Lisbon is an illuminated city. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colours – highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty.
There are so many things to see and do in Lisbon that visitors have access to a wide array of different experiences.
As we walk through Lisbon – whose history spans back thousands of years – we find streets filled with heritage monuments, and characteristic neighbourhoods where the city first developed and can still be experienced at its most genuine level.
Visit Lisbon of the River Tagus, whose riverfront is dedicated to leisure activities and links the monumental zone of Belém with the modern area of the Parque das Nações.
Have fun in Lisbon, where nightlife continues till dawn.
Lisboa is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe. Greater Lisboa has an area of approximately 1,000 km2. The city lies more or less in the centre of the country, approximately 300 km from the Algarve in the south and 400 km from the northern border with Spain.
Lisboa offers a wide variety of options to the visitor, including beaches, countryside, mountains and areas of historical interest only a few kilometres away from the city centre.
Portuguese is Latin in origin and the third most widely spoken European language in the world. It is the mother tongue of about 200 million people. Portuguese is the official language in several countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe in Africa, and Brazil in South America. In Portugal itself a considerable number of people can understand and communicate in foreign languages.
Approximately 600,000 people live in Lisboa. However, if one includes the various satellite towns, the population of Greater Lisboa rises to approximately 1.9 million people.
Voltage: 220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.
The Euro (€) is the currency in use in Portugal. Bank services are available throughout the city, from 08:30 to 15:00. ATMs can be found outside most banks, at the airport and shopping centers. Major international credit cards are accepted in ATMs, hotels, restaurants and most shops.
Opening hours in Portugal are similar to those in the rest of Europe.
The visitor has access to all normal services at any time of the day and on all days of the week – not only in Lisboa, but also in the rest of the country.
Pharmacies keep the same opening hours as the rest of the shops but, in order to guarantee 24-hour service, some stay open after 7 p.m. Generally speaking, restaurants are open for lunch from 12 midday to 3.p.m and for dinner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Buses: Every day – 24 hours.
Underground: Every day 6.30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Banks: Mon-Fri. 8.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Shopping Centres: Every day 10 a.m. – 12 midnight
Shops: Mon -Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Embassies: Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Post Offices: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Pharmacies: Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p. m. also: 24 hour (night) service
Meal times: Lunch: 12 mid-day – 2 p.m. Dinner: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m
Due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisboa has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The agreeable temperatures in the summer months are an open invitation for a walk by the river, or to spend an afternoon in one of the many street cafés to be found all over the city. Although the temperatures may fall somewhat in the autumn and winter months, sunshine is almost always a constant feature.