School of Arts and Humanities – University of Lisbon
ARRIVING IN LISBON
If you arrive at the airport…
TERMINAL 1: At the Arrivals Hall of Lisbon airport, you have the Tourist Office (running from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) where you can get a map of the city and some basic information.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Located just 20 minutes away from the city centre, getting to or leaving Lisbon airport is easy. Choose the transportation that best suits your needs.
TAXI: You can always find a taxi at the airport outside the Arrivals or Departures terminals. It may be easier to get a taxi outside the Departures Hall. A regular taxi ride to the city centre is around €10-15 including luggage fees. Make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and always ask for a receipt. Depending on the time of day, the ride to your hotel will take between 15 minutes (daytime, not too much traffic) and 35 minutes (rush hour).
UNDERGROUND (Metro): Lisbon airport has an underground station with a direct line to the city centre. The Aeroporto-Saldanha Red Line takes you to downtown Lisbon in about 20 minutes. It is a quick and inexpensive way to get around, plus you will get to see Lisbon’s underground stations – each with its own theme and décor. Please note that you must purchase the 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem electronic travel card (€0.50), which you should then top up with balance for your journeys. It can be used both for the underground and bus networks. An underground one-way ticket costs €1.45.
Electronic Travel Card
AEROBUS: There is an express bus stop at the Arrivals Exit (small buses, van-like, called Aerobus). The regular fare for a one-way ticket is €4. The 24h-Aerobus-Pass may be purchased on board, online, at airobus.pt, or at the Turismo de Lisboa (Tourist Office) counters at the Arrivals Hall. This ticket is valid for 24 hours of unlimited journeys in the Aerobus network. Buses run every 20 minutes in two different circuits, from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. For more information about lines and circuits, please access https://www.aerobus.pt/en-GB/Home-2.aspx
REGULAR BUSES: Buses 744 and 783 have early journeys to and from the city centre from around 5.30 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays, a little later on Sundays and holidays. They serve most stops along the Aerobus 1 route but are slower. Route 783 runs from the airport into the city until midnight every night. There is a night bus (bus 208) every 30 – 60 minutes between the airport and the city center from 23.40 p.m. to 4.40 a.m. Onboard fare is €1.80 but please note that the maximum luggage size allowed is 50x40x20 cm.
If you come by train…
… you will most probably get off at Gare do Oriente or at Santa Apolónia station. From Gare do Oriente the best way to get to the city centre is to take the Underground Red Line. From Santa Apolónia, please take the Blue Line.
Gare do Oriente Station
Santa Apolónia Station
HOW TO GET TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE
Most Conference sessions will be held at the School of Arts and Humanities (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa), which is located in Alameda da Universidade, in Cidade Universitária. The best way to get there is to take the underground Yellow Line (running from Rato to Campo Grande) and get off at Cidade Universitária station. When you get off, please make sure you take the tunnel, not the stairs, on your way out. Once outside, cross the road at the traffic lights, pass the back of the Reitoria and at the end of this road turn right and the School of Arts and Humanities is on your right-hand side.
Front of the Reitoria
Back of the Reitoria
Inside the School of Arts and Humanities: Enter the building by its main entrance. Go straight ahead through its main hall till you reach the conference reception desk.
School of Arts and Humanities
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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT LISBON
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. It lies on the north bank of the River Tejo (Tagus), on the European Atlantic coast. Lisbon is the westernmost city in continental Europe. Approximately 600,000 people live in Lisbon proper with about 1.9 million people living in the Greater Metropolitan area.
Portuguese is the third most widely spoken European language in the world. It is the mother tongue of around 220 million people.
June is the month of Lisbon’s Patron Saint, Santo António (St Anthony). Year after year, throughout the month, there is a festive atmosphere in the city’s most charming quarters (Alfama, Bairro Alto, Bica, Castelo & Mouraria). And, as tradition has it, grilled sardines, caldo verde (kale soup), bread with chouriço, red wine, beer, great music and entertainment are all in plentiful supply. For further information, please access https://www.visitlisboa.com/ or www.festasdelisboa.com
Lisbon city quarters
With its winding alleyways and small side streets, Lisbon is best explored on foot. Some of the most interesting city quarters are:
Baixa and Chiado
Baixa was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake, an event so devastating and spectacular it helped inspire Voltaire’s take on humanity’s unhappy existence. Wide promenades and vast squares (Rossio and Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço) house the commercial heart of Lisbon. Roman ruins lie just a few feet beneath the street. Check out the Elevador de Santa Justa, built by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel with great views and even a café at the top.
Chiado is an upscale shopping district with coffee shops, bookstores, statues of several of Portugal’s great poets (including Fernando Pessoa and Camões).
This jumbled and dilapidated old Moorish quarter surrounding the Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) is the place to go for Fado, the traditional Portuguese music genre. Not to be missed, Alfama is one of the few areas that survived the 1755 earthquake. The twelfth-century cathedral (Sé Catedral) stands on the site of a former mosque. The Lisbon trams are a unique means of transportation, the most famous being Tram 28. It takes you on a cheap and rackety-clack tour through Alfama to the belvedere at Graça. It can get a bit packed and it’s the most popular pick-pocket hangout in Lisbon.
Bairro Alto, Bica, and Cais do Sodré
The streets are so packed at night with Portuguese revellers and tourists that each bar and club spills out into the street. Up above elderly locals hang their laundry and scowl at the noise.
Known for its gardens and museums, as well as Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the Monastery of St Jerome) and Torre de Belém (the Tower of Belém), this quarter also houses the most famous Portuguese custard tart bakery in Portugal (Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, also known as the Pastéis de Belém). This custard tart (pastel de Belém) is well worth the time you usually have to wait in line to buy it.
Tram 15 makes for a scenic ride to Belém.
Using money in Portugal
The ATM is easily the best way to get cash. There are ATMs everywhere and every ATM has an English language option. You will also be given the exact current exchange rate (money change offices often give you a bad conversion rate).
You may want to be aware of a few things:
• Use a debit card: You do not want to use your credit card at the ATM. Using a credit card will be treated as a “cash advance” and you will be hit with huge fees. Make sure you only use an ATM or debit card.
• 4 Digit PIN code: Your ATM card has to have a 4 digit numerical PIN code. European machines won’t accept longer numbers. Unlike American keypads, European pads don’t have letters on them so make sure you know your number.
• Have the right kind of card: Make sure your debit card/credit cards have the cirrus or plus logo on them (pretty much every Visa or MasterCard will have one). Cards with this logo will pretty much work all over Europe.
Electronics and Mobile Phones
To use electronic devices you may need both a converter (220V) and an adapter for continental European outlets (with two round prongs). Some devices, such as most laptops, come with voltage converters.
Non-European mobile carriers may charge international roaming rates. Know what you’re in for before turning on your phone in Portugal. If you have an unlocked phone that takes a SIM card, you can buy a Portuguese SIM card to use while in Lisbon for a very reasonable rate from one of the many existing cell phone stores.
Please note that pickpockets and thieves are a fact in most European cities and Lisbon is no exception. As Lisbon has increasingly become a tourist destination in recent years, the incidence of petty crime has increased. Keep your bag zipped and close to you in crowded places, especially on public transportation and in cafés.
Make a copy of your passport before you depart and bring it with you (a copy aids in speedily replacing a lost or stolen one) and consider leaving your passport with the front desk of your hotel.