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Lisboa, the capital of Portugal
Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal
Lisboa, commonly known as Lisbon in English, is the capital city of Portugal. It is found on the banks of the Tagus River on the western coast of Portugal. The city is a major tourism, financial and international trade hub. The charm of Lisbon is characterized by its many historic quarters. What gives a unique dimension to the city are these old quarters with medieval origins which have a characteristic and familiar environment with small houses and narrow streets. The city of Lisbon is the gateway to discover Portugal by train. Indeed Lisbon is just 2h30 away from Porto.
Go to the top of the Alfama hill where you can admire Alfama, the oldest district of Lisboa. You will discover the parishes of São Miguel, Santo Estêvão and São Vicente de For a, Fado bars and restaurants. The mediaeval Castle of São Jorge overlooking the Alfama is one of the most beautiful sights of Lisbon. Don’t miss a visit to the Lisboa cathedral and the Church of Santa Engrácia.
Visit the Baixa Pombalina district located near the seafront. You will discover its gridiron street layout and its street names, recalling the crafts and trades of this part of town. Not far way is the Cdiado square. Local and tourists love to buy books, garments and other stuff there.
Take the bus 28 at the Praça do Comércio and on your way you will be able to admire the 25 de Abril Bridge. On the other side of the bridge you will see the Santuario De Cristo Rei. Get off at the Praça do Império to visit the Hieronymites Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument.
Don’t miss a glass of Ginginha, a typical Lisbon drink made from Cherry Liquor. There are many restaurants in the Bairro Alto district. Lisbon offers a wide range of typical dishes specially fish dishes and excellent wines like the Vinho Verde and the Porto.
You will find the main shopping areas in Baixa. The Chiado and Bairro Alto district have clothes and linen shops, whereas the neighbouring streets have haute couture shops. For high class label clothes and shoes, go to Avenida da Liberdade.
Turismo de Lisboa
Rua do Arsenal, 23 1100-038 Lisboa
Tel: +351 210 312 700
The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.
Getting to and from Lisbon
Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Lisbon can be found.