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The weather is suitable for spending time on the beach from May until the end of September. There can be a significant amount of rain during the winter months November - February , but the city offers many activities for a wet day. Lisbon attracts visitors year-round, and tourist attractions remain open for the whole year.
If this is your first visit to Lisbon, it is recommended to be based close to the historic centre; this covers the districts of Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Alfama and the Avenida da Liberdade. These areas are popular with tourists and are within walking distance of the main sights and attractions. Alfama is an ancient and characterful district, but the narrow steep streets can be very draining in the summer heat.
The Mouraria district and the Avenida Almirante Reis provide cheaper options for backpackers and budget travellers, but this area is not a place we would recommend our parents to stay. Lisbon for After many years of being overlooked, Lisbon has been finally discovered by mass tourism with journalist, influencers and bloggers constantly endlessly singing its praises. Now there is a flurry of excitement about Lisbon, and the city is expecting a sell-out summer season. If you are planning to visit during these peak months May-Sep it is strongly recommended to book accommodation and flights well in advance, as the demand outstrips supply.
Due to the popularity of Lisbon, last minute deals on flights or accommodation are very rare. For a selection of the best hotels in Lisbon please see Booking. Are there beaches close to Lisbon? There are two sandy coastlines easily accessible from Lisbon; the Cascais-Estoril coastline to the west of Lisbon and Costa de Caparica to the south of Lisbon.
Slightly further and needing a rental car to visit are the wild beaches of the Serra de Sintra coastline and the paradise beaches of the Serra da Arrabida.
Our Opinion: The beaches of the Lisbon region are as just as beautiful as the Algarve, there is no need to travel hundreds of miles to find beautiful beaches. The Lisbon region boasts beautiful beaches The vast Praia de Carcavelos beach, only a short train ride from central Lisbon Is Lisbon suitable for children and families? Lisbon is good choice for a family city break or holiday. Within Lisbon there is a wide selection of children friendly tourist attractions, including the outstanding Oceanarium, the colourful trams, and Lisbon Zoo.
The Portuguese have a family-focused culture and young children are welcome everywhere, and this includes most restaurants. Related articles: Lisbon for Families What are the popular day trips from Lisbon? There are many enjoyable day trips from Lisbon, the most popular being the charming hill-top town of Sintra and the fishing town of Cascais.
Slightly further day trips include the pretty beach town of Sesimbra, the colossal palace of Mafra, the picturesque walled town of Obidos, and the port city of Setubal. The magnificent Pena Palace set amidst the hills of the Serra de Sintra Obidos is one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal Is Lisbon and Portugal an expensive destination?
Entrance fees to historic monuments are sensibly priced, but gimmicky tours Tuk-tuks, open-air buses are relatively expensive. Once flights and accommodation have been paid for, the cost of the holiday greatly depends on the amount of activities, sights or nightlife partying, you wish to do. Overall, Lisbon provides a good value holiday destination, but accommodation and flights should always be booked well in advance to secure the lowest prices.
Related articles: Cost of a holiday to Lisbon — Lisbon on a budget Where to fly into? The airport itself is conveniently located within the city limits, and onward travel is extremely easy by taking either the metro or the Aerobus bus service. The airport has undergone a major expansion with the construction of a new terminal building, and this handles all of the departures not arrivals for the low-cost airlines. Major stations have credit-card ticket machines for downloading long-distance IC or AP tickets on the day of travel or up to thirty days in advance.
Sunday afternoons. Despite all this. Fares are extremely good value. Posted speed limits. On bends in country roads. Parking restrictions are treated with impressive disdain.
It goes without saying that talking illegally on a hand-held mobile phone while driving is considered a basic motoring skill. Monday mornings. It can be a little confusing at times: A typical regional journey.
ID required. downloading tickets in advance is a wise idea. Seat reservations are obligatory on IC and AP trains. Reckless overtaking is the norm — across solid white lines. Drink-driving is rife. In addition. Driving licences from most countries are accepted.
Petrol gasolina prices have also increased steadily and now almost match those in the UK around e1. Many car insurance policies cover taking your car to Portugal. Turismos often have bus timetables too. Fares are good value: Under 4s travel free. Many local services are reduced — or non-existent — at weekends.
Other road signage is also poor. Faro—Lisbon e The tolls are considered expensive by the Portuguese. Other than on city approaches and during rush hour. The local bus station — Rodoviaria or Camionagem — is usually the best place to check services and routes.
Serra de Malcata and Montesinho. But there are still plenty of winding. A tip of e0. Holiday Autos or National. Some cities. Porto and Faro. The price varies. Check their websites for competitive Internet deals and special offers.
These waiver charges soon add up from around e10 a day on top of the car rental fee. Starting at Porto de Lagos. Local rates start at e30—50 a day with unlimited mileage. On-street parking is usually metered. Minimum age for rental is Take to the skies on the N By law. When parking in cities.
Drive right across the highest mountains in Portugal. Collision insurance is vital. Additional charges are made for carrying luggage e1. The CP website Wwww. Several specialist outlets. For more information on cycling abroad.
Outside town limits. Helmet use is obligatory. We also list specialist cycle tour operators on p. You may have to rely on taxis more than you expect. Bicycles Bicycles are a great way of seeing the country. You can also rent mopeds. Collapsible bikes can be taken for free on regional and interregional trains ie. You need to be at least 18 and over 23 for bikes over cc and to have held a full licence for at least a year.
Rental should include helmet and locks along with thirdparty insurance. Taxis Travelling by taxi in Portugal is relatively cheap by European standards. In general. Advance reservations here are advised. June to September. Moving upmarket. A single room — quarto solteiro or individual — is a little cheaper. Ask to see the room before you take it. Breakfast is included. For youth hostels we give the euro price for a dorm bed instead. A quarto duplo has two single beds.
Room quality and facilities vary greatly. In higher-graded hotels. Breakfast is usually included. At two. Tavira p. TVs and air conditioning. In one. Torre de Moncorvo. Breakfast is not usually included.
Residencial Santos. Quinta de la Rosa. They often occupy old. Viana do Castelo. Always ask where the room is before you agree to take it — you could end up miles from the town centre or beach. Ponte de Lima. All hotels and inns serve breakfast. Quinta das Aveleiras. Pousada Dona Maria I. For rooms with all mod cons in four. More upmarket places will have modern en-suite rooms. Navio Gil Eannes hostel. An estalagem plural estalagems — an inn — is a cosier place of four.
Tavira and Amares are stunning. While all make full use of the cloisters.
Standard rooms as well as suites are available. Look out for last-minute deals on the website. Aldeias de Portugal. Owners tend to join one of several marketing organizations see list below. Over properties countrywide. Facilities and service are equivalent to those in four. Minimum stay requirements up to three nights in some places are more likely to be waived if you approach the establishments directly.
Quintas or herdades are farm estate houses. There are hundreds of properties available. Properties vary from simple farmhouses offering just two or three rooms on a bed-and-breakfast. Credit cards accepted. In terms of facilities. Manor Houses of Portugal Wwww. Rua 24 de Julho 1. You may also encounter the following terms: Rural tourism: They are scattered across the country. Umbrella organization handling reservations for Casas no Campo.
Prices vary considerably depending on the season. Lists a wide range of manor houses. Large breakfasts are invariably included. A wide choice of places. Mainly in Minho but also in and around the Douro Valley and Beiras. Privetur W www. You can book by phone at individual pousadas. The cheapest are usually the municipal sites in each town. A few sites require an international camping card and. Villas Virtually every area of the country — certainly near the coast — has some sort of villa or apartment available for rent.
Youth hostels There are around forty youth hostels pousadas de juventude in Portugal. Alcoutim northeastern Algarve. Porto and the Algarve are open all hours. The most useful campsites are noted in the text. Oeiras on the seafront near Lisbon. Areia Branca on the beach. Outside peak period you should be able to turn up and bag somewhere for the night for between 25 and 50 percent less — the local turismo will probably be able to help.
Christmas and other public holidays. Viana do Castelo in an old sailing ship.
Some rural hostels have a curfew 11pm or midnight. The most expensive hostels are in Lisbon. Charges are per person and per caravan or tent.
The hostels themselves are often on the basic side. The price for a dormitory bed varies according to hostel location and facilities. Porto and on the Algarve. You can expect to pay at least e60 a night in high season for a two-person studio apartment. The Roteiro Campista W www. Lagos and Leiria good buildings in historic towns. Fast food. Robert Wilson Although the Portuguese introduced many types of cuisine to a global market.
The quickest way to get trampled to death is to come between the Portuguese and their lunch. Snacks and small meals can be found throughout the day in bars. A Small Death in Lisbon. Servings tend to be huge. Lunch is usually served noon—3pm. Useful words and terms are covered below. Chinese establishments are the exception.
But with a little sensitivity you can pitch a tent for a short period almost anywhere else in the countryside. That said. A padaria is a bakery. Italian and Indian establishments where you should be able to put together a non-meat meal. A tasca is a small neighbourhood tavern. Porto and some parts of the Algarve. Classic Portuguese snacks. Virtually every meal ordered in a restaurant also comes with rice and salad. Also specializing in seafood is a marisqueira.
You may also see blackboard lists of dishes. Sandes mistas are a combination of ham and cheese. Indeed menus tend to be markedly similar wherever you go. Wherever you eat.
Apart from straightforward restaurants restaurantes. Usually served cold. Standards are fairly uniform and price differentials usually depend on the restaurant location. It can be very good value. Meat is usually at its best when barbecued no churrasco.
When you want the bill. Nearly all places do a basic sopa de legumes vegetable soup. Almost every restaurant in the country boasts a bacalhau dish. The thick vegetable caldo verde — a cabbage-andpotato broth. Other seafood specialities include a caldeirada de peixe. Restaurants listed in this guide have each been given a price category: Migas is very similar.
Look out too for feijoada. These can be quite elaborate little dishes of seafood. This is the price per person you can expect to pay for a three-course meal. The one thing to watch for when eating out in Portugal is the plate of appetizers placed before you when you take a table and before you order. The best cataplanas are made with seafood. Broa doce is similar but contains dried fruit. Duck is usually served shredded and mixed with rice arroz de pato.
Accompanying nearly every dish will be potatoes. There are hundreds of local specialities. For dessert. Every town has its own market. Miko or Gelvi ice cream lists. Cheese is widely available. Most dishes are also served with a helping of rice and salad.
The distinction is less marked in tourist resorts on the Algarve and elsewhere. The choice is usually widest on Saturdays. Other vegetables occasionally make an appearance. Any restaurant can certainly rustle up on request a mixed salad salada mista of lettuce. Portuguese fruit is a particular joy. The incredibly sweet egg-based ovos moles wrapped in wafers — most famously from Aveiro — are completely overthe-top. Roast kid cabrito is ubiquitous in mountain areas.
The only disadvantage is that smaller farmers are not always well trained in using pesticides correctly. Casal Garcia and Gato are the two labels you see everywhere. Viseu and Guarda. For real quality. Some of the best-known maduros are from the Douro region: Planalto is an excellent crisp white. Wines Portugal is now an internationally recognized centre of vinicultural excellence.
This is too sweet and aerated for most tastes. Among other smaller regions offering interesting wines are Colares near Sintra. Also worth seeking out are vinhos verdes de quinta. They are designated bruto extra dry. The Alentejo is another area with a growing reputation — Reguengos and Monte Velho wines have the strength and full body typical of that region.
Winter and early spring is also the time for chestnuts castanhas. The light. Portugal also produces an interesting range of sparkling. The grapes arrive in late summer and autumn.
Winter is the time for citrus fruits. Most wines are made in small cooperatives with local grape varieties. In spring cherries are a delight. Particularly good summer fruits are melons. Bucelas in the Estremadura crisp. In humbler places. Ribatejo and the Douro — has garnered a strong following. Azedos are a more meaty variant and a little sour. Paio or palaios. To last out the year. The best are from Alentejo. Can be eaten raw but best cooked.
Alentejo and Rio Douro. The best of these come from the Bairrada region.
Mainly from Beiras. There are many varieties. You can visit these for tours and free tastings. Morcelas or sangueiras Similar to black pudding. All need cooking. Eaten as an appetizer in very thin slices.
Alheiras are based on bread and chicken. Some enchidos have to be cooked. Eaten sliced with bread. Queijo de Tomar Tiny semi-hard matured cheese from Ribatejo. Flamengo is also industrially produced in rectangular blocks and sold sliced as queijo em barra or queijo em fatias. The soft. Madeira vinho da Madeira.
Queijo da Serra or Queijo Serrano Unctuous. Queijo da Ilha Branca is similar. Hard cheese is queijo de pasta dura. You can also drink them ice-cold as an aperitif. The best is Limiano. Each improves with age and special vintages are greatly prized and priced. Widely available. Malvasia very sweet. The best is from the Serra da Gardunha in Beira Baixa.
The cloth simply keeps the cheese in one place. Sercial a light dry aperitif. Vermelho a sweeter version of Sercial and Boal or Malmsey drier versions of Malvasia. Both are neutral in taste.
Be warned that the typical Portuguese measure of spirits is equivalent to at least two shots in Britain or North America. For white coffee that tastes of coffee and not diluted warm milk. If you prefer bottled beer. In the Algarve.
International brand beers are also available in some bars. Other local spirits include brandymel. If there is a juicer available. All the standard soft drinks are available. Healthier is fresh orange juice sumo de laranja. When drinking draught beer. The most common are camomile camomila cidreira lemon-balm.
This is incredibly inexpensive in supermarkets. Portuguese gin is weaker than international brands but again ridiculously inexpensive. Antena 2 has classical music. Most Portuguese households and businesses get their TV via cable or satellite subscription. The media Foreign-language newspapers including the European editions of British papers. They have their uses for daily listings information with good Friday supplements.
Portugal has a plethora of national and local radio stations. Even in small two. National Geographic-style documentaries and daily coverage of the arts.
The best is For fans of Portuguese sport basically football. There are four domestic stations — the state-run RTP1 and 2: The best news programming is on RTP1 1pm and 8pm. A Bola Wwww. Le Monde and the like can be bought in the major towns. O Jogo and Record Wwww. The other three channels are far more downmarket. Films are nearly always shown in their original language ie. Expresso is also good. Another good location is Tomar. Among major national events. Most towns also put on concerts.
End of May or early June. Look out for the great feiras. All are celebrated throughout the country with religious processions.
Festivals Portugal maintains a remarkable number of folk customs. In Porto. Other local festivals and events are picked out in the guide. Every region is different. Originally they were simply markets.
The festival list is potentially endless and only the major highlights are picked out in the festival calendar opposite. But Carnaval has much older traditions steeped in spring-time fertility rites.
May Early May: Some of these have developed into wild celebrations lasting days or even weeks and have become tourist events in themselves. February Carnaval Many areas now have Rio-like carnival parades. August First week: Festival Sudoeste Much-heralded four-day rock. First weekend: Festa do Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem Seafaring is celebrated at Peniche with religious processions by boat and on land.
Sintra Music Festival Performances by international orchestras. November First two weeks: October First two weeks: December Estoril and Cascais.
July First week: Beira Baixa particularly Alcains. Third weekend: First week: Silves Beer Festival Local and international beers by the bucket load. June First weekend: First two weeks: September First week: June 12— Sports and outdoor activities Internationally famed for its top beaches.
It appears a totally suicidal mission — they line up behind each other across the ring from the bull. Each sizeable and not so sizeable town also has a swimming pool piscina. Their task is to immobilize the bull. Check also with your insurance company to see if you are covered for such activities. A tourada opens with the bull. At indoor municipal pools open all year you may have to show your passport. His job is to provoke and exhaust the bull and to plant the dart-like farpas or bandarilhas in its back while avoiding the charge — a demonstration of incredible riding prowess and elegance.
Prices vary considerably. For a full. FC Porto has swept up every title available. The Greater Lisbon area and the Algarve have the bulk of the courses: In theory. The leading clubs. Horse-riding stables around the country offer one-hour or full-day rides.
If you want to improve your game. The main areas for tourist rides are Estoril and Sintra. Cascais and at Albufeira and Lagos on the Algarve.
The other big team is Sporting. The exploits of the most famous Portuguese coach. Of these. Over the last decade. The Superliga season runs from the end of August to mid-May.
Just about every Portuguese supports one of these three teams and. Local towns and villages in the Ribatejo also feature bull-running through the streets at various of their festivals. Many larger Algarve hotels also have yearround tennis courts.
Scuba diving for beginners is best off Praia do Carvoeiro near Lagoa in the Algarve. English is rarely spoken. The lifts.
All the main parks. Marked walking routes are becoming more popular. All of the parks have information centres contact details noted in the guide. Experienced divers should appreciate the wrecked German U submarine off Matosinhos in the north of Portugal: Ericeira on the Estramadura coast is another popular centre and frequently hosts pro competitions.
The west coast of the Algarve.
On the west coast. Espinho south of Porto popular with bodyboarders. The only skiing is in the Serra da Estrela usually possible from December to February. In Lisbon namely Columbo. Specialist craft and souvenir shops might be able to arrange shipping home for you. Viana do Castelo Minho. Shopping Though most large towns in Portugal have at least one out-of-town shopping centre. In the case of the great weekly markets at Barcelos Minho. Carcavelos Lisbon. The Lisbon and Porto accounts also have their own dedicated shopping sections.
In larger towns they are open daily not Sunday. The virtual symbol of Portuguese tourism. Pingo Doce. You can download rustic. Estremoz Alentejo. The biggest and best pieces command high prices. Estremoz in the Alentejo has an even older heritage. Virtually every region in Portugal produces table wine. See p. In many ways. Taking food home is more problematic. Other suggestions include a jar of mountain honey from the Serra da Estrela. But they are also good for dirt-cheap toys and electronics — all made in the Far East.
Hand-woven woollen rugs and blankets are a more realistic download. Food and drink Port wine is the most popular download. Tapestries from Portalegre Alentejo have been known since the seventeenth century. The colour section tells you more about port. For quality designer clothes. Leather goods have a fair reputation in Portugal. Some of the larger shopping centres also have designer boutiques.
On public transport. Most museums.
Fresh milk for babies leite pasteurizado is sold in larger supermarkets. Keep young children covered up between 11am and 3pm.
Babysitting and child supervision are available at most four. Travelling with children As Portuguese society largely revolves round family life. The biggest single cost is usually accommodation — travelling out of season when many hotels drop their prices and with a companion to share rooms will always save you money. Stretch to a budget of e40 per person per day.
Portugal is a remarkably crime-free country — people really do still leave their cars and house doors unlocked in the country. Apart from accommodation. The website W www. Listings are in local newspapers or on boards placed somewhere in the central square of every small town. Even transport is not going to break the bank. Car-hire prices are low and petrol reasonable while public transport is good value.
Museums and attractions are rarely more than e3 to enter. A bottle of house wine rarely comes to more than e7. Screenings are cheap.
Drivers should never leave anything visible in the car preferably. Valued added tax known as IVA. There are two main police forces: In an emergency. Either handles incidents involving tourists. Unless you camp with a night from around e5 or stay in a hostel dorm from around e8 a night. You can always get a substantial basic meal for around e8. Dinner in the smartest of restaurants is unlikely to cost more than e20 a head.
A second-class train journey from Porto to Lisbon. Violence directed at tourists is rare — if you are threatened. Best advice is not too carry too much cash or valuables. Eating out can be very cheap. To this end. Expect it to take ages. If you do have anything stolen.
Porto and Faro airports have ramps. In this guide. Self-drive vehicles with automatic gear-shifts are available from the larger car rental companies. If you are on your own or feel uncomfortable anywhere.
Disabled travellers Portugal is slowly coming to terms with the needs of travellers with disabilities. In rural areas. On the whole. Apartado followed by a number is a PO Box. Local turismos should be able to help plan your stay. Av for Avenida. Wheeling Around the Algarve Portugal T Eembportcamb internode.
Entry conditions can change. Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa for stays of up to ninety days. South Africa Leyds Street.
Portugal has become increasingly tolerant of homosexuality. Extended stay Gay and lesbian travellers Though traditionally a conservative society. Small tour operator offering Algarve accommodation suitable for the disabled.
Citizens of Canada. Canada Island Park Drive. You should apply at least a week before your time runs out and be prepared to prove that you can support yourself without working for example by keeping your bank exchange forms every time you change money. The biggest scene is in Lisbon. Eportemb satis. Publishes an information pack about holidaying in Portugal. Boston and San Francisco.
All facilities are personally inspected before recommendation. Eembport Dublin. New Zealand Nearest embassy is in Australia see above. Eembportugal embportugal-ottawa. USA Massachusetts Avenue. Plugs are the European two round pin variety. Plus consulates in Vancouver.
The government organization promoting awareness of. Ireland Knocksinna House. Plus consulates in Sydney. Entry requirements EU citizens need only a valid passport or identity card to enter Portugal. Darwin and Fremantle. The centre organizes events and can help with information. As there is no mention of homosexuality in law. Another good website is W www. Plus consulates in New York. Wed—Thurs 6—11pm. PO Box Montreal and Toronto. E london portembassy. Accessible holiday accommodation.
In more rural areas. If necessary. Suite 1. UK 11 Belgrave Sq. Eembportwash mindspring. In more rural places you may have to ask and the pharmacist will set out an array on the counter. Pharmacists are highly trained and can dispense drugs that would be prescription-only in Britain or North America.
No inoculations are required. When securing baggage cover. Tap water is generally safe to drink. If you do take medical coverage. Saturday 9am to 1pm. Generic drugs are widely available. Mosquitorepellent lotion and coils are widely sold in supermarkets and pharmacies. Mosquitoes can be a menace in the summer. EU citizens can simply show their European Health Insurance Card and passport at a health centre or hospital for treatment.
Most of them exclude so-called dangerous sports unless an extra premium is paid: As an EU country. Standards of care are perfectly adequate once you get past the waiting room. Portugal has free reciprocal health agreements with other member states. Take care to use a high-factor sun cream as the sun is extremely powerful. Even so.
Condoms — preservativos — are widely available from street vending machines and in pharmacies and supermarkets. A typical travel insurance policy usually provides cover for the loss of baggage. Opening hours are usually Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 3 to 7pm. Basic hospital treatment is free for EU citizens. Health Portugal poses few health problems for the visitor. Travel essentials Food and wine Wwww. Rough Guides has teamed up with Columbus Direct to offer you travel insurance that can be tailored to suit your needs.
Different sports and activities trekking. See our website W www. Some turismos. Products include a low-cost backpacker option for long stays. Sport and leisure Wwww. There are also annual multi-trip policies for those who travel regularly. Telephone numbers can also be found through W www. If you need to make a claim.
Only some pages have English translations. Larger branches sometimes open on Saturday mornings. Language study and cultural immersion. Letters or cards should take three or four days to arrive at destinations in Europe.
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