about lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, conquered in 1147 by Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal; it has since been a city of conquerors and adventurous history makers who sailed the world and discovered Brazil.

Today Lisbon is a magnificent city that breathes history in every corner and has an immense heritage, including two sites listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site: Torre de Belem and Monastery of Jeronimos.

Also known as the "city with seven hills", Lisbon is an illuminated city. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colours - highlighting the city's unique shapes, architecture and beauty.

The best way to visit Lisbon is to walk all its streets and soak in all the history and culture that the city has to offer - there are streets filled with heritage monuments, and characteristic neighbourhoods where the city first developed and can still be experienced at its most genuine level.

Downtown Lisbon

Downtown Lisbon is where you'll find most monuments, history and breathtaking views of the city and the riverfront.

You can start in Praca do Comercio, where all the spices trading used to take place centuries ago, go under the Arco do Triunfo and continue through Rua Augusta watching the sights on both sides of the street, including the Elevador de Santa Justa, a lift designed by one of Eiffel's disciples.

You can then move to the ruins of the old convent - Convento do Carmo and enjoy the views from there.

Walk the streets of Chiado and stop at the "Brasileira" café for a snapshot with Fernando Pessoa's statue, then move on to one of the most amazing viewing points in Lisbon - the "Miradouro de S.Pedro de Alcantara" - you will have a great view to the castle, river and downtown Lisbon.

Still in downtown Lisbon don't forget to go to Rossio, with the gorgeous National Theatre and the 1886 train station, and the St. Jorge's Castle for views of the entire city.

Go to Alfama, the birth place of Fado, a very traditional neighbourhood, where people can look rough, but they are always kind. Get lost in those streets and go to a Fado house - to a best taste of Portuguese dishes and culture.

Don't forget to ride the 28 tram - the most iconic tram was inaugurated in 1914 and today it has a 7km (4.5 miles) route between Martim Moniz Square and the neighborhood of Prazeres (between Graça and Estrela in a shorter journey), going past some major attractions.

Belem and the River front

Belem is one of the beautiful and historical areas of Lisbon. Home to two World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, Belem is a gorgeous neighbourhood with monuments, gardens and restaurants overlooking the river.

Visit The Monastery of Jeronimos as it is one of the most prominent monuments in Lisbon, dated from 1496. The building has a façade that extends for more than three hundred metres, following a principle of horizontality that gives it a harmonious and relaxing physiognomy. Always closely linked to the Portuguese royal family, on account of its occupying order (the Hieronymites) and its connections to Spain, the intellectual output of its monks, the fact that it was inevitably closely associated with the golden age of the Discoveries and also its geographic location at the entrance to the port of Portugal's capital, the Jeronimos Monastery was interiorised from its foundation as one of the symbols of the Portuguese nation.

Close by you'll find the Tower of Belem - Torre de Belem- built in the early 16th century, located next to the river and surrounded by gardens it makes the perfect sightseeing monument of the Portuguese Manueline style, with hints of other architectural styles.

After all your walk and discovery in Belem you have to go back for the most delicious and famous cake in the world - Pasteis de Belem. Do take the time to go inside and find a seat. The place is very beautiful on the inside - very typical, with all its tiles and arches - and the "Pasteis" will be served right from the oven.

Visit Lisbon of the River Tagus, whose riverfront is dedicated to leisure activities and links the monumental zone of Belém with the modern area of the Parque das Nações; visit its typical neighbourhoods, and its historical monuments; enjoy the pure pleasure of being in Lisbon, through its gastronomy - come and learn about Lisbon!