Exploring the Downtown
Also known as the Baixa in Portuguese, this is a great starting point if you’d like to mix in some shopping and sightseeing. Built to purpose after an earthquake destroyed everything in 1799, you’ll find that each street here is devoted to a specific business (shoemakers, jewellers etc).
The heart of the city.
The Chiado is the heart of the city filled with elegant restaurants, luxurious cafes and its main theatres. Here’s you’ll also find multinational stores and high streets brands.
The Alfama and Se districts are the oldest parts of Lisbon. You’ll see that in its architecture with a mixture of Arabic and Roman influences blending in with the Lisbon traditions all around.
Public transport in Lisbon is reliable and of good value. The transport network includes buses, trams, funiculars and lifts as well as the Metro. Suburban railways complement these networks and some passes are also valid on the cross city rail line.
Possibly the cheapest and easiest way to get about is to buy a 'Via Viagem'' pre paid card available from the Metro and other ticket offices. This is similar to London's 'Oyster' card with an initial cost of 0.50 cents plus cash value loaded up 15 euros. It can be used on Lisbon buses, trams. ferryboats and Metro. Each trip currently costs 1.25 euros using the card.
Alternatively, you can also get the Lisboa Card from €15. This is good for most tourist sights as well as unlimited travel onbus, tram, funicular and metro.
Lisbon is a fairly safe city however it will not hurt to take a few extra precautions. Minor theft such a pickpocketing occur in almost every crowded tourist area. Therefore it is advisable to carry a money belt and only carry a limited amount of cash on you. Most hotels also have a safe these days, so why not leave your passport and other precious belonging behind.
Hello - Olá Where is the bathroom? - Onde fica a casa de banho? Thank You - Obrigado/a One espresso, please. - Uma bica, por favor. I want the house wine. - Quero o vinho da casa. Do you speak English? - Fala inglês?