Welcome to Lisbon
Welcome to Lisbon - The city of Fado and the colours of the Sunset
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. According to a legend Lisbon was founded by Ulysses, but actually it was founded by the Phoenicians and was ruled by the Moors for 450 years. The discovery of the sea route to India was by Vasco Da Gama in 1498 and marked the beginning of a golden age in Lisbon. The city centre was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake in 1755, it was rebuilt by Marquise de Pombal. History has influenced the style and architecture of this capital, that blends perfectly with modern trends. Lisbon is an illuminated city, thanks to the almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus that transforms the city into a mirror of a thousand colours.
Information and Facts
Lisbon has a very active nightlife, there are many clubs and bars, expecially in the Bairro Alto area. You can start the evening with cocktails in a café in the Chiado square, and then you can go to Bairro Alto's Bedroom, Pavilhão Chinês or Clube da Esquina. If you want cultural places you can find many theatres as Dona Maria II National Theatre, that offer contemporary works and classical plays, and São Carlos Theatre. Fado is, par excellence, the song of Lisbon and you can find this peculiarity in Alfama and Lapa.
In Lisbon there are many shopping malls, including two of Europe's largest: Centro Colombo and the Amoreiras Shopping Centre. Baixa is a district where you can find many shops . The Feira da Ladra is the most famous market, which is held every Tuesday and Saturday on the Campo de Santa Clara.
The best way to turn this city is wander to the streets, so you can find many typical palaces and monuments. You should visit the characteristic quarters like Baixa, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Alfama. If you want visit the monuments and museums you can go to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Jeronimos Monastery, Monument To Discoveries and Towel of Belem. One of the most charming places is Castelo de Sao Jorge, where you can relax in a large garden, with many peacocks and from which you can admire the view of the city. Finally you can visit another interesting places as Igreja Do Carmo and the Cathedral Sè, it is the first church in Lisbon. Also you can not forget to take a ride into famous tram 28.
Standard time zone: UTC+00:00
Lisbon has a warm climate with sunny spring and summer days and the winters are wet and windy.
Public transport in Lisbon is inexpensive and easy to use. The fastest way to get around is by metro, which covers most of the city, and complementing this is a network of trams, buses, funiculars and a vertical elevators to connect the high and low areas of Lisbon. If you want to visit Bairro Alto, you might want to take the Elevador da Glória funicular, since the rise is quite steep. Trams and buses are very inexpensive and the old trams have become a big tourist attraction.