Lisbon

We know that vacations are always short, but due to its proximity from Quinta de Santo António it is hard not to suggest a trip into Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Imperiously settled in the right margin of the Tagus river, Lisbon has more than twenty centuries of history. Thanks to the Portuguese discoveries, it became an international meeting point for various cultures, from South America to Africa and Asia. The Torre de Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos are two monuments that symbolize this grand connection of the city to the sea and to the world.

After the earthquake of 1755 the city suffered an enormous renovation of its downtown areas. However, many of its oldest neighborhoods, characterized by their steep accesses and particular architecture, such as Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto and Madragoa, maintain their style and charm. Moreover their character is fuelled by restaurants where you can listen to Fado, the typical Portuguese music per excellence.

One suggestion for the visitor will be to climb one (or more) of the city’s seven hills in order to have access to all its dazzling beauty. You can take the elevator of Santa Justa, in the middle of Chiado, or the elevator of Gloria, in Restauradores, which will take you to the belvedere of S. Pedro de Alcantara. You can also prefer to cross Bairro Alto, home of the city’s nightlife, and descend to the typical neighborhood of Bica and to the belvedere of Santa Catarina, next to the river. Or you can decide to go to the other side of town and discover the belvederes of Santa Luzia, Senhora do Monte and Graca. Each one of them is a good spot to catch the sunset falling slowly over Lisbon and the river.

Of course a trip to Lisbon will never be complete without going to Belém, home of the aforementioned Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, among other museums and places of interest, such as the Centro Cultural de Belém, Museu dos Coches and one of Lisbon’s essential delicacies: the wonderful and delicious pastry of Pasteis de Belém.

These are just some suggestions for a city that has so much to offer, from lovely cafes to wonderful museums and superb restaurants. Take your time with it to fully enjoy this unique place.

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