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Lisbon and surroundings

The Versatile Capital

Lisbon – the city that has everything! Most people, when thinking of Lisbon, probably picture sitting on a terrace of a cozy café, enjoying an authentic Pastel de Nata or Pasteis de Belem, while watching the yellow 24 tram go by and having a view on brightly coloured houses on the hills. Well, that’s right! But Lisbon is so much more.

From delicious and local food, to the most beautiful viewpoints and unique sights, Lisbon has it all. Lisbons highlights are numerous. Every district has its own unique feature. In Belem you can visit the Tower of Belem, which used to be the starting point of famous sea navigators such as Vasco da Gama, when they embarked on their journeys to the New World. Walk along the coastline to the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, a huge statue with smaller statues of Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama, looking out over the sea. Here you also have a magnificent view of the famous 25 of April (a copy of the San Francisco bridge) and the Vasco da Gama bridge, but you also have an amazing view of the huge Jesus statue, the Cristo Rei, almost hugging Lisbon. Belem also has the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, an UNESCO heritage Monastery where you can admire stunning architecture and its history. You can also walk through the charming streets of Alfama. Wander through the small streets, but take good walking shoes with you, as this area is very hilly! Discover the bright coloured houses, the very authentic and local shops and bars, or go all the way up to the Castelo do Sao Jorge, where you can admire beautiful views while standing on these ruins. Did you know that Lisbon also has its own Pantheon? As a matter of fact, this impressive building has a decor filled with coloured marble and a huge dome. Lisbon also has a huge foodmarket where you can taste authentic Portugese delicaties.

Lisbon is ideal for a city trip, with an enourmeous amount of intersting highlights, but at the same time not being as busy as other European capitals. Furthermore, the surrounding area of Lisbon, the magical Sintra and Natural Cascais, are perfect for an enchanting getaway.