The date : Saturday 26 September 2009


The final 6 travellers are : Ian, Mark, Pat, Philip, Tricia, William

The Flight out :- Check in opens Sat 26 Sep 04:20 Closes Sat 26 Sep 05:40
London Luton To Lisbon : flight 2365; dep. Sat 26 Sep 06:20 arr. Sat 26 Sep 09:05
The Flight back :- Check in opens Sat 26 Sep 17:45 Closes Sat 26 Sep 19:05
Lisbon To London Luton : flight 2368; dep. Sat 26 Sep 19:45 arr. Sat 26 Sep 22:25

See route of Hop On / Off Bus
Cost of Hop On / Off Bus : €15
Note the favoured tour is the Olisipo Tour

Possible restaurants (opening times checked and prices and reviews OK)
Restaurant D'Avis
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Santo Antonio de Alfama Restaurant, Lisbon, Portugal
Address: Beco de São Miguel 7. São Miguel.
Alfama. 1100-538 Lisbon
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Espalha Brasas Restaurant, Lisbon, Portugal
Address: Doca de Santo Amaro Armazém 9. Alcântara.
Docas. 1350-353 Lisbon
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Bonjardim Restaurant, Lisbon, Portugal
Address: Travessa de Santo Antão, 11. Santa Justa.
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Recommended Things to See:
Castelo de Sao Jorge
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Torre de Belem
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Oceanario
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The center city is small enough to cover on foot, but because of Lisbon's hills, it's easy to underestimate the distances or the time it takes to cover it. Places may appear close to one another on a map when they're actually on different levels, and the walk can be fearsomely steep. Public transportation is excellent, entertaining, and a bargain, to boot. Marvelous old trams, buses, the metro, and turn-of-the-20th-century funicular railways and elevators can transport you up the hills. If time is short or energy lags, taxis are a genuine bargain and can be summoned with a phone call. And, wherever you are, the Rio Tejo is never far away.

The center of Lisbon stretches north from the spacious Praça do Comércio—one of Europe's largest riverside squares—to the Rossío, a smaller square lined with shops and cafés. The district in between is known as the Baixa (Lower Town), an attractive grid of parallel streets built after the 1755 earthquake and tidal wave. The Alfama, the old Moorish quarter that survived the earthquake, lies east of the Baixa. In this part of town are the Sé (the city's cathedral) and, on the hill above, the Castelo de São Jorge (St. George's Castle).

West of the Baixa, sprawled across another of Lisbon's hills, is the Bairro Alto (Upper Town), an area of intricate 17th-century streets, peeling houses, and churches. Five kilometers (3 mi) farther west is Belém, site of the famous Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, as well as a royal palace and several museums. A similar distance to the northeast, Lisbon's Parque das Nações pivots around the spectacular Oceanário de Lisboa.

The modern city begins at Praça dos Restauradores, adjacent to the Rossío. From here the main Avenida da Liberdade stretches northwest to the landmark Praça Marquês de Pombal, dominated by a column and a towering statue of the man himself. The praça is bordered by the green expanse of the Parque Eduardo VII, named in honor of King Edward VII of Great Britain, who visited Lisbon in 1902.


Oceanário de Lisboa


* Address: Esplanada D. Carlos I (Doca dos Olivais), Parque das Nações, Lisbon
* Phone: 21/891-7002; 21/891-7006
* www.oceanario.pt
* Category: Zoos/Aquariums
* Location: Parque das Nacoes


Fodor's Review:

You cross a footbridge to reach this glass-and-stone complex, which rises from the river. With 25,000 fish, seabirds, and mammals, it's Europe's largest aquarium and the first ever to incorporate several ocean habitats (North Atlantic, Pacific, Antarctic, and Indian) in one place. You view the connected tanks and display areas from above and then from underwater; clever use of acrylic walls means that tropical fish and penguins look as if they inhabit the same space. Displays tell you more about the environments you're experiencing, and at the end you can sink onto a bench in one of the "contemplation" areas and just watch the fish swim by.

* Cost: EUR 10.50
* Open: Apr.-Oct., daily 10-8 (last admission 7); Nov.-Mar., daily 10-7 (last admission 6)


Palácio Nacional de Pena


* Address: Estrada da Pena, Sintra
* Phone: 21/910-5340
* Category: Castles/Palaces
* Location: Sintra
The Disney-like, drawbridged Pena Palace is a glorious conglomeration of turrets and domes awash in pastels. In 1503 the Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena was constructed on this amazing site, but it fell into ruins after religious orders were expelled from Portugal in 1832. Seven years later the ruins were purchased by Maria II's consort, Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg. Inspired by the Bavarian castles of his homeland, Ferdinand commissioned a German architect to build the castle of his fantasies. Work began in 1844 and was finished in 1885 when he was Fernando II. Pena Palace is a collection of styles that range from Arabian to Victorian. The surrounding park is filled with trees and flowers from every corner of the Portuguese empire. A tram takes you from the park gate up to the palace. The enormous statue on a nearby crag is thought to be Baron Eschwege (the building's German architect) cast as a medieval knight. A path beyond the Baron Eschwege statue leads to the Cruz Alta, a 16th-century stone cross that's 1,782 feet above sea level. It's an arduous climb, especially in the summer sun, but the views from this altitude are stupendous.

The final kings and queens of Portugal lived in the Pena Palace, the last of whom—Queen Amília—went into exile in England after the Republic was proclaimed on October 5, 1910. The pseudo-medieval structure, with its ramparts, towers, and great halls, has a rich, sometimes vulgar, and often bizarre collection of Victorian and Edwardian furniture, ornaments, and paintings. Given these extravagances, it is no wonder that the people of Portugal, not the richest of countries by any means at the time, decided to discard the monarchy. There are placards explaining each room.

* Cost: Palace EUR 4, combined ticket for park and palace EUR 7, free Sun. 10-2. Tram EUR 1.50
* Open: Mid-Sept.-mid-June, Tues.-Sun. 10-5 (last admission 4:30); mid-June-mid-Sept., Tues.-Sun. 10-7 (last admission 6:15)