Introducing the city

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About Lisbon

A diverse and quirky capital, Lisbon is full of Gothic architecture, cobbled hilly streets and a lively nightlife scene packed with vibrant bars and folky clubs.

Green wine and black pigs may sound a bit Dr. Seuss, but they are just two of many wonderful (edible) things you can sample in Lisbon. Portugal’s arty, diverse and bohemian capital is full of flavour, colour and history – from yellow trams to Moorish fortresses. Home to almost 550,000 residents, this coastal city welcomed around two and a half million visitors in 2014 and it's easy to see why.

Wander around the city’s hilltop São Jorge Castle or take a trip to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, home to ancient and modern art. Plus, the influx of so many different cultures means that the city has plenty of diverse, quirky and creative neighbourhoods. Get lost in the steep hilly streets of Bairro Alto or stroll through romantic, traditional Alfama - both have plenty of small bars and restaurants for a real taste of the city. And whatever hue your dinner or drinks upon arrival, trust us, it probably tastes amazing.

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When Should You Visit?

June usually means warm weather, fewer crowds and plenty of sunshine.

Lisbon enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot summer and cool, mild winters. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, the coolest is January at 11 degrees Celsius; the wettest month is November. As it’s close to the Atlantic coast, the city is often windy, making the nearby beaches top surfing destinations.

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Travioor top tips

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City Card
Walk

Insider Info

  • Rent a car if you want to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby (beautiful) beaches.

  • Most museums are free on Sunday mornings – get a Lisbon city discount card if you plan on visiting several sights.

  • Pack comfortable shoes and explore by foot; the city is home to beautiful hills and cobbled streets.

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Food and drink

Main Course £7.03 | 8.00 €

3-Course Meal £26.37 | 30.00 €

Cappuccino £1.16 | 1.32 €

Beer £1.32 | 1.50 €

The Scene

Lisbon is a great city for foodies with plenty of tascas (taverns), marisquerias (for seafood) and churrasqueiras (for grilled-meat) eateries. Lunch is the main meal of the day, with prato do dia (dish of the day) being a popular choice. Seafood fans should try the national dish of bacalhau (dried salted cod) which comes in many forms. Pork is another menu staple in Lisbon restaurants, particularly mouth-watering are porco negra steaks, which come from acorn-fed black Alentejan pigs. Most meals are served with rice, fresh salad and potatoes (and often, bread and olives). In the summer, you’re likely to see locals sipping ice cold glasses of vinho verde (green wine); this dry, crisp drink is a national favourite.

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History

Lisbon’s Story

When it was occupied by the Romans in 205 BC, the city was known as Olissipo; prior to this it was home to pre-Celts (remains of their monuments still exist today). After centuries of various occupations – including the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Carthaginians – Lisbon finally came under the rule of Christian crusaders and Afonso III made it Portugal’s capital in 1256.

In the centuries that followed, Lisbon grew in prosperity, eventually becoming the epicentre of the Portuguese empire (its vast natural harbour allowed it to build and send ships as far as Asia and the Americas). A devastating earthquake and tsunami in 1755 destroyed many of the city’s buildings but a wealthy regeneration project helped it rebuild and form the foundation of the city today.

Language

Oi | Hello
Obrigado | Thank you

Portuguese

Portuguese is the official language, although some people also understand Spanish. Major tourist attractions and guides are available in several languages. If you’re interacting with locals, you’ll find some, especially the younger generation, will speak English. Even so, it’s a good idea to give the following phrases a try:

  • Please: Por favor
  • Excuse me: Com licença
  • Do you speak English?: Você fala inglês?

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Need to know

+351 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Tipping (around 12%) is generally expected in restaurants.
  • Portuguese food portions tend to be on the large side; ask for a meia doce if you want yours half size.
  • The metro runs from 6am to 1am daily.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Portugal here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Alfama

Wander through the cobbled streets of the bohemian Alfama neighbourhood, which has Moorish and Visigoth heritage.

2. Architecture

Take in the architecture, including the imposing Moorish fortress, São Jorge Castle and the 500 year old Jerónimos Monastery.

3. Eat & Drink

Sip locally produced vinho verde (green wine) and taste some cured black pig ham in the lively Bairro Alto district.

4. Elevador da Glória

Ride the Elevador da Glória (funicular railway) up Lisbon’s seven hills for some spectacular city views.

5. Fado Music

Catch a live Fado gig where traditional Portuguese folk music is performed into the early hours.


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