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Lisbon city guide and recommended places to stay

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and its largest city.  Famous for its narrow cobblestone streets and Art Noveau buildings Lisbon is the perfect destination for visitors interested in history and culture.  At the same time Lisbon is a vibrant city with a lively nightlife that will satisfy those looking to party the night away! One of the city’s most recognised areas is the downtown area of the Baixa where visitors can enjoy traditional Portuguese music called Tado in the Bairro Alto or stroll through the Alfama district. Whether you are interested in history, culture, nightlife or just fancy a quick city break Lisbon is unlikely to disappoint.

  Stylish places to drink

Silk - Rua da Misericórdia 14, 6th Floor , Lisbon, 1200-273, STYLE: upscale, pricey but a place to be seen, reservation recommended. Lux - Avenida Infante D Henrique Santa Apolonia, Lisbon, Telephone: +351 218 820 890, STYLE: Converted warehouse, many rooms, cool vibe, good music. Cinco Lounge - 17 A rua Ruben A. Leitão , Lisbon, Telephone: 00351 21342 4033, STYLE: Stylish, upscale and excellent selection of cocktails.

  Stylish places to eat

Portugese: Bica do Sapato, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Tel: 218810320 - hip, trendy and owned by John Malkovich | Terreiro do Paço, Praça do Comércio Lisboa Welcome Center, Tel: 210312850 - formal gourmet restaurant. Vegetarian: Jardim dos Sentidos, Rua da Mãe d'Água, 3, Tel: 213423670 - casual vegetarian. Italian: Casa Nova Restaurant, Av. Infante D. Henrique - Cais da Pedra, Tel: 218877532 - traditional wood oven pizzas, river views and reasonably priced. Seafood: Gambrinus. Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23, Tel: 213421466. Michelin Star: Eleven, Rua Marquês da Fronteira, Jardim Amália Rodrigues, Tel: 213862211 - contemporary Mediterranean prepared by Joachim Koerper


Museums: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, three concert halls, two galleries and an orchestra. Comprehensive exhibits feature Egyptian, Oriental, Greco-Roman and European art and boast names such as Rembrandt, Ruebens, and Renoir. METRO: Sebastião; TRAM 24; BUS 16, 26, 31, 46, or 56 | Centro de Arte Moderna - modern Portuguese art with work ranging from the turn of the century to the present. Lisbon's first major permanent collection of modern art was established in 1980. METRO: Praça d'Espagna; BUS 16, 26, 31, 46 or 56 | Museu da Marinha - Among Europe's finest maritime centers with exhibits recalling Portugal's glorious contributions to nautical expedition. Items include naval uniforms and models of ships ranging from the 15th to the 18th centuries | Museu de Arte Popular - collection of Portuguese folk art and customs. Five exhibition rooms showing paintings, ceramics, clothing, agricultural tools and furniture. Contemporary Portuguese artists featured, include Anahory, Botelho, Lapa, de Melo, and Ferreira. TRAM 15; BUS 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, or 51

  Getting around

Cais do Sodré - Major bus, metro, train, and ferry terminal, Oriente Station- This is the city's main station (metro & bus). Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport - 7 kms from Lisbon city centre. The Lisboa Card allows access to all city transport plus discounts on museums, some shops and restaurants. You can buy: 24, 48 or 72 hours; you can purchase the Lisboa card at  tourist offices all over town. Underground – 4 lines with 44 stations, operational from 6.30am to 1am. Electricos – trams are a real feature in Lisbon and connect all the old quarters by the Tago River. Historical Red Tram - The Historical Red Tram is the most typical form of transport in Lisbon for tourists and a great way to see the city

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