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Lisbon Holidays Overview
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal has been divided into a number of neighbourhoods, with each neighbourhood offering tourists with its unique culture and distinct charms. This diversity also makes Lisbon seem to be a confluence of many micro cities and offers tourists with a variety of styles, tastes and attractions that help to make Lisbon even more exotic and attractive.
Despite being the star attraction of Portugal, Lisbon hardly has any fuss. Old world cathedrals, historical squares, diverse neighbourhoods, beautiful museums and remarkable monasteries automatically reveal themselves to the visitors and ensure that each and every type of tourist in the city has something that suits their respective styles and preferences.
Chasing the ghosts of Pessoa along the old world cobblestone walkways and exploring the beautiful seaside that made the famed Vasco da Gama visit twice might be the most famous things to do in Lisbon, but checking out its tree lined plazas, witnessing the traditional village of Alfama immerse itself into the modern world, sampling food and drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars and exploring the natural beauty of the hilly Bairro Alto district are a few other things that feature in all travel wish lists.
Adventure lovers might want to climb the Cristo Rei to check out the beautiful views while the more timid ones might feel more satisfied with the Castelo da Sao Jorge, also famous for its excellent views and a climb isn't as steep. Art lovers can revel in the fact that Lisbon is home to some of the works of a few legends such as Warhol, Dali and Picasso. History lovers cannot ignore the Gulbenkian, famous as the British Museum of Portugal. Finally, beach bums simply need to travel for an hour to get access to some of the most exotic beaches of Europe.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Castelo de Sao Jorge
||What is it? The walls of Saint George's Castle, sitting
atop a hill guarding the Tagus, date from the Moorish occupation in
the 10th century, but the site has been a fortress for centuries,
possibly since the 5th century. The castle is regarded as the
cradle of Lisbon, and today it provides a panoramic view of the
River Tagus and the Alfama medieval district, which is spread out
below it. Visitors can walk the esplanades and climb the ramparts.
A multimedia show is available during the day which brings alive
the history of Lisbon. The castle grounds are planted with olive,
pine and cork trees and provide a pleasant spot to
Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 9pm (April to September), and 9am to 6pm
(October to March)
Phone:21 887 7244
||What is it? The oldest part of Lisbon, the Alfama quarter
sprawls down the hillside from below the Castelo de Sao Jorge,
retaining much of the traditional colour and atmosphere from the
days when it was the ancient seat of the Saracens. Along the narrow
cobblestone alleyways are taverns and street markets, interspersed
with close-packed houses still occupied by stevedores, fishmongers
and sailors. At the edge of the Alfama, Lisbon's renowned flea
market, the Feira da Ladra, is held in the Campo de Santa Clara
every Tuesday and Saturday. The Alfama is also full of historic
buildings and churches, which are well worth exploring. Some of the
buildings display fading coats of arms, which bear testimony to the
fact that the Alfama was once home to aristocrats. At night the
Alfama takes on a more mysterious aspect with street lanterns
throwing shadows on the medieval walls, and it is advisable to
avoid the area after dark in favour of the Bairro Alto café and
Hours of Operation:
|3. Sé (Cathedral)
||What is it? Although this cathedral in Largo da Se in the
Alfama district is not outwardly appealing, it was the first church
in Lisbon, built on the site of a Saracen mosque after the city was
captured by the Crusaders in the 12th century. Inside, this ancient
church features some treasures, like the font where St Anthony of
Padua was baptised in 1195, and numerous notable relics, images and
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 7pm, Sunday and Monday 9am
Phone:21 886 6752
holidays - Top Events
|1. Festival of Saint Antonio
|What is it? The month of June is when three popular
saints are remembered, Saints Anthony, John and Peter, and the city
is decorated with colourful decorations, lights and lanterns; there
is feasting, dancing and music in the streets, and plenty of
traditional festivities. In Lisbon, the main festivities
concentrate on the city's favourite saint, Santo Antonio. The
month-long Festival is a riot of parades, fireworks and all-night
partying. The highlight of the festivities is the big parade that
makes its way down the Avenida da Liberdade in the evening. For
more information contact the Lisbon Tourist Office on +351 (0)21
Where is it?
|2. Lisbon Marathon
|What is it? The Lisbon Marathon is attracting more and
more runners each year as its reputation extends as one of the best
marathons in the world, primarily because of the beautiful city in
which it is run but also because of the high level of organisation.
The race starts in the Praça do Comércio and does three circular
routes, east, west and north, each time returning to the start
Where is it?
|What is it? The Rio Carnival may be the most famous in
the world but it all started here in Portugal's capital. Even
though today the Brazilian infused mega-carnival on the other side
receives most of the international attention, the Lisbon Carnival,
a celebration of the end of winter, is still a major event on the
city's calendar. The entrudo is the highlight
of the festival, closing on the last day, and processions of floats
make their way down the colourful streets while jugglers and masked
celebrators join in the cacophony of music and cheering. The focal
point of the festival is in Parque Nações but parties are
celebrated all along the coast.
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