Lisbon Airport also known as Portela Airport, is the busiest in Portugal with over 4 million passengers passing through each year. The city is 11 km away from Lisbon Airport and an easy drive with your car hire in Lisbon. The city of Lisbon is known to be cosmopolitan and charming and attracts visitors worldwide.
Lisbon Airport has 2 terminals, terminal 1 is used for international flights and terminal 2 is used for domestic and budget flights. There are all the usual facilities you would expect from an international airport including currency exchange desks and ATMs for all your money needs. Internet kiosks are available to surf the web and help desks are there if you lose your way around the airport. There are a wide range of shops with high fashion and designer brands such as Lacoste and Harrods as well as smaller shops selling everyday items like jewellery and books. The departure area has several restaurants like the popular La Pausa and everything from snack bars to sushi and the regular fast food outlets.
Lisbon is a city with charm that is built on seven hills and sits next to the ocean. It is popular for city breaks and those who are touring Portugal. The city is divided into two sections, the Baixa or low town which is home to Lisbon’s shopping district and Barrio Alto, the upper town ideal for nightlife and listening to the traditional Fado music. One of the city’s most distinguishing landmarks is the Cristo Rei statue near the port and the views from the top are breathtaking (similar to Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro) and there is also the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge. Nearby, you will see the incredible Monument to the Discoveries. Also worth a visit are the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery and the Castelo de Sao Jorge. If museums are your thing, you can visit the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, the Museu do Azulejo and the Museu de Marinha. To make the most of your visit to Lisbon, with car hire in Lisbon you can visit the classy seaside town of Cascais or take in the culture at the UNESCO world heritage site at Sintra. The sleepy fishing village of Paco de Arcos is also worth visiting, where you can also find the Marquis of Pombal’s Palace.