After Athens, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is Europe’s second-largest city. The city is built on a series of steep hills that overlook the Rio Tejo and other scenic vistas visible from all directions. Lisbon is Portugal’s star attraction that offers all the delights expected from Europe’s most captivating, soulful and picturesque capitals.
The city of Lisbon is one of the world’s greatest historical cities. It is filled with majestic monasteries and Gothic cathedrals. For the tourists looking for a more overwhelming taste of history, visiting Belem, a monument
packed neighborhood is a must. The neighborhood features Belem Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, a well concealed subway for pedestrians, Coach Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of royal coaches
and vehicles, and the Statue of Afonso de Albuquerque, a massive statue representing Afonso de Albuquerque that looks towards the sea. Equally fascinating is Alfama, which is the city’s oldest district. It is a labyrinthine street filled with medieval architecture, including the Castle of Sao Jorge and the medieval Lisbon Cathedral.
Lisbon is also termed as the city of the oceans, since it has the distinction of being the only European capital that is so close to sandy beaches. It also has some of the largest aquariums in Europe. This unique quality allows tourists to combine the rich culture and history of the city with some light fun on the beach.
Tourists looking for other more peaceful and relaxing settings can visit the various parks and gardens spread across the city. The most popular of these Jardim Zoologica, a zoo that has a wide variety of exotic animals, Ajuda Botanical Gardens, a ten acre garden laid out by the Portuguese Royal family after the 1755 earthquake and Lisbon Botanical gardens, built several hundred years ago with a massive collection of plants that back several centuries.
For those interested in enjoying Lisbon’s nightlife, it has one of the most stylish nightclubs in Europe, including Lux/Fragil, which features different forms of music and occasional concerts with the backdrop of its Avant Garde décor. For more discos and clubbing activities, tourists can visit the Bairro Alto neighbourhood or the Docas district, which have new trendy nightclubs that attract new crowds.
Lisbon is an interesting blend of modern discos and vintage trams as well as medieval looking villages that put tourists in a strange and visually charming time-warp. The city also has a mild climate, making it an ideal place a vacation any time of the year. It is a small city that is perfect for a short vacation or a long romantic stay. It has a wide variety of attractions for different types of tourists, ranging from families to couples to single travelers.
Tourists interested in visiting the city can check into the Pestana Palace Hotel and National Monument. The hotel is conveniently located near some of most popular places in the city. It also features a wide variety of conference rooms as well as family rooms and a babysitting service, making it the perfect place for both the business traveler as well as families.