Lisbon In general
Lisbon is truly a contemporary European destination thanks to its growing financial sector building on media, entertainment, arts and tourism. As the oldest city in Western Europe, you will find a range of hotels within its historic old town that delights visitors with its bleached limestone buildings, winding streets and an affable charm from the city’s residents. Visitors will also enjoy its warm climate while they enjoy a range of sights and activities that Portugal is renowned for.
Extraordinary hotels in Lisbon
- Hotel do Chiado – occupying the top two floors of the famous Armazens do Chiado Building
- Pestana Palace Hotel and National Monument – A historic palace built in 1905.
Monuments and attractions
There are plenty of sightseeing activities on offer to experience Portuguese culture:
- Sintra – this UNESCO Heritage Site major tourist centre is visited by many day trippers from Lisbon. The royal retreats, castles and buildings from the 8th Century have a beautiful backdrop of scenic landscapes and Romantic architecture. Don’t forget to check out the Sintra National Palace and be marvelled at the grandiose atmosphere.
- Cristo Rei – Standing at over 100 metres tall on the bank of the Tejo River in downtown Lisbon, the statue of Cristo Rei strikes similarities to Cristo Redenter in Rio de Janiero, although smaller. It is recommended that you take a visit there and look back at the breathtaking scenery of Lisbon.
- Belem – this Lisbon neighbourhood is a cultural area readily available for tourists. Such attractions include the Belem Tower with its narrow and spiral staircase; Jeonimos Monastery; Coach Museum with the world’s largest collection of coaches and royal vehicles.
- Museu da Electricidade – a free interactive experience in a former power station.
Eating and drinking
Many restaurants in Lisbon are run by families and generally cheap. The menu changes daily with their ‘dishes of the day.’ For the best culinary experience, head to Chicado area for the finest Portuguese traditional food. For a special taste of Lisbon, eat at a restaurant that plays fado, a traditional folk music that embellishes the heart of its residents.
Lisbon is known for its nightlife. Barrio Alto district is great to sip a Caipirinha in one of the many bars in its small streets.
Shopping is a must do activity in cosmopolitan Lisbon. Shopping hours are later than most European countries and there are many shopping streets to walk down:
- Baixa – the old shopping district in Lisbon that includes tourist stores and European chain stores.
- Chiado – independent shops scatter within this district that are complemented by cafes and restaurants.
- Centro Comerical Colombo – this shopping mall on Avenue Colegio Militar is one of the largest in Europe. This also has a bowling alley, cinemas and funfairs within to further your shopping experience.