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The Lisbon Area Guide

Things to do

Arguably Portugal’s star attraction, Lisbon continues to allure visitors with its rich, storied past. With a history spanning centuries – it is, in fact, one of the oldest cities in the world. Its ancient districts and monuments have stood the test of time and continue to chronicle the city’s remarkable past. It is no doubt that this tantalising feature has contributed to Lisbon’s position as the 7th most visited city in Southern Europe in 2009 (according to Euromonitor International’s ranking of top city destinations).

Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic architecture can be seen echoing through the city’s streets. Historical monuments such as the Belem tower (a UNESCO world heritage site), which proudly dominates the waterfront, the intricate maze of backstreets in Alfama, the towering Catholic statue of Cristo-Rei in Almada, which eager visitors can climb up to be rewarded with extensive views of the city and the gorgeous sun-drenched beaches on the Cascais coastline (a mere 15-minute train ride away), all provide the avid explorer with multiple avenues in which they can discover and fall further in love with this magical city.

Places to eat

Given that national dishes such as Bacalhau (salted cod) revolve around food found primarily from the sea, it’s hardly surprising that Lisbon and Portugal, in general, is renowned for its exquisite seafood and fish based cuisine. Though, local chefs are now upping the ante by taking traditional dishes and adding a creative twist to them, these contemporary dishes are becoming hugely popular with locals and visitors, resulting in a number of high-end gourmet restaurants popping up in and around Lisbon.

New residents with adventurous palates will also be delighted to know that a number of ethnic and fusion restaurants can be found in abundance here, whether it's snails or Brazilian steak, you’ll be able to sink your teeth into something that utterly pleases your taste buds. You (and your wallet) will also be happy to know that meals aren’t accompanied by extravagant price tags as one would typically expect from a bustling capital city!

Shopping

What’s the best shopping destination in the world? Did London or New York spring to mind? We thought so. Lisbon isn’t typically thought of as a premier shopping destination, but believe us when we say that the outlets found in Portugal’s capital will pleasantly surprise you. The charming, aged streets house a number of stores shrouded in history, from the interior to the traditional wares, shoppers can pick up a wide variety of archaic goodies. Rua de Sao Bento (a street laden with bric-a-brac stores) and Feira da Ladra (a weekly flea market) further reward those in search of ancient gems. In the Chiado district, modern retail outlets and large shopping centres can be sought out, from popular high street brands to luxurious designer stores, you’ll never find it hard to keep up-to-date with the latest seasonal trends.

Getting there & around

Many arrive directly into Lisbon via plane. Portela Airport is served by numerous charter flights and is conveniently located in the heart of the city. The train is another reliable option and The Santa Apolonia Train Station connects Lisbon with the rest of Portugal and European capitals like Paris and Madrid. While journey times can be tediously long, they do offer seamless travel and the chance to witness ever-changing picturesque landscapes en route.

Once in Portugal's capital, you can rely on the metro, tram, bus, ferry or the funicular service to transport you to your desired location. The yellow tram is, perhaps, the most traditional form of transport and has become a distinctive part of Lisbon’s cityscape. Travelling on one is, therefore, highly recommended! There have also been talks to improve the travel infrastructure (expanding the metro network, opening a new airport and building a light rail service), offering an even more seamless travel experience in years to come – watch this space!

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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