Lisbon is Portugal's capital and the hub of a multifaceted area that appeals to different tastes and senses.
In a city that has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighbourhood. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, then follow the river to discover some of the city’s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações.
f you continue to the mouth of the river, you'll understand why we say that Lisbon is the centre of a vast resort. Along the coastal road you’ll find beaches and beach resorts that combine villas and hotels from the beginning of the 20th century with marinas, terraces and excellent golf courses. Further along the coast you’ll come across world-renowned surfing beaches, but also the palaces scattered across the cultural landscape of Sintra , a World Heritage Site.
Fado is another expression of what it is to be Portuguese that has also been awarded World Heritage status. You can hear it at night in a fado house or in a traditional neighbourhood. But go, as well, to the lively bars and nightclubs, to find other types of music. There’s a great diversity of sounds and environments, but all are good excuses to have a drink and dance the night away.
If you’re dreaming about your next trip to Europe, come and discover Lisbon, a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15oC. A city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement. Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. After all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors.
Lisbon has a mild climate, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15oC. For more information please visit the following website (www.ipma.pt/pt/index.html). You are advised to bring some Warm clothing for the nights.
The local currency is the Euro (€). Banks in Portugal are open Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 15:00 (Banks at the airports is open 08:00 - 20:00). Portugal also has an extensive network of cash dispensers which operate 24 hours a day.
All non-EU citizens should check if it is necessary to obtain a visa, which can be obtained at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their own country. A list of countries that require a visa to Portugal is given on the following website.(www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Portugal/Visa)
The local time in Portugal is the Greenwich the same as in London. GMT + 1 Hour (Western Europe Daylight/Summer Time)
Portugal uses a 220V system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are two-prong.