As the plane lands at the Lisbon airport, travellers can already count the seven hills upon which the sunniest capital in Europe is built. Once on the ground, visitors to the city can enjoy hip bars, exceptional gothic architecture and numerous UNESCO heritage sites, which they can easily navigate on foot or by tram and subway.
Those who love a good walk can stroll down to Baixa, the city centre, to visit Rossio Square and the Pombaline Downtown. Lisbon’s Chiado and Alfama neighbourhoods also depict the city’s distinctive local flavour, bright colours and majestic architecture.
Portugal’s capital is all about architecture. Notable sites include the Torre de Belém, a typical Manueline tower that has become symbolic of Lisbon. The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery is a masterpiece recognized by UNESCO, and Castelo de São Jorge is highly beloved by the Portuguese. Bridge enthusiasts won’t want to miss Vasco da Gamma Bridge, which is the longest in Europe at 17.2 km long.
Most of the trendy bars in Lisbon are located in Bairro Alto or on the quays. This includes the city’s most famed bar, A Brasileira, where weary travellers can sip a coffee in the shadow of a statue commemorating the great Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa.
Among the many things to do in Lisbon, a shopping spree along the Avenida da Liberdade, the city’s own “Champs-Élysées”, is a must. Shopping addicts can also get their fix in the Baixa (downtown) and Chiado areas.
One might say that Lisbon’s soul lives in the Moorish-influenced Alfama neighbourhood. Visitors here can explore the languorous sounds of fado, Portugal’s traditional music, as well as the best in Portuguese art. The Gulbenkian Museum, in particular, has an extensive collection of classic and modern art on display.
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