Once the centre of one of Europe’s great maritime nations, Lisbon was way past its prime and looking a bit neglected, but since it spruced up for the World Expo it is now a delightful place to visit. Make your trip more interesting by booking car hire in Lisbon with us. See and explore as much as you possibly can with your own car. Make the decisions on where to visit and avoid the hassle of busy tourist excursions.
Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon, has a beautiful medieval style with cobbled stone streets on steep slopes. Visit the Castelo de São Jorge, which is located high up on a hill, of the same name. The Cathedral Romanesque Sé is considered as the most important building in Alfama. Take a trip to Casa do Fado to absorb its fascinating history. The Baixa was rebuilt after the devastating 1755 earthquake and is now full of wide avenues and the pedestrianised Rua Augusta, which is full of lovely alfresco cafes and fashion shops.
As the sun sets many holidaymakers take to the streets, especially the Bairro Alto which is popular with many visitors as it comes alive in the evening. It offers an array of beautiful colourful bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Visit the famous Café A Brasileira and the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara which offers its customers fine dining and views over looking the city, which you'll never forget.
Stroll along the riverfront of the Tejo following your meal, or along the tiled placas and among the tile-fascia’d buildings on the hillside suburbs. By car travellers can also visit the ancient Belem district, Cristo rei and lovely Sintra.
Many airlines have scheduled international services to and from Lisbon airport, often as stopovers en-route to Asian or Middle Eastern destinations. It is also Portugal's main international gateway. There are also regular domestic connections to Faro, Oporto and other cities.
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Travellers will need to pass through Spain, there are man border crossings, and the road network is good but Portugal has a woeful road safety record. Portugal is part of the schengen visa arrangement, so border crossings are a mere formality from Spain.
There are two main rail routes, one from Paris, via San Sebastien, and one from Madrid. No rail route connects the Algarve with southern Spain. The journey`s can be long and crowded in season, Portugal doesn`t have the high speed trains enjoyed elsewhere in Europe.
Buses are plentiful from almost any destination and cheap, although budget flights and rail passes are closing the gap.
From the UK travellers also have the choice of a ferry to northern Spain, and then driving south from there.
Lisbon's popular transportation is the intermodal, Gare do Oriente hub encompassing buses, trains and the metro. There is even a large shopping center and police station here.