Built on seven hills, Lisbon is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most admired capitals. Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city of the seven hills was originally built over seven hills on the margins of River Tagus. Small enough to travel around in a day but with enough going on to keep you here for a week, it also boasts one of the continent’s most pleasurable climates. Plan your visit here and take one of the old yellow trams past the city’s sights, crunch into a sweet custard pie, enjoy the breathtaking vistas, and treat your hedonistic tendencies to the countless bars in one of the world’s craziest districts, the Bairro Alto.
Don’t Miss to Visit places:
Sao Vicente de Fora, Calcada de Sao Vicente,Alfama: This huge church and monastery high in the Alfama hills dates back to the 17th century. Upon entering one can visit the cloisters, the sacristy and the Royal Pantheon. The classical music in the church itself makes a visit all the more dramatic.
A city fortress: Castelo de Sao Jorge, Alfama Lisbon’s iconic castle dates back to the 6th century and is worth a couple of hours of any visit to this city. Aside from the breathtaking views and walk around the castle’s walls, you can see 360°views through the camera obscura and learn the history of the castle via a short film in ‘Olisiponia’.
Oceanario de Lisboa, Ave Dom Joao II, Parques das Nacoes: Once home to Europe’s largest tank, Lisbon’s oceanarium promotes a concept where species from all oceans share the same waters. Four of the five oceans are represented in centresaround the tank that over 1,500 animals like to call home.
Centro De Arte Moderna, Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt, Sao Sebastiao: Portugal’s flagship modern art museum which opened in 1983 houses over 10,000 pieces of art. Some of its most fascinating pieces are by famed local artists such as Vieira da Silva and Paula Rego.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Praca do Imperio,Belem: Built in the ‘Manueline’ style’, Belem’s monastery took over 40 years to complete. The attention to detail is amazing and the site is listedas a World Heritage Site.
Club de Fado, Rua San Joao D Praca 94, Alfama:A night of Portugal’s most famous music ‘fado’ is obligatory for those who want to spend one night soaking up some Portuguese culture instead of beers and cocktails. This club in Alfama is touristy but a good place to witness some traditional tunes nonetheless.
Lux, Avenida Infante D, Henrique Santa Apolonia: Regarded by many as one of Western Europe’s best haunts, this club part-owned by John Malkovich attracts Lisbon’s coolest kids who flock to hear the world’s top DJs. Not as difficult to make your way past the bouncers as you would expect, the hefty admission charge includes a number of drinks.
By Plane: Lisbon’s airport is remarkably close to the city centre, located just 7km away. The easiest way to the city centre is via the Aero Bus. The journey takes 20 minutes, costs €3.50, and terminates at Praca do Commercio. The ticket is then valid on public transport for the rest of the day.
By Train: If you travel to the Portuguese capital via train your journey will end at one of five different train stations around the city centre.
By Bus: The city’s main bus terminals are Gare do Oriente at Parque das Nacoes and Sete Rios terminal beside ‘Jardim Zoologico’ metro stop.
On Foot: Lisbon is a compact city and, while you will need to use public transport at some stage, much of the city centre is traversable on foot.
By Metro: Lisbon’s metro system has five lines. Trains come frequently and the network is very useful for getting to different parts of the city.
By Bus/Tram/Elevador: Lisbon’s old yellow trams which rattle through the city center from morning till night pass by some of the city’s best-known attractions. You may not need to use buses or elevadors, but the latter are a tourist attraction in their own right.