Lisbon Christmas Markets

The weather in Lisbon in December should be a pleasant 14 degrees with a chance of thunderstorms. They are in the same time zone as the UK so no changing clocks. Lots to see and do here and it is cheap. Vasa de Gama set off from here to “discover” the far east and map out a route to India. Goa was colonised by Portugal and there are many fine Indian restaurants in this country.

Thursday 6th December

Fly out on at 7:00 am which means an early rise. Arrive Lisbon at 10:10 am, Arrive central Lisbon about 11:30. Lunch, lodging. Go to Eiffel Tower, Rossio square and Christmas market, get bearings. Evening in Barrio Alto, pub crawl street. Visit some of the eclectic bars finishing in Pensao de Amor (maybe).

Friday 7th December

In the morning take tram 28 round the city seeing the parliament, castle and negotiating the steep hills and narrow turns of the Barrio Alto. Lunch somewhere. Oceanarium in the afternoon. Go to Christmas market next to Oceanarium called Natalis. In the evening we dine in the Casa do Alentejo after traditional Portuguese Ginjinha’s

Saturday 8th December

Free day? Museum/football tour/shopping? This evening we dine in ?

Sunday 10th December

Belem visit on the number 15 tram or by bike. Lunch somewhere.

20:00 Sporting Lisbon vs Desportivo Aves at Estadio Jose Alvalade

Monday 11th December

A lazy morning doing whatever you want. Buy our Natal de Pastis.

Fly back at 15:55 so catch metro at 13:00

Transport

From the airport take the metro and change at Alameda to the green line to get to the centre of Lisbon. It is €1.45 for a single journey and €6.30 for a 24 hour ticket (Nov 2018). If you stay in the city centre it’s walk-able to get to most places. Buy a Lisboa travel card and load it for multiple journeys to save hassle. It can be used on buses, trains, ferries and trams.

Bike hire is available from BikeIberia near Casa de Sodres station. €14 for a day and there is an off road bike track to Belem, 5 miles away or north to the Oceanarium.

Lisbon has scooters available from Voi or Lime and you will see them scattered about. You need an app and mobile to unlock them.

Things to Do

Oceanario de Lisboa, Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisboa. is the best Oceanarium I have ever been to. A most do.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian houses a private collection of paintings and sculptures from Egyptian to modern times.

Tram 28 Round the city for €1.45 The 45 minute route takes in hairpin bends, astonishing climbs and allows us to see the city for next to nothing. It leaves from Martim Moniz

Estadio Jose Alvalade stadium tours (Sporting Lisbon)

The museum opens seven days a week between 10:30am 1:00pm en between 2:30pm and 6:00pm. Tours leave at 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm. Entrance to the museum costs €8.00, the museum + tour €14.00.

Estadio Da Luz – Benfica stadium tour. €8.50. Every day from 9am to 8pm. Shopping centre Centro Comercial Colombo next door so possible to do both.

Visit Belem – take the number 15 bus and see the Belem tower, Geronimo monastery and monument to first flight over the Atlantic.

Restaurants and Pubs

The map has many fine bars and restaurants listed but these are the highlights.

Time Out Market, Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa. Lots of different eating places under one roof

Rua do Diarrio – pub crawl street

Pavilhão Chinês R. Dom Pedro V 89, 1250-093 Lisboa. A bit like the Cannymanns in Edinburgh

O Eurico, Largo São Cristóvão 3, 1100-179 Lisboa. A locals place serving Portuguese food. Mixed reviews though.

Manteigaria, Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisboa. This is the best Pastel de Nata coffee house in Lisbon where the custard pies are made. This is the 15th best delicacy on the planet.

Shopping

Vasco de Gama Shopping Centre, Av. Dom João II 40, 1990-094 Lisboa. It’s next to the aquarium so a nice day out.

Centro Comercial Colombo Av. Lusíada, 1500-392 Lisboa. It’s next to the Benfica stadium so possible to do both in one trip.

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