Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal with 552,700 inhabitants within its administrative boundaries covering an area of 100,05 km². Its urban area exceeds the administrative boundary of the city with a population of about 2.7 million people, the 11th most populated urban area in the European Union. Approximately 2.8 million people live in the Lisbon metropolitan area, accounting for approximately 27% of the country's population. (Wikipedia Info).
The geography of Lisbon can be confusing, it is a very hilly city (7 hills). Lisbon is a legendary city with more than 20 centuries of history and the capital of Portugal since its approval of the Moors in 1147,
Alfama Quarter is one of the oldest in Lisbon because it survived the earthquake, the area still looks a lot of its original layout. Next to Alfama are the old neighborhoods of Castelo and Mouraria, the western and northern slopes of the hill, which is crowned St. Louis. Louis. George Castle.
To the west of Praça to Comercio are Bairro Alto and Madragoa with their typical streets, and to the west end of Belém with Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Cultural Center.
In Lisbon, you can experience the spring temperatures during the winter and the cool summer refreshed by the wind blowing out of the Atlantic.
The Great Square near the Praça do Comercio River is Baixa Pombalina, which stretches from Rossia (Praça Dom Pedro IV). Baixa is a district of the city that was first rebuilt after a massive earthquake (1755) that destroyed the area. Spreading along the Tagus River, the Lisbon center dates back to the 18th century (Rossio). Rossio is full of shops of all kinds and is packed by shoppers throughout the day. It's great fun and a great place to find clothes and souvenirs. There are some great wine shops, try Napoleao in Rua dos Fanqueiros 70 where you can buy almost any bottle.
Every June, the streets of all three quarters are celebrated in honor of the popular Saint Anthony. The neighborhood of Graça and the churches of São Vicente de Fora and Santa Engrácia are within walking distance. The blue sky and sunshine illuminate the city most of the year. Lisbon is a typical facade of tile buildings with every color and narrow medieval streets where fado can be heard, which is sung at night.
Lisbon is also a scene for modern art, summer music festivals, excellent shopping and exciting nightlife.
Lisbon Museums to visit:
National Museum of Ancient Art, Chiado (Contemporary Art), Tile (Monastery of the Mother of God), Archeology, Ethnology, National Museum of Trainers, Modern Art Center and Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva Foundation.
The Lisbon Palace open to the public:
Ajuda and Fronteira.
The Cathedral (with Treasury); São Vicente de Fora; Conceição Velha (Manueline), São Roque and Sacred Art; Madre Deus; Santa Engrácia Pantheon (Baroque) and Estrella Basilica.
Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida de Roma, Praça de Londres, Avenida Guerra Junqueiro and Amoreiras.
Bairro Alto and Avenida 24 de Julho.
Places to visit around Lisbon:
Arrabida and Sesimbra Nature Park A daily trip from Lisbon – Mediterranean vegetation near the Atlantic; Azeitão – sleepy village with fine houses and wine; Cascais – playground for nobility; picturesque resort; surfer, windsurfer and kite rai; Ericeira – a traditional seaside village; surfing mecca, excellent seafood; Estoril – Inspiration for James Bond; The largest casino in Europe; Golf courses; Mafra – one of the largest palaces in Europe, a building that broke the bankruptcy; Óbidos – a medieval village that we can not miss; Queluz – Palace Mixing Versailles & # 39; French majesty and Portuguese eclecticism; Sintra – a charming mysterious atmosphere; Romantic; The western point of Europe; Sesimbra – Peaceful waters in a fishing village, mystical cape; Setubal – Busy port; the birthplace of Manueline Architecture; watching dolphins.