It is the capital of Portugal, is located at the mouth of the Tagus River, the city has a population of 564,477 inhabitants and an area of 83.84 km². Its official language is Portuguese which has similarities with Galician. Legend says that it was founded by Ulysses on his journey back home once the Trojan War ended and he call it Olissipo. This beautiful city was occupied by different peoples: The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians the Romans, the Moorish and the Christians. It is popularly known as the city of the Seven Hills: Santa Catarina, Estrela, Penha de França, San Pedro de Alcántara, Castelo, Graça and Monte.
Lisbon is a cheap destination that, despite not having a symbolic monument like other European cities, has important architectural constructions that reflect its history, charming neighborhoods, a wonderful climate, a lively nightlife, a gastronomy Exquisite, nearby beaches and of course the warmth of its people, all this makes it one of the cities of Europe that is worth visiting.
Where to visit?
Viewpoints of Lisbon: they offer wonderful views of Lisbon from different places one of the favorite and most visited is the viewpoint of San Pedro de Alcántara, which is located in a garden in the upper quarter has a great view of the city: where it stands out the St. George’s Castle, the Catedrál, the Alfama, the Baixa, the historic quarter and the new part of Lisbon. It has a tile map showing every monument that you can see from there.
Jeronimos Monastery: It is one of the most important monuments of Lisbon and was declared national patrimony of the Unesco in 1983. It is located in the neighborhood of Belen. Its Manueline style construction was ordered by King Manuel I to celebrate the return of Vasco de Gama’s India. Its name is due to it was the residence of the monks of the Order of Saint Jerome until they were expelled in the year 1834. It has a magnificent cloister where you will find the tomb of the poet Fernando Pessoa and an impressive church where are the remains of the Basque navigator of Gama, the poet Luís de Camões or the same Manuel I.
Belém Tower: Like the Jeronimos monastery was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. It is an old military construction of Manueline stile, located at the mouth of the Tagus River, in the district of Santa Maria de Belém, which later served as a prison, as a lighthouse and also as a tax collection centre. It emphasizes its exterior decoration.
Sant Jorge Castle: It is located in the hills of Sant Jorge, in the Barrio Afama, primitively it was known as Castelo dos Moorish, as it was a Muslim fortification that was later reconquered in the middle of the 12th century by Alfonso Henríquez, first King of Portugal and from the following century until the middle of the XVI, it became a place of residence of the Portuguese monarchs. After the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the castle was ruined and began to rebuild in the twentieth century. Among its 11 towers the best known is Ulysses: the so-called dark chamber where you can see a 360 degree panorama over the city through a periscope invented by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 16th century.
The monument to the discoveries: popularly known as Padrão dos Descobrimentos.it is a 52-metre-high and it was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500 years of the death of Henry the Navigator, the discoverer of the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde. It is located on the banks of the Tagus river in the district of Belém. In the monument you can see 33 statues facing the Tagus river that represent important personalities linked to the epoch of Discoveries. To the north of the monument on the ground you can see a compass rose which measures 50-metre-diameter and in whose center there is a world map showing the routes of the discoverers in the 15th and 16th Centuries. This mosaic is a gift from South Africa in 1960. In addition, you can also enjoy a magnificent view of the city in this Monument.
Lisbon Cathedral: its official name is Santa Maria Maior of lisbon, but it is known as Sé, coming from the acronym S. E, which means Episcopal Headquarters. It’s the oldest church in Town. Its construction began on a Muslim mosque, in the year 1147impulsadas by Alfonso I, first King of Portugal, and the first bishop of Lisbon Gilbert of Hastings. It is a mixture of different architectural styles, although its predominant style is Romanesque. This building has been refurbished on several occasions due to natural disasters. The remains of St. Vincent, patron of Lisbon are in this temple, its cloister has a style similar to the Jeronimos monastery, although its dimension is more reduced. In its highest part is the treasure of the cathedral, with jewels and relics from different eras
Restaurant Boteco da Fá: It is located in the Alfama District. It is a nice and simple restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese food at a good price while you are listening to a good live Fado.
Price: €15/€20 per person
Address: Rua do Vigário 70, Lisbon
Timetable: daily, 18:00-02:00.
Restaurant Império dos Sentidos: It is an elegant restaurant that is located in Upper District. Its cuisine is varied: italian, International and Vegetarian. It stands out for offering one of the best gourmet cod in the City.
Price: €30/€35 per person
Address: Rua Atalaia 35, lisbon, Portugal
Timetable: tuesday-sunday: 19:00-2:00.
Casa Do Alentejo: Serves typical Portuguese food from alentejo. It is an ideal place to eat or to enjoy Cañitas. The restaurant is a unique place composed of two beautiful rooms; One decorated with tiles by Jorge Colaco and the other decorated with tiles from a 17th century palace.
Price: per person 15 – 20 euros in the Restaurant. About 5 or €6 in the bar
Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 58
Timetable:12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 23:00
Restaurant Chapitô à Mesa: It is located 2 minutes from the castle of San Jorge,It is in the School of Circus Chapitô. Offers International food; you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Tagus River and the centre of Lisbon.
Price: 20 – 30 euros per person
Address: Rua Costa do Castelo 7. São Cristóvão. Alfama
Timetable: 19:30 to 02:00 (tuesdays to Fridays) and 10:00 to 02:00 (saturdays and Sundays)
Eleven: Offers the best of Gourmet cuisine in Lisbon and Mediterranean cuisine. It is located in the Parque Eduardo VII and It is a unique restaurant, well known for what is advisable to Book. It already has two Michelin Stars.
Price: 60 euros per person
Address: Rua Marquês da Fronteira Jardim Mascara-Lisboa
Timetable: from 12:30 to 15:00 and from 19:30 to 23:00
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