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I live here but you can get to Lisbon by plane (Humberto Delgado Airport). The airport is in the city and served by a subway station or you can get a taxi from there to your hotel. Most of the hotels will be in a distance that will not cost you more than 10 to 15€ (plus luggage fee). Better to check with your hotel what is a fair price from the airport. You can also arrive by train (Oriente or Sta. Apolónia stations) and this days there are many visitors getting to Lisbon on Cruise ships.

Accommodation

Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105 Lisbon 1099-031 Portugal

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This 5 Star hotel is located near the city center and not far from the airport. No matter where you are in the city, the Corinthia Hotel is very easy to reach, either by taxi or by subway. Jardim Zoológico Metro station is only a 2 minutes walk way, and you can be Downtown in ten minutes. The Corinthia has excellent facilities and well appointed social areas. The rooms are large, modern and comfortable. Clean and well equipped, present large sized bathrooms and an ample space to work with working internet connection. Although I’ve stayed there in a professional situation and did not enjoy it properly, the Hotel has also a nice exterior space with swimming pool and a SPA. The choice in the breakfast buffet is extensive and of excellent quality. The staff is friendly and helpful, speaking fluent English.

Restaurants

Mercado Da Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho, Lisbon, Portugal

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Time Out Market Lisbon is a large and trendy food court installed in the fruits and vegetables market of Mercado da Ribeira. There you can find more than 40 different restaurants and food and drinks stands, including spinoffs from some of the most famous Portuguese Chefs. The offer is diversified and characterized by the high quality of regional products and prestigious Portuguese food and wine brands. Find a place to seat with your friends and you can pick everything you want to taste.

Darwin's Café, Avenida Brasília, Lisbon, Portugal

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Darwin’s Café, located in the beautiful Belém district, can be a complete experience as it combines a great location, close to the river bank, with a sophisticated interior design and ambience, great food and an attentive service. The main room is spacious and well appointed, and the decoration, inspired by the live and work of the English naturalist Charles Darwin, brings color and interesting details to the space. On the sunny terrace facing the Tagus, you can enjoy a drink or even a full meal on summer time. Whatever you choose, you’ll never be disappointed with the international cuisine creations of Chef António Runa.

Cantinho Do Avillez, Rua Duques de Bragança, Lisbon, Portugal

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Portuguese love hang out with friends and, for us, friendship and food goes hand in hand. So if you want to do like the locals go out and eat some Portuguese “petiscos” (tasty food servings, like tapas). Eating at Cantinho do Avillez is a great way to experience this tradition so dear to Portuguese people. Chef José Avillez take it a step further and you can be sure that you´ll taste delicious food made with top quality ingredients. Ask for a Portuguese wine or, if you don’t drink alcohol, ask for the house Ice Tea (is delicious!). The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is faultless.

Pastéis de Belém, Rua Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

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When visiting Lisbon is mandatory to try the famous Pastéis de Belém. So, after visiting Belém neighborhood you must have some tea and pastries at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém and eat some of the delicious custard cream pastries that Lisbon is known for. You must not feel deterred by the long line at the door. There are plenty of seats inside, so enter and find a table. Ask for, at least, two for each person (I always do!) and some extra to take home (will be taken to your table in a small box). What do I love the most about it? The crispy crust contrasting with the creamy and sweet filling of this pastries, and the fact that you can eat them just a few minutes after they came out of the oven. Doesn’t it sound good?

Bars & Nightlife

Matiz Pombalina - Lisboa - Cocktails - Gin, Rum, Tequila - GIN HENDRICK'S, Spiritsland,, R. Trinas 25, Lisbon, Portugal

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Matiz Pombalina is a beautiful and cozy bar, ideal for winter nights, with comfortable sofas and an impeccable service. Delicious drinks with affordable prices and good music are the right combination to end the day in Lisbon. So, you just have to go to Rua das Trinas (in Madragoa neighborhood), ring the bell and you’ll enter this bar’s relaxing and tasteful space where you can talk and enjoy a great drink. The bar has a complimentary and exclusive service of Tuk Tuk within 3km distance. Available on call.

Tivoli Lisboa, Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon, Portugal

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During spring or summer you can combine a great view of Lisbon with a delicious drink, all at the rooftop of Hotel Tivoli in Sky Bar. Having a cocktail in the lounge of Sky Bar is really a 5 Stars experience that you shouldn’t ignore if your budget allows it. Go late in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the river with a cocktail in your hand. Open daily from April to October.

K Urban Beach, Avenida Brasília, Lisbon, Portugal

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Situated on the Tagus waterfront, the K Urban Beach opens early in the evening, with its two restaurants serving dinners. Around midnight it turns into a bar and club where you can party until 6am to the sound of national and, often, international DJ’s. The club has three dance floors with different music options, making it more probable that everyone finds one suited to their taste. Considered by many one of the best clubs in Lisbon is the place of choice for lots of young people, both locals and visitors.

Activities

Castelo de S. Jorge, Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, Lisbon, Portugal

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The history of Lisbon started many centuries before the history of Portugal and St. Jorge’s Castle, with over one thousand years, is part of that past and a splendid monument that you can’t miss in your visit to Lisbon. Built in the sixth century of our era, was house to Romans, Visigoths and Moors before it was conquered by the first Portuguese King D. Afonso Henriques. The Castle holds so much history inside its walls that you should reserve a couple of hours to the visit. If you have children there are lots of activities that you can schedule (check the site). There is a restaurant and a café but the breathtaking views of the city that you can grasp from the walls are surely one of its greatest attractive.

Palácio Fronteira, Largo São Domingos de Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal

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Built in seventeenth century, as a hunting lodge, this beautiful palace, located on the edge of Parque Florestal de Monsanto (Monsanto Forest Park), holds a remarkable collection of Portuguese tiles (both interior and exterior). You can take a guided visit to the interiors of the palace, and find out more about the story of the house and its owners. But you can’t miss the absolutely beautiful gardens. There’s a photo waiting to be taken at each curve of the way!

Convento do Carmo, Largo do Carmo, Lisbon, Portugal

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Situated in Chiado neighborhood, the ruins of the church of Carmo’s Monastery have an impressive beauty, and its almost haunting nature only contributes to make them one of Lisbon’s most striking monuments. While planning your visit, check the site and see if there’s any concert scheduled during your stay in Lisbon. A music concert there, under the moon light, is something out of this world. The ticket includes a visit to the museum that holds some interesting pieces from varied periods. A reduced admission is granted if you have Lisbon Card.

Neighborhoods

Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

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Situated on the West part of Lisbon, the historic district of Belém, is bursting with historical monuments and museums, all in walking distance along its beautiful waterfront landscape. Emblematic buildings like Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, Belém Cultural Center (CCB), MAAT museum, the Planetarium, along with several other museums and monuments make Belém a must go neighborhood in the city. There you can enjoy the parks and lawns, some great restaurants (don't forget the Pastéis de Belém!) a huge cultural offer and a lively part of the city that will make your visit absolutely unforgettable.

Alfama, Portugal

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Alfama still holds its Moorish and Jewish roots in many of its traits and characteristics and, being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Europe, is surely one of the most picturesque of Lisbon. If you love photography or can’t escape the selfie fever, you will find here a beautiful light and innumerous perfect spots for great photographs. This medieval neighborhood, with its narrow and steep streets, escaped the destruction casted by the great earthquake of 1755 and in its old age gains most of its charm. The Gothic cathedral and the beautiful views of the city and the Tagus seduce its visitors and walking through its alleys, squares and viewpoints is absolutely mandatory wen visiting Lisbon. You can walk from Downtown or get there hoping in the famous Tram 28.

Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal

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Situated in the Eastern part of Lisbon, Parque das Nações includes a new urban area of the city that holds a special dynamic, both in the cultural, commercial  and business areas. Characterized by its contemporary architecture and the extensive leisure and entertainment facilities, holds many places worth visiting. The Museum of Science and Technology which features several interactive exhibits and the Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world are must go places, specially if you travel with children. The neighborhood also has an Arena (Atlantic Pavilion) which hosts various shows along the year. The Parque has also a modern marina, several hotels and restaurants and a Casino (Casino de Lisboa) with a Theater room. A great way to have a global view of this modern district is to take a ride in the cable car that transports visitors along the bank of the Tagus, allowing stunning views of the Parque das Nações and the estuary.

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Lisbon is a small, beautiful and safe city and you can walk around easily. The subway covers most of the city and is most useful if you want to go across the city. Don’t forget to look to the beautiful pieces of art inside the stations, mostly tile panels and sculptures by Portuguese artists. In some parts of the city the Tram is the perfect choice. Tram 28 for the old town neighbourhoods and Tram 15 to Belém. In the old town neighborhoods you can find lots of Tuk-Tuks available to take you on tour trough the city.