takes place throughout the city, with decorations in the streets. The feast of Saint Anthony festival is celebrated mainly in the Alfama district and on the Avenida da Liberdade where there is a huge parade. The festival consists of singing and dancing, food and drinks, lanterns and streamers. Fado music can be heard and copious amounts of grilled sardines are eaten. The festival of São Pedro at the end of the month consists of street celebrations and a boat procession on the Tagus River.

    Rock N Roll Marathon

    14 October 2018

    Venue: Various venues

    The race starts from the city of Cascais, heading east along the coast to Lisbon, runners following Marginal Road parallel to the Atlantic Ocean.

    New Year's Eve

    31 December 2018 –
    1 January 2019

    Venue: Various sites

    The Tagus explodes with fireworks on the Praça do Comércio.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Lisbon


    The quality of Lisbon’s hotel scene is indicative of the city’s popularity, with a very strong range of luxury properties

    to choose from and a substantial spread of places to stay for those on a budget.

    Altis Belem Hotel & Spa

    Doca do Bom Sucesso
    1400-038 Lisbon
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    Category: Expensive

    A five-star design property with a top-quality restaurant and a spa.

    LX Boutique Hotel

    Rua do Alecrim 12
    1200-017 Lisbon
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    Category: Moderate

    A great boutique stay with river views, close to the nightspots of Bairro Alto.

    Britania Hotel

    Rua Rodrigues Sampaio 17
    1150-278 Lisbon
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    Category: Moderate

    A small but beautiful art deco property in the historic centre.

    Pensao Estacao Central

    Calçada do Carmo 17
    1200-090 Lisbon
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    Category: Budget

    A friendly, well-priced option near lots of restaurants and bars.



    Lisbon’s hidden treasures

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    Surprise, surprise! There are lots of fantastic things to see in the area surrounding Lisbon’s main boulevard, Rua Augusta:

    Trapeze artists land on restaurant terraces, the zeitgeist inhabits a by-the-hour hotel, and sardines perfect the art of squeezing into cans.

    Museo do Design e da Moda

    Rua Augusta 24
    1100 Lisbon
    Tel. 00351-21- 888 61 17
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    The bank in the upmarket Baixa Pombalina district has made the transition from financial to design center. In 2009, the MUSEU DO DESIGN E DA MODA moved in and now presents some 2500 international furniture and couture classics against a backdrop of concrete walls. It also stages changing exhibitions, such as the Design “Made in Portugal” show opening this coming January.

    Conserveira de Lisboa

    Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 34
    1100-071 Lisbon
    Tel. 00351- 21-886 40 09
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    Art or fish? The sardine cans packed into wooden cases at CONSERVEIRA DE LISBOA look like ready-mades, but they are as genuine as this family business, which has been canning fish since 1930. In fact, the store has barely changed since that time; the wooden counter and shelves, and the cash register are all over 80 years old. The house brands Tricana, Minor and Prata do Mar may have a long tradition, but they move with the times, too, bringing out new flavors and designs.

    Casa Balthazar

    Rua do Duque 26
    1200-159 Lisbon
    Tel. 00351-917 08 55 68
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    The almond cookies taste divine, and at twilight especially, the view over the rooftops and the castle is heavenly! CASA BALTHAZAR, an exquisite guesthouse with nine rooms, a small pool and cozy sitting rooms, was bought by the founder of the old established Confeitaria Nacional in 1882 and is still owned by the confectionery family today.

    Pensão Amor

    Rua Alecrim 19
    Tel. 00351-21-314 33 99
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    The red light district, Cais do Sodré, is an fascinating place for a night out. It was given a facelift in 2011, and now the facades of the main thoroughfare, Rua Nova do Carvalho, are pink, and its has a multitude of new restaurants and bars. A popular place to meet up for a cocktail is PENSÃO AMOR, once a hotel that rented by the hour with lots of red plush and nude statues as a reminder of its past. The former hotel rooms are now occupied by a lingerie shop, a bookshop and are also used for activities, including a pole dance workshop.

    Fabrico Infinito

    Rua Doma Pedro v 74
    1250-092 Lisbon
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    Brazilian-born Marcela Brunken celebrates the flower power era in her concept store FABRICOINFINITO. She sells embroidered bags, jewelry, lamps and other hand-made hippie-chic accessories, as well as muffins and books. Visitors wishing to simply chill beneath her araucaria tree are just as welcome as customers.

    Mercado de Fusão

    Praça Martim Moniz
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    You can make a tour of the world on foot in the area around Martim Moniz square, where many Indians, Chinese and Africans live and run hot food stalls. On Saturdays and Sundays, the MERCADO DE FUSÃO culture center holds a market, where you can buy anything from arts and crafts to secondhand clothes and organic produce, as well as regular cultural events, including open-air cinema, concerts, exhibitions and roller discos.

    Santini Chiado

    Rua do Carmo 9
    1200-093 Lisbon
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    At the SANTINI, pineapples from Costa Rica, locally grown apples and exotic dragon fruits all turn into deliciously creamy, fruity treats. The ice-cream parlor has been cult since 1949, and today sports a red-and-white striped look. The line at the counter often stretches out onto the street, but the ice cream is definitely worth waiting for. Indecisive customers can choose a scoop with two flavors.

    Café Clara Clara

    Jardim Botto Machado, Campo de Santa Clara
    1100-471 Lisbon
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    Aliens regularly get up to mischief beneath the jacaranda trees in tiny Jardim Botto Machado park, where an open-air cinema shows strictly sci-fi only. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, flea market stalls are set up all around the park for the Feira da Ladra (thieves’ market). Visitors more interested in looking on than buying can grab a table in the CLARA CLARA pavilion café and enjoy a steaming cup of galão coffee and a delicious croissant. As the day draws to a close, the atmosphere here mellows and guests sip cool vinho verde or hot chocolate, often to the strains of live music – romantic.


    Costa do Castelo 1/7
    1149-079 Lisbon
    Tel. 00351-21-887 50 77
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    Colorful lanterns sway in the breeze above the tables, while the waters of the Tejo glitter far below. The roof terrace of the CHAPITÔ is considered one of the loveliest in the city, and with a little luck, you may encounter  trapeze princesses and clowns here because this tapas bar and fado club is run by the Lisbon circus school.


    Calçadinha da Figueira 23
    1100-497 Lisbon
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    Tiles with a story to tell, azulejos, can be seen on facades, and in entranceways and subway stations in nearly every neighborhood. Irish designer Aideen McCole sells her beautifully illustrated TILEWATCH street maps (www.aideenmccole.bigcartel.com; starting at 5 euros), which show the way to the azulejos of Alfama and Mouraria, and from Campo Santa Clara to the azulejos factory Viuva Lamego, where the tiles were hand-painted until 1992. Also well worth a visit is the CERÂMICA studio run by Elizabete Silva and Dina Nunes.

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    Climate and best time to visit Lisbon

    Regularly billed as offering year-round sunshine – a claim that isn’t far off the truth – Lisbon is essentially somewhere that can be enjoyed regardless of the season. Things can get a little too hot in August, when various restaurants and bars close and locals escape the city heat, but for most of the period between March and October you can expect enjoyably balmy temperatures. Those who like to travel on their stomachs would do well to note the annual occurrence of The Feast of St Anthony, taking place on 12 June and marked by an all-night street fair and the eating of copious numbers of grilled sardines.

    Climate & best time to visit Portugal

    Not surprisingly, considering its close proximity to northern Africa, Portugal is one of the warmest European countries with an average temperature of 15°C (55°F) in the north and 18°C (64°F) in the south, while the Azores and Madeira are wetter and hotter respectively off the coast. It can become rainy and windy during autumn and winter, but spring and summer see temperatures soar to as high as 40°C (104°F) around the interior and 35°C (95°F) in the north.

    The northwest has mild winters with high levels of rainfall, and fairly short summers. The northeast experiences longer winters and hot summers. In the south, summers (May to October) are warm with very little rain except in early spring and autumn. Snow will fall in the north, but melts quickly.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code: +351

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Lisbon

    Key Areas

    Downtown Lisbon, known as Baixa, is the main hub for souvenir-shopping – seek out old-fashioned shops selling everything from cotton and perfume to retro keepsakes. Elsewhere, Rua Dom Pedro V has some great independent outlets and the Chiado district has shopping options aplenty.


    The city’s main flea market, Feira da Ladra, takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Alfama neighbourhood – you’ll find everything from traditional tiles to vinyl records, and it’s a good place to hone your haggling skills. For a colourful array of fresh produce, the Mercado da Ribeira is a large daily market with fruit, flowers and more.

    Shopping Centres

    The huge Centro Colombo (Avenida Lusíada) is one of the largest malls in Europe, also playing home to an array of places to eat and a multiplex cinema. Elsewhere, Amoreiras (Avenida Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco) is where to head for premium brands such as Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc and Apple.


    My Lisbon

    In Lisbon I always feel drawn to Baixa, the old town district with its impressive tile facades and narrow medieval streets. There are lots of bars, clubs and concert halls there, including the Hot Club de Portugal, one of the oldest surviving jazz clubs in Europe.

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    Social Conventions

    Portugal is a fascinating mix of culture and folklore, depending on what part of the country you are visiting. Traditional ranchos folclóricos folklore, which is often illustrated with dance and song, tends to dominate the smaller towns and villages, with art and drama bigger in the larger towns and cities.

    The Portuguese are warm, hospitable people who revel in exhibitions, films, crafts, concerts, plays, café culture and also shopping malls (to combat the summer heat!).

    The summer festival season is a particularly pleasant experience, with football and bull fighting also enjoyed, along with the traditional religious activities that cater for the majority Catholic population.

    Casual wear is widely acceptable, but you shouldn’t wear beach clothing in towns. Smoking has been prohibited in public indoor spaces since 2008 and the ban includes cinemas, theatres, buses and most restaurants.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    You can drink tap water in major cities and towns, although you should be cautious in small villages. Thankfully, bottled water is widely available but if it’s not then any questionable water should be boiled for five minutes or treated with iodine. Salads and fruit are safe to eat anywhere in Portugal. Take care with shellfish such as cooked mussels that have not opened properly and avoid undercooked meat, particularly minced meat. Ice cream is fine, unless it has been melted and refrozen.

    Other Risks

    You will be treated on the same basis as a Portuguese resident, but you might have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care. If you have to make such a payment, you may be able to seek reimbursement for this cost when you are back in the UK if you are not able to do so in Portugal. It is important that you ensure you are treated by a state healthcare provider, as you will not be covered for private healthcare. You should be particularly careful if the healthcare arrangements have been made by a hotel or travel representative. There are state health centres throughout the country (generally open from 0800 to 2000) where you can receive treatment for minor ailments and injuries, and major emergency hospitals in large towns which remain open throughout the night.

    Even though pharmacies are well stocked, take a decent supply of medication with you, and be aware pharmacies are usually closed for two hours over lunchtime. Carry a legible prescription with you to show that you legally use the medication. If you wear glasses, take a spare pair and your prescription just in case you need to get new glasses made up quickly.

    Be sure to take the usual precautions against sunburn and sunstroke, as the sun in Portugal can be blisteringly hot in the height of summer: wear high-factor sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and drink plenty of water.

    Vaccination against hepatitis B is sometimes recommended.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Pombal, Rui Manuel C.
    UCS Integrated Health Care
    Aeroporto de Lisboa
    Edif 35
    1800 Lisboa
    Tel. +351-21-8436305

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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