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Streetwise Lisbon Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Lisbon, Portugal - Folding pocket size travel map with surface tram lines & metro stations Map – Folded Map, December 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Streetwise Maps; Revised 2007 edition (December 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886705453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886705456
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

'Don't leave home without STREETWISE.' --The New York Times

'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine

'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald

About the Author

STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We’ve set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you’ve never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.

The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970’s, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.

After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.

He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.

More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.

Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.

Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.

Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn’t match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we’ve done the work, now you have the adventure.

In the end, it’s not about the map, it’s about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It’s about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.

Customer Reviews

Easy to read and very compact.
Jmac
The laminated map folds easily and shows most of the streets and neighborhoods of Lisbon.
david marty
I recently used one in Barcelona and it was indispensable!
Casinobill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Hinman on January 3, 2007
Format: Map
Excellent map, provided one does not travel too far from the center of town. The clarity is very high. I visited friends in Lisbon who said that there was no possibility that I would find their tiny traverso, yet it was clearly shown on the map. It would have been nice to stretch the map as far as the airport, but to do so would either sacrifice scale where it was needed, or make the map larger than the perfect size in which it is produced.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacTavish on December 29, 2007
Format: Map
This "map" is actually made up of six (6) maps: One of Portugal; one of the "Lisbon Region"; one of the "Lisbon Area"; one of "Central Lisbon"; one of "Central Lisbon North"; and one of the Belem section of the city. The maps of the city are very detailed with, from what I can see, only the names of some small streets in the Alfama section being left out.

Folded up, the map is 8.5" X 4". It folds out like an accordion to 8.5" X 32" with maps on both sides.

The Index lists hotels, museums, parks/plazas, "places of interest", and shopping, but the "Street Index" lists "only" about 110 streets. Instead of the map of Portugal, they might have made better use of the space to have a more extensive street index, or maybe a more detailed map of Alfama. Also, although subway stops are identified on the Lisbon maps, they might have included a small subway map.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Corson on June 22, 2011
Format: Map Verified Purchase
Driving/walking in Lisbon can be difficult due to the lack of consistent signage. This map shows the one and two way streets.......very helpful!

Without this map, not sure we would have mae it to a number of places.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casinobill on April 24, 2009
Format: Map Verified Purchase
I first used one of these maps on a trip to London and I would never travel without one!!! I reused the same map two years later to see sites I missed on the first trip. I recently used one in Barcelona and it was indispensable!

I have used one of these in Jerusalem, a very complex city, and it was a fantastic help! I have just purchased Madrid and Lisbon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann M Ranalli on June 14, 2014
Format: Map Verified Purchase
This map was not helpful when navigating Lisbon both walking and driving. The maps the hotels provide are much easier to read. When driving into our hotel in central Lisbon, the maps I pulled off of google maps were way more helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJL on April 10, 2010
Format: Map Verified Purchase
This is very sturdy and easy to handle when walking about the sites of Lisbon. Much more convenient than maps in guide books. Index could be larger and include the major bus station.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By azvoco on April 7, 2008
Format: Map Verified Purchase
There are no better travel maps to the great world cities than these laminated City Maps. Last forever, fit in the coat pocket and easy to read. Worth every penny.
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This is a nice compact durable map that fits conveniently into a large pocket. In theory it is the perfect companion to touring Lisbon by foot, tram and subway. Given that this is exactly how I used it, I have to report that the 2012 edition turned up to be deficient in two remarkable instances which (for me at least) calls its overall reliability into question. First, the 2012 edition doesn't show the Red Line subway going to the airport. At first blush, this is understandable since the airport subway station only opened in July 2012. However, the map includes a legend for subway lines under construction (a broken red line) but doesn't even show that the line to airport was under construction. Given that subway construction is measured in years and not months, this is a pretty big omission. Second, on the blow-up map the red line between Alameda and Sao Sebastio is simply omitted (while on the less detailed map this section of the line is shown). Lisbon isn't Tokyo-- there are only four subway lines in Lisbon and these sorts of omissions can only be attributed to careless and sloppy editing. Not a good sign at all.
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