It is always useful to have some tips before you’re off travelling, so to help you enjoy and make the most of this beautiful city, here are 5 things you should know before coming to Lisbon:
THE WEATHER IS WONDERFUL
Lisbon is visited by many people from all across the globe during all four seasons and this is probably due the good weather during all year long compared to other cities or countries. The average temperature during the winter is around 10 degrees and can go up to 22 degrees. Therefore, if you are visiting in the winter with an umbrella and a warm jacket you’ll be good to go! In the summer, you can rely on high temperatures (around 30 degrees) and lots of sun, so do wear some sun cream! You may as well bring a thin jacket or hoodie as nights in Lisbon are always considerably cooler compared to during the day.
Even though the weather varies, the sun is always out so sunglasses become almost essential. Not bad at all, huh?
Lisbon offers many ways of public transportation. The most used probably because of its efficiency is the metro. The journey from the Airport into town is only 1,45€! Amazing, right? All you have to do is to buy a viva viagem card and charge it how it suits you best. You can either buy a daily ticket (6.15€) or individual trips (1.45€).
Besides the metro, you can also take the bus or the tram. Perhaps is not as good to go around the center. However, is a good transport option if you want to go to places like Belém or around the center of lisbon as it takes you further than the metro. Buses work from about 5 a.m. until 12 p.m. If you are partying, you can count on night busses starting from Cais do Sodre during the night.
In the city center you can also find the famous yellow trams. They are pretty popular amongst tourists as well, not only for transportation but also for sightseeing around downtown.
Trains are also a viable option if you are travelling outside the city. You can take the train at Rossio station to go to Sintra, Cais do Sodre station to Cascais, Entrecampos for Algarve or Santa Apolónia to the North.
PORTUGUESE CUISINE IS AMAZING
During your stay in Portugal, you have to try the as many Portuguese traditional dishes as you can. It’s not only delicious but it’s also super cheap!
There’s a lot of restaurants, some fancier than others and as in every big city, there are tourist traps too. The good news is that in Lisbon is very easy to find good quality food for a very reasonable price. Usually, a lot of local restaurants have “dish of the day” available, which is delicious and super cheap, these are usually familiar places and have amazing food. You can always count on fresh seafood and amazing meat dishes!
Another thing portuguese are very good at is their pastries which you can find in their “pastelarias” (bakeries). They have always fresh cakes, not only the famous pastel de nata, but amazing cakes like “guardanapo”, “queijada” and other. Of course you always have to drink an espresso with it like al portuguese!
TIMINGS ARE PECULIAR
Portuguese generally have different schedules from the rest of the european union. They do things later than usually, lunch is around 1pm and dinner 8PM (at least) , so don’t expect restaurants to be open before 7pm. If you arrange a meeting with a portuguese, expect them to be there at the right time or ten minutes after. Concerning nightlife, it also starts later, they meet around 10pm to grab a drink and clubs close around 6pm, which allows you to see the sun rise while!
CHOOSE YOUR OUTFITS WISELY
Lisbon is the city of the 7 hills, and it makes it an open air museum but you will walk a bunch, so forget about wearing fancy shoes! The most appropriate shoes to climb all those hills and stairs are definitely trainers!
What about you? Is there anything else you would like to know before coming to Lisbon?