Are you considering taking a vacation in Lisbon? You’ll be happy to learn that Portugal’s capital city has experienced a late renaissance and its contemporary culture is now making its mark on the European continent. Additionally, it has become an extremely popular tourist destination.
When visiting Lisbon, there is more to see and do than what you can possibly squeeze onto a vacation itinerary. However, we feel that the following list are the 5 things not to miss around Lisbon when vacationing there:
Castelo de São Jorge – in English, this is the St. George Castle and is perched upon a hill overlooking Lisbon’s Alfama district which serves as the perfect introduction to the city. Here you can gaze out across the city valley to the Bairro Alto while admiring the waters of the river below you. Between the castle and its history, the climb up the hill is well worth it when you get to take your first glance out across Lisbon.
Santa Justa’s Elevator – designed by one of Gustav Eiffel’s (Eiffel Tower) apprentices. The elevator ride does not take that long and features a great view of the city once you reach the top of the structure’s staircase. Be careful, it is a bit rickety. This is also revered as being one of Lisbon’s main symbols and trademarks.
Belem and the Belem Tower – always a favorite on most international tourist’s vacation itineraries, this is another one of the iconic landmarks of Lisbon. This is also a great spot for families traveling with children as this always holds their interest as well as that of the parents. Impressively large and featured in many Portuguese textbooks is the Monument to the Discoveries.
Bairro Alto – the atmosphere, bars, and numerous restaurants found here are the main attractions of the location. Interestingly enough, at one time this was one of Lisbon’s red light districts. Despite the extensive clean-up operations conducted in recent years, there are still some remnants of what the area used to be known for. If you’re traveling with children, you may want to avoid visiting this area during night time hours.
Lisbon Aquarium – if you venture into the ultra modern and renowned Parque Expo, you will be able to enjoy Lisbon’s most popular attractions. Not to mention the fact that it is situated next to an enormous shopping center. This is a great venue for families as well and children will enjoy watching the playful otters and prowling sharks as they perform in their exhibits.
Hotel Deals in Lisbon
Hotel Turim Iberia, Lisbon
The luxury 4 star Turim Iberia Hotel is situated in the heart of one of the Lisbon’s most prestigious areas, few steps from Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Campo Pequeno.
Hotel Sana Executive, Lisbon
The 3 start Sana Executive Hotel is located close to the city’s main tourist attractions, such as the Fundação Gulbenkian and the El Corte Inglês shopping centre.
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