The Lisbon Airport (LIS), also known as the Portela Airport, or the Humberto Delgado Airport, is the primary aviation facility for the capital of Portugal, and a large European transit hub. This airport has really good amenities across the board, with unlimited free WiFi, ATMs, currency exchange services, pharmacies, information desks, as well as lots of eateries to choose from and plenty of shopping outlets.
The airport is really close to the centre of town, situated only 6km away, and you can reach central Lisbon via the metro, buses, shuttles and taxis. The latter option is the most expensive, but still very reasonable, with a typical fare being around 10-15EUR ($15-22).
Book flights from Australia to Lisbon with carriers such as Air Canada, TAP Portugal, KLM, China Southern, Air France, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and British Airways.
Why visit Lisbon?
The capital of the storied nation of Portugal, Lisbon has played a huge part in European history, and any tour of the continent should involve a trip to this beautiful coastal city. During the day, explore the palm-fringed promenades, the cobble-stoned streets and the wonderful museums. And in the evening, enjoy the outstanding restaurants, cool bars, and chic clubs that define Lisbon’s nightlife. Find out for yourself just why so many people are persuaded to visit the illustrious Portuguese shores.
Things to do in Lisbon
When you’re in Lisbon, it’s hard not to notice the fantastical fairytale-like castle that sits atop a hill in Alfama, overlooking the city. The St. George’s Castle is one of the Lisbon’s most visited attractions, and is a great place to start your tour. Wander along the battlements, investigate the museum, and bring a camera to capture the impressive views of the city and the mouth of the Rio Tajo.
If you want to get to know the city through its culture, then stop by The National Gallery of Ancient Art, and stroll through the enormous collection of Portuguese and international art. Make sure you leave time to tour the remarkable Calouste Gulbenkian Museum that curates a collection that has pieces that are over 4000 years old, and come from all over the world. One of Europe’s best museums, this is a must-see attraction.
Then combine a tour of the UNSECO listed 16th century Jeronimos Monastery with the Torre Belem Tower on the waterfront, and its accompanying Monument to the Discoveries. These are all extremely important site, as they are in tribute to the Age of Discovery, where this nation played an integral role in Europe’s exploration of Asia, and will add a fascinating insight for tourists learning about Portugal.
Best time to visit Lisbon
· Autumn (September-October) and spring (March-May) are the most pleasant months to tour Lisbon city. The days are usually in the 17-22°C range, and the prices are much lower than in summer.
· Winters are pretty cold, but this is the best time to visit for anyone travelling on a samll budget.
· Summers are hot, but beautiful, with daily highs of 27-30°C. Expect the city to be full of life, but fairly crowded.
Arriving in Lisbon
· You won’t find direct flights from Australia to Lisbon, but there are plenty of connecting ones, usually through Guangzhou (CAN), Dubai (DXB) and Frankfurt (FRA).
· Euro (EUR).
· If you hold an Australian passport, you will be granted a stay of up to 90 days when you arrive in Portugal. Keep up to date with any changes to these conditions by visiting the Portugal pageon the smart traveller portal before you travel.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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