The city of Lisbon is included to the region Lisbon and to the district Lisbon
Presentation of the destination
Discover the century-old city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, at the crossroads of secular cultures. Indeed Lisboa, of its name in Portuguese, is a city which was conquered then defeated by various nations which saw it blooming over the centuries. Located between the Atlantic coast and the sea of straw, Lisbon offers a very pleasant living environment, endowed with a mild and enchanting climate. Discover the history of the city through its architecture, its flamboyant buildings, representative of the atypical history of this city at the crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures. A party town, discover the bars and cafes-concerts of the city that will make you dance on fado, the traditional music of Portugal. The city has several infrastructures allowing you to enjoy walks in the sun, green spaces but also cultural buildings such as museums, exhibition halls without counting the multiple events that punctuate the year.
Points of interests / things to see
Lisbon or the "pleasant bay", as the nickname of the Phoenicians used to be in ancient times, is the capital of Portugal, but also the most westerly capital. also from all over Europe. It is located on the Atlantic coast in the center-south of the country. Like any big city, it is crossed by a river, the Tagus which draws the landscape of the city and Lisbon is located on the right bank of the estuary of the river. The historic city center is characterized by being occupied by seven hills, like the great ancient Roman cities. The city is therefore characterized by narrow steep streets, sometimes even preventing traffic. You will find three funiculars and an elevator that will allow you to reach the top of these steep streets. The climate in Lisbon is very pleasant, all seasons are possible to visit the capital. Indeed, the city is bathed in a Mediterranean climate in which the influence of the Golf Stream is favorable. The capital offers very mild winters and autumns, with an average temperature of 16Â ° Celsius. It is during this time of the year that it rains the most, but in a light manner. Spring is also pleasant, mild and with very little rain and the summers are hot and dry, with a lot of sunshine.
The city of Lisbon is very extensive, it occupies indeed more than 80 kilometers of surface. In order to be able to find you in the Lisbon area, here is how the city divides. Lisbon is therefore divided into fifty-three freguesias, sort of boroughs, and in a slightly rougher way four large quarters. The most interesting are the historic districts such as Bica, Mouraria, Chelas, Amoreiras, Alfama, Lapa, Bairo Alto, Avenidas Novas, or Intendente. Moreover, like all ancient cities, Lisbon is bordered by small towns such as Amadora, Loures, Oeiras and Odivelas which can be visited if you wish to stay a little longer in this region of Portugal.
Lisbon is a very ancient city, so you will have the pleasure of discovering ancient remains, buildings of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance for those who love the history of civilizations. Discover the city and its historical buildings by neighborhoods, starting with the district of Carmo. This district is very famous for gathering several recognized monuments, reflections of the history of the city. Here you can find the Convent and Gothic Church of Carmo, still in very good condition, following the earthquake of 1755, and its archeological museum which exhibits different objects dating from the past. History, the Roman Empire and various historical epochs. You will also discover the Carmo Square where the carnation revolution took place, an emblematic episode in the history of Portugal, on April 25, 1974. Then head to the neighborhood of Carmo. La Baixa thanks to the Santa Justa lift, made available by the city for more than a century. This climb is essential during your stay, the lift is already an essential place for its architectural style and also the fact that it is the only vertical lift available at large. public. Arrived at the top, you will first enjoy a breathtaking view of the Baixa Pombalina and then multiple shops and shops await you for a short shopping tour. Go by the street the main part of the district, the Augusta for a walk and thus join the Terreiro de Paço, in other words the Terrace of the Palace where the King's palace was located until Manuel I. After the earthquake, the palace was destroyed but nowadays this square has elegant armchairs decorated with arcades, repainted in pink, in 1910, following the proclamation of the Republic. On the other side of Augusta street, find Rossio square, which is a very lively place at night by the Lisbon. The district of Bairo Alto is a must to visit in Lisbon. You can stroll to discover many tourist attractions: you can go shopping, go out at night as several bars close, dine in various restaurants and still find unusual objects and designs. The Bairo Alto is a lively, lively neighborhood that will occupy your afternoons and especially your evenings. Then head to Chiado, which is the city's sophisticated district, where all the young people from Lisbon meet, known for its fine arts school, its theaters and lively cafes. s. For family strolls, take the Avenue de la Libertade, which is known for being the city's promenade, where the upper middle-class strutted in the nineteenth century. You will also find luxury and international boutiques to complement your shopping. You will not be able to pass the Castle of St. George located on a field occupied by the following Phoenicians, Greeks, Saints, Moors and Spaniards. Important cultural heritage, this castle has been the witness of multiple conquests and is the result of the cultural wealth of Portugal. Today you can visit the castle and enjoy its gardens, its cinema, a multimedia show, its showrooms and an incredible view of the capital. > Then find, not far from the Castle of St. George, another historic place to discover, the Church and the Monastery of St. Vicente de Fora built following the removal of the Empire from Moors. It is a religious place, the most impressive of the city by its size and its mannerist architecture. Next to the Church, discover the most popular flea market called the Feira da Ladra. You will find second-hand objects, second-hand clothes, and an original way of keeping Lisboets on Tuesdays and Saturdays every week.
For a little more history, discover the surprising building, Casa Dos Bicos dating back to the 16th century in Bacalhoeiros street near the Palace Terrace. This house has the peculiarity of having a facade entirely built in imitation of diamond point, a mixed architecture between the influence of the Italian renaissance and the manuÃ © lin style. To discover Lisbon in depth, you are advised to visit the museums of the city in order to get a better understanding of the history of Portugal's capital. In fact, you can visit the National Museum of Ancient Arts in Lisbon which includes a rich collection of paintings from the Portuguese culture but also Eastern from the Portuguese production of Goa and Ceylon. The museum Calouste-Gulbenkian reveals for its part the impressive collection of the rich Armenian businessman Calouste-Gulbenkian emphasizing European classical and oriental art. And finally, for lovers of aquatic flora and fauna, go to the Oceanarium in the Nations Park, which includes the largest aquarium in Europe.
If you want to discover the Portuguese drama scene, go to the cultural center of Belém where you can watch theater pieces, but also concerts and art exhibitions. For those who want to know the art of Fado, this Portuguese melancholic music, go to the neighborhood of Alfama where a lot of coffee -concert presents shows of the genre. Lisbon is a popular city on foot because the historic center is mostly sloping and the city hides thousands of treasures to discover. Lisbon is also known for its festivities. Come in June to celebrate the festivities of Lisbon in the historic districts of the city. In April, discover the fish festival which is celebrated through different recipes, to be enjoyed on the sunny streets of the city. In November, do not miss the international documentary festival called Doclisboa.
If you want to enjoy specialties of Lisbon and Portugal, start with a bottle of ginja or ginjinha, to enjoy a real alcohol made in Lisbon. The city is very influenced by its location close to the Atlantic Ocean, the culinary culture of Lisbon is made of fish and crustaceans mostly salted. Head to the Arsenal street where you will find shops specializing in the sale of dried fish and the typical atmosphere. Also discover the bacalhau pataniscas and the peixinhos da horta, two of the city's typical specialties. As for dessert, let yourself be tempted by a Pastilla de Nata, a flan sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.
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How to get there ?
In order to get to Lisbon, it is possible for you to borrow different means of transport, the plane, the boat, the train and also the car. If you decide to fly from Paris, you will arrive at the Lisbon International Airport which is located seven kilometers from the city center, the north-east sector. When arriving at the airport, you can either rent a car on site for your entire stay, or take public transport such as the red metro line to reach the center. You can also go to Lisbon by boat. The port of Lisbon is indeed the first tourist port in Europe and a great stopover point for cruise ships. For this, we advise you to join the tour operators to book your reservations. As for the railways, leaving from Paris, you can take a train to get to either Libao Santa Apolina station or Lisbao Oriente station. And finally if you want to arrive by car in the city, you can take the highway towards Bordeaux then go down to Hendaye then cross a good part of Spain. Arriving close to Lisbon, take the A1 motorway to reach the center.
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