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Alfama
Alfama is the oldest and one of the most amazing district of Lisbon. It is located on one of seven hills of Lisbon, right below the St. George’s Castle. It could be best described as a village within a city made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches and whitewashed houses with wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers and drying laundry.
Saint George’s Castle - Overlooking the city from millennium-old walls.
It is a magical place, a charming hilltop citadel with geese and ducks roaming around the castle gardens. Once used as a fortress, today it is home to many local families and a place that certainly deserves a visit.
The famous tram (Electrico 28) is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic symbols of Lisbon. A trip on the old yellow tram through the hills and narrow streets of Lisbon is a "must"! The route of E28 starts in Largo Martim Moniz and ends in Prazeres taking you throught the most important districts of the city.



Beautiful palace located in the heart of Alfama with incredible history dating back to 1449. Today, an exclusive resort with 10 luxury suites and home to one of the most beautiful collection of azulejos in the country. The palace can be seen in the movie directed by Wim Wenders - Lisbon Story.
Romanesque cathedral, which history reaches back to XII century when Lisbon was conquered by Afonso Henriquez from Moors and the country-Portugal- was established. This Cathedral is among the most important Portuguese religious buildings.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Views of the river and Alfama.
This attractive terrace offers views of the Alfama rooftops, the river Tagus, and the dome of the National Pantheon, all framed by grapevine-draped trellises.
Just a few steps away from Miradouro de Santa Luzia, a balcony opens onto the river offering truly spectacular views over Alfama. The view from this miradouro is considered to be one of the most memorable in the city. It is a "must see" in Lisbon.
Graça Belvedere is one of the most famous lookouts on Lisbon. Simply, called Graça, it is popular place for social meetings. The terrace offers spectacular view that extends from Baixa and Chiado, the Tagus estuary to the 25th April Bridge.
Built in baroque architectural style, this Church is one of the most beautiful churches of Lisbon. It took long 284 years to be build and now it is a national monument and one of the symbols of Lisbon. Since 1910 it is also a National Pantheon.
The location of this Belvedere is just perfect. Situated right on the top of Rua Senhora Monte it offers one of the best and most magnificent views over the city of Lisbon. It is also the highest lookout in the capital. Highly recommended for breathtaking views!
The monastery and the church of St. Vincent de Fora is located in a very peaceful neighbourhood of Alfama. The church is named after the patron of Lisbon, Saint Vincent. It is also a pantheon of the kings of Portugal from the Bragança dynasty.
Santo Antonio (better known as Saint Anthony of Padua), revered as a matchmaker, protector of young brides, and patron of the lost and found, was actually born in Lisbon, on the site of this church.
It is hard not noticing this building, since smll stone pyramids (diamond-shaped) line the façade walls (a total of 1125).
Another beautiful viewpoint over magical Lisbon.
Antiques, clothes, books and forgotten records, as well as other objects, can ben found in this typical Lisbon market.
Baixa (Downtown)
Baixa, literally translated as ’low’, is situated in the gulf between the two main hills of the city and is the central business and shopping district of the capital.
Rua Augusta (Augusta street) is located in This street has on both extremes two squares: the Rossio Square and the Commerce Square.
Praça do Comércio is also known as Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square) and is often called "Black Horse Square" by the English. This is one of the most majestic squares of Lisbon and was once the main maritime entrance to Lisbon.
Rossio is one of the most beautiful and liveliest squares in the city. People stop here to sit and relax, or for a drink at the several atmospheric cafes with outdoor sitting (the most popular is the art deco Café Nicola on the western side).
The Santa Justa Elevator is a remarkable masterpiece designed by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, which connects Baixa (downtown) and Bairro Alto (high neighbourhood).
In neo-mauretan style, the Rossio railway station is an outstanding building set between Rossio Square and Restauradores Square and was designed by the architect José Luís Monteiro.
The Praça dos Restauradores (Restorer’s Square) is located on the south end of Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue), right beside the Rossio railway station.
Igreja de São Domingos from the outside may not be the most impressive building of Lisbon, however inside the church of Dominicans is truly unique and always makes a big impression on visitors. The church itself survived the horrible earthquake of 1755, but later, in 1959 its interior was destroyed by fire. It was reopened only in 1997 and became the most popular church of Lisbon, which celebrate the largest number of Masses a day.
Bairro Alto
Belém
Beautiful, culturally resplendent and immensely significant in Portuguese history, Belém is one of the jewels in Lisbon’s crown. In terms of places to visit and sights to see, this elegant area of the city probably holds the record.
In 1907 it was declared a National Monument and in 1984 it was classified “Cultural Heritage of all Humanity”. UNESCO says: "Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites - construction of which began in 1502 - exemplifies Portuguese art at its best."
The Belém Tower symbolizes military and maritime power of Portugal. This Manueline monument was built between 1515 and 1521 by King Manuel I to defend the port of Lisbon, but also served as the lighthouse and the control tower. UNESCO listed this monument as World Heritage.
The Monument to the Discoveries was inaugurated in 1960 during celebrations of the 500 year anniversary of the death of the Infant D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator). It is visited by millions of people each year.
This amazing museum, housed in the Royal Riding Arena of Belém Palace, has one of the world’s best collections of royal, aristocratic and ecclesiastical coaches from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The National Coach Museum is located nearby the Tagus River in the pleasant neighbourhood of Belém, precisely in the Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, in the western part of Lisbon. A former Riding Arena belonging to the Palace of Belém, this building was transformed into a museum in 1904 and enlarged with a new side hall in 1940.
This pastelaria located in Belem is the most famous bakery in Portugal and dates back to 1837. Inside number 84 of the Rua de Belém, in a factory founded in 1837, you can see azulejo panels from the XVIIIth century, almost as famous as the sweet pastries sold there.
The Maritime Museum is a museum located in the west wing of the Hieronymite Monastery. You can see here: different kinds of boats, royal barges, charts, maritime instruments and historical seaplane.
Belem Palace is situated high up in gardens on a gently sloped hill. Palácio de Belém is the official residence of Portugal’s president since 1910.
Belém Cultural Center offers four exhibition areas. It has since become the host of numerous international exhibitions (from photography to mixed-media installations), cultural events and congresses, and is also an arts complex with the city’s largest auditorium.
This charming and didactic garden has over 400 tropical species. It was created in 1906.
The Planetarium is located in Belém, right beside the Jerónimos Monastery and near the Cultural Centre of Belém and the Pastéis de Belém.
Chiado
Although it is in a walking distance, Chiado can be reached from Baixa by the Elevator Santa Justa. This is the glamorous neighbourhood of cafes, theaters, bookstores and fashion shops. Once the center of intellectual life, today it is one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Lisbon.
This is the city’s most famous café, opened in 1905 with a magnificent art nouveau décor and known for the intellectuals who stopped by on a daily basis in the early 20th century.
Oriente
This region os Lisbon, which hosted the world exhibition of 1998 (Expo 98), offers much to suit varied interests. Contrary to historical center, Parque das Nações attracts its visitors with its 21st century modern architecture.
From the coral reefs to the frozen waters of the South Pole, here you will find it all. Lisbon’s Oceanarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums. It brings together more than 25,000 specimens of high seas in 7,000,000 liters of salty water. It is enjoyed by both children and adults.
One of the most stunning modern sights in Lisbon is Oriente Station. It houses a railway station, a metro, and a bus terminal.
This newest bridge in Lisbon, Ponte Vasco da Gama, enables north-south traffic to bypass the Portuguese capital and was built as an alternative route to the 25 de Abril Bridge, frequently congested with traffic jams especially during the rush-hour periods.
The 140m-high Torre Vasco da Gama at the Parque das Nações has panoramic views of the park, river and city and Vasco da Gama Bridge. It is Lisbon’s tallest building.
The Cable Car provides an air trip over the whole of the Park of Nations, along the river Tagus.
Vasco de Gama Shopping Mall is located in the entrance of the Nations Park, between two striking twin towers designed to look like giant sailboats.
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Completed in 1966 and originally named after dictator Salazar, this suspension bridge across the Tagus River changed its name after the revolution of April 25, 1974.
Beaches near Lisbon
Located on the south bank of the river Tagus, Costa da Caparica offers the best beaches around Lisbon stretching south for approximately 30 kilometers (from Caparica to Cabo Espichel).
It is one of the most beautiful beaches around Lisbon, but can be windy and the waves are powerful, which doesn’t make it the best beach for swimming.
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Sintra
Once the royal town of the country, it now deservedly holds UNESCO world heritage status and attracts hordes of visitors throughout the year. Sintra has unusual geography: hills, forests, ocean, and its subsequent climate. Monuments and nature get together in one of the most perfect combinations.
The Palacio da Pena is an extravagant yet relatively modern building. The outside evokes Disney in that its pink and yellow towers and domes boast drawbridges, sculptures and detail that one can only imagine exist in fantasy.
It is one of the most surising and enigmatic monuments of the Sintra Cultural Landscape. Quinta da Regaleira is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Conquered in 1147 by Afonso Henriques for the Christians, the Castle was a major victory in the reconquest of Portugal. Today the Castle is in ruins, although it was restored in mid- nineteenth century, and offers spectacular views to its visitors from Ponte 25 de Abril to Arrabida, Cascais to Cabo da Rocha, Peniche and the Berlenga islands.
Cascais
At the end of one of the suburban train lines out of the capital lies Cascais. It was once a fishing village, but in 1870 the royal court came here for the summer, with a trail of nobility in its wake. Such patronage has left it with some grand pastel-coloured buildings and a striking citadel. Apart from beaches, Cascais has a few quirky museums, some wild gardens and a lively fish market.
The seawater has access to the deep bottom of the chasm and vigorously strikes its rocky walls, making it a popular tourist attraction.
Cabo da Roca (Roca Cape)
Cabo da Roca is a cape which forms the westernmost point of both mainland Europe and mainland Portugal. The cape is in the Portuguese municipality of Sintra, west of Lisbon district, and also forms the westernmost extent of the Serra de Sintra.
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