Lisbon, Portugal travel tips

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Visit one of the city's most iconic structures, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a monastery built in the 1500s. It's also where Vasco da Gama is buried.

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If you plan on renting a car for your time in Lisbon, avoid the Europcar desk at the airport. It's notoriously slow and generally has very long lines, so opt for another firm.

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If you feel the need to escape the city, take a roughly half hour drive from Lisbon to the nearby beaches of Grande, Adraga, and Guincho.

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Be sure to try one of the city's famous egg tarts, known as pasteis de nata.

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One of the most charming accommodations in the city is Casa de Sao Mamede, an 18th century villa, with lovely period furnishings, and a red carpet along the stone staircase.

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Portuguese bullfighting is different than Spanish bullfighting. If you want to experience the Portuguese variety, Lisbon has a fantastic arena at Campo Pequeno.

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Theater-lovers should not miss attending a performance at Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II.

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In Lisbon, you can buy or commission ceramic tiles and panels, and styles will typically range from elegant to quite simple.

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Remember that non-EU visitors are entitled to a refund on the Value Added Tax (ICA). Keep all receipts and present the forms at customs when departing Portugal.

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Dress in Lisbon is generally casual, but when visiting religious sites, keep in mind that arms and knees should be covered.

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Don't attempt to speak to the Portuguese in Spanish, as they don't take kindly to it.

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If you plan on visiting Lisbon's museums, remember that most of them are closed on Monday, and many will close for an hour or two at lunch during the rest of the week.

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The Portuguese are friendly people, and if you get lost in Lisbon are experience any sort of trouble, you likely won't be without help for very long.

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Taxis in Lisbon are cheap, but riding in one can be a harrowing experience.

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If you come into Lisbon by air, remember that the Metro is the quickest way to get into the city center.

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Among Lisbon's many museums is MUDE, the fashion and design museum, one of the more unique museum-going experiences.

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Art lovers should make a point of visiting Museu de Arte Antiga. It's worth a visit not only for the art, but to see the building itself, a mansion built in the 1600s.

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For a lovely day trip from Lisbon, head to Sintra. It's a charming town that seems to have changed little over the centuries and only forty minutes from Lisbon.

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If you want to experience the city's never-ending nightlife, wander through Bairro Alto, where you'll find more than two hundred bars along the streets.

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For a unique, if relatively basic, stay in Lisbon, try the Lavra Guesthouse, a two hundred year-old former convent.

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