WHAT IS LISBON? (Taken from: http://www.golisbon.com/)
Once the launch pad for many of the voyages of discovery (notably Vasco da Gama‘s epic journey to India), Lisbon was the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). It is forever known as the city of the explorers, and you too will be filled with the spirit of discovery as you retrace the footsteps of Prince Henry the Navigator or Ferdinand Magellan.
Explore World Heritage architectural marvels, the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, with their intricate carvings showcasing all the glory and excitement of the age, and discover the treasures from the East and the West inside the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, or the acclaimed Design Museum and the fantastic Berardo Collection of contemporary art.
The city’s legendary seven hills will also seduce you into admiring characteristic mosaic pavements and dazzling tiled façades, and will reward you with strategically-placed miradouros or viewpoints offering breathtaking panoramas over the city after a ride on a charming old tram. You’ll find yourself wandering through colorful 18th century squares downtown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by an ancient castle. Follow that with a dive into the spectacular Oceanarium and spend your nights indulging in the city’s gastronomic delights, listening to the sounds of Fado, or bar-hopping through the cobbled alleys of the shabby-chic Bairro Alto district.
You’re sure to become mesmerized by Lisbon’s wonderful mix of the old-fashioned and the hip; of the historic and the modern, but you’ll also want to go outside the city to the fairytale town of Sintra and to the cosmopolitan shores of Cascais and Estoril. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll find all you need to know here. We present you a variety of restaurants, cafés, and shops, and introduce you to the best of Lisbon’s bars, clubs, and much more.
Wondering where to stay? Take a look at our various choices of Lisbon hotels and other accommodation, and take the first step in planning your trip by booking with us! And to start planning your sightseeing, take a look at our Best of Lisbon page for some ideas on what you can not miss in this alluring city. Bem vindo a Lisboa!
10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Lisbon
- CULTURE: It’s one of the world’s great historical cities, with characteristic and surprising sights, cultural treasures, and a beautiful setting that make it a paradise for walkers and photographers.
- VALUE: It’s one of Europe’s best values – officially Western Europe’s least expensive capital.
- LOCATION: It’s the closest European capital to the United States and just around a 2-hour flight from all the other major European cities.
- CLIMATE: Its mild climate makes it an ideal year-round destination. Even in winter, when most other European cities are freezing, in Lisbon high temperatures rarely go below 10C (50F).
- RESORT: It is the only European capital located so close to sandy beaches, enabling visitors to combine culture with fun by the sea.
- SIZE: It’s a compact and intimate city, ideal for a short city break or a longer romantic stay, with a lively café culture and anightlife that is one of the most vibrant in Europe.
- VARIETY: Its surroundings offer an incredible variety of tourist attractions, from fairytale palaces in one of Europe’s most romantic towns (Sintra), to world-class golf and fun in Europe’s largest casino in Estoril, to surfing in Cascais or escaping to a natural park in Arrábida, to dolphin-watching in Setúbal.
- GATEWAY: It makes a perfect base to explore many ofPortugal‘s most outstanding towns and villages, from Evora toObidos.
- SAFETY: It’s one of the safest European capitals. Tourists are always automatic targets in all big cities and visitors should beware of pickpocketing in Lisbon, but serious random violentcrime is practically unheard of in this city.
- WELCOMING: It’s a friendly city with a cosmopolitan population, welcoming to all visitors and families with children, and open to minorities and alternative lifestyles.
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