ACCESS AND TRANSPORTATION

Lisboa is easy to get to. It is a short flight away from most European cities, and is just as easily accessible by road, railway or sea.

By Air Lisboa International Airport, 7 Km from the city centre, has daily flights to and from the major cities in Europe and the World. The Portuguese airlines, TAP – Air Portugal and PGA – Portugália Airlines, as well as major international airlines, fly to and from Lisboa.

By Road Arriving in Lisboa by road is a pleasant experience, as the visitor can enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way. The city has good road accesses and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway, the 25th April bridge, the new Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisboa region.

By Rail Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisboa every day. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city now has the new Gare do Oriente, which opened in 1998 adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or underground connections to the city centre.

By Sea The Port of Lisboa is the busiest port on the European Atlantic Coast. It has three terminals for cruise ships: the Alcântara, Rocha de Conde d’Óbidos and the Santa Apolónia terminals. Lisboa is often a port of call for many cruise ships (coming from many different places). Furthermore, the city also has marinas for pleasure boats in the docks of Belém, Santo Amaro, Bom Sucesso, Alcântara and, most recently, the Olivais Docks.

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Public Transportation An extensive network of 90 bus routes covers the entire city and outskirts. One of the quickest ways to travel in Lisboa is by Metro. It covers almost the whole city and next to most hotels you will find a metro station.
Besides the confort, you will be surprised when admiring true chefs d’oeuvre in each station. You cannot speak about public transportations in Lisboa without mentioning the Tram. Having lost the importance of old times, it keeps the same fascination and goes on being a symbol of the city.
From 06:30am through to 01:00am the daily transport network covers the whole city. Between 01:00 and 06:30am there is a night route.
Tickets can be bought on board or in advance either from any Carris booth or any authorised outlet. There are 1,3 and 7 days tickets.

Taxi Voucher Service at the Lisboa Airport. This service is available to passengers arriving at Lisboa Airport who wish to travel by taxi. The service operates with vouchers on sale at the Turismo de Lisboa counter, located in the terminal. The price of the voucher depends on the distance of the trip or length of time, as well as on the type of service required: normal or personalized (in the former, the driver is trained to speak foreign languages and acts as tourist guide).

Lisboa Card A visitor’s card for Lisboa – is, in fact, the easiest and most convenient way of getting to know the city of Lisboa, in an autonomous way. It is a card which, in general terms, allows free and illimited travel in the underground, on Carris buses, trams, lifts, and on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Belém, as well as free admission to 26 museums, historic buildings and other places of interest.

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TOURS IN AND AROUND LISBOA

Lisboa City Tour A half day to discover Lisbon. A drive down liberty Avenue to Rossio, the very heart of the city. Alfama, the oldest and most picturesque quarter (stop for a wine tasting in an handicraft store). Then a drive along the River-Side to admire Black Horse Square, crossing the bridge over the Tagus (if possible) with stops at Belém Tower and at Monument to the Discoveries. Next a visit to Jerónimos Monastery (church), a marvel of stone lacework and to the Coach Museum, where is the world’s largest collection.

Arrábida / Sesimbra / Setúbal Cross the bridge over the Tagus, and have a superb view of Lisbon. Visit the old Castle of Sesimbra and admire the beautiful scenary of this fishing town. Azeitão – a visit to the famous wine cellar to sample the local wines. Visit a handicraft centre to admire its "Azulejos" (hand-made glazed tiles). Arrábida mountain – a unique nature reserve giving a breathtaking panoramique view over Setúbal and Tróia. Stop at Pousada do Castelo in Palmela. Return to Lisbon by Vasco da Gama bridge.

Costa Estoril and Sintra An unforgettable afternoon will take you to discover the "Sunny Coast" and its beaches. Cosmopolitan Estoril, the colourful Bay of Cascais and the picturesque cliff – Boca do Inferno, Guincho. Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Drive across the luxuriant Sintra mountain and its gardens to visit the charming Vila Palace. 

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Lisboa / Arrábida / Sesimbra / Setúbal Full day taking you, in the morning, around Lisbon and its highlights: downtown, the old and modern quarters, Jerónimos Monastery (church), the Coach Museum or the Ajuda Palace, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries and a visit to Alfama.
After free time to lunch, cross the bridge over the Tagus for a drive along the Blue Coast or the "Three Castles Region" – Sesimbra, Setúbal and Palmela. Visit to a wine cellar and a handicraft center at Azeitão.
Return to Lisbon by Vasco da Gama bridge.

Óbidos / Alcobaça / Nazaré / Batalha / Fátima Drive northwards and arrive at the beautiful walled town of Óbidos with its picturesque streets and the Pousada do Castelo. Then drive to Alcobaça to visit the 12th century Church with the tombs of Pedro and Inês de Castro. Lunch in Nazaré – the most colourful of Portuguese fishing villages. Sítio – panoramic view.
Visit to Batalha Monastery (an historical landmark), and finally to Fátima – centre of Christian faith and a local of world pilgrimage. Religious services can be attended on occasion. Drive back to Lisbon through the colourful farming region.

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Queluz / Mafra / Sintra / Estoril Starting on Queluz’s Palace, Belas, Mafra – visit the Basilic – Ericeira.
Lunch
Sintra, visit of the Village Palace, Guincho, Boca do Inferno, Cascais – glimpse of the fishing port – Estoril – glimpse of the Casino and its Gardens.
Return to Lisbon.

Mini Cruise Tagus River A mini cruise is a real must in order to enjoy Lisbon, a city overlooking the river and the Ocean. Centuries of history will emerge from its monuments scattered along the hills. Panoramic view of "Parque das Nações".

"Cursos de Escanção" Experience Portugal’s best wines Situated in Sintra’s hilltops, the Adega Regional de Colares is the perfect place for an unforgettable wine tasting, this wine region is one of the oldest and most prestigious of Portugal just after Douro Region.
Here the participants with blinds on his eyes will have to discover what type of wine they are tasting, during this porve we suggest for entertainment a duo of Portuguese guitars.

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