A short guide for tourists in Lisbon


From the outstanding combination of tradition and innovation reflected both in its classical and modern edifices to the wonderful and unforgettable atmosphere you discover every step of the way, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. “A short guide for tourists in Lisbon brings you some of the most important aspects of the Lisbon’s history, culture and civilization, about a city that will captivate you from the very first moment.

Historical background

Located on the western coast of the country, facing the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbonor the city of the seven hills is the capital of a former Portuguese empire and one of the top seventh most visited cities of Europe. Believed to have been firstly occupied by the Phoenicians in the 1200 BC, the present territory, now called Lisbon, was occupied by Romans, Moors and finally conquered by the Portuguese in 1147, becoming the capital of Portugal in 1255. Elements of its magnificent history are still well preserved in some of the oldest quarters of Lisbon, such as Alfama, Castelo, Mouraria, places that should definitely be on your visiting list. Rambling streets, small houses dwelled by fishermen, historical monuments or colored tiles buildings, all part of the Portuguese history have their own story and significance to the present development of Lisbon.

What to visit

Lisbonhas many incredible places that should be visited, admired and appreciated for their unique architectural style, not to mention that the city itself is an incredible sight. But if time is not on your side, here are a few of the monuments that you cannot miss. One of the world’s biggest aquariums, Oceanarium is a modern and futuristic monument dedicated to the sea world. More than 25,000 fish, mammals, sharks and all types of aquatic creatures are displayed in a habitat that perfectly recreates the ocean ecosystem.

Close to the Oceanarium are located two of the most impressive Portuguese monuments that reflect the history background of this city. Vasco da Gama Tower (the city’s highest building) and Vasco da Gama Bridge (one of the world’s largest bridge) are both dedicated to the fierce Portuguese explorer that discovered India. Among top representative sights of Lisbon we also mention Jeronimos Monastery (built in 1502) and St. George’s Castle (dating from the 6th century). Symbol of Lisbon and of the Golden Age of Discoveries, Belem Tower is not only a fortress that stands as witness to all of the memorable events that marked this country’s existence but is also a perfect place for romantic moments. Many lovers declared their affection in this marvelous location, in the presence of the Ocean and under the moonbeam.

 

I hope that “A short guide for tourists in Lisbon stirred your curiosity and interest and you are convinced enough that a journey to the capital ofPortugal will be a great experience. So, start packing and embrace the Lisbon adventure!

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