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Tourist survival guide

Be careful with taxi drivers, greet people with two kisses, forget the high heels and avoid restaurants with pictures of food. Here are our best tips to avoid tourist traps

By Maria Ramos Silva |
ruas de lisboa
Fotografia: Manuel Manso Make sure you wear comfy shoes

Forget the queues and pay attention to pickpockets. Your welcome.

Tourist survival guide

relógio cais do sodré
Fotografia: Ana Luzia

No one will get mad if you arrive late

Though a lot has changed over the years, including the increased attention paid to schedules, Portuguese punctuality is still far from the British standard. The tolerance is usually up to half an hour (if not more), so don’t be surprised if you’re the first one there because you arrived at the time agreed upon, just like a Swiss clock.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Olissipo Lapa Palace
Fotografia: Matilde Cunha Vaz

The best 5-star hotels in Lisbon

The offer for hotels and hostels in Lisbon keeps growing to keep up with tourists pouring in to meet the capital. We’ve already covered the best hotels in Lisbon, but now we are narrowing it to the cream of the crop. If you are looking to live it large check-in at one of these best 5-star hotels in Lisbon.  Recommended: The best things to do in Lisbon

Hotel do Chiado

The best hotels in Chiado

It's the most popular neighborhood in Lisbon and it won't spare you with shops where you will lose your mind, restaurants to ruin your diet and mess up with your food restrictions and streets to get yourself lost. At the end of the day, enjoy the views and the comfort of some of the best hotels in Chiado. Recommended: the best neighbourhoods in Lisbon

Wine Bar & Terrace do Memmo Alfama
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The best hotels in Alfama

Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon and its narrow streets contain some of Lisbon’s most historically important buildings, including the Sé Cathedral, Lisbon Castle, National Pantheon and Saint Anthony’s Church. And it’s also in its narrow and traditional streets that you can find nowadays the youngest, trendiest and fashionable area of Lisbon. And thank God, it did not lose its old charm with the amount of novelties in the recent years. Can you imagine a better place to stay in Lisbon? Book a room in one of the best hotels in Alfama. Recommended: the best places to see Fado music in Lisbon

Alma Lusa Hotel
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The coolest hotels in Lisbon

What makes a hotel cool? In coming up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon, we considered a heady mix of factors – from definables like design, location, service, amenities, architecture, and value for money, to less tangible elements like ambience or history. Then we factored in what we think Time Out readers would want from a trendy hotel and ended up with this list of the coolest hotels in Lisbon with something for every relaxed aesthetic sense. Recommended: Best cheap hotels in Lisbon 

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