Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. It is mainland Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. Lisbon is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast. Lisbon wheelchair access is good, but does not extend to many historic buildings. The traveller must understand this city is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris, and Rome by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Today, Lisbon wheelchair access travel opportunities make this city a must see. Lisbon disability access is of a high standard, allowing people with a disability to enjoy the history and rich culture of this modern cosmopolitan world city.
Attractions and Opportunities
The old-style trams, running through the city are unfortunately not accessible by wheelchair (and would also prove difficult for anyone not fully mobile). However, the newer trams are accessible from most stops, so you can still tick that item off of your to-do-list. make sure you check beforehand to make sure your required stop is accessible.
The Lisbon Metro goes to the airport via the red line, and is the most cost and time effective option. Furthermore, most metro stops are wheelchair accessible and – not to be underestimated – remarkably clean. It runs on four different lines, and all stations, with only a few exceptions, are open until 1am the next morning.
TIP: To save a bit of money, buy a combination pass for the bus and metro for the number of days you require.