Things to Know Before you go to Lisbon

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When you travel to Lisbon, you might find the following tips useful for a better tour. You will be able to communicate better with the locals and have a good itinerary handy once you have gone through the list.

• Money

The euro is the currency of Lisbon. If you are looking for banks then head to the Baixa district. You can save money with Lisbon based cards.

Transportation

While buses and cars are the usual modes of transportation, do hop on the yellowish 28 tram, and the ubiquitous tuk-tuks. They hold the essence of Lisbon. Do not miss the trams and tuk-tuk rides while you travel to Lisbon.

• Shopping

Lisbon has over 70 varieties of tinned fish to boast. Lisbon is also famous for unique cork products, including cork handbags and backpacks. Also, noteworthy are the exquisite tile shops selling antique tiles manufactured around the 15th Century. These antique little pieces will make good souvenirs to carry back home for friends and family.

• Footwear

In Lisbon, there will a lot of walking up and down the hills since the city itself is situated on the top of 7 hills. One must, therefore, opt for footwear with a good grip. Keep it light yet well gripped so that you can move freely without getting your legs too tired.

• Food & Drinks

Codfish dishes, especially codfish cakes, flaming chorizos, and baked goodies, especially their decadent custard tarts are a must try in Lisbon. There are numerous quaint pubs and bars around. In Bairro Alto, you get to drink and dance. Lisbon is famous for its red cherry liqueur, Ginginja. If you are lucky you can get to drink shots out of chocolate glasses. Port is also a must try the drink.

• Language

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and hence the language that is spoken there is Portuguese. Although English is spoken and understood by many in the cities, that might not be the case in the rural areas. Therefore, it is advisable to learn a few Portuguese phrases for your convenience.

• Must visit places

Lisbon has two UNESCO World Heritage sites–Tower of Belém and Jerónimos Monastery. Other than these two, you can also hop on a public transport and explore Sintra in a day.

• Things to do

Apart from the usual sightseeing, explore the streets of Lisbon and their stunning graffiti art. Visit Feira da Ladra, or Lisbon’s flea market for a unique shopping experience. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Lisbon City, along with a beautiful sunset from the highest point in Lisbon, Nossa Senhora do Monte Belvedere.

• Culture

Perhaps the best way to explore the culture of Lisbon is through its soulful Fado, Portuguese traditional music. The district of Alfama is the best place to experience the magic of its melancholic tune.

• Pickpockets

Keep an eye on your goods when you travel to Lisbon. The place is notorious for its pickpockets.

Now you are street smart about traveling anywhere in Lisbon. All that is left to do is enjoy!

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