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Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) , The capital of Portugal, has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today's Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that face the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city. Lisbon enchants travelers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it a popular year round destination.
Lisbon Landmarks & Popular attractions :
Cristo Rei : Similar to the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro, this statue stands over 100 meters tall on the opposite bank of the Tejo River from downtown Lisbon. Views from the top of the statue are breathtaking,
Specialty transport : is one of only three traditional tram lines that still operate in Lisbon. These trams, which until the late-1980's ran all through-out Lisbon, were manufactured between 1936 and 1947. Tram 28 winds its way through the "Old Town" of Lisbon (dating from the 17th century) beginning in Graça then down to the Alfama and to the Baixa then up through Chiado to Bairro Alto and then down to Campo Ourique, taking you by many of Lisbon's most famous and interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens.
Funiculars : Santa Justa's Elevator Rua Aurea & Rua de Santa Justa Located downtown, this elevator was designed by a follower of French engineer Gustav Eiffel and connects the downtown to the Trindade .
Architecture : Castelo de São Jorge St. George's Castle : Located up the hill, with a great view over the city and the river. If you have the energy, get there by walking from downtown, going through the fantastic old neighborhood of Alfama.
Ponte 25 de Abril : This sister bridge of the Golden Gate in San Francisco was designed by the same architect in 1966 to connect Lisbon with the Setubal peninsula across the Tagus (Tejo) River. Formerly known as the Salazar Bridge, it was renamed after the Carnation Revolution, which on April 25, 1974 ended the dictatorship.
Ponte Vasco da Gama : It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), and ninth longest in the world, with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi), including 0.829 km (0.5 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5 km (7.1 mi) in viaducts, and 4.8 km (3.0 mi) in dedicated access roads.
Aqueduto das Aguas Livres : This is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km. The Mãe d'Água (Mother of the Water) reservoir of the Amoreiras, the largest of the water reservoirs, was finished in 1834.
Downtown (Baixa) : This part of the city was completely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake by the Marquis de Pombal. The planned layout, greatly different from what you will see in the more ancient neighborhoods, is a testimony to the ideas of the Enlightenment.
Alfama : This neighborhood is a sign of the Muslim presence in the city, with the buildings very close to each other, and very irregular streets. It's very atmospheric and a great spot in which to wander around.
Praça do Comércio : This magnificent plaza, facing the river, is the beginning of Lisboa's downtown. It is also known as 'Terreiro do Paço', meaning 'Grounds of the Palace', relating to its function before the Great Earthquake of 1755.
Belém : This monument-packed neighborhood is a must-see place. The neighbourhood features: Belem Tower Torre de Belém - Jerónimos Monastery Praça do Império - Monument to the Discoveries Padrão dos Descobrimentos ,
CCB Belém Cultural Center : CCB is holding a permanent contemporany art exhibition, from the Berardo Collection - it features works from Picasso, Dalí, Duchamp, Magritte, Andy Warhol, among others.
Coach Museum Museu dos Coches : Housed in the former riding school of the palace, don't miss the world's largest collection of coaches and royal vehicles.
Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque : In front of the former Royal Palace of Belém, now the Presidential Palace, there is a massive statue looking out to sea, representing Afonso de Albuquerque, second ruler of Portuguese India in the early 16th century.
Museums and galleries
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga Rua das Janelas Verdes : Portugal's impressive national art collection, including 14-19th century European painting, artefacts of Portuguese contact with the East and Africa and a collection of ecclesiastical treasures. Highlights include Dürer's St Jerome, Hieronymus Bosch's Temptations of St Antony, Nuno Gonçalves' Adoration of St Vincent, and 16th century Japanese paintings of Portuguese traders.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Avenida de Berna : Created from the personal collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian who longed to see all his treasures displayed in a museum. A nice assortment of Egyptian artifacts, along with paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cassat. The museum's gardens are worth a visit in and of themselves, as a little oasis in the middle of downtown Lisbon.
Fundação Arpad Szenes / Vieira da Silva Praça das Amoreiras : This museum is installed in the restored 18th-century former Royal Silk Factory. It permanent collection covers a wide time period of the works of 20th-century painters Arpad Szenes and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, and regularly hosts exhibits by their contemporaries.
Museu da Agua (Water Museum) : http://museudaagua.epal.pt/museudaagua/
Lisbon metro : http://www.metrolisboa.pt/ Most of the metro system is a free art gallery. You'll find art by contemporary artists inspired by the stations' surrounding area.
Museu do Azulejo : Museu Nacional do Azulejo is one of the most important national museums, for its singular collection, Azulejo (Tile), an artistic expression which differentiates Portuguese culture, and for the unique building where its installed, former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen Dona Leonor.
Museu Colecção Berardo Centro Cultural de Belem : It is the Museum of Modern Art of Lisbon, with collection of international modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century currently represents around 1000 works from more than 500 artists.
Museu da Marinha Centro Cultural de Belem : The interesting Maritime Museum is one of the most important in Europe, evoking Portugal's domination of the seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in the west wing of Jeronimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery onward. The oldest exhibit is a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India.
Pavilhao do Conhecimento : The Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva is an interactive science and technology museum that aims to make science accessible to all, stimulating experimentation and exploration of the physical world.
Parks and gardens
Jardim Zoológico Estrada De Benfiea : has a variety of exotic animals featuring sea-lions and dolphins.
Parque das Nações On Av. Dom Joao : is a change from downtown. It includes :
Oceanarium One of the world's largest oceanariums - Pavilhao do Conhecimento
Lisbon Botanical Garden Rua da Escola Politécnica : The botanical garden of Ajuda is one of the oldest gardens in Europe and is considered the first in Portugal. After the earthquake that occurred in 1755, the homeless Portuguese royal family decided to build a new royal residence at Ajuda but also gardens around it. This 10 acre garden was laid out in from 1858-1873.
Jardim Botanico Botanic Gardens: between the Avenida da Liberdade and Bairro Alto . It was created several hundred years ago, by a King of Portugal at the time of the Discoveries. The story goes that this King wanted one of every type of plant in the world, and although that's unlikely, there is a huge collection dating back by three or four centuries which is worth checking out. Also some weird and wonderful bizarre grafted trees - the roots hang down like fingers and toes where one tree has been grafted onto another, sometimes completely different, species. And there's something quite eerie about seeing plants or huge trees from completely different climates growing next to each other in apparent harmony. A great place to take a picnic - this green oasis is completely surrounded by city but even the city sounds filter out.
Things to Do in Lisbon : Go out at night to the central Bairro Alto, or 'High Neighborhood'. Just up the hill from Chiado, this is the place to go out in town. In the early evening, go to a fado-themed restaurant near the Praca Camoes, and head upwards as the evening goes on. If you're in Lisbon on the night preceding a Feriado or public holiday, you have to check this out. Tiny little streets which are empty in the daytime become crammed walkways which are difficult to get through. Cine Theatro Gymnasium Rua da Misericórdia : Daily show (except on Sundays) with a duration of 40 minutes. Voices that sing the Fado to the sound of Portuguese guitar. "Fado in Chiado 'encounter with the tradition in the historic Lisbon : A show that reveals the Fado as World Heritage, to hear and feel, the voice of the Portuguese soul. Have a picnic in Jardim Botanico . The revista is a kind of theatre that was born in Lisbon. It's one of the things that is essential to see when you visit the city.
Get Around Lisbon :
Mafra— A charming town with a monastery.
Ericeira— A gorgeous seaside resort near Mafra, well-known to surfers worldwide.
Sintra : is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site town 30 minutes by car/train from Lisbon.
Cascais— A town on the bay of the same name,on the Estoril coast.
Praia das Maçãs : is a small and surprisingly calm seaside resort about 30km to the west of Lisbon,near the towns of Colares & Sintra.
South of Lisbon(south of the Tagus river/rio Tejo):
Almada, a city connected to/from Lisbon via ferry boats at Cacilhas and connected by train at Pragal and roadway via 25 Abril bridge/ponte 25 de Abril. The Monument of Christ-King (Cristo-Rei) is located in Pragal, Almada.
Setúbal— Capital of the district, and starting point for visits to Arrabida mountain, Troia, and the Sado river. Dolphins can be spotted on the bay.
Palmela— A hill town with a castle, with amazing views, near the city of Setúbal.
Sesimbra— A fisherman's village near the Arrábida mountain, good for scuba diving and fresh seafood, and starting point to visit the Espichel cape and sancturary.
Azeitão,near Setubal, some 30km South of Lisbon, this small region consists of a series of lovely villages, of which Vila Nogueira de Azeitão and Vila Fresca de Azeitão are the most well known. Azeitão stands between the Arrábida Nature Park and the coast. In the park you'll meet the last remains of the original Mediterranean flora. Also, there is the famous Convent of Arrábida to visit and the stunning views from its hills and at its peak.
Vila Nogueira de Azeitão— Visit the beautiful Winery and palace "Quinta da Bacalhoa". Also check out the grand estate and winery of "José Maria da Fonseca". Igreja de São Lorenço with hand painted tile panels, gilded wood chapels and a Lucca Della Robbia medallion. Convent of S. Domingos.
Tróia— A lovely peninsula gifted with kms of wild unexplored beaches, and with a tourist resort being developed on one of its edges.
Lisbon Flights & Airports : Portugal's largest international airport is the Aeroporto da Portela (LIS). It is located between Loures and Lisboa. It is the main air hub for TAP Portugal , a Star Alliance member airline that covers an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa (Morroco, Algerie, Senegal, Guine Bissau, Mozambique, South Africa, Angola, Cape Verde, S. Tome e Principe) and the Americas (US, Venezuela and Brazil) .There are also several other airlines flying into Lisbon, such as Continental Airlines, US Airways, British Airways, Air France, Egyptair, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Finnair, Iberia, Easyjet and KLM.