Places not to miss in Lisbon
It is difficult to highlight the major places of interest in Lisbon, a city that has so much to see and learn
But there are those who meet the general consensus and can not leave the Portuguese capital without visiting all the main sightseeings:
Castelo de São Jorge
One of the sights of the city is this fortress located on one of the highest points of Lisbon and has the best panoramic views of the city and the Tagus river estuary. This historic building was once inhabited by Romans, Visigoths and Moors and the Portuguese Royal Family from the twelfth century.
Currently Castelo de São Jorge attracts over a million visitors , including many foreigners who choose to enjoy this beautiful place to prove Lisbon to be the city of seven hills.
Going to Lisbon without seeing Belém is losing a lot of what this city has to offer. No shortage of things to visit and experience this area of the city from Mosteiro Jeronimos, the most visited monument in Portugal the Belém Tower or Padrão dos Descobrimentos- authentic stone tributes and lime to the historical heritage of the Discoverers and the strong bond of Portuguese to the sea, to the CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém, which is noted for a worthy art collection . Also, if you are still not very convinced, here is the store of Pastel de Belém, the Portuguese most famous culinary relic.
Just below the castle, Alfama the most visited typical Lisbon neighborhood . Within the net of typical streets and alleys of the Middle Ages, one is constantly surprised by hidden squares, churches and typical taverns of that times (cafes and taverns with food at affordable prices), and whitewashed houses adorned with iron balconies and flower pots. This former Jewish quarter is one of the most typical of the city, a kind of village in the middle of the urban jungle.
Baixa (Lisbon Downtown)
If Belem area is a must for the tourists, the center - Baixa Pombalina - is also important. The historical heart of Lisbon, which has suffered severe damages from the 1755 hearthquake, presents the magnificent Praça do Comércio so near the river Tagus and one of the most beautiful views of the city. In Baixa you may also admire Lisbon from the belvedere on Rua Augusta, climb to the top of the famous Santa Justa Lift or walk through Rossio square. The greatest XVIII century's buildings, as well as the diversity of commerce in this area, are other attraction factors for the locals and the tourists.
Parque das Nações
This area was built to receive Expo 98 and became one of the most privileged areas of Lisbon to live or to hang out. Parque das Nações includes the famous Oceanário, with over 500 species and more than a million of visitors per year. There you may also take a ride on the cable car, with a wonderful view over the river, visit the casino or shop at Vasco da Gama Shopping Center.
Avenida da Liberdade
If Paris has the Champs-Élysées, Lisbon has Avenida da Liberdade. The most prestigious brands take over this famous artery of the capital, from Luis Vuitton, to Cartier, Prada or Gucci. The most demanding clients have plenty of options, and between shopping you can also take a walk along this green area and stop for a fresh drink at one of the many esplanades or kiosks.