Lisbon

 

THE European destination of the moment ? Lisbon of course ! If tourism develops as well these last years in the capital, you will understand, it’s not for nothing ! At the same time very old and modern, it’s a city which has its charm and which enchants all those who visit it.

Nowadays, many foreigners settle there. It feels so good that visiting isn’t enough, and living there is obviously different but the quality of life is incomparable with the rest of the European capitals. Many like me have tested, approved and stayed.

If you don’t know yet I will let you discover with the following.

Here are the best places to visit as well tourist (necessary step !) as less known, to do preferably on foot and/or with the old tramway in the center.

 

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Belvederes:

Miradouro de Santa Luzia

São Pedro

Portas do Sol

Santa Catarina

 

Squares:

Praça do Cómercio (with the Rua Augusta arch)

Praça da Figueira

Praça Dom Pedro IV

Praça dos Restauradores

 

Historical monuments:

Sé de Lisboa

Igreja São Roque

Catedral Santa Maria Maior

Básilica da Estrela

Panteão National

 

Palaces:

Palácio das Necessidades

Palácio National de Mafra

Palácio Real de Queluz

 

Parks and gardens:

Parque Eduardo VII

Jardim do Campo Grande

Jardim do Museu Gulbenkian

Jardim da Estrela

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara

Jardim Bôtanico da Ajuda

 

Neighborhoods where to walk:

Rossio, with its big square and in the surroundings the elevator Santa Justa, Convento do Carmo, the station of Rossio…

Bairro Alto, passing through Chiado, ideal to be in the heart of Lisbon and in the evening, enjoy its many bars for a drink in a warm atmosphere and its viewpoints, to see both day and night

Alfama, where the fado was born. Don’t miss the stairs of São Cristovão and the São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) and the Pantheon nearby

Cais do Sodré, along the docks you’ll have a beautiful view and a beautiful sunset on the side of the bridge April 25

Parque das Nações, the modern district where you can discover the Oceanarium, walk along the Tejo and above with the cable car, see the bridge Vasco da Gama …

Belém, to see, among others, the Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (monastery), Monumento aos Descobrimentos, go to the rooftops of the MAAT museum, eat the pasteis of Belém (the real ones !), watch the sunset behind the Fundação Champalimaud

 

On the other side of the bridge April 25:

Cristo Rei (Almada)

Jardim do Cristo Rei

Costa da Caparica, many great beaches followed and the opportunity to sip a cocktail in one of the bars by the sea

 

Around of Lisbon, there are other wonders to see, especially beautiful beaches:

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CASCAIS, to visit starting with the Boca do Inferno, the beach Santa Marta and then down to the center to stroll through the typical narrow streets of Cascais and the small beautiful beaches of the city

Beaches

Praia de Carcavelos

Praia do Guincho

 

ERICEIRA, stroll the streets and contemplate the landscape

Beaches

Praia de São Sebastião

Praia dos Pescadores

Praia da Empa

 

SINTRA

Palacio da Pena

Palacio da Vila

Palacio dos Seteais

Castelo dos Mouros

Quinta da Regaleira

Convento dos Capuchos

Cabo da Roca

Azenhas do Mar

Beaches

Praia da Ursa

Praia da Adraga

Praia Grande

Praia do Magoito

Praia de São Julião

Praia da Samarra

 

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SESIMBRA

Castle of Sesimbra

Cabo Espichel

Beaches

Praia do Meco

Lagoa de Albufeira

Ribeira do Cavalo

Praia das Bicas

Praia da Foz

 

SETÚBAL

Serra da Arrabida, with its breathtaking view from a discreet belvedere

Beaches

Tróia

Portinho da Arrabida

Praia dos Galapinhos

Praia dos Coelhos

Praia da Figueirinha

 

To see also:

Praia de Santa Cruz (Torres Vedras)

Praia de Valmitão (Lourinhã)

 

 

 

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