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When to go
The red-tiled rooftops of old Lisbon bask in the southern sunshine as the sea breezes blowing in off the Atlantic temper the summer heat. Springand autumn, when temperatures are mild, are by far the best seasons for climbing the city’s twisting flights of steps and exploring its narrow, winding streets. The capital comes alive during the Holy Week celebrations in spring, and on 13 June you’ll find its Alfama district decked out in colourful bunting to celebrate the Festival of Santo António. In summer, at the height of the tourist season, the hotels are taken by storm. Temperatures soar during this period, quickly passing the 30°C mark, and it’s time for a cooling dip on the neighbouring beaches of Cascais and Estoril.
And don’t rule out a winter holidayin Lisbon. Despite the cooler daytime temperatures and the showers, the weather remains fairly sunny and is ideal for wandering through the maze of alleyways that cover the city’s seven hills.
Formalities and useful addresses
Tourist office – www.visitlisboa.com
Lisbon Welcome Center – R. do Arsenal, 25 - [TEL] 210 31 28 10.
Health and safety
Visitors are advised to remain vigilant in the districts of Penha de França, Campolide and Campo Grande, especially at night. Pickpockets are particularly active on trams 15E and 28E.
Lisbon tourist police – Palácio Foz, Praça dos Restauradores, next to the tourist office - [TEL] 213 421 623
Fire brigade – [TEL] 213 422 222
25 April – Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, Liberation Day
10 June – Portugal’s National Day
13 June – Feast of St Anthony
8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Lisbon airport – www.ana.pt
Taxis are beige in colour and reasonably priced.