Lisbon at a Glance
Learning that Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating London, Paris and even Rome is both surprising and intriguing to travellers. Suddenly this sleepy city rivals its famous counterparts and becomes a must-see for many.
The city is home to numerous quaint museums, significant historical sights and cultural encounters. But to completely submerge yourself in the Portuguese way of life you need to simply wander the streets. Meander through winding streets and tiny squares, stopping for a café and pastry with the locals. This is how Lisbon should really be experienced.
Not to be missed Lisbon overflows with cultural experiences, historical attractions and contemporary art installations. These are five traveller favourite attractions:
- An evening of traditional Fado music. In 2011 Fado was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
- Cristo Rei monument in Almada. Resembling the Corcovado monument in Rio de Janeiro, the top of the statue affords exquisite views of Tagus River below and beyond.
- Lisbon’s oldest district, Alfama. Many of the city’s important historical attractions are located here including the remains of Castle of Sao Jorge.
- District of Bairro Alto. A residential, shopping and entertainment district, it is the heart of Lisbon’s nightlife.
- Aqueduto das Aguas Livres. With the largest stone arch in the world, the main course of aqueduct covers 18 kms, while the network of canals extends nearly 58 kms in its entirety.
Uniquely Lisbon A rather hilly city, funiculars and elevators have been installed throughout Lisbon to help navigate the steep inclines. Four of these funiculars: Gloria’s Funicular, Bica’s Funicular, Lavra’s Funicular and the stunning cast iron filigree detailed Santa Justa’s Elevator, were classified as a National Monument in 2002.
Good to know about Lisbon Here are the practical details that will enhance your Lisbon encounter:
- Climate: With very warm summers and mild winters, Lisbon enjoys a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate. Average summer temperature is 25°C during the day and 16° C in the evening.
- City Transportation: Metro, bus, electrico (tram) and even funiculars and elevators on some of the steep hills, Lisbon has a very efficient public transport network.
- Accommodation: Hotels and Pousadas are the two most popular accommodation choices in Lisbon. See Lisbon Hotels for more details.
- Eating Out: The areas of Chiado and Bairro Alto are home to the most authentic and affordable Portuguese cuisine. Be advised that many restaurants automatically bring a selection of bread, butter, cheese and olives to the table upon being seated. These small bites are not free and you will be charged based on what you consume.
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