Lisbon is a beautiful city to travel on foot and with public transport. It is a safe city, for which we Spaniards do not need a visa, the currency is the Euro and you can use your data rate and have internet 24h as if you were in Spain since some time ago, there is no change in rates in countries of the European Union.
So here are the tips to enjoy it to the fullest!
1. MOVING AROUND LISBON
Lisbon offers us several options to get to know it, go up and down its hills and enjoy all its corners.
There are the Siete Colinas and Viva Viagem cards, rechargeable and individual use cards that allow you to use almost the entire transport network in Lisbon. They are purchased and recharged in almost all metro stations, Carris, CP, and authorized points in the city. The card costs 0.50 € and is valid for one year and can be reloaded as many times as you want. In this link you can find extended information.
If you are going to be a few days, you can use the Lisboa-Card, from which you will find more information in this link. With this card you not only have a transport ticket, but also many advantages to visit several museums and monuments free or at a discount.
The fastest and most comfortable option is the metro. The price of the single ticket is approximately € 1.40 per trip and the daily ticket, which can be used as many times as you want, costs € 6 per day. The subway schedule is very good, only closes from 1 at night to 6 in the morning.
There are several bus lines, in Portuguese Autocarros, that will allow us to move around the city.
If Lisbon is known for something it is for its trams. And with the tram you can not only move around the city, but you can do almost an entire tour of the city in its most typical means of transport. There are many tram lines, but the best known is the line 28 that runs through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods such as Alfama, Graca and Castelo. Another of the best known lines is the 15, which takes you to Belem, just by riding, the smell already leads you to think about its famous cakes. Although it is not the cheapest means of transport, you can not stop riding if you travel to Lisbon. The price of the trip is approximately 3€.
It is the fastest means of transport to go door to door and as in Spain, taxis carry a meter.
2. EAT IN LISBON
Another thing for which Lisbon is known, and Portugal in general, is for its traditional and homemade cuisine. The star ingredient is without a doubt the Cod, with which they make countless delicious recipes. You cannot stop trying the Grilled Cod and the cod fritters.
Another dish that I recommend you try is the grilled octopus and seafood rice, simply delicious and it is not difficult to find a place where the product is fresh and rich.
If you are more of eating meat, do not hesitate, enter any of the “Churrasquerias” that you find along the way. You will find meat with typical Brazilian garnishes but with a delicious Portuguese touch.
Although it must be considered that although Portugal is a neighboring country, it has different customs and there are three that must be paid special attention:
- In Lisbon you do not eat tapas, the most common is to eat a plate, both for lunch and dinner. The concept of tapas does not exist.
- When you get to the table in the restaurants, it is very typical to put some small plates compared to snacks, such as olives, pâtés, cheese, butter and bread. We are used to that in Spain if you put a dish on the table without having asked for it, it is an invitation from the house, the Lisbon is not like that, if you eat them you pay them. If you do not want to eat them, leaving them there without touching them is enough.
- And another issue to keep in mind is the meal schedule if you do not want to eat or dine. In Lisbon, it is eaten earlier than in Spain. For lunch it is recommended to sit down to eat at 1pm as late and for dinner about 8pm as late.
3. WHAT TO SEE IN LISBON
Lisbon is a city that just walk it is a wonder, but also offers many things to see and do and we will highlight some of them.
- – Santa María Mayor Cathedral in Lisbon, dates from the 12th century and can be found on the way up to the Alfama neighborhood.
- Geronimo’s Monastery, stands where Vasco de Gama was praying before leaving on his trip, located just opposite the Belem Tower.
- Plaza del Comercio, is the tourist center of Lisbon and are located on the banks of the Tagus River.
- Santa Justa Elevator, from this point you can see some of the best views of Lisbon.
- Torre de Belem, is in the neighborhood of Belem, on the banks of the Tagus River.
- Monument to the discoveries was made in 1960, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Enrique Navegante, the Portuguese discoverer of the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde.
- Castle of San Jorge, if you doubt one of the attractions of the city, and with spectacular views over the center of Lisbon, the Tagus and the Bridge April 25.
- Alfama neighborhood, is the oldest neighborhood in the city and one of the most authentic. It is an ideal area to eat and has several viewpoints where you can enjoy one of the best views of the city, such as the Mirador de Santa Lucía.
4. BASIC WORDS IN PORTUGUESE
And although the Portuguese are very nice and always try to understand us when we go there, it is best to at least know some basic words to say hello and thank during our stay.
- Thanks: Obrigado / Obrigada (* If you are a man you have to answer obrigado, if you are a woman you will say obrigada)
- Hi: Olá
- Good morning: Boa dia
- Good afternoon: Boa tarde
- Good evening: Boa noite
- Please please
- Chicken: Mud
- Pig: Porco
- Fish: Peixe
- Milk: Leite
- Station: Estação / estasao /