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ENS 2011: Lisbon, Portugal · 28 – 31 May 2011

Useful Information about Lisbon

City of Lisbon

Lisbon is a fascinating city, built on 7 hills overlooking the River Tagus. It is a centre of tourism and culture with over 20 centuries of history. The charm of Lisbon emanates from its strong links to the past, reflected in magnificent churches, impressive castles and palaces. Diverse neighbourhoods with decorative facades and narrow medieval streets and its people, who by long-standing tradition, offer visitors a warm welcome, distinguish this capital uniquely from other European capitals. A mix of the old and new, Lisbon is overflowing with events, music, museums, and sights that display this diversity. Lisbon is also known as the “White City”, thanks to the special luminosity which emanates from its streets and buildings, transforming it into a sunshine mirror of a thousand colours.

For further information on Lisbon, please visit the following websites:
www.visitlisboa.com and www.golisbon.com.

Climate

Lisbon has a Mediterranean climate that is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream, giving it one of the mildest climates in Europe. Summer starts in May and the weather during this period is therefore already pleasantly warm but the evenings of Lisbon can get chilly. Average temperatures: 18 – 23°C. Light clothing is suitable with somewhat warmer clothing for the evening.

Currency

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. However, it is also recommended that visitors carry small amounts of cash at all times. Traveller’s cheques and currency can be changed at hotels or at a bank – banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 15:00. Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.

Electricity

European type 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles are used. Three-phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting and exhibition rooms.

Insurance

The meeting organiser cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property, either during, or as a result of the meeting. Please check the validity of your own insurance.

Language

The official language of the Meeting is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided. The national language of Portugal is Portuguese, although English and Spanish are widely spoken.

Restaurants

The Portuguese are proud of their gastronomy. They appreciate eating and drinking well. Staple foods in the Portuguese diet include fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits. Pork, goat, partridge, quail and rabbit are typical meats in Portugal. Famous specialties are sardinhas assadas (charcoal-grilled sardines), pastéis de bacalhau (cod fishcakes) and caldo verde (a soup of cabbage and potatoes). Codfish is prepared in many ways, and it is usually served as the most typical Portuguese dish. Due to the city’s proximity to the sea, the local gastronomy includes delicious fish and shellfish dishes. At restaurants, waiters will bring out bread, butter, maybe some cheeses and other little things. What you eat you pay: if you do not touch it, they should not charge. Breakfast is normally served between 07.30 and 10.00, lunch from 12.30 to 15.00, and dinner from 19.30 to 22.00.

Shopping

The commercial centre in Lisbon is called “Baixa” and here shops are open from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 (working days). On Saturdays, most of the shops close at 13.00. Fine leather goods, lead crystal ware, porcelain, vintage wines, gold and silver filigree, pottery and specialist textiles are considered excellent buys in Portugal.

Tax / Tipping

Tipping is optional, but normally 10% is customary in taxis, restaurants and bars.

Time zone

Mainland Portugal is 1 hour behind Central European Standard Time [CET].

Venue

The 21st Meeting of the European Neurological Society will take place at the Lisboa Convention Centre, situated in Praça das Indústrias. Overlooking the Tagus River, in a prestigious area of the city (in Junqueira/Belém historical quarter), the Meeting venue is about 20 minutes from Lisboa International Airport and 10 minutes from the main hotels in the city. The access is easy either by tram or by bus from the city centre.

Lisboa Convention Centre
Praça das Industrias
1300-307 Lisbon / Portugal
www.lisboacc.pt

Visa requirements

A valid passport (or identity card for EU nationals) is required.
Visas are not necessary for citizens of EU countries. Please contact your local Portuguese Embassy, Consulate or your Travel Agency for further information. Participants who need a visa to travel to Portugal are strongly advised to make their application in their home country at least three months before the intended date of travel.
Further information: www.theschengenoffice.com/portugal_tourist_visa.html