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  • 1 Understand
    • 1.1 Climate
    • 1.2 Orientation
      • 1.2.1 Districts
        • Centro Historico
        • Centro
        • Ocidental
        • Oriental
        • Norte
    • 1.3 Tourist information
  • 2 Get in
    • 2.1 By plane
      • 2.1.1 Connections
      • 2.1.2 Landing approach
      • 2.1.3 Getting from/to the airport
    • 2.2 By train
    • 2.3 By car
    • 2.4 By bus
    • 2.5 By boat
    • 2.6 By bicycle
  • 3 Get around
    • 3.1 By public transport
      • 3.1.1 Tram
      • 3.1.2 Funiculars and a lift
      • 3.1.3 Metro
      • 3.1.4 Bus
      • 3.1.5 Ferries
      • 3.1.6 Fares and tickets
    • 3.2 By bicycle
    • 3.3 By car
    • 3.4 By foot
  • 4 Talk
  • 5 See
    • 5.1 Tagus River
    • 5.2 Baixa
    • 5.3 Chiado and Bairro Alto
    • 5.4 Estrela
    • 5.5 Alfama
    • 5.6 Belém
    • 5.7 Centro
    • 5.8 Parque das Nações
    • 5.9 Zona Oriental
  • 6 Do
    • 6.1 Theatre
    • 6.2 Fado
  • 7 Buy
    • 7.1 Shopping streets
    • 7.2 Malls
    • 7.3 Souvenirs
    • 7.4 Groceries and markets
    • 7.5 Flea markets
  • 8 Eat
    • 8.1 Pastelarias
    • 8.2 Budget
    • 8.3 Mid-range
      • 8.3.1 Alfama
      • 8.3.2 Baixa and Chiado
      • 8.3.3 Bairro Alto
      • 8.3.4 Western suburbs
    • 8.4 Splurge
  • 9 Drink
    • 9.1 Cafés
    • 9.2 Bars
  • 10 Sleep
    • 10.1 Budget
      • 10.1.1 Chiado (Old Town)
      • 10.1.2 Alfama (Old Town)
      • 10.1.3 Anjos (Old workers town)
      • 10.1.4 Bairro Alto (Old Town)
      • 10.1.5 Baixa (Old Town)
      • 10.1.6 Graça
      • 10.1.7 City Center (Marques Pombal to Campo Pequeno)
    • 10.2 Mid-range
    • 10.3 Splurge
  • 11 Stay safe
    • 11.1 Crime
      • 11.1.1 Violent crimes
      • 11.1.2 Scams
      • 11.1.3 Arrumadores
    • 11.2 Walking and Driving
    • 11.3 In case of Emergency
  • 12 Connect
  • 13 Cope
    • 13.1 Embassies
  • 14 Go next
    • 14.1 North-west
    • 14.2 West
    • 14.3 South
From Wikivoyage Europe > Iberia > Portugal > Lisbon Region > Lisbon Jump to: navigation, search For other places with the same name, see Lisbon (disambiguation).

Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa ) is the capital of Portugal situated on seven hills at the wide mouth of the river Tagus ( Tejo ) where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. A port city, an economic centre, a cultural powerhouse and a thriving mix of Portugal's rich history and vivid contemporary culture, Lisbon enchants travellers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it a popular year round destination.

Lisbon is also the capital of the Lisbon Region, comprising many other splendid tourist destinations such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra, the seaside resorts of Estoril and Cascais, or Almada famous for its hilltop Cristo Rei statue, all of which are connected with Lisbon by excellent public transportation links.

Central Lisbon seen from a plane landing at Portela, looking south; the green strip is Parque Eduardo VII terminating at Praça Marquês de Pombal

Understand [ edit ]

Lisbon is built on seven hills, so getting around Lisbon can be a workout. Numerous slopes and few really flat areas is one of Lisbon's trademarks. This is also a city of enchanting contrasts: The elegant squares, broad avenues, monumental buildings and rectangular layout of the lower areas quickly gives way to the hilly, narrow, winding, unpredictable and cramped streets of districts such as Alfama and Bairro Alto. The elegant dining rooms and smart rooftop bars of expensive hotels seems like a different world compared to the excellent restaurants disguised behind an inconspicuous façade in a modest Bairro Alto street. Quality patisseries and restaurants thrive side by side with late night bars and noisy discos. The old, tiny squeaky trams (one of the city's trademarks) are no less of a contrast to the efficient metro network.

Climate [ edit ]

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec   Daily highs (°C) 14.8 16.2 18.8 19.8 22.1 25.7 27.9 28.3 26.5 22.5 18.2 15.3 Nightly lows (°C) 8.3 9.1 11.0 11.9 13.9 16.6 18.2 18.6 17.6 15.1 11.8 9.4 Precipitation (mm) 99.9 84.9 53.2 68.1 53.6 15.9 4.2 6.2 32.9 100.8 127.6 126.7 Source:w:Lisbon#Climate Portugal may be a Southern European country, but Lisbon is a port on the Atlantic coast, so be prepared for wind and rain

Lisbon enjoys a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and very warm summers. Strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream it is one of the mildest climates in Europe. Among all the metropolises in Europe, here are the warmest winters on the continent, with average temperatures above 15.2°C (59.4°F) during the day and 8.9°C (48.0°F) at night in the period from December to February. Snow and frost are unknown. The typical summer's season lasts about 6 months, from May to October, with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) during the day and 16.2°C (61.2°F) at night, although also in November, March and April sometimes there are temperature above 20°C (68.0°F) with an average temperature of 18.5°C (65°F) during the day and 11.2°C (52.2°F) at night. Rain occurs mainly in winter, the summer is very dry.

Lisbon is very close to the ocean and that brings windy and fast-changing weather, so you'd better bring a jacket or an umbrella with you, at least in winter, spring and autumn.

Following the Great Earthquake, Marquis Pombal led the effort to redesign and rebuild the lower town in an organized fashion

Orientation [ edit ]

The city stretches along the northern bank of the river Tejo as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. As the terrain rises north away from the water, steep streets and stairways form the old tangled neighbourhoods or give way to green parks in the western suburbs. Basic navigation is easy by learning the main axis from the Praça do Comércio (the waterfront) through Rossion (main square) and Avenida da Liberdade (main street) to Praça de Marques de Pombal and Parque Eduardo VII on the top. Each neighbourhood (such as Alfama or Bairro Alto) is distinct and easy to recognize. The hilltop castle and the waterfront are clear reference points, landmark structures such as the Santa Justa elevator, the Rossio station façade, the massive Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), the white dome of Santa Engrácia and Augusta street arc (Arco da rua Augusta) also adds to the sense of direction. Also look out for the two huge bridges across the Tejo. Navigating the winding, hilly and narrow streets can challenging however, only the most detailed map gives the precise location.

It is often said that Lisbon lacks a defined "downtown", but tourists will find most of their points of interest in relatively compact area centred around the vast Praça do Comércio, facing the river. This is the starting point of the pedestrianized grid of Baixa (lower town), which immediately borders other historic quarters of Alfama, Chiado and Bairro Alto. Further northwest from Baixa stretches Avenida da Liberdade, a broad boulevard resplendent in leafy trees, chic hotels and upmarket shops, terminating at the circular Praça de Marques de Pombal. The financial centre, however, is further removed (hence the notion of "no downtown") up north towards the hills, and not directly connected to the historic districts.

Other districts of interest to the tourists are generally those by the riverside - the historic Belem in the southwest, the modern Parque de Nacoes in the northeast and the gentrifying Alcantara by the Bridge of April 25.

Baixa Districts [ edit ] Rossio square linking the Baixa to Avenida de Libertade

Since December 2012, Lisbon was reorganised into five zones ( zonas ), which are further divided into 24 civil parishes ( freguesias ). While the zonas reflect the actual characteristics of each area well, which also aids orientation for the tourists, freguesias serve mostly administrative purposes and are of little interest to tourists. More important are the unofficial bairros (neighbourhoods), which lack administratively defined boundaries, but are entrenched in local tradition and referred to in most tourist guides and even official publications. The main characteristics of each zone and most prominent bairros are outlined below.

Centro Historico [ edit ]

The historic centre of Lisbon is the river-front belt formed by the hills of Bairro Alto and Alfama and the flat area of Baixa between them. It contains the following bairros :

  • Baixa - this part of the city was completely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake by the Marquês de Pombal. The planned layout, greatly different from what you will see in the more ancient neighbourhoods, is a testimony to the ideas of the Enlightenment.
  • Chiado - take a stroll along the historical streets of this elegant shopping district, stopping for a cup of coffee with the statue of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal's great Modernist poet.
  • Alfama - this neighbourhood still bears signs of the Moorish presence in the city, with the buildings very close to each other, and very irregular streets. It's very atmospheric and a great spot in which to wander around. Thanks to the firmer rock it was built upon, it was relatively spared during the Great Earthquake and therefore retains the charm of the winding alleys and azulejo -covered crumbling walls.
  • Bairro Alto - head uphill to Bairro Alto and give your legs a good workout, or take one of the elevadores (funiculars) for stunning views of the city and some wild partying in Lisbon's most popular nightclub district.
  • Principe Real - the trendy district with all the fancy shops is just a 5 minutes walk from Bairro Alto
The grand Praça do Marquês de Pombal is perhaps the most central place in Lisbon, where three major Avenidas meet. Centro [ edit ]

The geographic centre of Lisbon is also its economic and civic centre, with the main shopping and leisure boulevard of Avenida da Libertade, the large parks and prominent museums, as well as modern office towers scattered across Avenidas Novas and the hills of Campolide.

Head to the east to Belem to better understand Lisbon's relationship with the Atlantic Ocean Ocidental [ edit ]

Zona Ocidental , or the western zone, extends west of the historic centre along the riverside and encompasses the following bairros , which here actually coincide with official fregusias :

  • Alcantara - rapidly gentrifying former docks, dominated on the western end by the supports of the gigantic new bridge over the river
  • Ajuda - the hilltop district known for the royal Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and adjacent Jardim Botânico da Ajuda
  • Belem - Lisbon's westernmost district is its portal to the sea, with rich historic heritage and a sweet topping
The modern Parque de Nacoes is in the east of Lisbon Oriental [ edit ]

Zona Oriental is the eastern zone, following northeastwards from the centre. Most of the area are residential districts and industrial docklands of little interest to the tourists, with the exception of the Parque de Nacoes - the ultra-modern district built at the easternmost end of Lisbon for the 1998 World Expo, making the most of its river-front location.

Norte [ edit ]

The North of Lisbon is of precious little interest to the tourists, except perhaps for the Jardim Zoologico (zoo) and the Sete Rios long-distance coach and train station, both at the very southern tip of the zone.

Tourist information [ edit ]

38.70788 -9.13786 1 Lisboa Ask Me Centre , Pç. do Comércio , ☎ +351 21 031-2815 . open 09:00-20:00 daily . The sparkling new centre will help you find accommodation and the staff are happy to dispense advice, maps and brochures. Smaller Ask Me Lisboa kiosks are dotted about the Rossio district and airport and their multilingual staff also have maps and brochures.  

The Lisboa Card, which can be purchased from tourist information outlets, offers free use of all public transport in the city and free or reduced price tickets to many museums, galleries and tourist attractions. They can be purchased in 24 hour adult €17, 48 hour €27 and 72 hour (€33 denominations. They are not very good value unless you plan to visit a lot of museums. Especially so if you are a holder of a student identification card (international or national) since the student discounts to these attractions are often the same as for the Lisboa Card.

Get in [ edit ]

As one can see when landing, the Portela Airport is basically inside the city of Lisbon and minutes from the shores of the river Tagus

By plane [ edit ]

Main check-in area at Terminal 1

Portugal's largest international airport is the Aeroporto de Lisboa (Aeroporto da Portela) (LIS IATA ). It's between Loures and Lisboa and just 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the city centre.

  • 38.7712 -9.1299 1 Aeroporto de Lisboa ( Aeroporto Humberto Delgado / Aeroporto da Portela ), Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas , ☎ +351 218 413 500 , e-mail: aeroporto.lisboa@ana.pt . The airport has two terminals. All flights arrive at Terminal 1, while Terminal 2 is used for departures by low-fare carriers. The metro station, bus stops and main taxi rank are at Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is physically separate and quite distant from Terminal 1. There is a free shuttle bus between the terminals running at around 10 minute intervals. If you depart from Lisbon on a low-fare flight operated by Easyjet, Norwegian, Ryanair or Transavia, do add the extra time needed to make sure you catch the shuttle and transfer to Terminal 2 in time for your departure. ( updated Apr 2017 )
Connections [ edit ]

The airport is dominated by Portuguese national carrier TAP Portugal, a Star Alliance member airline that covers an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas, usually in codeshare with local Star Alliance partners. This is complimented by SATA International, the airline of the Azores, who connect Lisbon not only to the archipelago but also the East Coast of North America. Canadian and US-based carriers also offer seasonal and year-round direct flights to Lisbon.

Other European flag carriers, especially those allied in SkyTeam and Oneworld, as well as independent, also operate direct flights from major European cities to Lisbon. Portela airport is also well served by low-fare European carriers EasyJet and Ryanair, for whom Lisbon is a base, as well as others such as Norwegian, Transavia and Vueling.

On balance, Lisbon Airport sees very few direct connections to Asia. TAP has no Asian destinations, so travelling to or from Far East requires changing at one of the European hubs or Dubai, from where Emirates, as the singular Middle Eastern carrier, offers a direct service.

Landing approach [ edit ]

The approach to the airport most often used for landings takes the plane on a majestic sweep over the city. Grab a window seat on the right side for a free show as you float over the Tagus and both bridges, the statue of Cristo Rei in Almada, the old aqueduct and the football stadium of Benfica; further out you'll easily be able to discern the castle, the streets of Baixa, the old quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, and right before touchdown - the Oriente train station and Parque das Nações.

Getting from/to the airport [ edit ] With the station directly underneath Terminal 1, the Vermelha (red) line of the Lisbon metro offers a direct underground connection to many destinations in Lisbon, but getting to the historic centre requires at least one transfer

Lisbon's efficient and dense public transportation network provides links form the Portela airport to almost every point in the city, so unless you have heavy luggage or some other reason not to, do take advantage of the public transit options. They're not only cheaper, but taxi drivers in Lisbon also have a somewhat tarnished reputation for poor service and frequent overcharging attempts, even among the locals.

  • Metro - Lisbon Airport metro station opened in July 2012 and is the new final destination of the red line ( Linha Vermelha ) of the metro. The journey to the central Saldanha station takes about 16 minutes and less than 25 minutes are enough to get from the Airport to Baixa-Chiado with a change to the green or blue lines. A single journey can cost as little as €1.25 using the zapping functionality of the Viva Viagem card (see below).
  • Aerobus is a special service by Carris with two routes to main spots of the city. Aerobus 1 running every 20min follows Av. da Republica and Av. da Liberdade to the historic city center (Rossio, Praça do Comércio, and railway/ferry terminal at Cais do Sodré). Aerobus 2 departs every 40 or 60 minutes, depending on daytime, and goes towards the financial centre of the city in the northwest, stopping at Entrecampos, Praça de Espanha and Avenida José Malhoa. Aerobuses operate generally 08:00-23:00, check their website for particular information. Tickets start at €3.50 and are valid on all public transportation lines, such as buses and surface trams (but not for metro) for 24 or 48 hours. You can get a discount when buying the ticket online beforehand, as well as when travelling as a group.
  • Bus lines 22, 44, 83, 705, 708, 744, 745, or night bus line 208. Bus 44 takes you to the Oriente railway station in about 10 minutes, where you can change for metro and continue to the city centre. Board fare is €1.80. 7 Colinas transport card (see "Get around" section) can be used which can be bought at the airport post office. Note that you are not allowed to take large pieces of luggage on these buses.
  • Taxis cost about €10.00 from the airport to the city centre. Charge is according to the meter, adding €1.20 per item of luggage. Taxis are required to have working meters (it is illegal to drive without one) and fares posted to the window in the rear seat. Be sure to ask the taxi driver if he has a working meter before getting into the taxi, and be careful of drivers trying to grab your bags and usher you into the taxi before you can make these inquiries. As with many cities, watch out for dishonesty and if you think you are being charged significantly more ask for their number and a receipt, and make it clear you plan to complain.
  • Bike - Due to the relative proximity of Lisbon's airport to the city centre, it is quite easy to cycle from the airport to the centre, and could be recommended if you arrive for a cycling trip. After leaving the airport and negotiating a roundabout, merge onto the long and straight dual-carriageway Av. Almirante Gago Coutinho (you should be able just to follow the "Centro" ("Downtown") signs.) After merging, the route to Baixa is simple and straight. This street later turns into Av. Almirante Reis, and then Rua de Palma, at the end of which you will be right in Baixa.

By train [ edit ]

The unmistakeable roof of Gare do Oriente is a sight to behold Santa Apolonia is Lisbon's historic train station right at the riverside

There are two main stations, 38.71410 -9.12264 2 Santa Apolónia in the city centre and the 38.76778 -9.09906 3 Gare do Oriente , a bit further out and used by the high-speed trains. However, if you are entering Lisbon from the south, you may want to get off at the smaller stations of Entrecampos or Sete Rios. Their metro stations are closer to the historic centre than Oriente (you need to change metro lines to get to the centre from there).

The domestic high-speed line Alfa Pendular connects Braga, Porto and Coimbra with Lisbon from the north and Faro from the south. Prices between the major cities starts at €40 in second class. All trains call at Oriente, only some in Apolonia. The travel times on Alfa Pendular from Lisbon are around 1h45 to Coimbra, 2h45 to Porto, 3h25 to Braga and 3h sharp to Faro. Regular Intercidade trains are also available, and by stopping at intermediate stations they add 20 to 40 minutes to each route. Train tickets may be booked directly with the train company, Comboios de Portugal.

Two international services are available, the overnight Sud Express leaves Irun on the border between Spain and France every day at 18:50 (6:50PM). The train calls at Oriente station at 07:20 the next morning before arriving in Santa Apolónia just ten minutes later. There is also a daily sleeper train from Madrid named Lusitania leaving Chamartin station at 21:50 (9:50PM), arriving early next morning at 07:20 in Oriente and a few minutes later at Apolónia. Prices on both trains vary and can be heavily discounted to less than €40 for cama turista (a sleeping berth in a four berth shared compartment) if you watch the Renfe booking site a month or two in advance.

By car [ edit ]

Vasco da Gama Bridge

Lisbon can be accessed from six main highways. Coming from the south (A2) or east (A6 - the main route from Madrid), there are the two bridges:

From/to south: The A2 goes all the way to the 38.6897 -9.1770 4 25 de Abril Bridge ( Ponte 25 de Abril ), which usually has lots of traffic getting into Lisbon, especially on weekday mornings. This is the best option if you want to go to the centre of Lisbon or to the west (A5 - Estoril, Cascais, Sintra).

To north / to east: If you branch from the A2 into the A12, you'll get to the 38.7636 -9.0449 5 Vasco da Gama Bridge ( Ponte Vasco da Gama ), the longest bridge in Europe, it usually has less traffic than the older 25 de Abril Bridge (but a more expensive toll). This is the best option to go to the eastern/northern section of Lisbon (to the airport and to the Parque das Nações - the former Expo 98 site), and also to take the A1 or A8 going north.

From/to north and the airport: Coming from the north, there is the A1, that connects Lisbon to Santarém, Fátima, Leiria, Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto. The A1 ends near the airport. There's also the A8, which goes to Torres Vedras, Caldas da Rainha, Alcobaça, Leiria.

From the west, there is the A5, which connects to Estoril, Cascais, and the IC19 that crosses all the suburbs and ends near Sintra.

Lisbon has three ring roads: The 2ª circular, which connects the A1 to the IC19; the CRIL IC17 (still incomplete), which connects the Vasco da Gama Bridge with the A1 and A8; and the CREL A9, which connects the A1 with the A8, IC19, A5, and goes all the way to the Estoril coast.

By bus [ edit ]

All nearby cities and most major cities in Portugal have direct buses to Lisbon. The main bus terminal is at 38.74176 -9.16622 6 Sete Rios (Metro: Jardim Zoológico) . The main operator for long-haul buses is Rede Nacional de Expressos.

By boat [ edit ]

Lisbon is a major port on the Atlantic coast both for cargo and cruise traffic. Most major cruise ship operators include Lisbon in their itineraries, so it should be reasonably easy to find a cruise route that would take you there. That said, regular shuttle ferry traffic is limited to joining the banks of the Tagus river, i.e. there are no ferries to Lisbon other than the small ones from neighbouring municipalities.

The cruise terminals are at:

  • 38.6988 -9.1735 7 Estação Marítima de Alcântara ( Alcantara Cruise Terminal ). ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 38.7135 -9.1220 8 Estação Marítima de Santa Apólonia ( Santa Apólonia Cruise Terminal ). ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 38.7102 -9.1266 9 Novo Terminal de Cruzeiros de Lisboa ( Jardim do Tabaco Quay ). ( updated Apr 2017 )

For those coming in by smaller boats, the Port of Lisbon operates four marinas - Alcantara, Belem, Bom Successo and Santo Amaro. You can find all the details at the Port of Lisbon website. Alternatively, you may moor at 38.7562 -9.0928 10 Marina Parque de Nacoes , which is operated as a separate entity.

By bicycle [ edit ]

Cycling outside Lisbon can be a challenge, as Lisbon offers far easier cycling than what you may find outside of the city. The further you get from Lisbon however, the easier the cycling gets. You may wish to take advantage of certain regional trains that take bicycles in a separate luggage carriage, allowing you to start your cycling some 50 or 100km outside of the city.

Read more below under 'Getting around by bicycle'

Get around [ edit ]

38°43′48″N 9°9′29″W Map of Lisbon

By public transport [ edit ]

Lisbon has a very efficient public transport network that covers the entire city in addition to the surrounding areas. It consists of a bus and tram network operated by Carris, the separately-run Lisbon Metro underground rail, as well as commuter trains and ferries which connect Lisbon to its neighbouring suburbs. Additionally, Carris operates three unique funiculars and one public elevator that both function as parts of the public transportation system.

Tram [ edit ] An electrico climbing the streets of Ribeira Map of tram lines in operation in Lisbon

While numbering may suggest otherwise, Lisbon retains only five of the 28 tram lines it became famous for.

  • line 12 - the shortest line does a loop between Praça de Commercio in Baixa and Alfama
  • line 15 - the longest line connects the Centro Historico to Belem and beyond
  • line 18 - follows the route of line 15 along the coast until Santo Amaro, where it goes uphill to Ajuda
  • line 25 - goes from Praça de Commercio through Chiado, along the foot of the Barrio Alto hill and then to Estrela
  • line 28 - takes you on a veritable tour of the hills of Lisbon, starting at Campo Ourique, then going through Estrela, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Rua da Conceição in Baixa, then all the way around the hills of Alfama up north to Graca while ending in Praca Martim Moriz

At stops and on timetables, the five tram lines are marked with an "E" for electrico (which stands for "tram" in Portuguese) i.e. 12E, 15E, 18E, 25E and 28E to distinguish them from bus services. Buses and trams generally use the same stops.

Lines 12, 15, 18 and 28 are still operated using the "Remodelado" tram cars. These were built in the 1930s and their motors and brakes were replaced in the 1990s.

Instead of paying for a ride on one of the costly tourist buses, try line 28, which winds its way through the "Old Town" of Lisbon beginning in Graça then down to the Alfama and to the Baixa then up through Chiado to Bairro Alto, and then down to Campo Ourique, taking you by many of Lisbon's most famous and interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens. The trip is hilly, noisy and hectic but it affords many beautiful glimpses of the city. And, although the tram can sometimes be overrun with tourists, you will definitely get a flavour of the locals, as many "Lisboetas" commute daily on these historical trams. Tickets cost €1.30 if paid by "Viva Viagem" card and €2.90 if purchased on-board or at a vending machine (note that these machines do not accept bills, and are sometime even out of change, so make sure you have the correct change!). From start to finish the ride takes around 30 minutes. Beware of pickpockets!

Funiculars and a lift [ edit ] A trip on one of the ascensores should be on your list when planning your Lisbon trip

Or ascensores e elevador as they call them. The Viva Viagem card is accepted on these routes as well. In 2002 all three funiculars and the lift were classified as National Monuments. Time tables for the lifts in pdf format can be downloaded from the website.

  • 38.71615 -9.14269 11 Ascensor da Glória ( Gloria Funicular ), Praça dos Restauradores to S. Pedro de Alcântara ( Bairro Alto ). M-Th 07:15-23:55, F 07:15-00:25, Sa 08:45-00:25, Su and holidays 09:15-11:55 . Inaugurated on 24 October 1885, this funicular was the second to be placed in Lisbon. It is the most visited one in the city. Lower station exactly where Avenida Liberdad connects to Restauradores. ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 38.70860 -9.14676 12 Ascensor da Bica ( Bica Funicular ), Rua de São Paulo (Rua Duarte Belo) - Largo de Calhariz . M-Sa 07:00-21:00, Su and holidays 09:00-21:00 . This funicular was inaugurated on 28 June 1892 and its route is known as the most typical of the city. €3.70 for a round trip . ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 38.71786 -9.14177 13 Ascensor do Lavra ( Lavra Funicular ), Largo da Anunciada to Rua Câmara Pestana . M-Sa 07:50-19:55, Su and holidays 09:00-19:55 . The oldest funicular of Lisbon was inaugurated on 19 April 1884 and on that day it worked for 16 consecutive hours, carrying more than 3,000 passengers free. ( updated Apr 2017 )
  • 38.7121074 -9.1394046 14 Elevador de Santa Justa ( Santa Justa Lift ), Rua Aurea and Rua de Santa Justa , ☎ +351 21 361-3054 . Lift: Mar-Oct daily 07:00-23:00, Nov-Feb daily 07:00-21:00; viewpoint: Mar-Oct daily 09:00-23:00, Nov-Feb daily 09:00-21:00 . Located downtown, this lift was designed by the architect Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a follower of French engineer Gustav Eiffel, and was constructed of cast iron enriched with filigrana details. Inaugurated on 10 July 1902, it connects downtown to Trinidade, located many metres uphill and is the only street lift in Lisbon for public service. €5 (round trip ticket purchased onboard), €1.50 (viewpoint only, not including transport); Viva Viagem cards accepted . ( updated Apr 2017 )
Metro [ edit ] Lisbon Metro Map

Lisbon's recently refurbished metro system is clean, quick, and efficient. While metro announcements are made only in Portuguese, signs and ticketing machines are generally bilingual in Portuguese and English. Every line shares at least one station with each of the other lines, so once you are in the system, you can go pretty much everywhere the system reaches to, which is most of the important locations in Lisbon.

  • The blue line ( linha azul ) has perhaps the most tourist-friendly route, starting at the Santa Apolonia train station and stopping at Terreiro do Paco, Baixa/Chiado, (Praca do) Restauradores, Avenida (do Libertade), (Praca do) Marques do Pombal, Parque (Eduardo VII) and Jardim Zoologico.
  • The green line ( linha verde ) stops at Baixa/Chiado as well, and goes to Cais do Sodre, from where you can take trains to Belem, Cascais and Estoril or the ferry to Almada, as well as at Rossio, from where you can take a train to Sintra
  • The red line ( linha vermelha ) starts directly at the Lisbon Airport and stops at Oriente (for long-distance trains and the Parque des Nacoes ). That said, one needs to change to another metro line to get to the historic centre.
  • The yellow line ( linha amarela ) is of perhaps least use to tourists as it mostly connects the northern residential districts with the city.

No metro line goes to Belém. You need to take a train from Cais do Sodre, tram line 15E or a bus to get there.

Most of the metro system is a free art gallery. You'll find art by contemporary artists inspired by the stations' surrounding area. Check the subway webpage for more details on this curiosity. The red line is the newest one and has the best pieces of art.

The first metro of each line leaves the terminal stations at 6:30 daily, the last metro leaves the terminal stations at 1:00 daily. Some secondary station halls close earlier, some are closed completely on weekends.

Bus [ edit ] Public buses, just like trams and ascensores , are all painted in the yellow Carris livery

Carris operates a dense network of buses. Bus lines operating in the day start with a "7" (save for the "400" line that runs within the Parque de Nacoes ), and those starting with "2" operate at night (00:01-05:00) when no daytime lines operate.

On the maps and in publications, bus and tram lines are colour-coded with reference to the directions they go to. Orange lines stay within the central area, pink go to the east (Belem and Ajuda), red to the north (Parque de Nacoes and Portela), while blue and green to the northeast. This is more or less where each of the corresponding metro lines (red, green and blue) go. Grey-coded buses move between the outer districts and do not stop in the historic centre. Do note that the buses themselves are all in standard yellow Carris livery and do not carry such indications.

Two of the popular bus lines now offer complimentary NetBus Wi-Fi service - line 736 from Cais do Sodre via Avenida da Libertade and Avenida da Republica (stops at Campo Grand, Campo Pequeno and Entrecampos), and line 783 from the Portela Airport to Amoreiras shopping and office centre via Avenida da Republica and Praca Marques de Pombal. Using those two bus lines you can get to most of the important tourist attractions while enjoying Wi-Fi - simply log in to the "CARRIS-TMN" network while on the bus.

Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours are also a good option to get to know Lisbon. Carristur is operating with the brand Yellow Bus Sightseeing Tours and have tours in double-decker buses and old tramcars.

Ferries [ edit ] Numerous ferries cross the river Tagus to help commuters and travellers get to Lisbon

Ferries connect Lisbon to the suburbs across the Tejo river in the south. Taking a ferry to Cacilhas is a good opportunity to see Lisbon from the water. A ferry is paid for just like a metro trip; you can even use your zapping (using this system will give you a €0.05 to €0.10 discount on the single ticket) Viva viagem card.

The ferry boat takes you to Cacilhas (€1.20) (the journey takes 10 minutes) or Trafaria (Almada) (€1.15), Seixal (€2.30), Montijo (€2.70) or Barreiro (this journey takes half an hour) (€2.30). The boats are operated by Transtejo [dead link] .

Fares and tickets [ edit ] The Viva Viagem transport smartcard

The best and, in many cases, the sole way to pay for city transport is by buying the rechargeable green "Viva Viagem" smartcard (also referred to as "7 Colinas"). It's valid on the metro, trams (electricos), urban trains, most buses and ferries. The exception is buses run not by Carris—other bus companies have their own tickets. The card itself can be purchased for €0.50 (this price doesn't include any trips), and remains valid for a year. It needs to be purchased (cash only, no credit cards) from a vending machine or a ticket counter.

The Viva Viagem card can be charged in three different modes . As of 1 January 2017:

  • Single tickets for bus or metro (€1.45)
  • Day pass for metro, buses and trams (€6.15 for unlimited use for 24 hours from time of purchase and can be re-charged each day).
  • Zapping. It also offers flexible rates: every journey costs €1.30. The downside is that zapping in ticket machines can be done with round amounts only: €3, €5, €10, €15. If you have a bit of unused money, it is wise to go to the ticked desk and there they do zapping for any amount (uncertain if this is still possible). This way you can fully utilize your money on the card before going back to your country (but the balance can be transferred to a new card even if the card has expired).

There are ticketing machines located at the train or metro stations, which also provide instructions in English. You can also buy the ticket from the driver or machines on board (the latter only available in some new trams). Tickets purchased from a driver will not include a Viva Viagem card, and will cost more (€1.85 for bus and €2.90 for trams instead of €1.30 if you use the rechargeable card), so it makes more sense to buy the ticket before starting the trip.

When using suburban trains, your tickets are charged onto the same kind of Viva Viagem cards. You cannot have more than one kind of ticket on one card, however, so you will probably need at least two of them, one for zapping (regular bus and metro use), one for suburban travel. The TransTejo (TT) ferries can make you buy yet another Viva card with white stripe in the bottom. You can however use "zapping" for all transit and then get away with a single Viva Viagem card.

If you plan to be in Lisbon for an extended time (1 week and more), you can purchase an unlimited pass that covers buses, metro, and funiculars. It takes 10 days, or if you need it quicker you can pay an extra €5 for next-day delivery at the Carris station in Santo Amaro or at the subway stations in Marques de Pombal, Alameda and Campo Grande. The base price is €7 for a hard plastic Lisboa Viva card, plus €36.20 for a one-month unlimited pass in the urban area. Bring a photo ID (passport), passport photos (the stations also have photo vending machines that take passport photos), and cash. The plastic card can hold up to 4 different tickets at a time.

By bicycle [ edit ]

Cycling within the city is now much easier because of the work the municipality has been putting in with bike lanes, slowing car traffic, changing car traffic patterns and adding speed bumps etc but, of course, parts of the town will always be part of the surprisingly hilly terrain of Lisbon. If you plan to cycle, some of these streets do have tram lines, potholes and an absence of designated bicycle lanes, so visitors wishing to venture into city traffic by bicycle should be used to urban riding. Riding on the footpaths is not recommended. It is advisable to get advice at local bikeshops.

Although better than in recent years there are still bike lanes in town the newest, nice and safe stretches from Baixa to Belem along the beautiful river Tejo water front aptly known as the Poetry Bike Lane

These days car drivers are often weekend cyclists and way more careful with cyclists, more than ever before. Good spots for anyone to cycle safe are along the flat riverfront area streching from Parque das Nacoes, to the central area of Cais Sodre, where you can rent bikes look below for bike iberia, and particularly from here to Belem. Must do for all travelers or cycling enthusiasts: A scenic and safe bike ride on bike lane from Baixa along waterfront to the historical area of Descobertas-Belem-Jerónimos.

Just outside of Lisbon -you can take a free bike (but often in poor condition and limited offer) on trains or ferries- along the coast from Estoril towards the beautiful beach of Guincho, reach Sintra, Cascais or Costa da Caparica. If traveling from Lisbon (and back) you should consider renting a bike there as there are no restrictions, nor additional charges, on travelling with bicycles on commuting trains.

If you take a bicycle in public transportation beware of the following:

  • Metro: During working days you are allowed to carry bicycles in the metro only after 8PM. On weekends, it's allowed and it's free of charge.
  • Commuting trains: You are allowed to carry bicycles in the trains for free, everyday of the week just be reasonable and avoid rush hour passenger patterns.
  • Ferries: Bicycles travel for free, you are allowed but there are strict limitations on the number of bikes allowed depending on ferry lines and ferry boat type, arrive early and you shall avoid disappointment.
  • Bike Buses: There are 6 lines of the public bus company "Carris" in which you can put your bike inside.

Bike shops in Lisbon town center are rare. You can find a SportZone near Rossio or in major shopping malls. Ask there for specialist shops, shop assistants are usually very helpful.

By car [ edit ]

Think twice before using a car in the city unless you are prepared to spend hours in traffic jams and looking for parking space. The busy traffic and narrow streets with blind corners can be overwhelming to tourists. Also, due to lack of space and overcrowding, parking is difficult and annoying, as well as potentially dangerous - check the "Stay Safe" section below, regarding potential problems with criminals and homeless people who stand near parking spaces to "help" you park your car and then attempt to extort money from you.

By foot [ edit ]

Just walking up the hills of Lisbon is a delightful experience, but bear in mind the steep grade of many of the streets

If your accommodation is in the center of the city, walking is a great alternative. Many of the attractions of the city, such as the Castelo and the Alfama and Bairro Alto districts, are within easy walking distance of the Baixa. Central Lisbon is very intimate and walking is very nice way to get around. Note however that the city is very hilly, a constant up and down everywhere, and streets/sidewalks are largely covered in cobblestone (some slippery when wet). For visitors with mobility issues, central Lisbon can be challenging.

If you become lost or cannot find the location you are looking for, try to locate the nearest Carris bus or tram stop. Most of these stops (not all) have a very good map of the city with your current location clearly marked on the map. All the prominent tourist sites in Lisbon are also shown along with an index at the bottom of the map. A quick consultation with one of these Carris maps should point you back in the right direction.

You may also use the funiculars and elevadores. Day passes for public transportation are also valid for those.

Talk [ edit ]

As with the rest of Portugal, Portuguese is the main language in Lisbon. However, most younger people know English, and it is possible to get by speaking only English. Spanish is widely understood, though few are fluent in it, and many locals will respond more readily to English than to Spanish. Nevertheless, any attempt to speak Portuguese is always appreciated, and even simple things like basic greetings will often draw smiles and encouragement from locals.

When asking for directions or trying to make out announcements, do note that Portuguese, while similar in writing to Spanish or Italian, has very peculiar pronunciation. In most cases, the letter "j" is pronounced as "zh", thus e.g. the river Tejo is pronounced "tezho" (and not "teho" as Spanish speakers would render it). Portuguese is also very "soft", with a peculiar accent, and many vowel-consonant combinations are pronounced very differently from other European languages. It may be good to memorize the proper spelling and pronunciation of some destinations you intend to visit to avoid misunderstandings or misreading directions.

See [ edit ]

Tagus River [ edit ]

  • 38.68975 -9.177194 1 Ponte 25 de Abril . This sister bridge of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge was designed by the same architect in 1966 to connect Lisbon with the Setubal peninsula across the Tagus (Tejo) River. Formerly known as the Salazar Bridge, it was renamed after the Carnation Revolution which, on 25 April 1974, ended the dictatorship.  
  • 38.762194 -9.043306 2 Ponte Vasco da Gama . It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), and ninth longest in the world, with a total length of 17.2km (10.7 mi), including 0.829km (0.5 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5km (7.1 mi) in viaducts, and 4.8km (3.0 mi) in dedicated access roads.  
  • 38.678611 -9.171389 3 Cristo Rei Statue . This statue of Christ the King overlooking Lisbon is across the river but is clearly visible from Lisbon. The monument was inspired by the similar statue in Rio de Janeiro. See Almada for details. ( updated Sep 2017 )

Baixa [ edit ]

  • 38.7075 -9.136389 4 Praça do Comércio ( Take the metro to Terreiro do Paço Station ). This magnificent plaza, facing the river, is the beginning of Lisboa's downtown. It is also known as 'Terreiro do Paço', meaning 'Grounds of the Palace', relating to its function before the Great Earthquake of 1755.  
  • 38.714722 -9.142222 5 Rossio station . Built in in 1890 and formerly known as Estação Central (Central Station), it was the main railway hub until 1957. It provides a direct connection to Sintra in about 40min. The trains access the station through a 2.6km long tunnel. The main facade is an example of the Neo-Manueline style, a revival of Gothic style in Portugal during the mid-19th century.  
  • 38.71578 -9.14249 6 Palacio Foz , Praça dos Restauradores , ☎ +351 21 322 12 00 , e-mail: reservaspalaciofoz@sg.pcm.gov.pt . A palace constructed between the 18th and 19th century. Visits can be arranged in advance via email. Concerts (some of them free) are offered. Information also available on the official Facebook page.  
  • 38.715833 -9.141667 7 Praca dos Restauradores .  
  • Museu de Sociedade de Geografia .  
  • 38.71588 -9.13986 8 Casa do Alentejo , Rua Portas de Santo Antão, 58 .  
  • 38.713889 -9.139444 9 Praca dom Pedro IV ( Rossio ).  
  • 38.713740 -9.137868 10 Praca da Figueira .  
  • 38.708853 -9.134208 11 Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha .  

Chiado and Bairro Alto [ edit ]

Ruins of Igreja do Carmo Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara
  • 38.71200 -9.14057 12 Igreja do Carmo , Largo do Carmo ( Elevador Santa Justa or a short uphill hike from Baixa or Rossio ), ☎ +351 213 460 473 , e-mail: secretaria@arqueologos.pt . Oct-May: M-Sa 10:00-18:00; Jun-Sep: M-Sa 10:00-19:00; closed Su, 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec . The hilltop church of the former convent of Carmo is a towering memorial of the 1755 earthquake, which made the roof of the church collapse, but the Gothic arches of the nave survived. The church was preserved that way and now serves as the Museu Arqueológico in the extant parts of the building. The museum houses a hodgepodge of archaeological artifacts from around Portugal and the world including mummies from South America, tombs of Portuguese rulers, and the Stations of the Cross on 18th century painted tiles. The assorted artifacts are not well explained, but the church itself is a sight to see and visitors come to relax in the grassy nave of the church, and draw or photograph the spires. €4 (adults), €3 (students/seniors), €3.20 (Lisbon card), free (children under 15) . ( updated May 2017 )
  • 38.71194 -9.13917 13 Santa Justa elevator , Largo do Carmo - Rua do Ouro . 8:30-20:30 (viewing platform) . Excellent vertical view of the Baixa streets, next to Igreja do Carmo. The line can be quite long, you may want to consider walking up and riding it down instead. €1.50 . ( updated Sep 2016 )
  • 38.71497 -9.14406 14 Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara ( Mirador ), Rua S. Pedro de Alcântara . Excellent panorama from the lovely terrace/garden on top of Elevador da Glória and northern corner of Bairro Alto. Free .  

Estrela [ edit ]

  • 38.704167 -9.161667 15 [dead link] Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga , Rua das Janelas Verdes . Tu 14:00-18:00; W-Su 10:00-18:00; closed M . Portugal's impressive national art collection, including 14-19th century European painting, artefacts of Portuguese contact with the East and Africa and a collection of ecclesiastical treasures. Highlights include Dürer's St Jerome, Hieronymus Bosch's Temptations of St Antony, Nuno Gonçalves' Adoration of St Vincent, and 16th century Japanese paintings of Portuguese traders.  
View from the Mirador de Santa Luzia in Alfama
  • 38.70811 -9.15596 16 Museu da Marioneta .  
  • 38.713333 -9.160556 17 Basilica da Estrela .  
  • 38.7148 -9.1593 18 Jardim da Estrela .  
  • 38.7125 -9.153611 19 Palacio de Sao Bento .  
  • 38.714016 -9.169985 20 Cemitério dos Prazeres , Praça São João Bosco ( Tram 28 to its Western terminus ), ☎ +351 21 396 1511 . daily 09:00–16:30 . This large cemetery is packed with majestic gravestones and mausoleums, separated by wide, pedestrian, tree-lined "streets". Many graves are marked with icons telling something about the person's role in historical Lisbon. A beautiful respite from the busy city. free . ( updated Apr 2016 )

Alfama [ edit ]

National Pantheon or Santa Engracia
  • 38.71389 -9.13333 21 Castelo de São Jorge ( St. George's Castle ) ( Walk up the hill from Alfama or take bus 37 ), ☎ +351 218 800 620 . Mar-Oct 09:00-21:00; Nov-Feb 09:00-18:00 . Located up the hill, with a great view over the city and the river. If you have the energy, get there by walking from downtown, going through the fantastic old neighborhood of Alfama. €7 with student discount available .  
  • 38.715 -9.125 22 [dead link] Panteão Nacional ( Igreja do Santa Engrácia ), Campo de Santa Clara ( Santa Apolonia station, hike uphill. Tram 28 ). 10:00-17:00, platform 10:00-18:00 (closed Mondays, shorter hours in winter) . This is one of the most striking buildings in Lisbon. It's tall dome and white facade makes it a real landmark in Alfama/Eastern Lisbon. Excellent views from the rooftop terrace. Construction began in 1681, then halted until the dome was added in 1966 and then converted to the National Pantheon. Amalia Rodrigues, queen of fado, is buried here, and fresh roses can be seen on the tomb.
    The church also has wide viewing platform on the rooftop all around its dome. Excellent panorama of the river and surroundings. No elevator. 3 € .  
  • 38.71134 -9.13050 23 Alfama mirador , Largo Portas do Sol ( walk uphill from Sé (Cathedral), tram 28 ). Good viewpoint in Alfama uphill from the cathedral along tram route. Lovely view over rooftops and river. Free .  
  • 38.71027 -9.13241 24 [dead link] Museu do Teatro Romano ( Roman Theatre Museum ). Along the way from downtown to Saint George's Castle.  
Monument to the Discoverers in Belem

Belém [ edit ]

Torre de Belém The sheer size of the Jeronimos Monastery is astounding enough, coupled with the ornate Gothic decoration Museu Nacional dos Coches

This monument-packed area is a must-see place, and it contains Lisbon's two World Heritage Sites; the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.

Take bus 28 to the west (direction Restelo), which follows the coast line and provides an express service with few stops. Or take the Cascais suburban train (line Cascais todos or Oeiras ; the express trains don't stop in Belém) to Belém and walk to the attractions. Tram 15 to the west (Algés direction) follows the Junqueira residencial line. Check the route map inside the tram: it helps to find a right station for most famous of Belém attractions. The extensive bus network also serves Belém from various departure points around the city and can be less busy than the tram.

Note that to reach the waterfront attractions such as Belem Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos from the town centre/tram line, it is necessary to cross over the railway line by the footbridges – there is one at the railway station and another near Belem Tower.

  • 38.69163 -9.21593 25 Torre de Belém ( Belem Tower ), Av. Brasília , ☎ +351 21 362 0034 . Oct-May: Tu-Su 10:00-17:30; May-Sep: Tu-Su 10:00-18:30; last entry 30 min before closing; closed 1 Jan, Easter, 1 May, 13 Jun, and 25 Dec . A UNESCO World Heritage site, the iconic fortified tower was built in the early 16th century in the late Gothic Manueline style. Originally built as a fortress, it was said to be the last thing Portuguese explorers saw when departing as well as the first thing they saw upon return. €6 (adults), €3 (seniors/students/youth card), free (children under 12); free admission on first Sun of the month. Combined ticket with Mosteiro dos Jerónimos €12, combined ticket with Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Museu Nacional de Arqueologia €16, combined ticket with 5 other sites €25 (see website for details) . ( updated May 2017 )
  • 38.69789 -9.20667 26 Mosteiro dos Jerónimos ( Jerónimos Monastery ), Praça do Império , ☎ +351 21 362 0034 . Oct-May: Tu-Su 10:00-17:30; May-Sep: Tu-Su 10:00-18:30; last entry 30 min before closing; closed 1 Jan, Easter, 1 May, 13 Jun, and 25 Dec . Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the monastery was built in the 16th century and is an outstanding example of the Portuguese late Gothic Manueline style. €10 (adults), €5 (seniors/students/youth card), free (children under 12); free admission to the church and on first Sun of the month . ( updated May 2017 )
  • 38.693611 -9.205556 27 Monument to the Discoveries ( Padrão dos Descobrimentos ). €4 .  
  • 38.69667 -9.20027 28 Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque . In front of the former Royal Palace of Belém, now the Presidential Palace, there is a massive statue looking out to sea, representing Afonso de Albuquerque, second ruler of Portuguese India in the early 16th century.  
  • 38.697097 -9.208139 29 [dead link] Museu da Marinha ( Maritime Museum ), Centro Cultural de Belém , ☎ +351 21 362-0019 . Open 10AM-5PM in winter, 10AM-6PM in summer . One of the most important in Europe, evoking Portugal's domination of the seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in the west wing of Jerónimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery onward. The oldest exhibit is a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India. Entry fee €4 .  
  • 38.697778 -9.199722 30 Museu Nacional dos Coches ( National Coach Museum ), Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, Belem ( Tram or train to Belem ). 10:00-18:00 . Housed in the former riding school of the palace, don't miss the world's largest collection of horse-drawn coaches and other royal vehicles. One of Lisbon's many unusual museums. Located in the "Museum street", Belem. €5 .  
  • 38.695521 -9.208378 31 Museu Colecção Berardo , Centro Cultural de Belém . 10AM - 7PM . The permanent collection of the museum consist of the Berardo Collection, which is made up of modern en contemporary art, with major art movements like abstract expressionism, Abstraction-Création, action painting, body Art, constructivism, cubism, De Stijl, digital art, experimental art, geometric abstraction, kinetic art, minimal art, neo-expressionism, neo-plasticism, neo-Realism, op art, photography, photorealism, pop art, realism, suprematism, surrealism. Includes artists like Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Polock. Free admission .  
  • 38.69591 -9.19464 32 Museu Arte Arquitetura Tecnologia ( Museum of Art Architecture and Technology ), Av. de Brasília, Central Tejo , ☎ +351 210 028 130 , e-mail: maat@edp.pt . We-Mo 12PM-8PM . Various exhibits, including one on the topic of electricity in the building of a former power station. 5€ . ( updated Sep 2016 )
Ponte 25 de Abril seen from the Jardim Botânico da Ajuda
  • 38.7333 -9.15 33 Ajuda Botanical Gardens ( Jardim Botânico da Ajuda ). Daily 9AM - 8PM (Summer) 9AM - 6PM (Winter) . The botanical garden of Ajuda is one of the oldest gardens in Europe and is considered the first in Portugal. After the earthquake that occurred in 1755, the homeless Portuguese royal family decided to build a new royal residence at Ajuda but also gardens around it. This 10-acre garden was laid out in from 1858-1873. €2 .  

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  • 38.73774 -9.15351 34 The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum , Avenida de Berna, 45A ( take the metro to São Sebastião or Praça de Espanha Stations ), ☎ +351 21 782-3000 . 10AM-5:45PM; closed Tues . Created from the personal collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian who longed to see all his treasures displayed in a museum. The Gulbenkian Antiquities Museum is a nice assortment of Egyptian artefacts, along with paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cassat. There is also a separate Gulbenkian Modern Art Center (MAC) . The Gulbenkian Gardens which surround the museums and foundation building are worth a visit in and of themselves, as a little oasis in the middle of downtown Lisbon. €5 (permanent+temporary exhibition); half price for students under 25 with ID, holders of the European Youth Card (Euro26) and those aged 65 or over; free entry on Sunday, free for under 12; entrance to the garden is free . ( updated Feb 2016 )

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