Excellent tourist offer, Mediterranean relaxation and good air connections with the rest of Europe and the world – have made Lisbon the epitome of the best and most desirable vacation spot.
The capital city of Portugal is situated on seven hills through which narrow streets wind. The cuisine is simple, the restaurants and bars are charming and unpretentious. Hotels are great where you can try great wellness and see a combination of local tradition and North African influence. Urban architecture is a blend of two opposites — a magnificent building (witnesses to a glorious past and a naval and colonial superpower) and contemporary buildings that show that Portugal has not fallen behind in the past.
Old trams and funiculars connect classic and modern style. They are a trademark of Portugal. The irresistible image of Lisbon is Maori architecture in touch with Art Nouveau. The beautiful churches (after the 1755 earthquake and tsunami) have been restored to their original form. Monasteries in historic districts give Lisbon a special charm. The various buildings are named after Vasco de Game (a sailor responsible for discovering the sea route to India). The Portuguese live thanks to gold from Brazil (their former colony), as evidenced by the Alfama district around the mouth of the Tejo River. Lisbon is even four centuries older than Rome. Only the city of Athens was created before Lisbon.
At every turn you can hear fad-tugging Portuguese music with lyrics about unhappy love while sipping on archival porto or Portuguese sparkling wine. The most cheerful cultural community is Mourari Stas. Chinese, Roma and African immigrants live in this old Maori district today. Its streets resemble Arabian bazaars. This is a nice and fun place to spend part of the summer.
What to buy in Lisbon?
Claus Porto Soaps (from the city of Porto) – sold at numerous city stores / perfumeries. They are made of natural materials and wrapped in colorful art deco packaging. Soaps are a luxury souvenir of useful value.
A semi-small shop whose decoration is inspired by the appearance of Arabian markets offers the best Portuguese wines, archival porto, cognacs, olive oils, handicrafts and a CD with Portuguese music. Rua dos Fanqueiros 70
Luvaria Ulisses – the world’s most famous leather glove shop was founded in 1922. http://www.luvariaulisses.com
Perfumeria Alceste-sells perfume bottles with natural fragrance oils from domestic production. 25ml Perfume Bottle – Costs 5 Euros, 40ml Perfume Bottle Costs 10 Euros. Rua da Conceicao 85
When it comes to urban transport, the city of Lisbon is like an open-air museum. There is a special line of trams 28, funiculars and “elevadores” (lifts that run to the tops of the city’s hills).https://www.visitportugal.com
London has Brick Lane, Beijing has Kvrt 879 and Lisbon has LX Factory. The old factory halls were populated by artists and opened the studios, galleries and shops of Rua Rodrigues de Faria.
The Lisbon Oceanarium is part of the Parque das Nacoes (a modern building built for Expo 98). The largest indoor aquarium in Europe.https://www.oceanario.pt
Although better known for its wines, Portugal has a long tradition of producing beer. The Beer Museum is a great destination displaying past beers in Portugal and the former colonies of Angola, Brazil, Mozambique and Cape Verde.