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1. Posted by kapokki (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

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Hi!

We will visit on october 2004 at Lisboa (28. - 31).
It is our first time visit at Lisboa. We have only threedays time, unfortunately.

Please! Tell me a few nice place.
So, I have birthday (50 years) and nice restaurant

I have interested a garden, an old house and view of narrow street.

Thank You

Seppo

2. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

Hi kapokki,

I think Lisbon is a great place to visit, and whatever you do I think in 3 days you can have already a good view of the highlights. Probably it will be difficult to have some time at the beach, as in end October it may be sunny but not that warm. Better visit the city, the terraces and viewpoints. Over the last years a lot of areas (such as Chiado) have been recuperated and are more beautiful than ever.

Here is my top ten of Lisboa, trying to mix places to see, culture, restaurants, etc.

1- The Old Town (Alfama) - inside and outside the Castle, you have great views, narrow streets, some typical restaurants. The best thing is just catching a taxi up to Castelo S.Jorge (the city castle), and just stroll down by whichever streets you choose.

2- A great restaurant: really, a wonderful view, good food - Chapito. Be warned they don't take visas or debit cards, but it's really worth it.

3- Baixa/Chiado. These are two great places to make a walking trip. Start from Baixa (Terreiro do Paço) - a big plaza next to the river, go north until Rossio (a big central place), then up to Chiado. The whole environment is beautiful (all rebuilt from the 18th century, after the big 1755 earthquake). You'll find many bookshops, pastryshops, etc. If you want to give your feet a rest you can also go from Baixa do Chiado catching one of two "elevators" - Elevador Santa Justa (built by Eiffel, beautiful) or one electric trolley you can catch in Restauradores, a place just above Rossio.

4- In Chiado have a coffee in the "Brasileira" terrace - where there is a statue of Fernando Pessoa, the most famous portuguese poet.

5- You can also go for a stroll in Bairro Alto (it's a narrow-street quarter next to Chiado), where there are many restaurants, design and fashion stores. By night it's there are many bars open and lots of young people. Restaurants here: "Cantinho da Paz", "Sul", "Cafe Buenos Aires". For a typical portuguese steak go to "Trindade", nearby. Next to Bairro Alto you have a great viewpoint - "S.Pedro de Alcantara"

6- Take a ride on a electric trolley. The best is to catch one at "Basilica da Estrela" - it's a big church, with a beautiful garden just next to it. Catch the number 28 - and go all the way to Graça - it's the longest ride, and goes by Baixa, Chiado, and ends up in Graça, where you have a small church and another beautiful terrace with a view - something that Lisbon has plenty of.

7- Belém - this is an area next to the river, with lots of gardens and monuments. Must-see monuments: Torre de Belem, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Here you also have Centro Cultural de Belem, a cultural centre where there are some exhibitions and concerts, but you have to check what's on when you're there.

8- Another must: eating a popular pastry called "Pastel de Nata" at the Lisbon-famous pastry shop, just called "Pasteis de Belem" - next to the "Mosteiro dos Jeronimos". They're always warm and delicious.

9- If you have 3 days, I think you can afford one day to go to Sintra. It's a small town just 20 km from Lisbon. Your hotel can probably arrange a tour or a transport. It's a charming town, a "World Heritage Site" by Unesco, where you can just go around to see old palaces, castles, gardens, and also have another very popular popular pastry called "travesseiro" - at a pastry shop called Piriquita. Another must.

10- For places to stay, it's difficult because I have been to few hotels in Lisbon. However, on the expensive side you have "Regency Hotel" - in Chiado, wich has beautiful views. On the less expensive side, but also with great views you have Albergue Senhora do Monte, next to Graça. But I'm not an expert for accomodation.

11- (ups, my top ten just turned 11) A small bar to have a drink: "Pavilhao Chines" - next to Bairro Alto. Really cool, quiet, good warm place (all indoors) to have a drink.

Hope to have helped and enjoy your visit!
If you need anything else, just reply

Joao

3. Posted by kapokki (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hi Joao,

Thank you for your answer to me.

Only three days and so many nice places. Next time, when I will come to Lisboa I hope that I have enough time.l
Your top ten is very good and it is use at all me.

Don't worry! We have accomodation. Hotel Fenix. I don't know what kind of hotel is and where is it.
I try find it my Lisbon city map.

Thanks

Kapokki

4. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

Hi Kappoki,

Good thing I've helped.

I,ve never been in Hotel Fenix, but it's absolutely central. I think it's 3 or 4 stars. It's at a big roundabout in the centre of Lisbon called "Marques de Pombal", with a big statue, and easily accessible by subway. At walking distance (or 2 subway stations) from Rossio, Chiado, all the downtown area.

One word of advice when you arrive at the airport: (some) taxi drivers (occasionaly) overcharge tourists by charging "airport fees", or not showing the metre, or whatever schemes they may make up. They stay 2 hours on a queue to catch a customer and then they want to charge you for that! The only thing you should do is just ask how much will be the price to go to your hotel (it should be around 10 euros, depending on traffic). He will always charge you 1.5 Euros for using the suitcase trunk, but that's absolutely legal.

It's the only "welcome" advice I give, Lisbon is actually a very safe city to visit, so have a nice one!

Joao

5. Posted by kapokki (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Hi,

I have visited Lisboa now. It was very nice place. I should have had more time. Now I had time to see only a few intresting places

Yes, I know that I have to ask for taxi driver how much, but I didn't remember that.
The taxi cost 9 euros from airport to hotel and from hotel to airport 9.55 euros.

Weather! It rained and sunshone. Temp. was about 15- 20 celcius.

Kapokki