Any tourist guide will offer a variety of attractive visits to Museums, The Oceanarium, etc. Strongly dependent on your taste... You can get a good printed guide on arrival to Lisboa Airport, ANA, the airport authority publishes "YOUR GUIDE, LISBOA". Pick up the 2010 edition on arrival.
A tourist tram (red) rides in a circular track through the most representative areas of town. A sound track in English and French with music guides you through each area.
A common tram (yellow) Nr 28 rides on approximately the same track, frequently and for much cheaper. There is no tourist guidance. This one is a very good option but not at rush hours (two hours around 9AM and two hours around 7PM).
The primary place to start such a trip (either the red or the yellow Nr 28) is Praça do Comércio, in downtown Lisboa.
Another very nice way of grasping the unique character of Lisboa is to make a return ferry trip to the south bank. The best is to take the one that starts from a peer between Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré. The trip is no more than 15 minutes each way and the best time to do it is, in September, between 10 AM and 5 PM. You can appreciate the town from the water level, with the strange sensation of hills moving relative to each other as the ship travels. Cheap and easy. Please avoid doing this at rush hours.
The monumental area in Belem.
This riverside area of west Lisboa can be reached by public transportation. Visit the Torre de Belem, the Monastery of Jeronimos (maybe the most outstanding piece of architecture in Lisboa). While there you can have a taste of the world famous Lisboa pastries, the Pasteis de Belem, manufactured and sold on the spot!
If you can spare half a day, take a train from Jardim Zoológico (get there by Metro, 4 stations away from the hotel Sana) to the small town Sintra. This is about 40 minutes of train ride, but you can also drive there via the direct road IC19. Pleasant walks, visits to palaces and the Moorish castle. Dense vegetation in the woods around, that once inspired Byron, for example. Beforehand, you may wish to have a look at the local city council website.
Several restaurants hold a dinner with a fado session right after. Fado is a typical song, usually sentimental but not necessarily sad, mostly centered on passionate love or longing for someone. A singer is accompanied by Portuguese 12 string guitars, and a classical 6 string guitar. To be enjoyed in respectful silence. After dinner shows carry on until about 11 or 12PM. Prices vary. The show is included in the minimal consumption (around Eur 25 per person). Dinner at about Eur 50 per person. Usually opens at 8PM.
- The docklands
Situated near the Ponte 25 de Abril in west Lisboa, the docklands are converted into a pleasant restaurant area. Open all day, every day.
- Tasting Portuguese wines
- Portugal is an excellent place to taste good wines. We have excellent small productions that are hardly known abroad and prices can be very attractive. For information on this sector of our economy we advise you to browse the website http://www.viniportugal.pt and, in particular, we point you to the wine tasting bit of it at Tasting Portuguese Wine.
- Location: Praça do Comércio; Timetable 11 Am to 7 PM; Admission and tasting: free!
- A taste of Port wine
- Instituto do Vinho do Porto.The Institute has a pleasant bar at the ground level, with more than 100 varieties of port wine in the list. From a glass of good port for under 2 Euro to bottles that you can share in a group. Bottles of 100 year old vintage port for sale. Closes at midnight.
- Location: Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, 45. Take the elevator from Restauradores or hike up the street following the tracks...
- Varieties of Port wine: there is a dry white aperitif, served chilled, all the other varieties are enjoyable after dinner or dessert wines.
- Eating out in Lisboa
- Lisboa is well served by restaurants of all kinds. A list would be too big to fit here. Bit we can make a few suggestions, mainly within walking distance from the SANA hotel. Portuguese food is quite varied and well appreciated. Talk to the organizers, we can give you some advice on what to choose, depending on your particular taste, from mild food to strong curry houses, from vegetarian to steak houses, from cheap to not-cheap-at-all!
- Here are some suggestions.