Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

A view of Lisbon, Portugal. Photo credits http://www.bigfoto.com
Lisbon in Brief
Lisbon is the largest city and the capital of Portugal. It is located at the westernmost continental Europe and by far the only westernmost capital city along the the Atlantic Coast. It sits prominently at the western Iberian Peninsula along the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. Lisbon has a population of about 547,630 on a land area of around 85 square kilometers (32.818 square miles). The urban area of the city extends well-over its administrative city limits with a population of more than 3 million people on area approximately of 958 sq. kilometers (369.885 sq. miles), thus making Lisbon the 11th most densely populated urban center of the European Union.

Lisbon is one of the prime economic centres of the continental Europe due in part of its vibrant financial sector and as being recognized as a global city because of its noteworthiness in finance, entertainment & media, arts & culture, commerce, international trade, education and tourisms.

Curiously, Lisbon remains provincial rooted in some ways in the ‘20s.

Tours & Tourism
Lisbon captivates visitors of its easy-going charm that makes this city a popular destination all year round. It is lively place with its intimate alleyways that’s always fascinating, mosaic pavements and the unfailingly amazing bleached-white limestone buildings. There’s always the wooden trams clanking up on sloping roads unmindful of hordes of tourists flocking the medieval quarter of Alfama with the city’s São Jorge castle as background.

The city always enticed huge amount of historical events like the great earthquake of 1775 which was followed by tidal wave and fire that destroys most of the buildings. Though it somehow recovered immediately that led to energetic reconstructions that shows many, new impressive buildings, palaces and churches came to what it is now. Many of Portugal’s buildings of the golden era survived that catastrophic disaster, notably the Monastery of Jeronimos at Belem and the Castelo de sao Jorge.

Top Attractions
Visitors to Lisbon will never fail to be amazed by the combination of urban lifestyle and coastal beaches on the coast that may cannot be found elsewhere in other European cities.
1. Belem Tower (Torre de Belem)
Belem Tower is granted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical significance dating back to the days of Portugal’s discoveries. Interestingly, it has a distinctly Moorish inspired influences due in part that it is designed by renowned architect of the time, Francisco de Arruda, who had previously worked on Portugal’s fortification in Morocco. It was a Manueline style architecture incorporating several stonework motifs alongside some historical events. It is constructed between 1514-1519. The tower is located in the Belem district of Lisbon along the right plank of the Tagus River...
Click to visit website: http://www.torrebelem.pt/pt/index.php

St. George's Castle
2. St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge)
St George castle sits perched on top of the highest hill in Lisbon, right in the heart of the Alfama district of Portugal’s historical capital city. Originally constructed in the 5th century by the Visigoths as a fort, it was later transformed into a Moorish castle.

It served as a Moorish royal residence until the Moors were expelled in 1147 by King Afonso Henriques. After this time Portugal’s royal family moved in, and here remained until the 16th century when another palace was constructed for them in Comercio Square.
The castle earned its name of St George Castle when it was captured by King Afonso Henriques. Its dedication to the patron saint of England was made in commemoration of the Anglo-Portuguese pact, which was made in 1371...
Click to visit website: http://www.golisbon.com/

3. Jeronimos Monastery
A request sent by Manuel I to the Holy See for authorisation to build a large monastery on the banks of the Tagus just outside Lisbon dates from 1496.
One of Manuel's motives for building the Jerónimos Monastery most certainly has to do with his desire to have a pantheon for the Avis-Beja dynasty, of which he was the first monarch. The Monastery's dedication to the Virgin of Belém [Belém also being the Portuguese for Bethlehem] was another factor that influenced the king's decision.
The Jerónimos Monastery, as it is commonly known, replaced a church that had existed on the same site. It was dedicated to Santa Maria de Belém and in it the monks of the Order of Christ provided spiritual guidance to seafarers...
Click to visit website: http://www.mosteirojeronimos.pt

Foods & Drinks
Fine dining is no longer a rarity amongst the many restaurants around Lisbon - traditional, international and contemporary all dotted along the streets of the city. Trot along for something different in the popular Chiado district and you steeped in tradition.
1. Belcanto Restaurant
The Belcanto restaurant opened in 1958 in Chiado, in the São Carlos square next to the São Carlos National Theatre and the house where Fernando Pessoa was born. In the summer of 2011, Chef José Avillez took an interest in Belcanto and began an extensive refurbishment of the kitchens and dining areas. José Avillez’s Belcanto restaurant, re-opened at the beginning of 2012, totally renewed. At his Belcanto, awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening, one can enjoy new Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that still provides some of the former romance of the Chiado district...  
Click to visit website: http://belcanto.pt/EN/

2. Come Prima Restaurante Italiano
Located near from «Museu de Arte Antiga» between the historic quarter of «Madragoa» and Docks of Lisbon, the Come Prima restaurant is already a mandatory reference for Italian cuisine lovers. A welcoming venue with a romantic atmosphere, it is the ideal place to taste the excellence of the traditional style fresh pasta dishes, the various starters ,the risottos, the meats or wood-oven pizzas produced from a wide selection of prime quality fresh ingredients. In order to provide a true culinary experience, the Come Prima restaurant has at its clients' disposal an extensive wine list procured from both national and Italian producers and a delightful choice of desserts carefully picked from the Italian classics...
Click to visit website: http://www.comeprima.pt/

3. Restaurante Feitoria & Wine Bar
At Feitoria you will find the true essence of a signature cuisine. Traditional and authentic flavours with modern influences, where the priority is the quality and provenance of the product.
Feitoria is a signature cuisine restaurant, with one Michelin star, where traditional flavours and the best national products predominate and mould around contemporary tastes.
Come inside restaurant Feitoria and venture on a journey where the best of Portuguese gastronomy meets the most exotic cuisines of the world by way of products of the highest quality.
In a sophisticated and comfortable setting where the theme is the Golden Age of Discovery, sample the true authenticity of flavours and aromas that blend the best international cuisine at the hands of Executive Chef João Rodrigues and his team.
The journey culminates in a varied selection of fine wines, including hundreds of national and international vintages as well as olive oils and mineral waters...
Click to visit website: http://www.restaurantefeitoria.com/

Top Hotels in Lisbon
There are hotels in Lisbon that caters to all different tastes and budget needs. Accommodation for any types, whether a small boutique hotel, a hostel, or a grand stay in one former palace, there’s no shortage of it in Lisbon. It all matches to all your needs.
1. Avenida Palace Hotel
The Hotel Avenida Palace, located in the center of Lisbon close to Bairro Alto and the Chiado, is a 5 star Hotel which combines luxury and charm and is regarded as part of the city’s historic heritage.

Boasting an exceptional location between Lisbon’s Pombaline Downtown and the Avenida da Liberdade, elegant neoclassical architecture, sophisticated and luxurious decoration and more than a century of history, although completely renovated, the hotel occupies the boundary where tradition and innovation meet.

The intimate and relaxing atmosphere, the personalised and refined service and the thorough attention to detail make each stay at the Avenida Palace an unforgettable experience...
Click to visit website:http://www.hotelavenidapalace.pt/hotel-overview.html

2. Britania Hotel 
Hotel Britania – A genuine Art Deco Boutique Hotel in the Historic Centre of Lisbon.
The art-deco charm of Hotel Britania as part of a project by Cassiano Branco, the illustrious Portuguese modernist architect, is located on a quiet street right alongside the cosmopolitan Avenida da Liberdade.
The only hotel to remain intact until today, this hotel records the glamour of the 1940’s.
Everything about its design strives to reawaken the spirit of the unit without losing its original soul.
The rooms conserve ample dimensions as well as the cork floor. The warm colours contrast with the elegant lines of the furniture and the luster light fittings.
The recovery of the whole building is exemplary as is the case of the paintings in the bar alluding to the Portuguese overseas empire.
Click to visit website: http://www.heritage.pt/heritage-lisbon-hotels/hotel-britania

3. Altis Hotel
Altis Hotels, in Lisbon and Blue & Green Hotels realize a partnership that aims to increase synergies in their marketing, promotion and sales activities.
This partnership presents itself under the name Altis Blue & Green - Hotels & Resorts with a new attitude.

The portfolio results in a total of 9 hotels and resorts with unique characteristics and privileged locations. Hotels in Lisbon, Tróia and Algarve. Each with a unique atmosphere, here you find a genuine and personalized service combined with an innovative product. Dedicated to those who seek new emotions and experiences and who value quality, be it in business or pleasure.
click to visit website: http://www.altishotels.com/EN/

Getting There
Lisbon's Portela Airport is located within the city limits. It is the headquarters and hub for TAP Portugal as well as a hub for Easyjet, SATA International, Luzair, EuroAtlantic Airways, Portugália, White Airways, and High Fly airlines. It has been proposed that a New Lisbon Airport should be built. The project has been put on hold because of the Portuguese, and overall European, economic crisis and also because of the long discussion on whether there is a need for a new airport at all.

Getting Around
Public transportation in Lisbon is extremely extensive and by far well-founded. The main artery, the Lisbon Metro connects the city centre to the suburbs and to upper and eastern districts. Another expansion projects connecting the airport and the northern and western districts will increase by almost a third of its network.
Trams forms a traditional public transportation in Lisbon introduced in the 19th century, imported originally from the USA called the americanos. These distinctively yellow trams are one of the tourist attractions of modern Lisbon.
Also, there are four commuter train lines servicing from Lisbon to the Cascais, Sintra and the Azambuja operated by Comboios de Portugal and the fourth line to Setubal operated by Fertagus crossing the Tagus River over the 25 de Abril Bridge. The city does not offer light rail transport services. The major railway stations are Entrecampos, Santa Apolonia, Gare de Oriente, Cais de Sodre and Rossio.
Commuter bus services from the city are also available: Rodoviaria de Lisboa, Vimeca, Transportes Sul do Tejo, Barraqueiro and Boa Viagam are the leading ones operating from different terminals in the city. Complementing these buses are three circular motorways around the city, namely: the 2ª Circular, the CREL and CRIL.
Crossing the river by ferry is also an alternative mode of transportation if you prefer sightseeing in a fresh environment. The ferry crossing is provided by Transtejo-Soflusa that operates from different city points to Cacilhas, Montijo, Porto Brandão, Seixal and Trafaria by Transtejo and Barreiro by Soflusa.

There are 913 vacation rentals in Lisbon for as low as US $52 per night, specifically an Amazing Ocean Front Apartment  described as Condo/Apartment – 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4, located in the historic centre of Paço de Arcos (Oeiras County), in the famous Estoril Coastline, 20 minutes away from Lisbon and Cascais by train, and from Sintra by car. The balcony and ocean view are the apartment's strong points, where you can have your meal while you enjoy the ocean view from the mouth of Tagus River to Cape Espichel, 20 km south. 

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