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Lisbon guide - general information

Below you’ll find some useful information about Lisbon, the 7 hill city:

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ATTRACTIONS
  • Alfama
    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.
    (http://www.oceanario.pt/)
  • 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.
    (http://www.parquedasnacoes.pt/)
  • 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
  • Torre de Belém
    Of Manueline style, the tower was completed in 1520, it is an emblematic monument of Lisbon and Belem.
  • Cascais
    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.
  •  Estoril
    With its Casino, 30 km from Lisbon
  • Sintra
    35km from Lisbon, royal castles and its « british » spirit (true !!).

CINEMAS AND THEATRES

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.
  • Cinemateca Portuguesa
    Next to Avenida da Liberdade
  • Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II
    Theatre, Praça Dom Pedro IV, in Baixa
  • Teatro São Luis
    Theatre, in Chiado

LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
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MUSEUMS
  • Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa
    For those interested in knowing more about fado music style
  • Casa Museu Fundação Medeiros e Almeida
  • Museu Antoniano
    Largo de Santo Antonio a Sé
  • Museu Arqueologico do Carmo
  • 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.
    (http://www.gulbenkian.org)
  • Museu do Chiado
  • Museu Nacional do Azulejo
    A superb collection of Azulejos.
  • Museu Nacional dos Coches
    Hundreds of old royal carriages. To be visited with kids

NIGHTLIFE
  • 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.
  • DOCAS
    It’s a seaport with bars, discos and restaurants with great atmosphere. Just under the 25 de Abril Bridge.
  • SANTOS
    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.
  • ALFAMA
    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.
  • Tourist Information from Camara de Lisboa
    Most information in different languages online with Turismo Lisboa
  • Interactive Tourism Information on maps


SPORTS

The region of Lisbon is known for its wonderful golf courses and the beaches in the south and west costs of the city.

GOLF COURSES
  • Belas Clube de Campo (Belas)
    18 hole Golf course.
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  • Golfe do Estoril (Estoril)
    Located off the A5 motorway in Estoril, 19 hole and 9 hole Golf courses.
    (reservas@golfestoril.com)
  • 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.
    (http://www.penhalonga.com/)

  • Quinta da Beloura
    A 18 hole Golf course.
    (http://beloura.pestanagolf.com/)


BEACHES
  • 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.

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