In the ranking of popular tourist destinations in Europe, Lisbon is very far from Paris or Berlin. And even those who have not been in those cities know much more about the capital of France and Germany, then about Lisbon. My friend who worked at Mortgage New Braunfels told me that Many tourists risk spoiling their holiday by making the common mistakes.
Storm the public transport
In many cities, bus arrival at rush hours reminds the siege of an embattled city. Passengers push each other and try to enter the cabin to take a free place. In Lisbon, such manifestation of fighter’s nature is at least inappropriate, and you can learn many unpleasant words in Portuguese. Here, passengers at bus stops are lining up, and the place occupied by those who have come before others.
The river and the ocean
Lisbon is standing on the spot, where the river Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The Tagus is a wide river, and tourists walking along the center of the city and once on the waterfront, think that went out to the ocean and make photos. In fact, you need to have a ride to the ocean. It is possible to see the place, where the Tagus flows into the ocean, on the way to Cascais, after the Belem Tower. It is useless to seek an ocean in the center of Lisbon.
Hoping to have dinner before 8 pm
While most Europeans are accustomed to having dinner after work, no later than 8 pm, the Portuguese have other eating habits. Restaurants in Lisbon are closed in the afternoon and before 8 pm. When you are waiting for the order in a restaurant, the waiter can bring you a basket of bread, a dish of olives, or other snacks. In many Portuguese cities, they will be free, as spices or sugar. In Lisbon, you will have to pay 2-3 euros for them. If you are not willing to pay, ask the waiter to take them back.
Tempt fate in criminal areas
Although Lisbon is not the crime capital of Europe, it is worth to behave cautiously. It is necessary to follow some general rules as for any big city: don’t bring original documents, don’t put wallets and valuables in the back pockets, hold your bags firmly, and don’t go to dangerous areas. In particular, at any time of day or night avoid the Chelas area, be careful in Casal Ventoso, and don’t walk in the Parque Eduardo VII and Monsanto at night.
Plan a visit in August
Choosing the last month of summer for a trip to Lisbon is a good idea only for those who are not afraid of the high prices of hotels, unbearable heat, and a lot of closed shops as the owners and employees usually have a vacation in August. Spring and autumn months are considered the best time to visit Lisbon. The weather is pleasant as well as the prices on accommodation and on various products.