The history of earthquakes in Lisbon.

Lisbon has a long and rich history of earthquakes. The city has been struck by several major earthquakes throughout its history, which have profoundly impacted the city and its people. The first recorded earthquake in Lisbon occurred in 1256, but the most significant earthquake in the city’s history was the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.

The big earthquake of 1755.

This earthquake, which struck on November 1st, 1755, had an estimated magnitude of between 8.7 and 9.0 on the Richter scale and was followed by a tsunami and fires that lasted for several days. The disaster killed tens of thousands of people and devastated the city, leading to the complete rebuilding of Lisbon.

The earthquake was so strong that it was felt as far away as Morocco and the Azores. The shockwaves caused buildings to collapse, including many of Lisbon’s famous landmarks, such as the Carmo Convent and the Royal Palace.

The aftermath of the disaster was chaotic, with survivors struggling to find food and shelter. The Portuguese royal family and many wealthy citizens fled the city, leaving behind the poor to fend for themselves. The fires that erupted in the aftermath of the earthquake worsened the situation, destroying what remained of the city’s buildings and forcing people to live in makeshift shelters.

The Great Lisbon Earthquake profoundly impacted Portugal and the rest of Europe. It led to a reassessment of the city’s urban planning and the rebuilding of Lisbon in a more orderly and organized manner. The earthquake also profoundly impacted the Portuguese economy, as the destruction of the city’s commercial district and port made it difficult for merchants to do business.

However, despite the destruction and loss of life, the Great Lisbon earthquake also positively impacted the city. It led to the creation of new public spaces, such as the Praça do Comércio, and the rebuilding of many buildings in a more modern style, incorporating elements of Baroque and Rococo architecture.

Other earthquakes in Lisbon.

The 1755 earthquake was not the only significant earthquake to hit Lisbon in the following centuries. In 1858, an earthquake struck the city, causing significant damage and killing several people. In 1969, another earthquake struck Lisbon, causing significant damage to buildings and killing several people.

Despite the destruction caused by earthquakes, Lisbon has continued to rebuild and recover from each disaster. The city has implemented strict building codes and earthquake-resistant construction techniques to prevent damage and loss of life in the event of future earthquakes. The city has also developed an early warning system and evacuation plan to ensure the safety of its residents in the event of a future earthquake.

Despite the challenges posed by earthquakes, Lisbon continues to thrive as a city. Its rich history and cultural heritage, combined with its stunning architecture and vibrant cultural scene, make it a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world.

Safe and secure airport transfer in Lisbon!

Are you looking for a taxi-service in Lisbon with set prices? Are you worried about drivers making you pay to much, adding extra-fees to the service, and even driving long ways, in order to make more money on the ride?

You are not alone, Lisa also worries. Get to know Lisa in the little short-movie beneath (1 minute).

If you are convinced, just like Lisa, read more about our airport transfer services in Lisbon and the prices for the service here.

The perfect way to arrive in Lisbon

What would be the most time-saving and a perfect way to arrive in Lisbon? Having a driver to meet you at the airport must be one of the most important things when describing a perfect arrival.

When you come to Lisbon for the first time, you might be both nervous and excited. The first thing you worry about is your luggage. Has it arrived, or did the flight company manage to send it somewhere else? Is your luggage in one piece?

Perfect way to arrive Lisbon

When you have arrived, your luggage has arrived (hopefully in one piece), you want to leave the airport as soon as possible and get to the city center. But, how is that done? Maybe you have read about the metro system, or about the taxi drivers taking long roads and making you pay too much money? It is easy to worry before you grab a cab at the airport, and if you decide to use the public transportation system, you might worry about pick-pockets and all the luggage you carry around. So, what is the perfect way to arrive in Lisbon?

Let our driver take you to your Lisbon hotel for a set price

The topic says it all! Let us arrange with a driver to pick you up at Lisbon Airport. For a fixed price (which you know beforehand) our driver will wait for you in the arrival hall with a sign with your name on. Once you have met your driver, you walk directly to the car, and a few minutes later you are on the fastest possible way towards your hotel in Lisbon. Doesn’t that sound convenient?

There are no worries if you decide to use our services, and not only is it convenient, it is also cheaper than most other similar taxi services in Lisbon. Check out more about our airport transfers in Lisbon and book your transfer right away.

What to do when it is too hot in Lisbon?

It can get extremely hot in Lisbon in the summer, and on such days, you just want to find shadow and get a cold drink. But, what else should one do on such a hot summer day in Lisbon?

There are quite a lot of programs suitable for people in Lisbon, even on the warmest summer day. In this article, we will try to write about such programs, which for sure will help you out during the warmest hours of the day. To get to the different places you can use public transportation, but you will most likely have to get some sun on your body as you enter buildings. Some sun will not harm anyone, as long as shadow and air condition is just around the corner.

Popular Lisbon programs on a warm summer day

Go shopping

On a warm summer day, it can feel refreshing (even for men) to visit a shopping mall. At the metro station Oriente you will, for example, find the Vasco da Gama shopping mall, a fresh haven for everyone when the temperatures are at the highest. There are even restaurants in the mall where you can sit down and sip some cold refreshments or grab a bite of food.

Shopping LIsbon

You could of course walk in Rua Augusta, the main shopping street of Lisbon as well. That is however not the most pleasant experience in the middle of the day when it’s crowded and its very warm.

Visit the oceanarium

Lisbon has a magnificent oceanarium, and it is located just next to the Vasco da Gama shopping mall by the Oriente metro station. You can read more about the aquarium here in our Lisbon Guide, but we promise you that this is a relaxing place and a perfect place to visit for both young and old.

Find a restaurant with air condition

During the warmest hours of the day in Lisbon, why not find a restaurant with air condition and sit down for 2-3 hours. Eat yourself through the menu, taste some local drinks and have a very relaxed lunch. You do not have to feel bad about eating for so much time, after all you are actually discovering Lisbon and its kitchen culture, so a perfect program.

Visit Sintra

Sintra is well known for its beauty, and it might be the most popular destination to visit outside Lisbon. The city is on the World Heritage list, and here you can walk around historical buildings in the city center. You should also climb the hilltops to visit a Moor castle, a Monserrate Estate and of course the Pena National Palace.

Sintra is known to be a city that feels cooler than Lisbon, so even on the warmest day, Sintra feels fresher and better than Lisbon.

Vist Sintra
The beautiful city of Sintra – By Petr Podrouzek / Shutterstock

To get to Sintra you can, for example, use a train leaving from the Entrecampos or the Sete Rios station in Lisbon. Both these railway stations have their own metro stations, meaning that you can easily get to them no matter where you live in Lisbon.

Visit a beach

If you want to relax on a beach, then there are plenty of options while in Lisbon. Lots of people travel to Estoril or Cascais for this purpose, and two of the most famous beaches are Praia de Carcavelos and Praia Sao Pedro. You can easily to get these places using the railway system in Portugal. Be aware of the fact that these beaches can get quite crowded during the summer, but it is well worth the trip.

Expo 98

In 1998 Lisbon hosted a so-called Lisbon World Exposition, and for that reason, a giant area was used and created. On the last day of the event, more than 300,000 people visited the area. Since then the area has been transformed. Today is called the Nations Park (Parque das Nações). This area is located by the Oriente stop, and what is now today the Oceanarium and the Vasca da Gama shopping mall was once created for the purpose of the World Expo in 1998. In addition, you can find in the area an International Exhibition Fair, the MEO Arena (the most popular concert venue in town), a science museum named (Knowledge Pavilion) and a big casino.

Go to the Zoo

Even if the sun is shining, you might find a visit to the Zoo refreshing. You will find more locations with shadow in the zoo, and in this peaceful environment, you can see beautiful dolphin shows, sea lions, pelicans and many other animals.  You can read more about Lisbon Zoo right here.

Zoo of Lisbon
Visit the Zoo

Get straight to your hotel from the airport

If you arrive to Lisbon on a warm summer day, it can be a nightmare to get to your hotel using public transportation. Why not have a private taxi waiting for you in the arrival hall, which will take you straight to your air-conditioned hotel? Read more about such a service right here.

Are you ready for a warm summer day in Lisbon?

These were some advises from us to you, hoping that you will enjoy Lisbon, even though the temperatures are high. If you have further advises or maybe a question, use the comment field beneath.

Need a private airport transfer in Lisbon with set prices? We can help!

One of the services we have been longing the most to offer at our website has been private airport transfers. We have received Facebook messages from visitors looking for such services, but finally we can tell them that we can help them with that ourselves.

Earlier today we launched our private airport transfers in Lisbon website. There you can see prices and order your airport transfer in Lisbon right away. That is a very convenient and safe way to get from the airport to your Lisbon hotel, and we can warmly recommend it to anyone arriving.

As you might know, there are lots of strange taxis in Lisbon, and for that reason there are different prices people pay for the taxis at Lisbon Airport. Why worry about such, when you can book a transfer with a set rate instead?

Lisbon transfer

Would you like to give it a try? You can read more about the private Lisbon airport transfers right here, and you can also place your booking there right away.

One more thing that was launched today was the Rome private airport transfer service at well. You can read more about this service at

Hotels with free Wi-Fi near Rua Augusta in Lisbon

Are you looking for a central hotel in Lisbon near Rua Augusta (or in Rua Augusta) with a free Wi-Fi connection available? Here are our suggestions!

The best when you come to do sightseeing in a city is to live in the heart of the city. That is why you might want to find and book a hotel near Rua Augusta when you come to Lisbon. This is the street that for many is considered the heart of the city, binding together the popular old town with the popular shopping streets, and here you can also find beautiful attractions and easily walk towards the Tagus river. Could it become any better than that?

Here we will give you a list of some very nice hotels in the vicinity of Rua Augusta with free Wi-Fi. They will thus be a perfect hub for those on a business trip to Lisbon, but also for those simply visiting the city to relax and for leisure for a few days. If you have further comments, experiences or suggestions, please use the comment field beneath.

  • Be aware of the fact that it is important to be careful as you use open Wi-Fi networks around the world, especially when they are without password protection. You can read more about that in the IP Address Guide.

Do not forget to book a hotel with free Wi-Fi as you visit the beautiful city of Lisbon – Photo by: cmccg / Shutterstock

Hotel with free Wi-Fi near Rua Augusta in Lisbon

Hotel Avenida Palace

If you want to combine luxury and free Wi-Fi, then this is just the best of the best in central Lisbon. This hotel has five stars, it has free Wi-Fi. The hotel is located about 4 minutes walk from Rua Augusta, but this walk is done in a beautiful environment so you will not regret that walk.

Pousada de Lisboa

Would you like to live in a hotel that will give you a view towards the Tagus river, but if you turn around 180 degrees you will watch towards Rua Augusta instead? At Pousada de Lisboa you will be able to do both as it is located at the beautiful Commercial square (Praca do Comercio) in Lisbon. And since this article is about central hotels in Lisbon with free Wi-Fi that is of course true for this hotel as well!


Hotel Santa Justa

Want to live in the middle of the shopping street, near the Santa Justa elevator and close to everything, even to the nearest metro station? Hotel Santa Justa might be just what you are looking for. This four star hotel has mostly everything you need, including free Wi-Fi connection available. The hotel is probably a bit cheaper than the five star hotels, but still not the cheapest.

Rossio Garden Hotel

Want to live central in the heart of Lisbon near Rua Augusta, but still not in the most expensive hotel? If that is you then you could consider the three star hotel Rossio Garden Hotel. It is about 5 minutes walking distance from Rua Augusta and the hotel has dedicated family rooms, airport transfer service and of course free Wi-Fi.

Holiday Inn Express Lisboa – Av. Liberdade

We have already listed four hotels in this list presenting hotels with free Wi-Fi in the center of Lisbon, but why not write about one more? This is yet another three star hotel which is in a nice walking distance from Rua Augusta. As you discover from the name it is very close to the Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon, one of the most important commercial streets in town. It is full of shopping opportunities, and at the same time it leads you to the city center. In this three star hotel you will of course get free Wi-Fi and several other nice services.

Have you found this list presenting central hotels in Lisbon with free Wi-Fi useful? We hope you have. As you do your booking we still recommend that you check the free Wi-Fi option. Hopefully the hotels have not changed their policies, but you better stay on the safe side and check it out, just to be sure!



Our Lisbon Guide is almost finished!

We have the last days worked quite a lot on our Lisbon Guide and the result is that by now it is almost finished. That does not mean that we will not updated it anymore, but when it comes to the basic articles that we wanted to be present in such a Lisbon Guide, we are almost there.

Recently we have published articles about restaurants, hotels and also important subjects such as taxies and airport transfers in Lisbon. Read around here in our Lisbon Guide for more information!

Netflix is finally here

This might not have so much to do with tourism, but maybe it has, because there are after all tons of tourists coming to Lisbon who would like to enjoy a good film on Netflix in between visiting all the beauties the city has to offer.

And as of October 21st Netflix is available in Portugal as well, meaning that you can enjoy all your favorite TV series on Netflix, also in Lisbon and in Portugal! You should be aware of the fact that there are different films and programs available in Netflix in the different nations, so if you are an Irishman coming to Portugal you should know that not all films and programs available in Ireland on Netflix can be found on Netflix once in Portugal. So, you will have to enjoy only the programs available on Netflix in Portugal, and that means you will not have any English subtitles either. You can of course fix this using the instructions given in the following article, but in general the message is that there are different programs available in all the different Netflix regions.

If you live in Portugal and want to watch UK television like Sky Sports or maybe just simply Netflix in England, then you can get yourself an English IP address for this purpose, and more information on this can be found on, which first of all gives you instructions on how to watch Sky Sports and Sky TV in Portugal, but using the same method you can also watch English Netflix in Portugal.

With the winter approaching in Portugal Netflix will be a nice gift, so start watching all those TV series available, and by summer in 2016 you will be finished and then you can get ready for enjoying the Euro 2016 for which Portugal qualified themselves last week!


Welcome to the Lisbon Guide

We are just in the making of our brand new Lisbon Guide, and as you come back to our Lisbon Guide in the coming days and weeks you will see a lot of improvements and new articles being published.

We have already written about some attractions, but in a few hours only there will be way more content here, so keep up with the tempo and read about all the interesting and fabulous stuff Lisbon has to offer!

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