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About Lisbon

Lisbon’s heart lies beside the river, even if the city has grown in all directions. Sit down at a pavement café on Rossio Square and you will see the Baiza, the flat city centre that dates from the 18th century, between yourself and the river bank. Look up in one direction and you will see the São Jorge on the top of a hill. Look in the other direction and you will see the ruin of the Carmo Church on another hill. Walk, or take a tram to one of them and you will discover the quarters of old Lisbon, most of them with a magnificent view of the rest of the city and the river.

Wander north from Rossio, you will soon end up on a stately 19th century avenue, in the part of the city which is still called "Avenidas Novas". Further north, the buildings become really new, with the city’s two large football grounds, Luz and Alvalade, and lastly the airport which is twenty traffic-jam-free minutes in a car from Rossi. Most of the best sights, restaurants and nightlife are situated along the river. The shopping is good along the Avenidas Novas, but otherwise the rule is to keep close to the river to get the best out of your visit.

Lisbon, Portugal skyline at Sao Jorge Castle in the afternoon.
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Public Transport

Lisbon is well provided for with public transport, including buses, underground, local trains, ferries, trams and funiculars. The two latter are the least efficient but most entertaining. Buses and Underground stop running around 1 am, there are night buses but it is easiest to take a taxi for late night journeys.

Electricity

220 V/50Hz

City connections

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LTN United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

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NAP Italy

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