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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|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|
|June||16/61||25/77||17/0.7||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|
|October||15/59||22/72||80/3.1||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|
Lisbon-Portela Airport is located approximately 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the city centre.
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 passes by a large number of interesting sites across the city's oldest neighbourhoods. Tickets can be purchased aboard the tram, the cost is EUR 2.90.
Useful tip: You may also obtain a magnetic card for greater convenience and significant savings. Charge it with a specific number of desired travels.
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 1.45.
With its many bus lines, the Carris network covers virtually the entire city. Tickets cost EUR 1.85, not including transfers. No discounts.
Taxis are inexpensive and efficient, and drivers usually pleasant! Fares to the city centre are about EUR 6 to EUR 9. Baggage supplement of EUR 1.60, no matter the number.
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!
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.).
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:
The official website developed and maintained by Turismo de Portugal, the national tourist board, provides a wealth of information on Lisbon.
The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR).
ZAR 1 = EUR 0.06
EUR 1 = ZAR 16.67
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Lisbon counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Portugal.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Lisbon.
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
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Lisbon, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic Portuguese phrases that will make your stay in Lisbon a little easier:
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.