Lisbon Portela Airport, also called Lisbon Airport, Aeroporto de Lisboa, Aeroporto da Portela, or Aeroporto da Portela de Sacavém, is the primary international gateway into Portugal. It is located in Lisbon, the country's capital, residing at an elevation of 114 m (374 ft) above mean sea level. The airport serves as the main hub of TAP Portugal and its subsidiary Portugália. It is also a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair, and SATA International.
What to see & do
Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa - Lisbon Zoo, officially Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa, is a zoological garden devoted to the conservation and breeding of endangered species. It houses about 2,000 animals of over 300 species. The zoo also engages in efforts for scientific research and hosts educational and recreational activities for visitors. The zoo also has an amusement called the Animax outside of the zoological area. Entrance is free. The zoo also has restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment areas.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga - The National Museum of Ancient Art, also known as Museu das Janelas Verdes or Green Windos Museum, is situated in the Palácio de Alvor-Pombal, the former palace of the Count of Alvor. The exhibits include collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, furniture, and other artworks dating back from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century. Some of the most notable works housed in the museum include the Saint Vincent Panels, and works by early 16th-century painters in Portugal such as Jorge Afonso, Garcia Fernandes, Vasco Fernandes, and Fransisco de Holanda.
Museu do Oriente - The Museum of the Orient located in a building on the Alcântara waterfront is dedicated to the celebration of the history of Portuguese exploration through collections of artefacts from Asia. The exhibition is divided into two main collections: the first alludes the Portuguese presence in Asia, which houses over a thousand artistic and documental items such as rare Nanban art, 17th- and 18th-century Chinese and Japanese screens, antique snuff bottles, and Indonesian textiles. The second collection is the Kwok On Collection, a donation by the Association do Musée Kwok On, Paris, of over 13,000 objects relating to performing arts in Asia such as masks, costumes, and accessories.
How to get around Lisbon
Lisbon is well served by a very efficient and extensive network of public transportation that covers the entirety of the city and its surrounding areas. Most of the transport can be paid for with a green-coloured Viva viagem card, which can be used on metro, trams, urban trains, and most buses and ferries. These cards are rechargeable and are valid for a year. Though bike shops are rare, it is possible to rent bicycles and cycle within the city. Bikes can be carried in trains, metros, and ferries for free, as well as in some buses. During the weekdays, you are only allowed to carry bikes in the metro after 20:00.
A great way to get around Lisbon is by riding a scooter, especially since the only way to cross over Lisbon's bridges are on two wheels. There is a scooter rental company at the city centre, off the train station of Cis Sodre, and also a few metres from the Praça do Principe Real and Avenida da Liverdade. Car rentals are also available, but quite unnecessary; it can be difficult to find parking space and traffic jams are time consuming.
How to get there
TAP Portugal links Lisbon to several airports all over Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Paris, and Venice, as well as to the US city of Miami and the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte. Other airlines that serve Lisbon Portela Airport include Aer Lingus, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet Switzerland, Emirates (which operates from Dubai), Air Transat (which operates from Toronto), Swiss International Airlines, and Transavia.com.