Lisbon guide - general information
Below you’ll find some useful information about Lisbon, the 7 hill city:
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The oldest quarter of Lisbon, and probably the most authentic. Of Arab origin, its name means “fountains”. Ramble through and lose yourself among its narrow streets, its alleys, squares and patios. The best way to get to know the soul and the essence of the city.
- Aqueduto das Aguas Livres
The aqueduct constitutes an imposing structure in the landscape of the city with its 35 arches.
- Basilica da Estrela
Built in late-baroque style, this massive church is the most imposing 18th century monument in the city. Next to a very nice garden full of exotic trees and plants.Largo da Estrela
- Casa dos Bicos
A typical house to take picture of, next to Alfama.
- Castelo São Jorge
Of very remote origin, the castle São Jorge and walls were successively altered over the centuries.
Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo, Costa do Castelo.
- Igreja de Santo Antonio de Lisboa
The church dedicated to Santo Antonio (the same as Saint Antoine de Padoue) was rebuilt in the 18th century on the ruins of the original Manueline Church destroyed by the earthquake.Largo de Santo Antonio da Sé
- Igreja de São Roque
Church of the Jesuit order with an important collection of paintings, woodcarvings and Baroque tiles (azulejos).
Largo Trindade Coelho, in Chiado
- Jardim Estufa Fria
Conceived in 1910, this garden is home of countless vegetal species, especially exotic plants from the five continents.
Parque Eduardo VII
- Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Classified a “World Heritage Site”, this Monastery architecture shows a unique Manueline style. Located in Belem.
- Oceanarium of Lisbon
The largest aquarium in Europe, opened in 1998, spectacular architecture by Peter Chermayeff. In Parque das Nações.
- Parque das Nações
The Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations) was the site of the Expo ‘98. This exhibition has been the engine of a complete remodelling of this former industrial area, and the result is ashtonishingly and positively surprising. It is true that the most prestigious architects of the world built here many superb buildings like the Oriente railway station, the 14km long Vasco da Gama Bridge and Tower or the Portugal Pavillion. But after the Expo, the area also kept its full activities and attractiveness for both locals and tourists with the Oceanarium of Lisbon, the Pavilhão Atlantico with major top star concerts and Casino Lisboa recently opened. It also became the new heart of the business city with plenty of headquarter offices, restaurants and shopping areas.
- Praça do Comercio and Baixa
Arriving from the Augusta pedestrian street, the Praça do Comercio offers a wide-open view on the Tagus river.
- Rossio Station
With its façade in neo-manueline style it is among the best examples of Portuguese industrial and technical style. It’s worth taking a look at the covering of the platform area.Praça do Rossio
- Sé Patriarcal
Built in the 12th century on the ruins of the Moslem mosque, the major church in Lisbon downtown. Next to tramway n°28.
Largo da Sé, Alfama
A charming old fishing harbour with small rocky beaches, 35km from Lisbon. Take a free bike at the station and ride the coast bike lane to the Casa da Guia where you’ll find restaurants and a astonishing view at the top of a cliff.
With its Casino, 30 km from Lisbon
35km from Lisbon, royal castles and its « british » spirit (true !!).
CINEMAS AND THEATRES
Cultural programme available on www.lisboacultural.pt (in Portuguese).
Get your tickets for concerts at Ticketline (www.ticketline.pt) or Fnac.
- Major cinema complexes in all shopping malls
Note that all movies are in original language version.
- Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II
Theatre, Praça Dom Pedro IV, in Baixa
- Teatro São Luis
Theatre, in Chiado
- Museu Antoniano
Largo de Santo Antonio a Sé
- Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
More than just a Museum, a foundation with Museum of the Gulbenkian collection, Contemporary Art Museum, Temporary exhibitions, Classical music concerts, garden and other activities.
- BAIRRO ALTO
In the center of Lisbon, you will find youth’s favorite spot to begin the night. It’s an old area full of small bars, ideal to go from one place to the other.
It’s a seaport with bars, discos and restaurants with great atmosphere. Just under the 25 de Abril Bridge.
Rua das Janelas Verdes and Avenida 24 de Julho are legendary streets in Santos as far Lisbon’s night is concerned. Famous for its bars with live music and discos.
- PARQUE DAS NACÕES
The new oriental part of Lisbon provides restaurants, bars and discos for all tastes and nationalities, on the riverside.
If you prefer a quiet night, choose Alfama and go listen to heart-rending Fado melodies, in one of the numerous Casas de Fado.
TOURIST GUIDES AND ONLINE MAPS
- Essential Lisboa Tourist Information and Tourism Guide
Web site available in different languages.
Monthly tourist guide, FOLLOW ME LISBOA in English and Spanish, available in most tourist places and online.
The region of Lisbon is known for its wonderful golf courses and the beaches in the south and west costs of the city.
- Golfe do Estoril (Estoril)
Located off the A5 motorway in Estoril, 19 hole and 9 hole Golf courses.
- Penha Longa Golf resort
Leaving Cascais for Sintra, the Golf course is on the Lagoa Azul. You’ll find a 18 and 9 hole courses.
- Quinta da Beloura
A 18 hole Golf course.
- West of Lisbon
These beaches are all served by the Lisbon to Cascais Railway (Station Cais do Sodre). The Carcavelos beach is wellknown for surfers, Cascais and Estoril with calmer waters are good for sunbathing.
- South of Lisbon
By crossing the Tagus River with the 25 de Abril Bridge, there is a large strech of white sand beaches in Costa de Caparica. Excellent for surfers, pleasant sunny walks on the vast sand dunes and sunbathing.