Lisbon, Europe's sunniest capital, was elected the World's Leading City Break Destination 2017. Being one of the most ancient cities of the world it features a very rich history, amazing monuments and world class museums.
It is a city full of authenticity, where old customs and ancient history mix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation.
Discover the traditional, centuries-old city, while walking through Alfama, Bairro Alto, Castelo and other traditional neighbourhoods. Listen to Fado, the traditional Portuguese musical genre, experience a new dimension of feelings. Portuguese cuisine is highly appreciated all over the world.
Lisbon's exciting nightlife, with all choices of bars, restaurants and pubs, is a great way to spend time with friends and to make new ones.
A Guide to Lisbon
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Climate and Weather
Lisbon has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with short and very mild winters and warm summers. In September, the temperature normally ranges between 20º to 27º (Celsius), and while rain is possible, it is not exceedingly common.
During September, Portugal is in daylight saving time, and, thus, in WEST (West European Saving Time) - or GMT +1.
In Portugal, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type F - two round pins (also compatible with C and E types). You may use your electric appliances in Portugal, if the standard voltage in your country is in the 220 - 240 V range (as is the case of the UK, rest of Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).
Different voltage requires a converter, and devices with different frequency should, ideally, not be used.
If the label in your device states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz', it means can be used without adaptor in any country in the world.
Banking and Money
Portugal is a member of the European Union, and its currency is the Euro; foreign currency can be exchanged at the Portela Airport, and other exchange offices throughout the city.
Banks are open on weekdays only, from 8:30 to 15:00.
There is a national ATM service, identified as MB (Multibanco), which allows for cash withdrawals 24h a day - most European debit cards can be used (check with your bank).
The international Euronet Worldwide ATM service (the blue and yellow ATMs) is also available throughout the city - but, unlike the MB, this service might charge for the use of its cash machines.
Documents and Visa Requirements
The documents needed to enter Portugal vary, depending on one's country of origin - citizens of the European Union only require a valid identity card or document.
Lisbon has a single airport, Aeroporto da Portela, conveniently within city limits - located roughly 7km from the historic city centre. The airport has two terminals - all Arrivals are in Terminal 1, but Departures can be either from Terminal 1 or Terminal 2.
The airport connects to the city via the metro network, a special bus service (the Aerobus), as well as taxis and Uber. The Uber pick-up zone is at the “Kiss & Fly Parking Lot” (GPS: 38.76855, -9.12919), in front of the Departures building.
The Santa Apolónia Station is the largest of the train stations that service Lisbon, and the main terminal for trains to and from international destinations. The station also boasts a large tourist information office.
The Oriente Station is also well-known, but is a hub for national train lines (although it is also a station for international bus services) and stands next to a shopping centre (Centro Vasco da Gama).
International bus connections between Lisbon and other European destinations are available; and Eurolines has the most extensive offers.
Eurolines buses depart from and arrive to Gare do Oriente, next to the train station.
Depending on the direction from which you intend to arrive to Lisbon, you can take different motorways and roads.
However, a multitude of other combinations are possible.
Refer to the site Estradas de Portugal for more information about the network of Portuguese roads and motorways.
Lisbon is serviced by trams, metros, buses, trains and ferries - allowing for easy and quick travel around the city.
Uber and taxi services are also available (with hop-on taxi areas in multiple sections of the city), and are similarly priced.