THE CITY OF EXPLORERS!
Settled in the west of the country, Lisbon is the capital and the most populous city of Portugal. Standing as the westernmost city in Europe, on the European Atlantic Ocean coast, the capital is located at the spot where Tagus River pours in the Atlantic Ocean. The Greater Lisbon subregion is one of the fundamental financial and economic hubs in the Iberian Peninsula and is the seat of the President of Portugal.
Lisbon Airport is located almost in the center of the city. There are several transport services available. Taxis cost about €15-20 from the airport to the city centre. Lisbon has a very efficient public transport network that covers the entire city in addition to the surrounding areas. The quickest way to travel to some areas is subway.
As in any major city, there is a variety of accommodation to choose from in Lisbon, from basic hostels or guesthouses, to mid-range hotels, to sumptuous palaces. Some of the city's more elegant hotels include the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz, the Lapa Palace, the Petsana Palace and the Solar do Castelo. If your budget is limited, you might think about the Se Guest House.
Alfama, Castelo and Mouraria (adjacent to each other), Bairro Alto (the part of the centrum; the center for night life), Bica (renown with the Ascendor da Bica funicular), Chiado (the place for chic shopping), Baixa (the hearth of the city) and Belém (alongside Tagus River; the neighborhood of monuments) are the historical districts of the city. Jerónimos Monastery (Belém) made of white stones is the one of the most popular historical landmarks of Lisbon. The Monastery is home to the tombs of three profession of letters of Portugal (Luís Vaz de Camões, Alexandre Herculano and Fernando Pessoa) and Vasco da Gama (the seafarer). Tower of Belém built in the beginning of 16th century for defending the Tagus Estuary is one of the significant landmarks of the city. At the bank of Tagus, Belém Palace located at Belém is one of the splendid historical palaces at the city. The surrounding gardens and the stately rooms containing furnitures, jewelry and paintings allure the person. A great deal of contemporary and old museums are placed at the city. To mention one, Casa-Museu da Fundação Medeiros de Almeida (Casa-Museum of the Foundation Medeiros and Almeida) has a rich European collection. Sacred art, glassware, tapestries, watches, silver items and china items, jewelry, furniture and paintings are found at this cultural and historical brilliant. Also, the city is renowned with its Elevador da Glória, Elevador da Bica and Elevador da Lavra funiculars. You should have a journey by these historical funiculars for a complete and perfect visit to the city.
In addition to the huge shopping malls, many local shoppes and specialty boutiques offer a great range shopping alternatives in the city. Baskets made of wicker, pottery, ceramics, embroidery and lace are among the main traditional handicrafts in Lisbon. Baixa is a vibrant part of the city. It is full of small shoppes of a great range. Chaido neighborhood is the center for elegant shoppes. The fashionable shopping places brim over in the district. Bairro Alto is the place for traditional shopping centers. Colombo Shopping Mall being the biggest mall in the Iberian Peninsula and Vasco da Gama Shopping Mall (Comercial Vasco da Gama) are among the main malls in Lisbon. Thieves' Market (Feira da Ladra) in Campo de Santa Clara is the most known market in Lisbon. It is the place for all kinds of bric a bracs.
Standing as a music genre in Portugal, Fado is the soul of Lisbon and its culture. Consisting of mournful tune and lyrics accompanied by guitar, the music is about saudade (a Portuguese word used for the feeling of longing deeply for something that is found of and is waited to return). Fado is the main element of the popular culture at the city. It tells the story of the sea. Sadness, happiness, pain and contentment feelings are felt at the same time via this ancient but not antiquated music. It is singular. In the Fado houses, all the ambitious ones can sound it. The city harbors many theaters. Lisbon theaters are the fundamental centers for performing arts and the nightlife at the city. Although some English language performances are produced most of the performances are in Portuguese. Teatro Nacional de São Carlos near the Chidao district is the Lisbon's opera house. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian) is home to Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir. It is one of the major concert halls. Placed at Belém, Belém Cultural Center (Centro Cultural de Belém) is the largest center for cultural events. Ballet, opera, concerts, congresses and more are held at this splendid building. Festas dos Santos Populares (June), Festival dos Oceanos (August), Festival das Músicas e dos Portos (Februaryl), Super Bock Super Rock festival (March) and many other cultural activities are the popular events for staging parades, dancing, music, fireworks, parties and more. Many sport events are held in Lisbon throughout the year. Swimming, golf, bowling and skateboarding are among the main sport activities to be performed at the city. Lisbon is worldwide renowned with its nightlife. The city's nightlife is thought to be one of the bests in Europe. The historical Bairro Alto neighborhood is the hearth of Lisbon's nightlife. In addition to Fado houses, bars, clubs, discos and other night venues offer a great range of entertainment till the early morning.