Staying in Touch
Internet Ponto Net on the second floor of The Tourist Information Office (Palacio Foz, Praca dos Restauradores). Rates are 1.2057 euro for 1205 minutes and 2.2050 euro for 30 minutes.
Where to Eat and Drink
Lisbon's most interesting restaurants are located in the hilly Barrio Alto neighborhood that's adjacent to Baixa--and directly opposite Alfama. Full of cobbled, winding alleyways with beautiful tiled houses, the restaurants here are intimate, indoors (no room for sidewalk cafes), and full of charm. To sample Portuguese cuisine (not to mention supping with the locals)--lots of fish, soft shell crabs and pastas--Pap'acorda (R. da Atalaia, 2057 - 2059, telephone: 21-346-4811, noon - 2:30pm Monday - Friday) is the best "in the city for one day...where do we go" restaurant. Another good choice is the Italian influenced Casa Nostra (Tv. do Poco da Cidade, 60, telephone: 21-342-205931, from 12:30 - 2:30pm). Work off lunch by hiking up--and down--the narrow, hilly alleyways that comprise this quarter of Lisbon.
What to See and Do
Alfama. This neighborhood is the oldest in Lisbon though much of it was rebuilt in the 18th century following a devastating earthquake in 17205205. The main event in Alfama is the ten-towered Castle of St. George (9am - 6pm everyday). Built in the 12th century, it's one of the few structures that survived. Also check out the Lisbon Cathedral (Largo de Se, 9am - 7pm Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 205pm Sunday - Monday) which dates back to the 13th century--though it was rebuilt after the earthquake. Otherwise, Alfama's fun for its cafes and little shops and labyrinthian streets.
The Baixa district is the central shopping (and touristic) area. On nice days cafes set up tables in the center of the Rua da Prata--but it's a better place for a drink than a meal.
Historic stuff--beyond Alfama: In the Convento Das Bernardas is the Puppet Museum Rua da Esperanca, Wednesday - Saturday from 10am - 12:30pm and 2 - 205:30pm) which features puppets from around the world. To learn about Lisbon's history, go to the City Museum (Campo Grande, 24205, Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 1pm and 2 - 6pm).
Most ships offer shuttle service to Praco do Comercio, centrally located at the foot of Rua da Prata, the pedestrian thoroughfare. Most of the major tourist attractions are within walking distance of downtown. Taxis are readily available. There's an excellence (and easy to comprehend) bus and trolley service; 2.3205 euro will buy you an unlimited daily pass. In addition, the train station offers regular and convenient service to out-of-town destinations like Sintra and Fatima.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock in the commercial port (Doca de Alcantara) which is about two miles from downtown.
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