As you know, Portugal won the Eurovision for the first time since 1963. Salvador Sobral brings the contest to the capital Lisbon and in this topic we want to be your guide. From now on, you can find the possible candidate arenas, touristic places, everything about accommodation and transportation. Let’s start.
Portugal is located in the west of the Europe and surrounded by Atlantic Ocean and Spain. Capital of the country is Lisbon. Like Rome and Istanbul, Lisbon is also located on 7 hills.
PLACES TO SEE
Lisbon has so many touristic attractions. If you want to do shopping you should go to Baixa District. For night and entertainment visitors usually prefer Bairro Alto district of Lisbon. But if you’re into history you must see Alfama district because it has the most historical places. Also visitors enjoy River Tejo’s view when they go to Lisbon and the 25 April Bridge on it is one to see. You can find the details below:
Alfama district: Alfama is the historic part of Lisbon and it has so many places to listen their traditional music “Fado”. Fado is one of the best known things about Portugal and since 19th century people sing it. If you’re interested, Alfama has Fado Museum also. Furthermore, in Alfama you can see old traditional colorful houses.
Elevator Santa Justa: This old elevator built to connect Baixa and Bairro Alto districts. From the top of it, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Lisbon. Today, this elevator is part of transportation in Lisbon. You can use metro to go to this elevator. You can get off in Chiado Station (nearest station to here)
Belem District: There are many places to see in this part of Lisbon. The most popular place in here is Torre de Belem (Belem Tower). It built near the see in 1519 to protect Lisbon. Nothing happened to this tower during the big earthquake in 1755. Entrance to tower is €6. You can use Tram no.15 or metro to find here. Also Jeronimos Monastery is preferred by tourists. It’s a beautiful architectural monastery which made of white stones. Entrance is €10 to here.
Castelo Sao Jorge: This historical castle is one of the best known attractions in the city and you can watch the gorgeous view of Tejo River. Entrance is €8.50. You can use buses with no. 737 or Tram no.28 to get here.
25 April Bridge: This bridge is one of the iconic places in Lisbon. It looks like Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and located on the Tejo River.
Bairro Alto: In this part you can enjoy the night life and have fun.
Lisbon Cathedral: The biggest cathedral in Lisbon and nothing happened to this cathedral during the 1755 earthquake.
Portuguese cuisine is popular with fish mostly. There are so many cafes and restaurants in Lisbon. Also, wine is really important in Lisbon because it’s made of special grapes. But the most popular and attractive thing is a dessert called Pasteis de Nata.
A café named Pasteis de Belem makes this special dessert and the best gourmets in the world say that this dessert is one of the best 20 meals in the world and must be tried by everyone. This is special because you can’t find this in anywhere in Lisbon. Some cafes sell them but its not the original one because it has a story behind it. This dessert has no written recipe. Just 5 people in the café know the recipe and ingredients. It costs €1.50.
Transportation in Lisbon is so useful and well-organized. Trams, taxi, buses, metro can be used. The best known tram is Tram no.28 because it’s the most historic one and you can see nearly most parts of the city. All tourists prefer this and its price is €2.85. You can buy the tram tickets from machines in stations.
For buses, you can use the numbered buses to travel. You could also buy tickets for them and metros. They can be used for metro too.
Taxi is also affordable than the other cities and you can use them to reach the places that you want.
If you want to use public transportation daily ticket prices for metro is €6.
Also for metros Viva Viagem cards are used and it’s €0.50 to buy. Single pass is €1.40.
Another thing is Lisbon Card. With this card, you can use metros, buses and tram for free.
You see the details of Lisbon Card below:
Card for 24 hours: €18.50
48 hours: €31.50
72 hours: €39
Some important metro stations are:
Cais do Sodre: To use trains for Cascais and Estoril, tram to Belem, ferry to Christo Rei.
Rossio: To use the train that goes Sinatra.
Sao Sebastiao: For Gulbenkian Museum
Jardim Zoologico: For Sete Bus Station in which you can find buses going everywhere in Lisbon.
Colegio Militar-Luz: For Colombo Shopping Mall ve Benfica Stadium
Oriente: To go to national and international trains station Parque das Nações
Renting a flat can be affordable and cheaper than hotel in Lisbon. But for hotels, in these districts you can find hotels:
Avenida da Liberdade
You can find more hotels from websites such as booking.com etc.
POSSIBLE ARENAS FOR EUROVISION
Nothing confirmed yet but the arena that has the most chance to host Eurovision is MEO Arena.
It built in 1998 and it could hold a capacity of 20.000 people. This arena is used for big events and concerts. Popular names came here for concert such as Adele and Shawn Mendes. It takes approximately 15 mins from Humberto Delgado Airport also.
Hope you find this article useful and hope it’ll help you if you go to Lisbon. Enjoy :)