The capital and cultural hub of Portugal, Lisbon is located at the mouth of the Tagus River (Rio Tejo) on the Atlantic Coast. Well known for its buildings tiled in bright colours and charming streets lined with enchanting eateries, it is also home to historic castles, cathedrals and museums.
- public telephones
- access to public buses
- shuttle to the city centre
- taxi ranks.
How to Get Around
- Currency - the currency is the Euro. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and €1 and €2 denominations. Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations.
- Time Zone - Lisbon uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). During the summer months it uses Western European Summer Time (WEST), which is 1 hour ahead of UTC.
- Weather - Lisbon enjoys one of Europe’s mildest climates and warmest winters. Temperatures average 28° Celsius in July and August to 15° Celsius in January and February. The driest months are July and August, with an average rainfall of 10 millimetres.
- Belem Tower - known by locals as the Torre de Belem, this fortified tower is a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery and an important symbol of Lisbon. Built in 1515, it is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
- Commerce Square - Commerce Square, or Praca de Comercio, is located near the Tagus River. It used to house the Royal Ribeira Palace, which was destroyed by the Great Lisbon Earthquake in 1755. These days it is a popular meeting spot, famous for its bronze Statue of King José I.
- Jeronimos Monastery - officially called the Mosteiro da Santa Maria de Belem, this monastery is one of the most prominent monuments in Lisbon. Dating back to 1501 and built in Portuguese late-Gothic style, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the Santa Maria de Belem area.
- Baixa and Rossio - these two popular districts are the central shopping and tourist areas of Lisbon. Perfect for walking, several streets run between Rossio Square and Praca do Commercio. Some of the older storefronts feature art nouveau facades.
- Alfama - the ancient Moorish quarter of Alfama is the oldest in Lisbon. It is popular for its charming cafes, quaint shops and narrow, cobbled streets.