|Lisbon, the city on the Seven Hills, of the
fado, of the saint's parties, and of the narrow streets is today, and more
than ever, a cosmopolitan european city, filled with good many reason for
a good stay. Along with the tradition comes modernity. From Alfama to the
Parque das Nações, from downtown (Baixa) to Belém, the growth of the
city, along with the improvement of the historical districts, makes Lisbon
one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe.
The oldest part of the city is located in downtown area called the 'Baixa' and its surrounding area, it extends down to the districts of Mouraria, Costa do Castelo and Alfama, which in itself is worth a visit. The Castelo de S. Jorge, is one of the obligatory places to visit for all those that want to have a good knowledge of the city, which was won back from the moors in 1143. This area of the city, with its typical districts and narrow streets has a unique and friendly atmosphere, all those visiting will certainly enjoy the hospitality associated with Portuguese people, and the people of Lisbon. The Bairro Alto is one of areas of the city with great nightlife. Here, you will find a large number of restaurants, bars and night clubs. The downtown Baixa is traditionally a commercial area, where a number of shops can be found, including tourist gifts shops. The extension of the Baixa, in Avenida da Liberdade, mirrors that tradition, with all the best international brands being represented in this charismatic Avenue.
Near by the Tagus river, there are monuments and leisure areas. The Torre de Belém is where the departure of many caravels took place, in search of new worlds in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos or the Padrão dos Descobrimentos are just three examples of beautiful places, worth a visit. Close by, you will find the Docas, a place with a little bit of everything. A simple walk, a meal, sampling the best Portuguese cuisine available. The bars and discos are also countless, all housed within a fantastic atmosphere.
The centre of the city, apart from being the privileged area in terms of business, also has a wide variety of places, including shopping centres and tourist attractions. Places like the Atrium Saldanha or the Monumental are perfect if you want to buy a gift from the best brands available in the world.
Lisbon also has an Underground network that can take you anywhere in a matter of minutes. Therefore, from Saldanha or Campo Pequeno, you can to any other part of the city, like to Fundção Gulbenkian, one of the most prestigious cultural centres in Lisbon. There are exhibits all year round and the gardens and surrounding areas are unforgettable.
The residentials districts of the city sometimes hide charming surprises. Restelo for instance, has the green park of Monsanto close by, a place filled with trees and greens, so that you can relax, getting away from the stress of the city. In Benfica you will find the Colombo Shopping Mall, the biggest in the Iberian Peninsula, filled with entertainment centres and shops.
The towns near to Lisboa, are equally worth a visit. In around twenty minutes you might go to the beach or to the countryside. North of the city is beautiful Cascais, a town filled with historical and tourist attractions. It also has a large number of beaches. You might also choose Sintra, with its many interesting locations. To the south, Costa da Caparica, a fishing village, with its wonderful beaches
Lisbon is a modern city, very much geared towards the future, but it still has a nice balance between nature and man. One thing we can promise you is that the best of southern Europe waits for you here, in Lisbon.