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Lisbon's unique mixture of tradition and modernity, of small town and metropolis, captivates visitors from near and far. Excellent shopping, ornate architecture, late and safe nightlife, as well as restaurants with some of Europe’s best seafood are just a few of the reasons to visit this magnificent European capital.

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São Jorge Castle
Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

São Jorge Castle is one of the oldest structures in Lisbon. This was once a fortress (taken from the Moors in 1147), and now a must-see landmark with a fantastic view of the city. Peacocks and peahens a plenty around the grounds. Humans have been living on the castle hill since at least the 8th century BC, while the first fortifications date from the 1st century BC. Truly a historic place!

Jerónimos Monastery
Monasterio de los Jerónimos de Belém, Praça do Império, Lisbon

In Belém (situated west of the city along the river) lies Lisbon’s, and possibly Portugal’s, most important historical monument. Here you can see an opulent church and cloistered garden built in the elegant Manuelian style at the beginning of the 16th century, when Portugal was a great seafaring power. Within walking distance of many other sights, the Gothic Jerónimos Monastery is a must-see on any itinerary.

Rua Marquês de Fronteira, Jardim Amália Rodrigues 1070, Lisbon

Eleven is one of the most sophisticated places that Lisbon can offer, featuring a sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos in the entrance and the modernist glass box at the top of Eduardo VII Park. The cuisine is supervised by Joachim Koerper, who has been awarded prizes by Guide Rouge and who has all of Iberia as his territory.

Real Fábrica
Cervejaria Real Fábrica, Rua da Escola Politécnica 275, Lisbon

One of Lisbon's longstanding dining institutions, Real Fábrica is a reliable favourite serving a wide variety of local specialities, with an emphasis on fish dishes.

Fátima Lopes
Travessa do Enviado de Inglaterra 7, Lisbon

Fátima Lopes is one of Portugal’s most successful designers, whose clothes are famed for their in-your-face sexiness. Her shop is also a workshop and a bar, with late hours.

El Corte Inglés
Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar 31, Lisbon

Lisbon’s only true department store is Spanish, but the Portuguese put aside their suspicions of their larger neighbour here. The range of goods is quite varied, with international brands and a number of Portuguese designers, together with the store’s own low-price lines. There is a large food hall and gourmet shop downstairs, restaurants and cinemas — and direct access to the Underground.

Passport / Visa

Portugal can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Lisbon Airport (LIS)
Lisbon Airport, Lisbon

Lisbon Airport, also known as the Humberto Delgado Airport, is located very close to the city centre. So it is quick, easy and cheap to get to and from the airport. There is one airport bus (Aerobus) with two lines that operates from 7:30 - 23:00. Aerobus line 1 connects the airport and Cais do Sodré, departing every 20-25 minutes. Aerobus line 2 links the airport with the financial centre, Av. José Malhoa, also departing every 20-25 minutes. Public transportation such as metro and public buses are also available. The underground train takes about 20 minutes. A taxi to the city centre takes between twenty minutes and half an hour. The traffic is also somewhat higher during nights and weekends.

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