General information


The Seminar will take place at Hotel Olissipo Oriente.
Av. Dom João II, Lote 1.03.2.2
1900-083 Lisboa
Phone: +351 21 8929100
Fax: +351 21 8929119

Located at "Parque das Nações", near Oriente Station, FIL Exhibition Center, Lisbon Oceanarium, Atlantic Pavilion, Vasco da Gama Shopping Center and the new Casino.



Accomodation
For accommodation we suggest the hotel where the Seminar takes place. For reservations, please send an e-mail to rsv@olissippohotels.com

 

How to get to the hotel from the airport?

The recently open metro line is the cheapest means of transportation available. It is the same line (red line) as your final destination (stop: Oriente – end of line), so there is no way to miss it!

One of the easiest ways to reach the hotel is by TAXI which, even in the rush hour, will cost 13 € max.

In the urban service the minimum charge (initial price) during the daytime is €2 and €2.50 at nighttime, weekends and public holidays. The final fare will be determined in function of the distance travelled and the time. Ordering a radio taxi results in an additional cost of €0.80 and transport of luggage requiring use of a roof rack or car boot implies a supplement of €1.60.

Another easy way is to take the Aerobus that runs from the airport to the city centre. The Aerobus Line 2, connecting the Airport to Oriente, stops close to the Olissipo Oriente Hotel.

The Aerobus departs from the airport every 20 minutes.

The ticket is €3.5 and can be bought aboard.

Please exit at Gare do Oriente.

 

Geography
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe. Greater Lisbon has an area of approximately 1,000 km2. The city lies more or less in the centre of the country, approximately 300 km from the Algarve in the south and 400 km from the northern border with Spain. Lisbon offers a wide variety of options to the visitor, including beaches, countryside, mountains and areas of historical interest only a few kilometers away from the city centre. Lisbon is known as the white city, thanks to its unique luminosity. The light, the atmosphere and the climate offer marvelous walks all over the city. It has a beauty that extends beyond the monuments, that can be experienced in the streets, that is embraced with all the senses.


Interesting places to visit

Bairro Alto
The Bairro Alto is one of the most characteristic and attractive neighborhoods in the city. Typical and popular, the Bairro Alto has many modern features, with clothes boutiques and bars, many, many bars. A place where people meet in an eclectic and multicultural atmosphere - which is one of the best reasons to visit this neighborhood. It is essential to explore it, to discover all its streets, lanes and alleys. Good restaurants alongside intimate bookshops, where things are always happening, tea rooms next to design shops and the boutiques of some of the most respected Portuguese fashion designers. It is an exciting neighborhood, full of attractions, that combines daring and sophistication with tradition and antiquity.

A walk around the Bairro Alto is an experience that cannot be repeated in any other part of the city. After the Bairro Alto, walk down to the Chiado, where you will find an even more sophisticated atmosphere. A meeting point for young people, artists and intellectuals, the Chiado is an area of emblematic cafés, such as "A Brasileira", art schools, theatres and of living history. Besides its intrinsic beauty, it is the people that make the Chiado what it is, with their activity and positive attitude. The Carmo area, next to the Chiado, has some of the most fascinating historical sites in the city, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo, which have maintained their elegance and grandeur.

Here you can visit the ruins, but also the Museu Arqueológico do Carmo, which houses a collection of pre-historic, Roman, medieval, Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque artifacts. Largo do Carmo is also emblematic of recent Portuguese history, the site of important events in the 1974 Revolution. Carmo is connected to the Baixa by another key monument in the city, the irresistible Elevador de Santa Justa. From the top of the Elevador there is a very fine view over the Baixa Pombalina. Don't lose the opportunity to ride the Elevador, the only vertical lift that provides a public service and was designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, which explains its unique architectural style.

Baixa
In the Baixa, the city's traditional shopping district, you will find dozens of shops and a great area for walks. A personal welcome makes shopping even more enjoyable. Rua Augusta is the main artery of the Baixa Pombalina, leading between Terreiro do Paço (traditionally called Black Horse Square by the English), open to the river and the symbol of power, to the beautiful Praça do Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro V). Above the Rossio, discover Avenida da Liberdade. A walk along what was, in the 19th century, the city's "Public Walk", where the élites met for their daily promenade. Today, the Avenida is full of expensive shops, for the most cosmopolitan and international shopping in the city.

Belém
In Belém, on the river bank, you will find two marvelous Manueline monuments the Torre de Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery. Designed in the 16th century by Francisco Arruda, the Torre de Belém is a square tower with a polygonal bastion facing the river Tagus. The exterior is covered with abundant decoration, its façades showing Arabic and Venetian influences on the balconies and verandas, contrasting with the interior, which is a lot most austere in its decoration. The organic elements of the Manueline style are represented here in many different forms and the Torre de Belém has the first sculptural portrayal of an African animal, in this case a rhinoceros. Much more recent, but still invoking the grandeur of the Age of Discovery in Belém is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The monument, from 1960, commemorates the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, paying tribute to the instigator of the Voyages of Discovery and also to the most important Portuguese sailors. The singularity of Belém is without a doubt its role as a symbol of the "golden age" of the Voyages of Discovery. However the modern age and cultural entertainment are also present in the CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém.

To walks in the extensive gardens, to admire the river views or simply to relax with a delicious "pastel de nata" - for all this Belém is fundamental. The Pastel de Belém is, indeed, a true culinary treasure. These delicious tarts are considered the most authentic and tastiest forms of the "pastel de nata" in Portugal. Founded in 1837, the "factory" attracts hundreds of visitors. And this is not surprising, since the secret recipe for these Belém tarts produces an unforgettable delicacy.

The gastronomy of Lisbon is, in all senses, original and very tasty. Steaks (bifes) are among the most popular dishes, Bife à Café being the most typical in Lisbon. In any restaurant, you will find at least one Salt Cod dish and some restaurants specialize exclusively in recipes for this highly appreciated fish. Walk through the streets in the Autumn or Winter to find the famous Roast Chestnuts. Sold in the streets, they have become an integral part of daily life in the city. Tasty and crunchy, chestnuts are essential for any walk through the streets of Lisbon. During your walk, you will also discover one of the most original elements of the city: the "calçada portuguesa" - the traditional black and white stone mosaic pavements. You can't just look in front of you or around you. To really appreciate Lisbon, you have to look at the ground, as some of the pavements are veritable works of art. This traditional form of urban decoration has a genuine aesthetic value and is a clear expression of the national culture.

When talking of cultural expressions, it is unavoidable to talk of Fado. In Lisbon, there are numerous Fado houses, mainly in the popular neighborhoods of Alfama or Bairro Alto. From the most formal, where the emotional force of this unique form of music generates a frisson of appreciation among the public, to the most informal, where everybody sings spontaneously. The unique emotion intensified by the voice and by the music, combining joy and sadness, always reflecting life in all its force and passion.

Parque das Nações
The Parque das Nações is also ideal for all ages. In the eastern part of Lisbon, where Expo98 was held, we can find this extensive cultural, entertainment, residential and corporate complex, which has become a key focus of the city's life and an example of integrated modern life. A space that leaves all visitors astounded at its harmony with the river and at the diversity it offers. Besides the gardens alongside the river, we can find unique facilities, such as the Pavilhão Atlântico, where we can attend numerous concerts and major international sports events. Since 19th April 2006, the Parque das Nações has also a special attraction, the Casino Lisboa. The Oceanário de Lisboa is also not to be missed, dazzling young and old alike with the diversity of its fauna. The Pavilhão do Conhecimento and Torre Vasco da Gama are other attractions in this unique park. It is a fantastic experience to take a ride on the cable car, which offers wonderful views along its one kilometre circuit.

Docas
Also on the river bank and offering new and attractive infrastructure are the Docas. The Lisbon Docas, particularly Alcântara, are among the favourite meeting places for the people of Lisbon. Families, friends, people of all ages enjoy the river and the variety of places to walk and meet their friends. Café terraces, and places for entertainment and culture fill with people determined to enjoy themselves. More than mere entertainment, in this modern age Lisbon now offers excellent conditions and facilities for professional actions and events, such as conferences. The FIL, in the Parque das Nações, and also the remodelled and modernised Centro de Congressos de Lisboa or the unique Centro Cultural de Belém are examples of some of the facilities available for professional activities. Indeed, Lisbon has found the impossible formula for combining work and entertainment in a single journey.

Nightlife
Lisbon is an extremely lively city. There is always something happening, 365 days a year. Cultural events, "festas", fairs, festivals, are a constant in the Portuguese capital. But it is at night that the main doors of entertainment open, with whole neighbourhoods dedicated to fun, partying and good company. Young adults are the main consumers of the Lisbon night, maintaining the tradition of entertainment night life until the early morning.

The Bairro Alto has a unique tradition in the history of Lisbon night life. Always changing, it has become one of the parts of the city with most bars. The narrow streets fill with people every night, especially to Fridays and Saturdays as everybody is taking the best possible advantage of the weekend. The number of venues and the highly diversified clientele make the Bairro Alto a place with a very mixed public, from young people of all styles, to older customers who seek out quiet bars with good music. One of the unique characteristics of the Bairro, as it is called by its habitués, is that the nightlife always spills out onto the streets. The neighbourhoods around the Bairro Alto now also have quite lively nightlife, such as Bica, below it, and Príncipe Real, behind it between the Bairro Alto and Rato.

The riverside areas offer very lively nightlife and some of the most popular venues of the Lisbon night. The most well known are on Av. 24 de Julho, as well as the Santos area. There we can find dozens of bars and discotheques, and some of the most popular clubs and bars in the city. In the Docas, in Alcântara and Santo Amaro, also you will find plenty of entertainment, right next to the river. These areas, which are also lively during the day, offer the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable evening. In the area of Santa Apolónia, you will find one of the most fashionable discos in Lisbon. Besides dancing and enjoying the unique atmosphere, you can also listen to concerts or to the best international DJs. In this riverside area, you will also find excellent restaurants.

Climate
Lisbon has the highest and longest sunny hours in Europe. In the Summer, the temperatures usually rise above 30 degrees Celsius during the day, and round the 16 degrees Celsius in the morning and late in the afternoon.

Telephones
In public telephone booths, coins and special cards can be used. They are sold in Portugal Telecom shops, post offices and some kiosks and news-stands (with a sign indicating this). All telephone numbers in Portugal are composed of nine digits. To call from abroad to Portugal, it is necessary to dial the international access code 00 and the country code 351. To call abroad from Portugal, dial 00, the country code, the area code and then the number wanted. The dialing codes of the various countries are affixed in public telephone booths.

Mobile phones
Portugal is one of the countries with the highest number of mobile phone users. There are three network service providers - TMN, Vodafone and Optimus – that have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies and provide users with a good coverage nationwide. There are mobile phone shops at the country's international airports, where it is possible to rent equipment or purchase SIM cards that you can then use in your own phone. The Portuguese Highway Code forbids the use of mobile phones while driving, unless you're using hands-free equipment or an earphone, and there are established penalties that can be applied in the event of any infringement.

Internet
Internet access is available on payment in some cafés and in numerous post offices that have the Netpost service. In various hotels and public facilities, like Airports, Conference centres, Restaurants, Service Areas in motor-ways and shopping centres, there are duly marked "wi-fi" areas where it is possible to access wireless Internet.

Transport
An extensive network of 90 bus routes covers the entire city and outskirts. One of the quickest ways to travel in Lisboa is by Metro. It covers almost the whole city and next to most hotels you will find a metro station. Besides the comfort, you will be surprised when admiring true chefs d'oeuvre in each station. You cannot speak about public transportation in Lisboa without mentioning the Tram. Having lost the importance of old times, it keeps the same fascination and goes on being a symbol of the city. In the region of Lisboa, one of the most common means of transportation is the ferry-boat (Cacilheiro), mainly to connect both sides of the river.

Metro
The system The Metropolitano de Lisboa is integrated on the Região_de_Lisboa crownstructure. Presently the major part of the Metro_network is contained on the Crown L entering on the Crown 1 only the sections "Senhor Roubado / Odivelas" of the Yellow Line and "Pontinha / Amadora Este" of the Blue Line. Types of fares The Metropolitano de Lisboa offers a variety of fares, comprising: fares exclusive to the Metro, fares combined with Carris (buses, streetcars and elevators), fares combined with other transport operators and intermodal fares. The carris/Metro combined tickets and passes can now be bought at Lisbon Airport on the Post Office (CTT). Below you can find information about these types of fares:

Metro tickets
Fares exclusive to the Metro. These fares are valid only on the Metropolitano de Lisboa network.

Magnetic tickets
Magnetic tickets, valid for one or more trips, in one or two zones, can be purchased from any automatic ticket vending machines at the stations or, alternatively, at the ticket offices. These tickets are valid after being date stamped at the validating equipment located at the "entry" channels of the stations control line, for a period of three hours, provided that the bearer does not cross the stations "exit" channel. The Metropolitano magnetic tickets belonging to the previous tariff maintain their validity during the first 15 days after the entering in force of a new tariff. During a period of 30 days, counted from the entering in force of the new tariff, tickets belonging to the previous tariff may be exchanged by fares belonging to the new tariff against the payment of the corresponding difference. After this period no more exchanges are possible.

7 Colinas tickets
You can load tickets, valid for one or more trips, in one or two zones, on the 7 Colinas card. These tickets can be purchased and loaded from any automatic ticket vending machine or, alternatively, at the ticket offices. To use the Metro with the tickets loaded into the 7 Colinas card you must approach the card, duly loaded, to the "blue" reader at the stations "entry" channels in order that the validation takes place and enables the opening of the control doors. The same procedure must take place when leaving the system. The 7 Colinas card is valid during one year, counted from the purchase date, it can be reloaded at any time with tickets of the same type. When loading your 7 Colinas card with tickets you should keep the receipt. This receipt is essential in case of card exchange or damage. The 7 Colinas card may only be used for one person only, it may not be used by a group even if loaded with enough number of tickets. You may read the amount left in your card at any ticket office or at any automatic ticket vending machine, in the later case, you must select the option "carregamento/leitura" (loading/reading) and insert your card in the respective slot.

The various types of tickets and passes available as well as their respective fares in force are the following:

Metro ticket single trip 1,25€
24h ticket Metro/Carris (subway and buses) 5€
Single trip with 7 Colinas card 1,15€

Bus
The carris/Metro combined tickets and passes can now be bought at Lisbon Airport at the Post Office (CTT).
On-board fare 1,75€
24h ticket Metro/Carris (subway and buses) 5€

Tram
The tram is one of the most famous and typical forms of transport in Lisbon. To travel by tram is to enter an imaginary but also traditional present. You can ride up to Alfama by tram, although a walk up the hill is also highly enjoyable. All the way from the Baixa to the top of the hill, you will find typical streets, alleys and extraordinary views. As soon as the streets start to rise, we come across the most popular of Portuguese saints, Santo António (St Anthony), in a small restored statue on the church dedicated to the saint and in the Museu Antoniano. This popular saint is the inspiration for panegyrics on love.

Next we find the Sé Catedral (13th century), a true monument, whose imposing presence and austerity ensure that we stop and enter it to discover its surprises. Continuing up the hill, without any fear of tiring since the discoveries keep us attentive and desirous to see more, we will find the viewpoints of Santa Luzia and Portas do Sol. Now we will arrive at the Castelo de São Jorge, where the History of the city began. This is one of the most visited monuments in the city, not only for its historical and cultural importance, but also for its magnificent views over Lisbon. We find pairs of sweethearts, children and young people, the elderly in conversation, families and tourists, in a friendly atmosphere that has been passed down from century to century. On the Costa do Castelo, you will find other viewpoints with special atmospheres, particularly the unique Chapitô. Here a circus school, bar, café, terrace and restaurant, combine to create an exceptional, diversified, beautiful and spacious location.

Taxis
In the urban service the minimum charge (initial price) during the daytime is €2 and €2.50 at nighttime, weekends and public holidays. The final fare will be determined in function of the distance travelled and the time. Ordering a radio taxi results in an additional cost of €0.80 and transport of luggage requiring use of a roof rack or car boot implies a supplement of €1.60. For transport outside urban areas, the service is paid on a per kilometre basis, and the cost of the return journey is also calculated, regardless of whether or not the passenger makes the return trip. Normally the price is agreed at the beginning of the respective journey.

Money

Currency
In Portugal the common official currency is the euro. 1 euro is divided into 100 cents. The coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros. The notes are differentiated by their size and colour and come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. One side of the coins has a common design (the European side), and the other side has a national symbol. All euro coins can be used in any euro-zone country, irrespective of which national symbols they display.

Currency Exchange
You can exchange money at banks, which are open from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. five working days a week; at bureaux de change; and at automatic currency exchange machines (these are for currency sale transactions only).

ATMs - Automatic Teller Machines (Multibanco)
Portugal has a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (MultiBanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day.

Credit cards
In Portugal, the most commonly used credit cards are: Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Europay / MasterCard, JCB and Maestro. If your Visa or MasterCard credit card is lost or stolen, contact the following telephone numbers for assistance:
- Visa: Tel. 800 811 107
- MasterCard: Tel. 800 811 272

Services

Car rentals
There are car rental services at airports, international rail terminuses and in the main towns and cities. Drivers with mobility difficulties, or anyone who prefers to, can rent automatic or adapted vehicles. To rent a car you must:
- be at least between 21 and 25 years old, depending on the company's rental policy
- show identification (identity card for EU citizens or a valid passport for other nationalities)
- have had a driving licence for more than one year

Banks
Banks are open from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. five working days a week.
Portugal has a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (Multibanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day.

Post Offices
In general, post offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central and airport offices have extended opening hours and may be open on Saturdays and in some cases also on Sundays. Stamps are sold in post offices and vending-machines in the streets. Many post offices have the Netpost service that on payment allows access to personal e-mail and the Internet.More detailed information about opening hours and services available at each office can be found on www.ctt.pt

Pharmacies
In general, pharmacies are open on weekdays between 9am and 7pm (some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m.) and on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm. They display an illuminated green cross outside when open at night. All of them have information posted on the door indicating the nearest pharmacies that are open at night.

Shops
Traditionally, shops are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturdays from January to November, shops generally close at 1 p.m. though in city centres some are open in the afternoon. Shops tend to stay open on Saturday afternoons and sometimes even on Sundays in December for Christmas shopping. There are plenty of shopping centres inside and outside the cities that are usually open from 10 a.m. to midnight every day of the week. They generally have stores with the main international brands. However, traditional shops with Portuguese products can be found particularly in the streets of the older neighbourhoods of towns and cities.

Cost of Living

Food and drinks
Prices vary in function of the type of establishment and whether or not the cost includes a table service or esplanade service, as a result of which the prices presented are purely indicative. An espresso coffee, which is so popular amongst the Portuguese and is normally referred to as a "bica", costs around €0.50 to €0.60 at the counter of a traditional café. A galão (cup of coffee with milk) may cost between €0.70 and €1.20 and a cup of tea between €1 and €1.50. A glass of natural orange juice costs around €2.50 and a beer or Coca-Cola costs between €1 and €1.50. A cheese or ham sandwich costs between €1.50 and €2.50 and a slice of toast or cake will be less than €2. If you have a full meal it may be around €8 to €11 per person in a snack bar, between €13 and €20 in a restaurant and around €30 to €50 in a first-class restaurant or Fado house.

Culture
An entrance ticket to a Museum, National Monument or exhibition may cost between €2 and €5. A cinema ticket costs around €5.50. Theatre tickets may vary between €10 and €30 and tickets for concerts, opera or ballet performances between €25 and €75. In order to watch a bull fight, (the bullfighting season is between Easter Sunday and All Saints day), tickets may vary between €15 and €75, depending on the bull-ring and participants.

Electricity
Voltage: 220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.

Useful Phone Numbers
National Emergency Number: 112
Tourism Information: 808 781 212
SEF (Border and Immigration Service): 808 202 653

Police:
PSP/ Lisbon Metropolitan Police Command: 21 765 42 42
Esquadra de Turismo / Lisbon Tourism Police Station: 21 342 16 23
GNR / BT- Brigada de Trânsito / Traffic Brigade: 21 392 23 00

For more information on Lisbon, please check the website:
http://www.atl-turismolisboa.pt/home.asp?lng=uk.

Anti-smoking law in Portugal
Smoking - cigarettes, cigars and pipes - is banned in indoor public places in Portugal (as of from 1 January 2008). The ban includes all government buildings (which must be smoke free) as well as work places, public transport, schools and sports facilities, hospitals, museums, food and beverage establishments, covered car parks, theatres and libraries, bars and restaurants where smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas or venues.