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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Lisbon

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Lisbon each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1 : New Year's Day (national holiday)

Lisbon rings in the New Year with street parties, concerts and a fireworks display on the banks of the Tagus near the Torre de Belém.

April 25 : Liberty Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates the Carnation Revolution on this day in 1974 that brought an end to the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar and restored democracy in Portugal. Festivities include live music and dancing in the streets.

June 10 : National Day (Dia de Camões, national holiday)

Celebrated as Portugal's national day, this holiday also commemorates the death, on June 10, 1580, of the country's most famous poet, Luis de Camões. A huge fireworks display is launched from barges on the banks of the Tagus.

October 5: Republic Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the overthrow of Portugal's constitutional monarchy by republican forces on this day in 1910 and the founding of the first Portuguese Republic. An official ceremony is held outside Lisbon's city hall.

December 1 : Dia da Independência

This day commemorates the restoration of Portuguese independence from Spain in 1640 and is celebrated in the streets of the city with various festivities, including parades, meals and concerts.

December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Lisbon

Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate, the most temperate of all cities on the Iberian Peninsula, strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm and dry but not excessively hot, with many bright and sunny days in the months of July and August, while winters are mild and damp. There are only about a hundred rainy days each year, most of them between October and April.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 8/46 15/59 97/3.8 Not the best period to go
February 9/48 16/61 90/3.5 Not the best period to go
March 10/50 18/64 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
April 11/52 19/66 65/2.6 Not the best period to go
May 13/55 21/70 56/2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
June 16/61 25/77 17/0.7 Good period to go Good period to go
July 18/64 27/77 6/0.2 Not the best period to go
August 18/64 28/82 7/0.3 Not the best period to go
September 17/63 26/79 29/1.1 Good period to go Good period to go
October 15/59 22/72 80/3.1 Good period to go Good period to go
November 11/52 18/64 107/4.2 Not the best period to go
December 10/50 15/59 122/4.8 Not the best period to go
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Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport

Lisbon-Portela Airport is located approximately 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the city centre.

  • Two terminals:
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2

Getting from the airport to Lisbon and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via A1 motorway, then turning off at exit 3. Travel time around 15 minutes.
    • ANA parking lots, from EUR 5 per day.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall at Terminal 1..
  • By rail
    • The Red Line of the Lisbon Metro connects the airport to the city centre in about 20 minutes and a single ticket costs EUR 1.40.
  • Aerobus shuttle
    • Buses of line 91 depart every 20 minutes between 7 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. A one-way ticket costs EUR 3.50 and is valid for 24 hours from the first use on the Aerobus network. Travel time is about 25 minutes.
  • Carris bus lines
    • Lines 5, 8, 22, 44, 45 and 83 connect the airport to the city centre. Please note that luggage is not allowed on line 22. EUR 1.80 one way. Travel time of about 25 minutes.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the arrivals hall at Terminal 1. The trip to the centre of Lisbon takes about 15 minutes. Average fare to the centre is EUR 15.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +351 21 841 3500
  • Website: www.aeroportodelisboa.com.pt

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GETTING AROUND Lisbon

Lisbon is a city very well served by its public transport system. In addition, the underground trains, trams, buses and funiculars all have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive. Of course, the best way to discover the city is by foot.

Tram 28

Tram 28 passes by a large number of interesting sites across the city's oldest neighbourhoods. Tickets purchased for the Lisbon Metro at EUR 1.80 are also valid for the tram. When purchased aboard the tram, the cost is about EUR 3.00.

Useful tip:  You may also obtain a magnetic card for greater convenience and significant savings. Charge it with a specific number of desired travels.

By rail

With the Lisbon Metro, you can quickly reach any destination in the city. Just take a train on one of the four lines in the network. A single trip costs EUR 1.50.

By bus

With its many bus lines, the Carris network covers virtually the entire city. Tickets cost EUR 1.80, not including transfers. No discounts.

By taxi

Taxis are inexpensive and efficient, and drivers usually pleasant! Fares to the city centre are about EUR 3 to EUR 7. Baggage supplement of EUR 1.60, no matter the number.

On foot

Walking is also a great alternative for visiting the city. Lisbon's architecture and natural setting are exceptional. Exploring on foot is perhaps the best way to enjoy the spirit of this magnificent city!

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Lisbon, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Office du tourisme de Lisbonne (Associação de Turismo de Lisboa)

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Ask Me Lisboa kiosks

Dotted about the city and in the airport, these small kiosks (Centrais de Informação Turística) provide information for your stay. Listed below are the main addresses for the Ask Me Lisboa kiosks:

  • Mercado: Rua da Cantareira, 306. Rua E, Portão 4
  • Olido:  Av. São João, 473 – Centro.
  • Paulista:  Av. Paulista, 1853.
  • República:  Av. Cruzeiro do Sul, 1800 – Santana.

Further information available online for visitors to Portugal

The official website developed and maintained by Turismo de Portugal, the national tourist board, provides a wealth of information on Lisbon.

Website: https://www.visitportugal.com

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR).

1 CHF = 0,86 EUR

1 EUR = 1,16 CHF

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Portugal.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Lisbon.

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Administrative formalities

Travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Portugal.

As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Portugal for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.

For further information, visit the website of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:http://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/os-ministerios/ministerio-dos-negocios-estrangeiros.aspx

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Useful contacts

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Lisbon, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Portuguese phrases that will make your stay in Lisbon a little easier:

Good morning: Bom dia

Good afternoon (until 6 p.m.): Boa tarde

Good evening / Good night: Boa noite

Good-bye: Adeus

Yes: Sim

No: Não

No, thank you:  Não, obrigado(a)

Thank you very much: Muito obrigado(a)

I don't understand: Eu não entendo 

Could you please repeat?: Você pode repetir

Please: Por favor

What time is it?: Que horas são?

Excuse me: Com licença 

Airport: Aeroporto

Station: Estação

Taxi: Táxi

Hotel: Hotel

Hospital: Hospital

Bank: Banco

Telephone:  Telefone

I am (…): Eu sou (…)

I'm looking for (…): Eu procuro

How much is (…)?: Quanto custa ?

Do you have (…)?: Você tem (…)

Where can I find (…)?: Onde é que há (…) 

Where can I buy (…)?: Onde posso comprar (…)

I would like (…)?: Queria (…)

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Good to know

00 351
+ phone number
-1 : 00
of time difference with
Geneva
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks

Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (some branches stay open until 6 p.m.)
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
Tips are particularly appreciated in Lisbon. Waiting staff have demanding jobs and good service should be rewarded. There is no hard-and-fast rule for the percentage. Leave whatever amount you feel is appropriate.