Lisbon - Helpfull Guide for Visitors

Ever thought were to go in your vacations? How a little trip to Portugal, Lisbon?

I work and live in Lisbon, and everyday i see people from various countries visiting this city, enjoying what it has to offer, from good restaurants, to leisure places, hotels, museums or monuments. And since you reader could someday be thinking about making a trip to Portugal, more precisely to Lisbon, i will give you some guidance so that you may enjoy your stay much, much more. I will try my best to keep this guid up to date, with links (with english version) so you can all get an ideia of what your visiting.

First of all you need some accommodation when you arrive.

I have some directions you may choose, of course thats not all of them ( or else i would have to write 200 pages just to describe every place in every topic hehe).

  • For hotels we have

- Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa - 5 Stars

- Hotel Tivoli Lisboa - 5 Stars

- Hotel Real Palacio - 5 Stars

- Hotel Fénix Lisboa - 4 Stars

  • For residencials we have

- Hotel Residencial Florescente

Photo of Sheraton Hotel Spa
Photo of Sheraton Hotel Spa

Lisbon is a city full of culture. Here's some monuments and museums that you may visit.

  • For monuments we have

- Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém)

- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)

- Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)

- Castelo de São Jorge (São Jorge Castle)

  • For Museum we have

- Museu da Água (Water Museum)

- Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum)

- Museu do Fado (Fado Museum)

Jerónimos Monastery
Jerónimos Monastery

Apart from monuments and museums we have other interest spots in Lisbon that attract many people from other countries.

- Lisbon Zoo

- Oceanário

- Parque das Nações (Formerly know as Expo 98)

One of the Oceanario´s Water Tanks
One of the Oceanario´s Water Tanks
Rua Augusta arch
Rua Augusta arch

Want to go for a walk? How about a little journey in some of the most interesting places in the heart of Lisbon? Here i will show you some.

(Courtesy of Tourism in Portugal Department)

- Baixa Chiado

Start by taking the Santa Justa Elevator (1) up to the ruins of the Carmo Convent (2), destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. This is the only remaining example of early gothic architecture in Lisbon. Walk up Rua da Trindade, where you can see the impressive façade of the Trindade Theatre (3), then continue down the road to visit the two churches, Igreja do Loreto (4) and Igreja da Encarnação (5). Go down Rua Garrett to the church called Igreja dos Mártires (6) , then go by Lisbon's opera house, the São Carlos Theatre (7), and visit the Chiado Museum (8), in Rua Serpa Pinto. Go down the winding Calçada do Ferragial that takes you to the 17th cent. Corpo Santo Church (9) then turn left onto Rua do Arsenal, leading to Praça do Município (10), and the Lisbon Town Hall, built in 1774 and subsequently undergoing major modifications. Two blocks east lies one of Europe's outstanding city squares, the 18th cent. Praça do Comércio (11). From the SE corner of the square, in front of the ferry terminal (12), where you can take a river tour, go east to the Campo das Cebolas, where the odd Casa dos Bicos (13) stands. Now go back along Rua da Alfândega, where you'll find the ornate Manueline façade of the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (14). Stop off for lunch, or a ‘bica', a little cup of aromatic black coffee, in the 200 year old Café Martinho d'Arcada, a favourite hang out of the poet Fernando Pessoa, then pass under the great neo-classical archway called Arco da Vitória (15), where the pedestrian mall, Rua Augusta (16) begins, and take in the cosmopolitan buzz of one of Lisbon's main shopping hubs. At the top is Praça D. Pedro IV, the square known to Lisboners as Rossio. Turn right off the NE corner of the square to the church of S. Domingos (17), founded in 1241, and reconstructed after the 1755 earthquake. Turn back to where Portugal's National Theatre, the neo-classical Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (18), built 1842, stands at the north end of Rossio. From here, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão takes you to the Palácio da Independência (19) and Praça dos Restauradores (20). On the opposite side of this square are the Palácio Foz (21), the neo-Manueline Rossio railway station, and the Glória Funicular (22), which takes you up to the Bairro Alto, with its narrow streets and bohemian nightlife. As an alternative to the funicular, go back down through Rossio (23) and walk up Rua do Carmo and Rua Garrett, the streets that make up the earth of Chiado. An old quarter dear to Lisboners, the Chiado (24) suffered a serious fire in 1988 and has now been reconstructed following a master plan drawn up by leading Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira.

One of Alfama´s public transportation
One of Alfama´s public transportation

Mouraria - Castelo - Alfama

This walk begins at the Martim Moniz Metro station in Rua do Capelão (1) and continues along Rua da Mouraria to the Church of Senhora da Saúde (2), with its beautiful tiles and carved wood altar. The church is open for visits on afternoons or whenever there is a mass. In the recently reconstructed Martim Moniz square is the singularly multi-racial shopping center called Centro Comercial da Mouraria. Enter the picturesque Mouraria quarter by the steps called Escadinhas da Saúde (4) and go on to Largo da Rosa, where there is a convent of the same name (5), and the Church of S. Lourenço. Now go on to Largo da Achada (6) and the Church of S. Cristóvão (7). Then take Calçada Marquês de Tancos, and you´ll come to the municipal market called Mercado Municipal do Chão de Loureiro (8), with its painters' studios and splendid terrace. Take Rua da Costa do Castelo past the Chapitô circus school (9) then take the S. Crispim stairs (10), down to Rua de São Mamede, with the Correio Velho Palace (11) on the left. Take Travessa do Almada to the Church of Santa Maria Madalena (12). From there, Rua da Sé takes you to Largo de Santo António (13) with its taverns and the St. Anthony Museum. A little farther up is the Cathedral (14), built in 1147, where you can visit the church, the treasury and the Roman ruins. Take Rua Augusto Rosa up to the Santa Luzia belvedere (15) and enjoy the panoramic views of the Tagus and the Alfama. But there is still St. George's Castle (16) to be seen - Centro de Interpretação da Cidade. You can reach it with the aid of the map via Rua de S. Tiago. It is worth the climb. The finest views of the city and the river can be had from its gardens and parapets. When you leave, turn left onto Rua do Chão da Feira, to get to Largo Mor and the Church of Santa Luzia (17). Largo das Portas do Sol (18) with its popular café terraces is an ideal place to take a rest and admire the views and also to visit the Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Foundation and its Workshops. If you feel like continuing, take the stairs on the right down to Largo de S. Miguel, then take the narrow Beco do Carneiro to the Church of Santo Estevão (19). Rua dos Remédios will take you to Largo do Chafariz de Dentro (20) - Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa. If it happens to be June, when the Festas Populares take place, you'll find the narrow streets and alleys festooned with lamps and decorations and packed with revellers.

Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto - Cais Sodré

At the top of the Glória Funicular (1) are the gardens and belvedere of S. Pedro de Alcântara (2). Continue past them along Rua D. Pedro V until you come to the Príncipe Real Gardens (3), under which there is a water cistern, built in 1864 that can be visited on weekdays. Farther down the road are the museums of Natural History and Science (4) and the Botanical Gardens (5). The streets Miguel Pais and Monte do Carmo will take you to Rua Cecílio de Sousa, from which a flight of stairs (6), will take you back up to the Príncipe Real Gardens. Cross the gardens and go down Rua do Século, turning right at the bottom into Rua da Academia das Ciências, where the Portuguese Academy of Science and Geological Museum are located (7). Now take Rua de S. Marçal up to the romantic little square called Praça das Flores (8), where some excellent restaurants are located. Go down Rua de S. Bento, where there are a number of antique shops, and, on the left hand side, Espaço por Timor (9), the center created to support the rights of the people of Timor to independence and their courageous resistance to the Indonesian occupation. At the end of the street on the right is the São Bento Palace where the Portuguese Parliament sits (10). Continue in the same direction down Av. D. Carlos I to the fountain called the Chafariz Monumental da Esperança (11), by the architect Carlos Mardel, then take Rua do Poço dos Negros and Calçada do Combro up to the Church of Santa Catarina (12) and the magnificent belvedere of the same name (13). Ride the Bica funicular (14) down to Rua de S. Paulo, and to the square, Largo de São Paulo (15), built in 1849, with its church and fountain (16). In Travessa do Carvalho are the old baths known as the Banhos de São Paulo and farther ahead, going west through Praça D. Luis I (17), is the municipal market known as the Mercado Municipal de 24 de Julho (18), built in 1876. There is an important public transport interface with bus, metro, tram and ferry lines at Cais do Sodré (19) railway station, where the Cascais train line begins. Try some charcoal-grilled fish along the attractive Passeio Ribeirinho (riverside walk) (20), then climb Rua do Alecrim to Luis de Camões Square (21) and the Church of S. Roque (22). Go into the Bairro Alto quarter (23) and sample its renowned nightlife. You can hear genuine Fado and pass some enjoyable hours without any worry about personal safety.

Tower of Belém
Tower of Belém

Belém

This western suburb has an enormous number of prime tourist sights and cultural attractions. Bus: 14, 27, 29, 43, 49, 51. Tram: 15. Train: Belém station on the Cais do Sodré - Cascais line. Begin at the Belém Palace (Palácio de Belém) (1), official residence of the President of the Republic, and try one of the renowned Belém pastries in the traditional pastry shop on the corner (2). Walk up Calçada do Galvão to the Tropical Agricultural Garden-Museum (Jardim-Museu Agrícola Tropical) (3) and then go back down to the Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) (4) and to the Archaeological Museum (Museu de Arqueologia) (5). Visit the Gulbenkian Planetarium (Planetário Gulbenkian) (6) and the Naval Museum (Museu de Marinha) (7). Take a look in the spectacular Belém Cultural Center (Centro Cultural de Belém) (8), designed by Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti and Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado, and have lunch looking out over the Tagus and the Belém gardens (9). Cross over to the riverfront using the pedestrian underpass and visit the Discoveries Monument (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) (10). Take the elevator up to the top, enjoy the panoramic views, and don't miss the bird's-eye view of the great Compass Rose (Rosa dos Ventos) on the pavement below. Next walk west along the riverfront to the Museum of Folk Art (Museu de Arte Popular) (11). Continuing in the same direction, walk by the Bom Sucesso dock (Doca do Bom Sucesso) (12) until you come to the famous Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) (13). After visiting it, continue past the Bom Sucesso fort (Forte do Bom Sucesso) (14) next door and use the pedestrian bridge to cross the train tracks and highway to Av. Torre de Belém (15), walk up it to Rua de Pedrouços where you can catch a number 15 tram to Praça Afonso de Albuquerque (16) and the Belem River Ferry Station (Estação Fluvial de Belém) (17). A short walk east is the Electricity Museum (Museu da Electricidade) (18). After a visit here, relax on one of the river front terraces. Busses for the center: 14, 28, 43, 49, 51.

With all this traveling you must be hungry. Lisbon is full of restaurants, it will be hard to enumerate how many, so i´ll put here some choices.

- 5 Oceanos

- O Madeirense

- Terreiro do Paço

There are many more, some more cheaper of course but these are just some examples.

Lux entrance
Lux entrance

And to finish the night why dont you relax a little and hear some typical portuguse music called "Fado"? Or if you like, you can also go to a bar or a disco, its all up to you and here comes some choices again

- Clube do Fado

- Henenessy´s Irish Pub

- Blue´s Café

- Buddha Bar (link is only in portuguese)

- Lux

Once again there are so many places to go it´s hard do describe every one.

All things come to an end and so this guide but...

Probably im going to update it sometime later, putting some more information and new places. I hope this could be of interest to everyone who wishes to come to Lisbon someday, if it is on vacation or business trip that lasts longer, theres always something that may interest you in this great city.

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