Lisbon Travel Tips
Lisbon's position on seven low hills beside a river once lured traders and settlers, and it's still a stunning site. Add to that its cultural diversity, laid-back feel and architectural time warp, and you have one of the most enjoyable cities in Europe - and also one of the most economical.
At its heart are wide, tree-lined avenues graced by Art Nouveau buildings, mosaic pavements and street cafes. Seen from the river - one of the city's many great viewpoints - Lisbon is an impressionist picture of low-rise ochre and pastel, punctuated by church towers and domes.
Portugal is renowned for its wines and fortified port wines. Tours head off from Lisbon to the surrounding vineyards and wineries, where you can see how the wines are made, get a feel for the ...
Lisbon is a city to get lost in, wandering steep, narrow streets lined with tiled buildings, and discovering hidden bars and cafes. Day 1: History, Hills & Local Flavor Start at Rossio and ...
Fado is Portugal’s proud musical tradition. The often mournful melodies and lyrics of fado tell tragic stories of the sea and the hardships of life lived by the poor. Fado is linked to the ...
Évora is a beautiful city in Portugal
with archeological findings dating back to 4,000 BC. With a
well-preserved UNESCO-listed town center, some beautiful churches and
plenty of ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2012
The main shopping district of Lisbon is Baixa , the downtown area which is literally down, being the flat part of the city between the hills on either side.
Baixa runs from the river at ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, October 2011
Back in the day, Portugal was quite the maritime force in the world, and Lisbon was the center of the beginnings of globalization.
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, December 2011
This is a particularly family-focused time in Portugal with a big meal on Christmas Eve, gifts exchanging, then on to Midnight Mass. On Christmas Eve the generations of the family gather together in ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, July 2012
Ribeira, meaning river, is the area alongside the Tagus (Tejo) River in Lisbon .
Being an important port city for centuries, the riverside is where so much of Lisbon life developed and still ...
Written by Sasha, February 2013
Allow at least four hours to explore Lisbon Zoo, opened in 1883 as the first in Portugal. Largely revamped since 1990, it is accessible on public transport to Sete Rios. It is one of the more ...
One of my favourite things about Lisbon
is the transport. It has everything. A modern metro decorated with
contemporary art, iconic yellow trams, funiculars for those hills, even
an elevator ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, June 2011
Churches are designed to strike awe into the hearts and minds of those who enter them, to bring them to a belief in God, of whatever conviction. I’ve always known this but mostly I’ve ended up in ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, January 2012
Located in one of the best and most unusual pieces of public transportation anywhere in the world, the Lift Club is a small, hidden nightclub with seriously good views over Lisbon’s center. In the ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, March 2012
Sometimes just as interesting as a museum’s collection is the story of the collector behind it. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is the legacy of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, a Turkish oil mogul and art ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, April 2012
is a city of flavors with its little cafes, bars and restaurants that
can stun you with just how good their food is. I think the secret is in
the personal approach – these are not big ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, June 2012
Just near Castelo de São Jorge, the castle on top of the hill in the Alfama district in Lisbon ,
is the impressive 17th century monastery and church of São Vincente de
Fora. The ...
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