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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)

The week leading to Easter: Holy Week (Semana santa) (national holiday)

Holy Week takes place one week before Easter. It is an opportunity for several religious events in Lisbon. On Palm Sunday, one of the largest processions heads to the Estrela basilica for a very popular mass.

25 April: 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 held on the banks of the Tagus to mark the occasion.

June 12-13: Feast of Saint Anthony de Padua (Santo António de Lisbon) (local event)

Popular parades take place on the Avenida da Liberdade, each representing a different neighbourhood of the capital. The particular highlight of this feast is the procession for Saint Anthony de Padua on June 13, starting in the Alfama district near the Sé cathedral, where the saint was born in 1193.

August 15: Assumption Day (Assunção da Virgem Maria) (national holiday)

On this day, processions celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Masses and processions take place in the churches and all over the historic centre of Lisbon.

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, with officials and politicians attending.

December 1: Independence Day (Dia da Independência) (national holiday)

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)

he city is filled with street parties and fireworks, especially along the banks of the Tagus near the Belém Tower.

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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 Good period to go Good 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 Good period to go Good period to go
August 18/64 28/82 7/0.3 Good period to go Good 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 Good period to go Good period to go
December 10/50 15/59 122/4.8 Not the best period to go
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Lisbon Humberto Delgado International Airport

The Lisbon Humberto Delgado International Airport is located approximately six kilometres (four miles) south of 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: turn off at exit 3. Travel time around 15 minutes.
    • 5 car parks:
      - P0: EUR 1.10 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 1 per 15 minutes (EUR 25 for 24 hours).
      - P1: EUR 1.15 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.95 per 15 minutes (EUR 47 for 24 hours).
      - P2: EUR 1.05 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.95 per 15 minutes (EUR 27.50 for 24 hours).
      - P3: EUR 1 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.85 per 15 minutes (EUR 19:90 for 24 hours).
      - P6: EUR 0.90 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.90 per 15 minutes (EUR 19.90 for 24 hours).
    • 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 (terminating at the São Sebastião metro station) in about 20 minutes. It runs from 6.30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and a single ticket costs EUR 1.50.
  • Aerobus shuttle
    • The Aerobus Line 1 service departs for the city centre (Rossio, Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré) every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. A one-way ticket costs EUR 3.60 and is valid for 24 hours from the first use on the Aerobus network. Stops are located outside both terminals. Travel time is about 30 minutes.
  • Carris bus lines
    • Lines 722, 744 and 783 run from the airport to various parts of Lisbon between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. Single tickets cost EUR 1.50. Travel time is around 30 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 and the average fare is EUR 10-15.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +351 21 841 3500 Website: https://www.aeroportolisboa.pt/en

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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 serves a large number of tourist attractions across the city, including the old town. Tickets can be purchased on board the tram, the cost is EUR 3.

Useful tip:
If you are planning to use public transport, the cheapest way is to buy a Viva viagem or 7 Colinas card. Cards cost EUR 0.50, and you can then load them with either single Carris/Metro tickets, or the 24-hour Carris/Metro ticket. The latter costs EUR 6.40 and gives you unlimited use of public transport for 24 hours. For more information, go to https://www.carris.pt/en/.
The Lisbon Tourist Office also offers the Lisboa Card, which includes unlimited public transport around the city centre (metro, bus, tram, lifts and cable cars) and free entry to 35 museums and tourist attractions. A card valid for 24 hours costs EUR 20, 48 hours costs EUR 34, and 72 hours EUR 42. For more information, go to https://shop.visitlisboa.com/products/lisboa-card.

By rail

With the Lisbon Metro, you can quickly reach any destination in the city: just take a train on one of the network's four lines. A single trip costs EUR 1.50 (EUR 6.40 for a 24-hour Carris/Metro travel pass). For further information, please visit

https://www.metrolisboa.pt/en/

By bus

With its many bus lines, the Carris network covers virtually the entire city. Tickets cost EUR 1.50, or EUR 2 directly from the bus driver (EUR 6.40 for a 24-hour Carris/Metro travel pass). For further information, please visit https://www.carris.pt/en/

By taxi

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 2, 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.

Lisbon tourist office (Associação de Turismo de Lisboa)

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

Ask Me Lisboa information kiosks

Dotted about the city and in the airport, these small ‘Ask Me Lisboa' kiosks provide information for your stay, and advice for exploring the city and surrounding area. Listed below are the main addresses for the Ask Me Lisboa kiosks:

  • Lisboa Story Centre Ask Me Lisboa: Praça do Comércio 78-81, 1100-148 Lisbon
  • Belém Ask Me Lisboa: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Jardim Vasco da Gama, 1400-207, Lisbon
  • Torre de Belém Ask Me Lisboa: Jardim da Torre de Belém 1400-038 Lisbon
  • Palácio Foz Ask Me Lisboa: Praça dos Restauradores, 1250-112 Lisbon

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/en

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Currency and Exchange Rates

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

$ 1 = € 0.88

€ 1 = $ 1.14

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

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire
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:

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:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bom dia (morning) / Boa tarde (afternoon) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bom dia (morning) / Boa tarde (afternoon)</em>

Good evening: Boa noite Good evening: <em>Boa noite</em>

Goodbye: Adeus Goodbye: <em>Adeus</em>

Yes: Sim Yes: <em>Sim</em>

No: Não No: <em>Não</em>

No, thank you: Não, obrigado(a) No, thank you: <em>Não, obrigado(a)</em>

Thank you very much: Muito obrigado(a) Thank you very much: <em>Muito obrigado(a)</em>

Please: Por favor Please: <em>Por favor</em>

I don't understand: Eu não entendo I don't understand: <em>Eu não entendo</em>

Could you repeat?: Você pode repetir Could you repeat?: <em>Você pode repetir</em>

What time is it?: Que horas são ? What time is it?: <em>Que horas são ?</em>

Sorry: Com licença
Excuse me: Sorry: <em>Com licença</em><br />
Excuse me:

Airport: Aeroporto Airport: <em>Aeroporto</em>

Train station: Estação Train station: <em>Estação</em>

Taxi: Táxi Taxi: <em>Táxi</em>

Hotel: Hotel Hotel: <em>Hotel</em>

Hospital: Hospital Hospital: <em>Hospital</em>

Bank: Banco Bank: <em>Banco</em>

Telephone: Telefone Telephone: <em>Telefone</em>

I'm (…): Eu sou (…) I'm (…): <em>Eu sou (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Eu procuro (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Eu procuro (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quanto custa (…)? How much is (…)?: <em>Quanto custa (…)?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Você tem (…)? Do you have (…)?: <em>Você tem (…)?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Onde é que há (…)? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Onde é que há (…)?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Onde posso comprar (…)? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Onde posso comprar (…)?</em>

I'd like (…): Queria (…) I'd like (…): <em>Queria (…)</em>

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Good to know

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Accra
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
In Lisbon like everywhere in Portugal, tips are particularly appreciated. 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.

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