Guide to Lisbon

  1. Downtown Lisboa

  2. By Public Transportation or Taxi 

  3. Outside Lisbon

Downtown Lisboa: One day by walk (Pt: um dia a pé):

From the Four Seasons Hotel going down to Liberdade Avenue, Restauradores Square, Rossio, Rua do Ouro (Ouro Street), proceed to Garrett Street and explore the Chiado Zone (beautiful), go down again to Augusta Street (Rua August) and visit the Vitória Arch (Arco da Vitória), from this square you will be in 10 minutes in Cais do Sodré.

Lisboa downtown (Pt: Baixa de Lisboa)

Going down Liberdade Avenue (Pt: Avenida da Liberdade) Shopping (Pt: Compras) Solar dos Presuntos (address: Rua Portas de Santo Antão 150). Typical portuguese (excellent food): seafood, steak, black pork, grilled octopus, wonderful olives and bread, deserts yummi). Reservations at the dinner hour.

Restauradores Square (Pt: Praça dos Restauradores) The square is dedicated to the restoration of the independence of Portugal in 1640, after 60 years of Spanish domination. The rectangular square is surrounded by 19th and early 20th century buildings. The most remarkable are the Palácio Foz and the old Éden Cinema (now a hotel), with a beautiful Art Deco façade dating from the 1930s Cervejaria Pinóquio: Typical portuguese. Seafood restaurant (buzzy place, lots of tourists);

Rossio D. Pedro IV Square (Pt: Praça D. Pedro IV) - Portugal’s National Theatre, the neo-classical Teatro Nacional D. Maria II built 1842. - church of S. Domingos: founded in 1241, and reconstructed after the 1755 earthquake. - Rossio railway station - Glória Funicular, which takes you up to the Bairro Alto, with its narrow streets and bohemian nightlife.

Ouro Street (Pt: Rua do Ouro) Santa Justa Elevator: if you take this elevator you will visit the ruins of the Carmo Convent, destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. This is the only remaining example of early gothic architecture in Lisbon

Garrett Street (Pt: Rua Garrett) Explore this area (there´s a traditional caffe “A Brasileira”, enjoy the outdoor seating).

São Carlos Theatre (Pt: Teatro de São Carlos) Lisbon’s opera house, the São Carlos Theatre

Augusta Street: Vitória Arch (Pt: Arco da Vitória) Located in the Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio), near the river (Pt: Rio Tejo), the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço.

Cais do Sodré Sodré is the name of a 15th century family with businesses in this neighborhood which has always been linked with the maritime trade. To the west of the square is a huge dome under which stands the city's main food market, Mercado da Ribeira, and next to it is another square, Praça de Dom Luis. - Povo: "tapas" style dishes and music “Fado” (Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho, 32- 36 - Cais do Sodré)


By public transportation or taxi:

Belém: Belém is known as the historical district of the Age of Discovery. It was from its riverfront that Vasco da Gama and other explorers departed for their voyages, events celebrated today by grand monuments and museums in the neighborhood. The sensational architecture of the and (both World Heritage Sites) is the result of the discovery of the sea route to India, the opening of trade with Japan, and the colonization of Brazil and parts of Africa and China. These monuments are adorned and embellished with motifs from exotic lands elaborately carved in stone, as are the heroes of the age on the colossal.

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Alfama:  Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon and is a delightful maze of narrow streets, which lead from the Tejo estuary uphill to the castle. Contained within this ancient district there are some of Lisbon’s most historically important buildings including the Se Cathedral, Lisbon Castle, National Pantheon and Saint Anthony’s Church. Prior to the 13th century, Alfama was the district outside of the city walls, home to the capital’s poorest residents. This tough and deprived reputation continued as Lisbon expanded and Alfama became home to the dock workers and sailors.  Alfama is a great area to socialize and enjoy the long nights. Today, Alfama has shrugged off its grim status and become a young, trendy and fashionable area of Lisbon but, fortunately, the area has lost none of its ancient charm. This guide will provide an introduction to Alfama and will detail the main tourist attractions, how best to explore the area and a brief history of the district


Outside Lisbon:

Estoril: often called the Portuguese Riviera, Estoril is where the rich and the famous Europeans escaped to during WWII (Portugal was a safe neutral country). Grand hotels and Europe's biggest casino were built to welcome them, with Estoril Palace Hotel becoming their second home. There are aristocratic mansions, world-class golf, a Grand Prix track, and the beach, with Tamariz always packed in summer.

GETTING THERE: there are trains. But in my opinion it´s not a very safe journey (pickpockets).

Sintra: this town looks like pure fantasy. It's like an enchanted forest dotted with fairytale architecture creating an ethereal atmosphere that has bewitched poets throughout time. It was declared a World Heritage Site (as the first "Cultural Landscape" in Europe to be listed by UNESCO).

The Celts worshiped the moon here, the Moors built what looks like their own version of the "Great Wall," and royalty raised their dream palaces. The most spectacular is the colorful Pena, looking like a Disney extravagance but an actual royal residence from the 19th century. Other almost surreal constructions include theQuinta da Regaleira Palace and theCapuchos Convent, further adding to the mystical atmosphere whose spell no one is able to resist. Just outside the center of town is Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the European continent which is the perfect spot to end a visit to this dreamland.

GETTING THERE: Half-day Tour by Yellow bus official sightseeing tours Departure Point: Praça do Comércio Schedule: 2 p.m. Bookings must be made at least 48h in advance (Price: 26,10 €)

Stops: Vila de Sintra - 2h Cabo da Roca (1 Mar - 31 Oct) - 20 min Cascais - 10 min.