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    Available in PDF Format | Lisbon (Lonely Planet Best of ...).pdf | English
    Terry Carter(Author) Lara Dunston(Author)
This travel guide provides insider information on the best bars, restaurants and fado performances throughout Lisbon. Details on navigating the city on foot, by tram or by elevador (funicular) are also included.

Best for curious and independent-minded travelers' --Wall Street Journal

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  • By Alberto on 17 January 2011

    Have been buying Lonely Planet guides for years, and we all know that the quality of the maps is far from decent, especially in this kind of weekend away mini travel guide. But in this case I must say that on top of the quality of the map, the information was inaccurate. Come on LP, spend a bit more time and efforts on decent maps! Also, I am not quite sure what "food in a budget" is anymore! Went to a few of the recommended places listed as such, and the bill came to 20 euros per person in most of them, without starter. ALthough not expensive, I would not list it as budget at all! Also, we had an awful experience (food, staff, price) at some of the most recommended portuguese restaurants (Cervejaria Trindade), so ignore all the notes on that place and save your money. Also, by reading the book you may think that Lisbon is quite dodgy in some areas, which we entirely disagree with...probably just as any other major european city you gotta be cautious in the usual situations (nightime etc). OPening times for some places were also inaccurate.Overall, you would be better off not buying this kind of guide, doing some research online in forums etc and acquiring a map once in Lisbon. Frommer's guide was similar, although their maps are always better than LP's.

  • By Rob Conyer on 2 July 2010

    We've used many encounter guides and find them perfect for short weekend trips. The larger books mean you spend more time reading than doing. If you're after something which tells you the key things and provides some useful and interesting information, this is the book for you. The only criticism is that the Lonely Planet maps can be a bit disappointing, BUT if you've got a free map from your hotel or tourist office, you'll be sorted. Also, the book lists some brilliant bars. Even if you're not into drinking, some of these places are worth checking out.

  • By HGolightlee on 4 March 2012

    The author of this book seems to be obsessed with sardine can wrappers, as they appear on at least five places in the book. And there is a lot of "retro-wrapping", whatever that may be. Yes, if you are under 25 years old, obsessed with retro and vintage shops, and have never seen an old-school sardine can, this book might be new and exciting, and actually tell you something new, but other than that - it's too small, not detailed on the sights, the maps are piss-poor and there's too heavy an emphasis on shopping and eating, with at least half of the listings comepletely out of date.We took this to Lisbon along with my 2007 "Time Out" which I bought on ebay for pennies, and the Time Out proved far superior, although some restaurants in tehre appeared to have closed.The Encounter has no accommodation in it, relying on you to book one online before you arrive. The Arrival Information is totally wrong. It appears that the Airport Bus ticket at 3.90 EURO is the best option on Public Transport, allowing you unlimited free trips for 24 hours. Likewise, the Prepaid Cards don;t get accepted on the Airport Bus, so if your trip is a short one, just buy subsequent airport bus tickets (provided you don't use the Metro). A local at the bus stop told us this - no word int eh guide. This is the kind of thing I used to buy Lonely Planet Guides for, but this one is poor on everyhting - barely two lines for the city's biggest sights, outdated information, lots of trendy talk.Perfectly useless and insubstantial. I would not waste my money on this.

  • By Demun on 1 May 2011

    I took this book with me to Lisbon as a guide I could easily carry around with me and it was exactly that. It had all the info I needed on a daily basis and I did all the suggested walks around the various neighbourhoods which enabled me to take in the best sites. It doesn't have a lot of info about Sintra but I just printed off a guide from the internet to fill that gap! I would definately recommend this guide for a short city break.

  • By J. Buggle on 7 November 2011

    What an incredibly disappointing guide! It is so irritatingly written - gratingly "hip" and "cool" throughout. I bought the guide expecting the usual Lonely Planet high standard of facts which this did not deliver. As another reviewer has said, the maps are very poor. Rather than give an unbiased overview, there are many advertisements throughout. The Time Out guide is far superior.

  • By Cheshire Cat on 1 May 2010

    A well written and useful guide. It has answered most of my questions and it offers good advice on making the most of a visit to a city I have not been to before.

  • By Accy on 26 June 2010

    Have preferred Lonely Planet to Rough Guide for holiday trip use over last few years - but this one did not meet the standard. It was not as easy to use as the Rough Guide volume on Lisbon, and although supposedly more up to date, I relied on the Rough Guide for more reliable descriptions of attractions and how to get around - Visit in June 2010.

  • By Jessy on 6 May 2011

    This book hasn't got much information on it apart from some places for drinks and dine outs.The map is not good. It comes in good size but it doesn't cover as big as many parts. I would never associate this with a proper lonely planet book.

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