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Health Dangers in Lisbon and Other Warnings and Dangers

Warnings and Dangers in Lisbon Health Dangers

Strange Decorations

You might be careful of the curiously placed building decorations. Although amusing, the ornaments might have questionable stability- like the front end of a car perched above a doorway at Rua da Lareto 41 and in Rotterdam.

Prostitution by Praca Figueiria and Martim Moniz

Be aware that prostitution is legal in Portugal. Between Praca de Figueria and Martim Moniz is a common area for anatomical sales, about 5 minutes from the main square. The prostitutes are there for work and generally aren’t much trouble, but women may receive unwanted attention.

Wear Smart Shoes

Take care of your feet on your visit. Lisbon’s picturesque sidewalks have been well-worn through years of foot traffic. Steep hills offer little traction and rain makes the walkways very slippery. The mosaic stones in the streets are loose and uneven, leaving holes and tripping hazards. Wear sturdy, comfortable, close-toed shoes. Rubber soled shoes will help grip slick sidewalks.

Be Prepared for a Hike

Lisbon is situated on hilly terrain so be prepared for elevation changes. Wear comfortable walking shoes and grab a ride on the mountain trams when you can. Take your time and enjoy the city or you’ll wear yourself out. Only the Lisbon coast offers a reprieve from the slopes.

Tips for Exploring Castles

Don’t rush while exploring the beautiful castles or else you could slip on the steep, bumpy stairs. There’s no hand railing to grab if you trip. The narrow, bumpy passageways also warrant caution. Wear comfy shoes to prevent soreness later, as flimsy footwear might not offer as much protection from the rough floors.


Although it’s easy to get carried away by the beauty of the city, don’t underestimate the power of the sun’s rays. Be prepared for intense sun exposure and remember to re-apply sunscreen about every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating, according to the directions on the bottle. Sunburns can be especially prevalent during the summer, or the hottest part of the day from noon to 5:00pm. Pay special attention to children and babies.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Lisbon.

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