General Information

Electricity Voltage
220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.

Shopping Hours
Shops are open from Monday-Friday, from 9:00 or 10:00 am to 7:00pm.
Some close for lunch from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm.
On Saturdays from January to November, shops generally close at 1:00pm though in city centres some are open in the afternoon. There are plenty of shopping centres inside and outside the city which are usually open from 10:00am to midnight seven days a week.

Shopping places

Avenida da Liberdade
Lisbon’s biggest avenue, located in the city centre is the city’s most exclusive shopping street; Famous international brands and major national brands have their shops on this avenue.

Amoreiras Shopping Centre
Opened in 1985, it was the first shopping centre in Lisbon. With a unique architectural impact on the city, Amoreiras Shopping Centre was awarded the Portuguese Valmor Prize and the Municipal Architecture Prize in 1993.

Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre
Located in the East part of Lisbon, ten minutes from the city centre and five minutes from the Airport, it opened in 1998 for the Expo’98 world exhibition.

Baixa and Chiado areas
Some of the oldest shopping areas of Lisbon with a great variety of shops and restaurants in downtown Lisbon and one of the adjacent hills.

Important Sights

São Jorge Castle
A Moorish castle which occupies a commanding position overlooking the city of Lisbon.

Tower of Belem
It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries during the Age of Discoveries.

Monastery of Jerónimos
One of the most prominent monuments of the Manueline-style architecture and classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Avenida da Liberdade
The city’s most exclusive shopping street.

Belém area
Within walking distance there are several important sights like the Monastery of Jeronimos, the Belem Cultural Centre, Museu de Marinha, Museu dos Coches, the Discoveries Monument and also the world famous Pasteis de Belem café.

Gulbenkian Foundation
Within some beautiful gardens are housed two world class museums: the Gulbenkian Museum and the Modern Art Centre.

Museu dos Coches
It houses a collection which is considered unique in the world because of the artistic variety of the magnificent ceremonial vehicles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, as well as the number of examples.

Sé Cathedral
The oldest cathedral in Lisbon, built in 1147.

Alfama Borough
The oldest district of Lisbon, which is located on the southern slope from the Castle of São Jorge to the Tagus river.

Baixa – Downtown
The Pombaline Baixa is an elegant district, primarily constructed after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, taking its name from its benefactor, the First Marquess of Pombal.

Post Offices
In general, post offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Schedules
• Opening hours in Portugal are similar to those in the rest of Europe.
• The visitor has access to all normal services at any time of the day and on all days of the week - not only in Lisbon, but also in the rest of the country.
• Pharmacies keep the same opening hours as the rest of the shops but, in order to guarantee 24-hour service, some stay open after 7 p.m. Generally speaking, restaurants are open for lunch from 12 mid-day to 3.p.m and for dinner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Cinemas begin at around lunch-time, and at some cinemas there are sessions until 2a.m.
• Theatres and other shows usually start between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m

Working Hours
• Buses: Every day - 24 hours.
• Underground: Every day 6.30 a.m. - 1 a.m.
• Banks: Monday-Friday 8.30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Shopping Centres: Every day 10 a.m. - 12 midnight
• Shops: Monday -Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• Embassies: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Post Offices: Monday - Friday 8.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
• Pharmacies: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p. m.
• Meal times: Lunch: 12 mid-day - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m

PSP Police – Tourism Police
Palácio Foz - Praça dos Restauradores
Tel.: +351 213 421 634 / +351 213 421 623