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  • Emergency Numbers in Lisbon (Police, Hospitals, etc)

    Police

    National Police (Police): 112
    Lisbon Municipal Police: 217 825 200
    Lisbon Traffic Police: 213 922 300
    Lisbon Central Police Tourist Department

    • Address: Esquadra de Turismo, Palacio Foz, Praça dos Restauradores, 1200-000 Lisbon
    • Tel: 213 421 634

    Child Abuse: 213 433 333
    Women Abuse: 800 202 148

  • Tips, Do’s and don’ts for Lisbon Tourists (Traps)

    General Tips, Do’s and don’ts for tourists in Lisbon.

    Restaurants:

    • Olives, bread, butter, etc are paid, eat one pay them all. You may ask for these to be removed from the start once the waiter arrives. For any doubt ask for the receipt in the end.
    • Always ask for the receipt with detailed description. You will be amazed with the quantity of owners who can make the bill in a piece of paper torn of from the paper towel. Don’t be afraid of it, it’s your right and they are demand to give it to you.
    • Distrust restaurants where you are approached by a waitress in the street offering you a traditional Portuguese meal.
    • Avoid going into the “Tourist” restaurants wherel tourist get enticed, by outside restaurant employers, to enter and enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal. Most probably you will end up eating French fries, hamburgers or any other (re)heated meal and miss out a nice real Portuguese meal.
    • In “tourist” restaurants avoid asking “what is good”, you will be offered the most expensive plate.
    • Always ask for the prices or menu before ordering.
    • In restaurants eat the “prato do dia”, these are usually cheaper, traditional, faster served and tastier. The “prato do dia” will always be a Good option.
    • Restaurants are obliged to give the “complaints book”.

    General:

    • Want a traditional or cheap meal? Just ask! Ask someone in the street, Portuguese people are very friendly, we like a good meal, we will be glad to give a good advice.
    • In a sunny day in Lisbon you might get tempted to buy a “nice” pair of sunglasses, take good care of your eyes and avoid buying sunglasses of doubtable quality in the street.
    • Avoid buying cellphones, cameras, gold etc from a total stranger in the street, a “good” bargain might end up with a piece of wood of a rust chain. This advices serves for someone wearing a suit, a gypsy or whatever.
    • Avoid riding a taxi without knowing the average time, distance and price for the ride. Ask at the hotel desk, a policeman, a couple of taxi drivers or, why not, to someone in the street. Another good option might be plan your travel (distance and time) using Google maps.
    • In a taxi you pay for any luggage that you put in the trunk, you may want to keep with you your small luggage.
  • Safety in Lisbon – Things to be careful and suspicious

    Lisbon is a safe city, even so everyone can spot a tourist and make you a easy target. Watch out for some tricks and avoid spoiling your vacations.

    • Never, ever buy Gold, Cell phones or Watches from someone thats offering you a “great deal” in the middle of the street. Most probably you will end up with a piece of coal of something like that. Of course this not apply to official stores
    • Never buy drugs in the street, is easier than you think to be stooped and offered hashish or weed from a total stranger in the middle of downtown. These sellers are most found between Rossio and Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paçco. You will end with poor, or none, quality material and might be confused as a dealer by some undercover police.

    Another very important part of you safety are the places where you go. So take note avoid this places too.

    In case of any emergency call:

    • General Emergency number on the: 112 (free call)
    • Lisbon Police Department (Comando Metropolitano de Lisboa) on the: 21 765 42 42
    • Lisbon Police Department (Tourism Department) on the: 21 342 16 23

     

  • Places where you shouldn’t go or avoid in Lisbon

    This Post is just a general security related guide and is not to be intended, in any way, to damage the image of any of these places or the people who live there.

    Like in any other place you might go there are certain places where security is something to take into account. Lisbon is not a unsafe place but there are some places where its not advisable to go, even while accompanied, and others you have to be specially careful.

    This information should similarly be taken into account in your search for vacations accommodation, though the offer may sound cheap you will eventually leave the place or miss some of your belongings.

    For your own safety and security, avoid the following places:

    • Intendente – Though the room offer might sound cheap, try and find some other place, this is not a particular safe place to be or to go even at day light.
    • Casal Ventoso – Avoid this place day or night.
    • Chelas – Avoid this place day or night.
    • Monsanto – Avoid this park at night, there should be no problem for you to visit it at daylight.
    • Parque Eduardo VII – Avoid this park at night, there should be no problem for you to visit it at daylight.

    Not to avoid but take the sensible precautions:

    • Martin Moniz – Take the normal precautions while in day light avoid it at night hours.

    Also be aware of these tricks as a safety measure.

    In case of any emergency call:

    • General Emergency number on the: 112 (free call)
    • Lisbon Police Department (Comando Metropolitano de Lisboa) on the: 21 765 42 42
    • Lisbon Police Department (Tourism Department) on the: 21 342 16 23