Lisbon is a fascinating magical place. Spreading on seven hills north the estuary of Rio Trejo, it offers a unique variety of images to the visitor. The charm of the city of Vasco da Gama exists in its strong links to the past. Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn manners and traditions. Elétricos (trams) clank through the streets, and blue-and-white azulejos adorn churches, restaurants, and fountains.
Strolling around the hilly city, you will encounter miradouros (vantage points) for spectacular river and city views. The oldest part of the city, Alfama, sits below the spectacularly sited Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, its ruined walls facing another hill, the Bairro Alto famous for its vibrant nightlife. The palm-lined Avenida da Liberdade is the main artery inland, rising to the green slopes of the city’s central Parque Eduardo VII. Walking away from the centre, you can see the fantastic art collection of the Museu Gulbenkian, Museu de Arte Antiga and the modern art of the Berardo Collection.
Best Time to visit
Rarely too hot or cold, Lisbon is a year-round destination. If you are visiting in the summer, the nearby beaches towards Cascais are good for sunbathing and surfing. Autumn, offers a cool weather and it is very enjoyable to take walks in the Ribeira das Naus. In winter, chestnut vendors warm you up in the steep cobblestone streets. In blooming spring warm weather takes everyone out for to the streets, where leisurely dinners of fresh charcoaled fish and Portuguese wine.
Budget Hotels Areas
You will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of options available. Hotels and hostels in Lisbon are plentiful and can accommodate visitors of any budget. Many Lisbon hotel deals are located in the popular neighbourhoods of Alfama, Baixa-Chiado, Barrio Alto and Rossio. These are the best places where to base yourself for sightseeing, almost never needing to use public transportation. Lisbon is best explored on foot!
Traveling to Lisbon
Lisbon Tours & Activities
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