Lisbon, Portugal

Visited in: October / 2017

  • Published on: 2018-09-28 by: Lily
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Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon the capital of Portugal


Lisbon the capital of Portugal, some tips during our visit to Lisbon.I thought to write this review hoping that those who want to go to visit Lisbon whether it's a city break or it's about a couple of days it will help them. When you are informed and plan your home trip, everything goes much better.


We did not stay in Lisbon but we have stayed in Carcavelos 20 kilometers from Lisbon, so I cannot say much about Lisbon’s accommodation. The first tourist spot was Praco do Comercio where you can go and get a map with all the tourist attractions.  As you look to the city, with your back to the Tajo river on the left side near the end, you will see a big logo with a Ask me Lisboa. Here you can ask for information and maps, if you do not use instead a phone application like \Lisboa Cool: Lisbon city guide\ which is an offline and pretty good application too. You can also ask for free magazine \Follow Me Lisboa\, in this magazine you will find when and where,   will be major events in the city.


So you can continue your journey to Rua Augusta, from Praco do Comercio to Praca Dom Pedro IV, passing under the Arco Monumental da Rua Augusta.


The street passes through the central area, is a pedestrian street with numerous shops and terraces where you may see street performers doing nice show. To reach with the metro to Rua Augusta, get off at Baxia - Chado station for both metro lines (green and blue).


Another beautiful area to visit is the Bairro Alto district and the old Alfama district. Perhaps the most beautiful place in Lisbon, Alfama is an old neighborhood with narrow streets and old houses as well as historical buildings.


To get to Alfama with the vintage tram, if you come from Rua Augusta at the end of the street, turn right and go to the Praca Da Figuera square, about a 5-minute walk, and in the corner of Rua dos Douradores is the station by tram just in front of the SEASIDE store. From the station you will take the vintage tram 28. We went with the tram up on the hill, on return we came on foot. A vintage tram ticket 28 costs 2.90 Euros.


What to see and visit:  Lisbon Castle € 10.00 entrance, Santo António € 3.00 entrance, National Pantheon € 4.00, Se Cathedral entrance is free, Fado Museum I do not remember the price, because we did not visit it, maybe 5 euro, or so. A nice place with a wonderful panorama is Portas Do Sol where we drank a cold drink in one of the terraces, after that we went to Castelo de S'Jorge where the entrance was 8,50 €.


What else you can visit in Lisbon, if you have time do not miss Campo Pequeno Commercial Center, Santa Justa Lift, Rossio Square. Do not miss visiting the eastern area of Lisbon where is Oceanario located. We have not visited the Oceanario  for lack of time, here you can see  the prices: https://www.oceanario.pt/en/visit/buy-tickets/


You can reach to Oceanario with several means of transport, going down to Oriente (east) station, buses that go up there are 44, 708, 759, 5, 28, 25 and for the metro keep the red line leading to Oriente (East) station too .


It is very important to have light footwear because many streets in Lisbon are on the gentle or very inclined slope, as well as stone pavement or marble that slips very bad.


Some information about Lisboa Card,


Lisboa Card can be purchased from any Lisbon office or if you come by plane from the airport. The places where the travel agencies in Lisbon are located:


1.       Praca do Comercio


2.       Praca dos Restauradores


3.       Gara St Apolonia


4.       On Rua Augusta street


The card  price?


For adults:


·         24 Hours Lisboa Card  - €19,00 (€19,00 per day)


·         48 Hours Lisboa Card - €32,00 (€16,00 per day)


·         72 Hours Lisboa Card - €40,00 (€13,33 per day)


For children (4-15y)


·         24 Hours Lisboa Card - €12,00 (€12,00 per day)


·         48 Hours Lisboa Card -  €18,00 (€9,00 per day)


·         72 Hours Lisboa Card - €21,00 (€7,00 per day)


Advantages of using the card:


• One of the biggest benefits is free travel on all means of transport - bus, metro, tram and elevators.


• Free entry to the best museums in Lisbon


• Free for trains to Cascais and Sintra.


Comparison: 


-          a metro journey for one hour costs 1.4 Euros or for the whole day 6 Euros plus the cost of the card 0.50 Euros on the first purchase. (free with Lisboa Card)


-          Carris public Buses and Trams – one way is 1.40 Euro or 1.80 Euro if you buy it directly from the driver. (free with Lisboa Card)


-          Trains to Cascais and Sintra cost 4 euros (free with Lisboa Card)


-          Funiculars  Lavra, Gloria and Bica cost 3.6 euros (free of charge with the Lisboa card)


Free of charge at this museums:  Arco Monumental da Rua Augusta 2.5 euro (free with Lisboa Card); Mosterrio dos Jeronimos 10 euro (free with Lisboa Card);  Torre de Belem 6 euros (free with Lisboa Card); Museu Nacional dos Coches 6 euro (free with Lisboa Card); Panteao Nacional 4 euro (free with Lisboa Card); Elevador de Santa Justa with all  access to the belvedere 5 euros (free with Lisboa Card).


Discounts - 15% at Oceanario, 20% Sao Jorge Castle, 30% Fado Museum ...


If you make a calculation I think you save a lot of money with Lisboa Card now depends on each, I hope this information will be useful.


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