IREG-8 Conference

“University Rankings and International Academic Relations
A Bridging Tool or a Hindrance”


SATURDAY, 7 MAY (Optional tourist programme)

Half a day visit to Lisbon - Reservations should be made directly with Agência Abreu.
Full day visit to Sintra and Cascais - Reservations should be made directly with Agência Abreu.


Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus estuary where it broadens to enter the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city and its cultural, administrative, commercial and industrial hub. The name comes from “Olissipo”, which has its origins in the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo”, meaning “enchanting port”. Built on seven hills overlooking the Tagus river, Lisbon is a historic capital where 800 years of cultural influences mingle with modern trends and life styles creating spectacular contrasts.

The international press highlights Lisbon as a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, with a warm climate all year round, where visitors can enjoy the colorful streets, the yellow trams that run along the cobblestone floors and explore historic monuments and museums.

Lisbon also has a vibrant night life and a rich musical culture, of which we highlight Fado, urban popular song of Portugal that was recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011.


St. George’s Castle
Located in the historic Alfama district, this brooding Moorish castle dominates the city from its vantage point atop Lisbon’s highest hill.

St. George’s Castle
Address: St. George’s Castle
Tel.: +351 218 800 620
Bus: 737
Tram: E12, E28
09h00 – 21h00 (March - October)
09h00 – 18h00 (November - February)
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time

Sé Catedral (Lisbon Cathedral)
Address: Largo da Sé
Tel.: +351 218 876 628
Bus: 737
Tram: E12, E28
Schedule: 10h00 - 19h00 (Every day)

Bairro Alto

By day, this section of Lisbon is relatively quiet with children playing in the streets and people shopping. By night, it changes into a crowd of revelers crammed into the neighborhood’s narrow streets to go clubbing and bar hopping until wee hours.

Bus: 706, 727, 758, 773
Tram: E28

Santa Justa Elevator

This elevator is located inside a gothic tower, and provides quick and easy transport between Lisbon’s Baixa and Bairro Alto districts. It is 45m high and has a belvedere that offers a magnificent view over Lisbon.

Address: Rua do Ouro and Rua de Santa Justa
Tel.: +351 214 138 679
Bus: 711, 736, 737, 746, 759, 783
Tram: E12, E15, E28
Subway: Baixa/Chiado (Green and Blue Lines)
07h00 – 22h00 (October-May). Last entrance 21h45.
07h00 – 23h00 (June-September) and Easter. Last entrance 22h45.

Rua Augusta Arch

Address: Rua Augusta, 2
Tel.: +351 210 312 700
Schedule: 09h00 – 19h00

National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado
Address: Rua Serpa Pinto, 4
Tel.: +351 213 432 148
10h00 - 18h00 (Tuesday - Sunday). Last entrance 17h30.

Lisboa Story Center
Address: Praça do Comércio, 78
Tel.: +351 211 941 099
Schedule: 10h00 - 20h00. Last entrance 19h00.

Expo ‘98/ Parque das Nações


Legacy of 1998 Lisbon World Exposition under the Oceans theme. Visit the Oceanarium, the Lisbon Casino and the Pavillion of Knowledge Ciência Viva alongside with the Tagus River.

Bus: 400, 705, 708, 725, 728, 744, 750, 759, 781, 782, 794
Subway: Oriente (Red line)


Address: Esplanada D. Carlos I
Tel.: +351 218 917 000
10h00 - 20h00 (Summer time). Last entrance 19h00.
10h00 - 19h00 (Winter time). Last entrance 18h00.

Lisbon Casino

Address: Alameda dos Oceanos
Tel.: +351 218 929 000
15h00 - 03h00 (Sunday - Thursday)
16h00 - 04h00 (Friday, Saturday and holiday’s eves).

Pavillion of Knowledge Ciência Viva

Address: Alameda dos Oceanos
Tel.: +351 218 917 100
10h00 - 18h00 (Wednesday - Friday)
11h00 - 19h00 (weekends and holidays)
* Closed on Mondays.

Maritime Museum

Address: Praça do Império
Tel.: +351 213 620 019
10h00 – 17h00 (October - April).
10h00 – 18h00 (May - September).

National Archaeological Museum

Address: Praça do Império
Tel.: +351 213 620 000
10h00 – 18h00 (Tuesday - Sunday). Last entrance 17h45 at the main door. Some exhibits close from 12h00 to 14h00.

CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém

Address: Praça do Império
Tel.: +351 213 612 400
08h00 – 20h00 (business days)
10h00 – 18h00 (Weekends and holidays).

National Pantheon of Santa Engrácia

Built in 1681, Santa Engrácia Church is the National Pantheon, where the elevator inside whisks visitors to the top of the dome to enjoy a sweeping 360-degree panorama of the city below.

Address: Campo de Santa Clara
Tel.: +351 218 854 820
Bus: 712, 734
Tram: E28
Subway: Sta. Apolónia (Blue line)
10h00 – 18h00 (May - October). Last entrance 17h40.
10h00 – 17h00 (November - April). Last entrance 16h40.
* Closed on Mondays


Located between the Rossio and the Praça do Comércio, this section is a shopper’s Paradise with several pedestrian streets. Visit the Rua Augusta Arch and its belvedere. You can also find in this area the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado and Lisboa Story Centre. To know Portugal’s memory visit A vida Portuguesa shop, where you can turn back time and grab a classic Portuguese product as a gif. Enjoy an ice-cream at Santini or have a coffee with the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa at A Brasileira.

Bus: 711, 714, 728, 732, 735, 736, 759, 760, 781, 782, 794
Tram: E12, E15, E25, E28
Subway: Baixa/Chiado (Green and Blue lines)


Historic and monumental walking area, with a pleasant neighbourhood and calm surroundings.
One of the most imposing symbols of the city is here - the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, as well as the Tower of Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The first two are World Heritage sites. You can also visit the Maritime Museum, the National Archaelogical Museum and CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém, where you’ll find the Museum Coleção Berardo. You cannot visit the city without trying the famous Pastéis de Belém.

Bus: 714, 727, 728, 729, 751
Tram: E15
Train: Belém (Cascais line)

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Address: Praça do Império
Tel.: +351 213 620 034
10h00 –17h30 (October - April). Last entrance 17h00.
10h00–18h30 (May - September). Last entrance 18h00.

Tower of Belém

Address: Av. Brasília
Tel.: +351 213 620 034
10h00 – 17h30 (October - April). Last entrance 17h00.
10h00 – 18h30 (May - September). Last entrance 18h00.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Address: Av. Brasília
Tel.: +351 213 031 950
10h00 – 18h00 (October - February). Tuesday to Sunday. Last entrance 17h30.
10h00 – 19h00 (March - September). Every day except Mondays on March. Last entrance 18h30.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

The museum is home to the most important Portuguese public collection of art, as well as decorative arts from Europe, Africa and Far East, ranging between the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Contemporary Era.

Address: Rua das Janelas Verdes
Tel.: +351 213 912 800
Schedule: 14h00 – 18h00 (Tuesday)
10h00 – 18h00 (Wednesday - Sunday)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum

Calouste Gulbenkian is one of the most important foundations in Europe, whose headquarters in Lisbon house a museum, a Modern Art Centre and an Art Library. The foundation was bequeathed by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955), an Armenian collector who assembled more than 6000 pieces from all over the world and that are now in the museum.

Address: Av. de Berna, 45ª
Tel.: +351 217 823 000

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

09h00 – 13h00 and 14h30 – 17h30 (Monday - Friday)

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

10h00 – 18h00. (Tuesday - Sunday). Last entrance 17h30.




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