Situated on the northern banks of the river Tagus, Lisbon’s charm lie in its strong links to its past. Its magnificent palaces, breath-taking churches and an impressive castle mirror the city’s rich cultural and historic heritage. Lisbon stands out from other European capitals by the eclectic blend of its neighbourhoods, as well as architecture and culture that make it a truly comprehensive and appealing destination to visit.
There is plenty to see and do in Lisbon that will keep the kids occupied and the adults relaxed – chill out in the city’s plentiful parks and gardens, visit Lisbon Zoo or the Oceanarium or venture out into Monsanto, the city’s forest where kids can play in the amusements of the Park of Indios, considered to be Portugal’s finest children’s park.
Lisbon’s geographical location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean heavily influences its superlative cuisine, with local specialities being sardines, bacalhau (dried cod) cooked in over 100 different ways or tuna, however, a mouth-watering variety of meat specialities and unique rice dishes also make excellent samples of the local cuisine. The main rule is not to be misled by appearances – the inexpensive, rustic-looking restaurants with plastic tablecloths often serve outstanding meals and house wines tend to be very good. When in Portugal, don’t forget to taste Porto! The Bairro Alto offers unforgettable nights where you can explore the diversity of different restaurants, clubs and bars until the early morning.
There is a splendid selection of traditional shops, antique dealers, flea markets and bookstores to be discovered as well as some of the largest shopping malls in Europe and stores selling the latest trends in Portuguese and international fashion. Luckily, Portugal is one of Europe’s least expensive capitals, meaning that shopping generally tends to be a very good value.
- Currency: Euro (€)
- Glass of Coca Cola: € 1 - € 1.50
- Bottle of Beer: € 1 - € 3
- Bottle of Wine: From € 6
- 3 Course meal: € 10 - € 20
- Time Difference is GMT: GMT (Irish time)
- Airports: Lisbon (LIS)
- Flight duration: Lisbon approx. 2h 30mins
- Transfer time: 30 minutes
- Languages: Portuguese. Many people speak English
- Climate: Mediterranean climate with long dry summers in the South, Mediterranean-Maritime climate in the North and Subtropical climate in the islands of Madeira and the Azores
- Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type F 2 pin and Type C 2 pin are used
- Visa (Irish citizens): No
- Passport: EU citizens travelling to Portugal must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return
- Vaccinations: Tetanus is recommended - please consult your GP
- Opening hours: Normally the shops generally open Monday to Saturday between 9am to 1pm & 3pm to 6pm or 7pm. In most of the tourist areas, shops and supermarkets remain open until late
- These prices are given as a guide only.