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Making the Most of Lisbon, Portugal

Making the Most of Lisbon, Portugal


GETTING THERE

The Disney Magic visits Lisbon twice in 2017, on the Dover to Barcelona cruise on July 25, and on the Westbound Transatlantic Repositioning on September 19. Make a point of watching as the ship enters the harbor for some excellent views of the city and its bridges. Your ship should be able to dock in Lisbon at one of three cruise ship piers—we do not know which one will be used and they are two miles apart from one another. All piers are close enough to the city center and have transportation services (taxis, buses, trams, and trains) nearby.

GETTING AROUND

If you aren’t on a port adventure, you’ll want to get a ticket for the “Hop-On, Hop-Off” Red Bus that takes you around town. It’s an excellent way to see the major sights without worrying about taxi prices or walking on busy roads. Price is $21.50/$11 ages 4-12. Get more information on the Red Bus at http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/portugal/lisbon.htm Taxis are plentiful in Lisbon and are available by hailing them from the street—you’ll recognize them by their distinctive cream color. Be sure to establish the price of the ride before getting into the taxi to avoid being overcharged. Taxis charge approximately 3,25 for the meter drop, ,52 per kilometer, and 14 for waiting. • Thinking about renting a car? Don’t do it—Lisbon has bad traffic and worse drivers.

STAYING SAFE

Lisbon’s reputation for safety is on par with other European cities. Focus on keeping your valuables safe and avoiding pickpockets. Beware of purse snatchers on Tram 28 (street tram)—don’t carry large purses. Traffic is also a little crazy around here, so be very careful when crossing streets. Women should be aware that Portuguese men can be romantically enthusiastic, for lack of a better term—just ignore catcalls and invitations, and avoid traveling alone in secluded areas.

EXCURSIONS

Port adventures for Lisbon include city bus and tram tours, and walking tours of Sintra, Óbidos, Alfama, and Cascais. The Maritime Museum is regarded as a great place to visit, too. The Lisbon Tram 28 route is also hailed as a wonderful way to view the city from a tramway (see photo on previous page) for nothing more than the price of a bus ticket. While it’s wooden benches are not particularly comfortable and it sometimes stops sharply, it is a quintessential Lisbon activity with much charm!

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