Lisbon Race Village is now CLOSED
For more information, visit the Lisbon stopover website: www.volvooceanracelisbon.com.
Lisbon Race Village will be open from May 31 - June 10, 2012
The Race Village is located at:
Doca de Pedrouços
See the location here.
Lisbon Race Weekend
- Friday June 8, 1200 local (1100 UTC) - Pro-Am Race
- Saturday June 9, 1300 local (1200 UTC) - Oeiras In-Port Race
- Sunday June 10, 1300 local (1200 UTC) - Leg 8 start to Lorient
- Thursday May 31 - Race Village officially opens
- Thursday May 31-June 1 - Leg 7 arrivals
- Thursday May 31 - June 10 - Academy Try Sailing
- Friday June 1 - Academy Team Racing Clinic
- Saturday June 2-3 - Academy Team Racing
- Saturday June 2 - Keep the Ocean's Clean, Beach Clean
- Sunday June 3-9 - Skeleton Sea, Art Workshop
- Thursday June 7 - Leg 7 prize giving
- Friday June 8 - Pro-Am Race
- Saturday June 9 - Oeiras In-Port Race
- Sunday June 10 - Leg 8 start to Lorient
Find out more about the Volvo Ocean Race Academy and Keep the Oceans Clean.
Lisbon is a city of light. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the Tagus River transform the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colours, which highlight the city's unique architecture and natural beauty.
There are so many things to see and do in Lisbon that all visitors will have access to a wide array of different experiences.
As we walk through Lisbon, a city with a history that spans thousands of years, we find streets filled with heritage, monuments and traditional neighbourhoods where the city first developed and can still be experienced at its most genuine level.
Visit Lisbon of the Tagus River, whose riverfront is dedicated to leisure activities and links the cultural and historic zone of Belém with the modern area of the Parque das Nações.
Lisbon also has extensive beaches ideal for sunbathing or water sports, fields used to breed horses and bulls, monuments classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites and picturesque rural landscapes.
The World Heritage site of Sintra is one of Portugal’s most luxurious and romantic towns and has served as a great source of inspiration for poets and writers.
It is more than appropriate that the Volvo Ocean Race fleet should sail into Lisbon in 2012. After all, this is the city from where Vasco da Gama began his jaunt to India in 1497 and a city that would later become the European hub of commerce between Africa, India, the Far East and Brazil, trading everything from spices to art.
The city has a long sailing history, while Cascais, some 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, has hosted some of the world’s largest sailing regattas and was also where the Pirates of the Caribbean entry in the 2005-06 race docked for emergency repairs after breaking down on the first night out of Vigo.
Visit the Lisbon stopover site at: www.volvooceanracelisbon.com
Alfama with Tram no. 28
The vintage tram number 28 is the best way to enjoy the city centre in comfort. The tour starts from the Praça do Comércio stop and climbs up the steep slope through the oldest part of Lisbon, the Alfama district before reaching the royal residence, ‘Castelo de São Jorge’. Other points of interest are the Sé de Lisboa and the Miradouro de Santa Lúzia. In the evening, don’t miss a Fado show and a glass of Port.
When you arrive in Belém from the city centre, you’ll be fascinated by the structure of the Mosteiros do Jerónimos. Built at the end of the 15th century it the place from which Vasco da Gama left for a famous mission to the Indies. From there, visitors will also see the 'Padrão dos Descobrimentos' and the 'Belém Tower', another World Heritage site.
Enjoy a stroll through the elegant streets of the Baixa, which was entirely reconstructed by the Marquês de Pombal after the earthquake of 1755. Two of the most beautiful squares of the capital, Praça do Rossio and Praça da Figueira, are surrounded by some of the most elegant shops in the city, from Rua Augusta to Praça do Comércio. If you want a panoramic view of the city, the Santa Justa elevator takes you directly to the Convento do Carmo, an ancient church all but destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, and the remaining walls are now a museum.
Parque Das Nações
Designed and built for the International Expo Fair of 1998, the district rises along the Tagus River, east of the city centre. Its monumental architecture, along with the many activities and events on offer, make this part of the city a great place to enjoy a pleasant afternoon, stroll through markets, past bars and along paths, visit the huge Oceanário aquarium and treat yourself to a panoramic cable trip across the Tagus.
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Arriving in Lisbon by road is a pleasant experience, as the visitor can enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way. The city has good road accesses and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway. the '25th April' and 'Vasco da Gama' bridges, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisbon region.
Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisbon every day. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city has the Gare do Oriente, adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or underground connections to the city centre.
Lisbon International Airport, 7 km from the city centre, has daily flights to and from the major cities in Europe and the world. The Portuguese airlines TAP and SATA Azores, as well as major international airlines, fly to and from Lisbon.