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Lisbon has a Mediterranean climate that is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream, giving it one of the mildest climates in Europe. Summer lasts until the end of September and the weather during this period is therefore pleasantly warm. Average temperatures: 17 – 26°C (62 – 79°F). Light clothing is suitable with somewhat warmer clothing for the evening.
The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Traveler’s cheques and currency can be changed at hotels or at a bank – these are open Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 15.00. Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.
European type 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles are used. Three phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting and exhibition rooms.
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Travellers cheques and currency can be changed at hotels or at a bank - these are open Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 15h00. Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.
Lisbon is a fascinating city, built on 7 hills overlooking the River Tagus. It is a centre of tourism and culture with over 20 centuries of history. The charm of Lisbon derives from its strong links to the past, reflected in magnificent churches, impressive castles and palaces. Diverse neighbourhoods with decorative facades and narrow mediaeval streets and its people, who by longstanding tradition offer visitors a warm welcome, distinguish this capital uniquely from other European capitals. A mix of the old and new, Lisbon is overflowing with events, music, museums, and sights that display this diversity. Lisbon is also known as the White City, thanks to the special luminosity which emanates from its streets and buildings, transforming it into a sunshine mirror of a thousand colours.
Clinics and hospitals provide round the clock emergency service. The national emergency phone number is 112. Hotels have a doctor on call through the reception. Reciprocal E.C. cover is available at out-patient departments, otherwise private consultation fees are charged.
Most of the Museums are open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10h00 to 17h00 closed on Mondays and public holidays. Please check with the Secretariat of the Congress for further information.
Breakfast is normally served between 07.30 and 10.00 h, lunch from 12.30 to 15.00 h, and dinner from 19.30 to 22.00 h. Due to the city’s proximity to the sea, the local gastronomy includes delicious fish and shellfish dishes.
The commercial centre in Lisbon is called “Baixa” and here shops are open from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 (working days). On Saturdays, most of the shops close at 13.00. Fine leather goods, lead crystal ware, porcelain, vintage wines, golden and silver filigree, pottery and specialist textiles are considered excellent buys in Portugal.
Tax / Tipping
Tipping is optional, but normally 10% is customary in taxis, restaurants and bars.
Mainland Portugal is 1 hour behind European Standard Time [CET]. Travel to and within Lisbon Lisboa is easy to get to. It is a short flight away from most European cities, and is just as easily accessible by road, railway or sea.
Lisboa International Airport, 7 km from the city centre, has daily flights to and from the major cities in Europe and the world. The Portuguese airline TAP-Air Portugal, as well as major international airlines, fly to and from Lisboa.
To access the city centre, from the airport, several options are available:
>> Aerobus Makes the run between Lisbon Airport and the city centre. Service begins at 07:45am and ends at 08:15pm. Buses pass every 20 minutes. The ticket may be purchased from the driver as you board the bus.
>> Taxis There are two taxi stands within the perimeter of the airport, one at arrivals and other at departures. You can get more info and purchase a Taxi Voucher at the Tourism Information Counter in the airport's Arrivals Hall.
To reach attractions outside the city centre or to get around late at night (after 01.00 when the metro closes), take a taxi. It should not cost more than € 10.– to go anywhere within the city. We encourage delegates to agree the fare with the driver before embarking on their journey. Teletaxis: +351 21 811 1100; Autocoope: +351 21 811 1100.
A valid passport (or identity card for European Community nationals) is required. Visas are not necessary for citizens of EU countries. Please contact your local Portuguese Embassy, Consulate or your Travel Agency for further information. Participants who need a visa to travel to Portugal are strongly advised to make their application in their home country at least three months before the intended date of travel.