Lisbon travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lisbon

Portugal's capital is one of Europe's most exciting destinations. It may be down to its youthful, creative population, or it could be the gourmet and artistic renaissance that the city is undergoing. Or perhaps its the blend of superb museums and historical attractions. Whatever the reasons, Lisbon will captivate everyone who visits.

You can sit by the river Tagus sipping local wine in the warmth of a summer evening, or take the funicular railway up into the Bairro Alto to visit the area's bars and clubs. Climb up to the castle and take in the gorgeous views across Lisbon's surrounding area, or unfurl your towel at Cascais and soak up some rays.

Lisbon's mixture of coastal relaxation, art, fine food, history, and excellent public transportation is hard to beat. That's why people are flocking to the city - why not join them?

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When to Visit Lisbon

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Lisbon is pretty much a year-round destination, although it's at its best between March and May and around late September and early October. At those times, you'll avoid the intense summer temperatures (and the tourist crowds) and still encounter great sightseeing and even beach weather.

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How to Get to Lisbon

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Where to Stay in Lisbon

Whatever kind of hotel you are looking for, Lisbon will deliver. If you need luxury pampering, hotels like the Olissippo Lapa Palace or the Avenida Palace will be ideal. Good self-catering options include the Heritage Apartments, and there are hotels with easy access to the airport as well, including the Travel Park Hotel. Budget travelers are also in luck. Lisbon has a galaxy of lively and quiet hostels, with the Old Town Hostel and Yes! Lisbon Hostel being two of the best.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for designer fashions and accessories, take a stroll around the Chiado neighborhood, where you'll find brands like Hugo Boss, Sisley, and Benetton. Baixa is another place to look, featuring chains like H&M, while the Avenida da Liberdade hosts fashion labels like Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein. For a more unusual shopping experience, take tram 28 to the Feira da Ladra market, where small stalls sell everything from watches to antiques.

Groceries and Other

Leading supermarkets in Lisbon include Pingo Doce and Continente, while everyday items can be found at El Corte Inglés. If you want to stock up on fresh produce, the best choice is Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, a huge street food venue. Your grocery bill shouldn't be too high, with a gallon of milk coming to around EUR2.25 and 12 eggs priced just over EUR1.50.

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Where to Eat in Lisbon

Portuguese food is easy to adore, but not as well known as it should be. Lisbon is the ideal place to find out what's so great about it. Check out the bacalhau (salt cod) at Ti-Natercia, or the bifana (pork sandwiches) from the Beira Gare cafe. Ribadouro is a superb seafood restaurant, while Restaurante O Tachadas is the best place to head for steaks or pork belly. Dining out won't be very expensive, with a meal coming to about EUR15-20 in most cases.