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Lisboa, the Portuguese capital

Lisbon is a beautiful city, ornate architecture, gastronomy, traditions, and Fado music. From the spectacular sightseeing views of the hilltop in Alfama (check Portas do Sol article) to the amazing sunset of St. George´s Castle, the views are unique and breathtaking.

Friendly locals and excellent weather, put comfortable footwear in the bag, to walk along the Lisbon avenues, tiny streets, and the seven hills. Do you have time to hop on Tram 28? Perfect!

Lisbon districts to visit

Your visit to Lisbon should consider Belém Civil Parish. Depends on your time, but we highly advise one full day on your plan. While there, the Monastery of Jerónimos, Tower of Discoveries, and Belém Tower are the key points, besides the beautiful garden and the moment you should have to taste the famous Pastéis de Belém.

Walking on Marquês de Pombal (Rotunda Metro Station) has a beautiful statue, as an homage to the reconstruction after the Earthquake of 1755. Liberdade Avenue is a ex-libris of Lisbon, with the major worldwide brands stores and offices, you will find also Hard Rock Café in Restauradores.

Bairro Alto is nightlife and lots of restaurant concepts, besides amazing bars on rooftops. Bairro Alto and Alfama, are the perfect places to listen live fado music and have a wonderful meal. 

Country : Portugal
Setlement : 1147 ( has Portuguese capital )
Capital city area : 100.05 km2 | 38.63 sq miles
Metro : 3015.24 km2 | 111,164.19 sq miles
Elevation : 2 metres | 7 ft

Capital city : 505.526 people
Metro area : 2.827 millions

Shopping malls are open at the moment with stores of essential goods or services only!

Mondays to Fridays : 8 am to 9 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 8 am to 7 pm

Soccer is the major sport in Portugal. Visiting the Portuguese capital, you will be able to visit sports museums from the major clubs in Lisbon. The four major clubs in Lisbon are :

  • Clube Futebol “Os Belenenses”
  • Estoril Praia
  • SCP – Sporting Clube de Portugal
  • SLB – Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Lisbon is beautiful and the perfect spot for a city break if you leave in Europe. However, if you have time, we strongly advise you to visit other cities and villages in the metropolitan area.

  • Sintra is located 21 miles Northwest of Lisbon and a place to visit. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the Moors Castle, Pena Palace, Sintra National Palace. Quinta da Regaleira, Monserrate Palace and Seteais Palace, are also to consider as principal attractions of Sintra. While there, try “Travesseiro de Sintra” and “Queijadas de Sintra”, two famous local sweets.
  • Cascais: famous for the beaches nearby and great restaurants along the coastline, where you will be able to eat modern, bistro, and traditional Portuguese cuisine.
  • Setúbal: Setúbal is located 31 miles south of Lisbon. Passing the bridge, leaving Lisbon, it’s a city famous for gastronomy, history, and traditions. The region belongs to the Setúbal wine region, which is famous for its Muscat wine called Moscatel de Setúbal. The city has one of the Most Beautiful Markets Worldwide called Livramento Market. There an amazing number of restaurants and “Choco Frito” is at the top of the mind in the city. You will be able to visit the Castle of St. Filipea and the Monastery of Jesus of Setúbal, besides the famous Castle of Palmela.

Fado, a Portuguese way to express feelings, history, and stories. Portuguese fado has been awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. By night, you will be able to listen to local restaurants or fado house music. The capital has also other types of music. Lisbon offers you electronic music, African music, new wave, indie, jazz, and several music festivals with international artists.

If you are interested in learn more details about Fado Music, you should consider visiting:

  • Fado Museum (Alfama civil parish): has a unique collection, as a result of the donation of several collectors and artists or families. You will learn about fado music from the beginning of the 19th-century to the present.
  • House-Museum Amália Rodrigues (Madragoa civil parish): iconic fado singer, her house turned into a museum. Here you will find her personal pieces. The singer opens doors worldwide to fado music and sang in the most famous halls and theatres. Her presence on stage was unique, always dressed in the classic black dress with shawl.

There are some tour operators providing experiencies with fado music, dinner, and other activities in the Portuguese capital.


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One of the highlights of a visit the Saint George Castle is the opportunity to walk along the ramparts and enjoy the breathtaking views over Lisbon.