The Portuguese capital is different and awaits you with open arms to experience this new encounter between the old and the modern.
We Brazilians are used since childhood to hear about the Portuguese capital and its intense influence here. That was centuries ago and Lisbon managed to keep the pride of its adventurous explorers alive, but it has also dedicated itself in recent decades to creating new living spaces, concept hotels and modern attractions that fill the eyes of tourists.
The change that most walked in this direction was the Nations' park, where the cable car that takes visitors to an aerial view of the Tejo River, it's the oceanarium, which is the second largest aquarium in the Europe and is home to over 15,000 animals. Cais de Sodré, which was formerly taken over by prostitution, was revitalized and today is a park that borders the river and goes to the great Commerce Square. Another example is the Bairro Alto, which is famous for its lively nightlife and is home to different types of bars, concert halls and nightclubs.
But Lisbon, despite being rejuvenated, it still holds treasures of European history in its charming streets, so be sure to visit them and see the evolution of this city up close through time. Starting with the Castle of São Jorge built in the 11th century, the Church of Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa from the 12th century, the Convento do Carmo from the 14th century, the National Pantheon and the Belém Tower from the 16th century, the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Convento dos Cardaes from the 18th century, the Elevador da Bica from the 19th century and the Elevador de Santa Justa from the beginning of the 20th century. And don't miss a pearl of the Chiado neighborhood: Bertrand, a bookstore that opened in 1732 and is the oldest in the world in activity.
Bags packed? So prepare your calves, because Lisbon is marked by many climbs and dotted with viewpoints with many steps that let tourists admire all its beauty from above.
What to do in Lisbon
Sao Jorge's Castle
It is one of the main tourist attractions and was built in the 11th century on one of the highest points in the city, which gives visitors an unparalleled view of the region.
This is also one of Lisbon's postcards and was built in 1521 with the aim of guarding the entrance from the sea. Visitors can enter the tower and explore several floors to the top, from where there is a beautiful view of the Tagus River.
The building dates from the 16th century and is considered a world heritage site by Unesco. In addition to the beautiful architecture, the building houses the tombs of Fernando Pessoa, Camões and Vasco da Gama.
Your trip to Lisbon cannot miss a tour of the second largest aquarium in Europe. The Oceanarium has more than 15,000 animals and allows visitors to walk through glass corridors that cut through the large water tanks.
Santa Justa elevator
This public elevator was built in 1902 to take people from the Lower City to the Upper City.
Santa Maria Maior Church of Lisbon (Sé)
Built in 1150, the church is one of the oldest buildings in the city.
This is the largest indoor fair in Lisbon and sells fresh food, but it also offers a space with many restaurant options.
Lisbon is a city full of details and you can see them all from above in different neighborhoods. The most famous viewpoints are on the Grace Parish Church, in Largos Portas do Sol and Arco da Augusta. Other great places to photograph the city are the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, the Viewpoint São Pedro de Alcântara and the Santa Catarina viewpoint.
Lisbon is not known as a shopping destination, but it has options for all budgets. The main places to consume products in the country is the Avenida da Liberdade, the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center, the Garret Street, the Rua Augusta, thewarehouses in the Chiado neighborhood and the Flea Market.
Other places to visit in Lisbon:
- Basilica da Estrela
- Fernando Pessoa House
- Vasco da Gama shopping center
- Cardaes Convent
- Carmo Convent
- Spout Elevator
- Church of Santa Engracia
- Príncipe Real Garden
- Torel Garden
- Bertrand Bookstore
- Coach Museum
- Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
- Fado Museum
- Museum and Church of São Roque
- Money Museum
- Discoveries Standard
- Chiado Palace
- Edward VII Park
- Commerce Square
- Rossio/Praça Dom Pedro IV
- Cable car at Parque das Nações
How to get to Lisbon
Access to the city is very simple because it has its own airport. To get to Humberto Delgado Airport it is possible to take direct flights by national companies or make stopovers with companies from other countries. The company TAP, for example, operates domestic flights to Lisbon, departing from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Recife.
It is possible to arrive and travel by train to other cities in Portugal and even to other countries. There are 5 train stations that serve the country's capital: Santa Apolónia is the largest and is where trains depart for the North, Center and East of the country (Porto, Santarém, Braga and Coimbra). At Estação do Oriente, trains depart for the north of Portugal and for Madrid, in Spain. The Cais do Sodré Station covers closer destinations such as Estoril and Cascais.
The Sete Rios Station is for tourists who want to visit the Alentejo and Algarve region, further south of the country. The last, but not least, is the Rossio Station, which serves to make visits to Sintra and Mafra.
Best time to visit Lisbon
The high season in Lisbon, as in most European cities, takes place during the summer between June and August and in winter in December and January. During the season, prices for air tickets and hotels tend to be more expensive and queues for restaurants and some attractions such as museums are frequent.
Portugal is a great destination at all times of the year. For travelers looking for heat, from June to September the temperature reaches 40°C, from October to May the climate is milder and stays between 10°C and 20°C.
Where to stay in Lisbon
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