Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. The Centre of Lisbon is the most historic part of the city and is built on 7 hills, at the mouth of the largest Iberian River, the Tagus. The old city is the most picturesque part of Lisbon, with narrow serpentine streets, features very sharply, crossing picturesque neighborhoods and not allowed to motor cars. Lisbon is the third most important financial centre of the Iberian Peninsula. This is a city that combines charm, Mediterranean breeze, with a cosmopolitan vibrancy and simultaneously an old-fashioned air. It has centuries of history, historical attractions, magnificent mosaic pavements, night life and a culture that gives the name "Princess of the ocean".

Attractions

Belem Tower: Τhe tower was built around 1516 with the purpose to protect and fortify the city and it is a historic monument-symbol of the era of great Explorations. Initially it was a symbol of sovereignty for the King Joao II, later converted into a lighthouse, customs and prison policy. The Tower resembles a medieval castle and has a square shape, a polygonal bastion with embrasures to reach almost to the sea, Royal apartments, Chapel and Chamber hearings. Feature is the statue of the Madonna with a child, in the 18th century and the Governor's room with vaulted Dungeon. Going up to the Castle you will enjoy a unique view of the city. The monument has been declared world heritage sites by UNESCO.

De Santa Justa Elevator is a lift created in 1902 to link closely the Baixa with Carmo square. The lift reaches 32 meters, has 2 cabins and on the rooftop of the works a small café, with stunning views.

Monastery of Ieronymiton: The church stands along with other monuments in the area, the Great age of discovery and is a World Heritage Monument. The construction began in 1501 and completed a century later. The monastery rumored stayed for one last night, the Vasco da Gama, before starting the long journey toward India. There you will see the tomb of Explorer, King Manuel I, and other eminent Portuguese.

The two bridges and the monument of Christ: The Red 25 de Abril bridge and the bridge Vasco da Gama cross the river Tagus and joining regions Sacavem and Alcochete. It is the longest suspension bridge in Europe and the most important bridge for city traffic. Next to the bridge of 25 April, stands the monument of Christ the King, where the base of a gateway, while atop the statue of Christ.

Museum of Carriages: Museum is unique of its kind and is located in the old Royal Equestrian Club of Belem Palace. Has an excellent collection of Royal carriages, dated to the 17th century and presents both an artistic side, and the story of the evolution of their manufacturing.

Moving

To meet the Lisbon must walk the streets to get a good taste of the city. A hallmark of the city are the old-fashioned yellow tram. The city has organized a network of buses, subways, but does not cover all areas and taxis, whose prices range within reasonable limits.

Hotel

Lisbon offers a wide range of hotels for a comfortable and pleasant stay. Most luxury hotels located in the area of Baixa. Cheaper options for your stay you will find in the area of Avenida da Liberdade and Lapa. The ideal point is considered the area of Brera, located close to the Centre and the shops.

Fun

The upper town of Lisbon is characterized by sinuous streets of uphill, the intense charm of his artistic side. Here beats the heart of nightlife. The oldest area of the city, is the historic district of Alfama, which remains unaltered in time. You will encounter several restored homes and shops, restaurants and bars, playing typical Portuguese music Fado. For something more alternative, visit the industrial side of Docas Alcantara, with countless cafés, bars and clubs. Finally do not forget to pass by the Oceanario, the aquarium with the huge marine wealth and the botanical gardens, forming an urban oasis.

Traditional flavors

In the morning you will drink your coffee, with rich cream, accompanied by delicious sweets, such as small tartlets with custard filling sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Special taste and pudim, which is something like caramel cream and the sweet bread with honey, massa sovada. Lisbon cuisine features plenty of fish, cod, grilled sardines, olives, herbs, seafood and tapas. Local specialties are considered special soups, such as soup with cabbage caldo verdo, bread soup with garlic and sopa de alho and smoked sausages chouricos. Small town on the coast of Cascais will discover thousands of culinary delights in the restaurants of the area.

Shopping Guide

In Lisbon you can find beautiful and very affordable things, such as the well-known particularly tiles in many designs, antiques, lace, needlework, quality towels and very good wines. For more visit the shopping district Chiado and mainly the street Rua Garrett and the Vasco da Gama Department Store Shopping Mall. For something more alternative and for memorabilia gifts, please contact area of Bairro Alto.

 

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