Lisbon always offer something special to its visitors and however many descriptions you have read, you will only know which Lisbon is yours once you have arrived here. We will lend the climate, colors, gastronomy, history, diverse culture life and the breathtaking landscape in the surroundings to your visit.
Legend has it that Lisbon was founded by Ulysses. The name comes from “Olissipo”, which has its origins in the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo”, meaning “enchanting port”.
Most likely it was founded by the Phoenicians and styled by the Moores which shows in the strong Arabic influences. It was, after all, ruled by the Moors for 450 years. In the 12th century the Christians reconquered the city but it was not until the mid 13th century that Lisboa became the country’s capital.
With the beginning of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries, Lisbon enriched as a spice and jewellery trade centre. The breakthrough for Portuguese expansion came in 1498 when Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India. This was indeed the beginning of a golden age, characterized by the Manueline architectural style named after King Manuel I, with its typical decorative use of maritime motifs. Over the centuries Lisbon naturally grew and changed. When the city centre was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755, it was rebuilt by Marquise de Pombal , who thus created the Baixa Pombalina, a commercial area that still retains much of its original lay out.
Over the past few years the city has prepared itself for the future. Lisbon held an enormously successful international EXPO in 1998 and European Football Championship in 2004. As a result, a city that was already vibrant and diverse rapidly acquired a more modern and avant-garde dimension. As The Observer said, “Lisbon itself changed, phoenix-like, into a more modern and colourful city”. Lisbon is an historic capital, a potpourri of unusual character and charm, where 800 years of cultural influences mingle with modern trends and life styles creating spectacular contrasts.
Richly captivating, Lisbon Invites You!
The oficial languague is Portuguese.
Portugal is a member of the European Monetary System, and the previous currency Escudo was replaced by the Euro in January 2002.
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Travellers’ cheques and currency can be changed at exchange bureaux or at hotel receptions. Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.
Sales tax (VAT) is included in prices quoted. For non-EU residents, tax-free shopping schemes are available in many shops.The tax-free shopping provides substantial savings for visitors entitled to this deductions.
The average temperatures in the Lisboa area in September are 24ºC (high) and 14ºC (low). Please take in consideration that Lisboa is located by the river and the ocean and therefore can be windy in the late afternoon and evening. A sweater or a ladies pashmina may be useful.
The local time in Portugal is GMT+00 (Lisboa, Dublin, London).
Portuguese standard is the European type, 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles. Three phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting rooms and exhibition halls.
Lisboa International Airport (Portela) is located close to the city centre (7 km), about 15-20 minutes transfer to most of the centrally located hotels. The Airport is served daily by direct flights operated by the traditional air lines as well as by many of the low cost companies operating in Europe.
The Lisboa Underground (Metro) has a station inside the airport. There is also an Airport shuttle bus (AeroBus) departing every 30 minutes with several stops in the city centre.
The joint fleet of the two public transportation companies Carris (buses and trams) and Metro (underground) covers the entire city with regular bus and tram routes as well as underground lines.
The city is served by 3.500 taxis and a taxi ride from the airport to the city centre should cost between 8,00 € and 15,00 €.
The usual urban taxi fares are:
Day (06.00 to 21.00) - 3.25 € + 0.10 € / km
Night, weekend and holidays - 3.90 € + 0.10 € / km
Taxis are widely used by the locals and in comparison to the taxi fares in other countries, the Lisboa taxis are still to be considered a rather inexpensive transportation.
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With the exception of vaccination certificates for visitors from areas where yellow fever is endemic, there are no special health requirements at present time.
Clinics and hospitals provide 24 hrs emergency service.
The national emergency phone number is 112. Hotels have a doctor on call through the reception. Reciprocal E.C. cover is available at out-patient departments, otherwise private consultation fees are charged.
Hotel Check in/out Policy
Normal check in time at hotels is 14.00. The established check out time is 12.00. Should you need guaranteed occupancy before 14.00 on the day of your arrival, the previous night should be reserved.
The gratification is optional, but usually we give 10% in taxis, restaurants and cafeterias.
The pharmacies are opened on weekdays from 09.00 to 19.00 (some may be closed between 13.00 and 15.00) and on weekends from 09.00 to 13.00.
An illuminated green cross indicates that that pharmacy is opened. For further information regarding the after hours pharmacies please consult www.farmaciasdeserviço.net
The Portuguese law, in accordance with regulations in force in the majority of European Countries and the USA, does not allow smoking in any public transportation or in any closed public areas. (Some restaurants, bars and discotecs may have a designated smoking area).
Letters of invitation required to meet the administrative and legal regulations for visas of some countries are available to participants upon written requests.
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How to get to the Conference
Lisbon airport is located about 4.5km from the conference venue and the average travel time is about 7 minutes.
Please calculate for additional travel time if arriving/departing at rush hour (morning and late afternoon).
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You can find unique and excellent options in Lisbon.
Hotels, B&B´s and private accommodation – from rooms in historic buildings to the most recent renovation or innovation projects in the city, you’ll find hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.