Lisbon is probably the best city to embrace the rich Portuguese history and culture. For children who love nautical things, the Maritime Museum would be the perfect place. On the other hand, the Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves has kept a fine collection of colorful artwork. Taking a guided tour will be the best option to fully appreciate the dynamic architecture. Be sure not to miss the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and the UNESCO World Heritage site the Torre de Belem.
LISBON, PORTUGAL – DECEMBER 26, 2015: Lisbon Portela Airport – international airport located in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. Airport is main international gateway to Portugal and a major European hub. (Kiev.Victor / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – SEPTEMBER 12, 2014: Pedestrians and trams in Lisbon. The historic trams are a popular attraction. (Sean Pavone / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – JUNE 25: National Coach Museum (Museu dos Coches) on June 25, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal (saiko3p / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – DECEMBER 26, 2015: Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, 1601) – a monastery of Order of Saint Jerome in parish of Belem. On Sunset. Monastery is UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Kiev.Victor / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – MAY 26, 2015: Interior view of Monastery dos Jeronimos. It is a monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome located near the shore of the parish of Belem in Lisbon, Portugal. (e X p o s e / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – MAY 26, 2015: Church of Sao Roque in Lisbon, Portugal. It was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world, and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere. (e X p o s e / Shutterstock)
Inside the church “Igreja Sao Roque” Lisbon, Portugal.
Lisbon, Portugal. Monument to the Discoveries. Taken on 2015/08/30 (Marina J / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – MARCH 27, 2011: Monument to the Discoveries Lisbon Portugal Europe (Gilmanshin / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal. Rossio square and fountain in Lisbon. Taken on 2015/08/30 (Marina J / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal. Equestrian statue of King John I in the Praca da Figueira, Lisbon. Taken on 2015/08/29 (Marina J / Shutterstock)
LISBON – DECEMBER 31: Tourist enjoy visiting the Belem Tower (Torre de Belem), a symbol of Lisbon, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, on December 31, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal (Jarno Gonzalez Zarraonandia / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal – August 5th, 2014: Violinist plays in front of the Tower of Belem (or the Tower of St Vincent) in Lisbon, Portugal. The tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Tagus River. (folewu / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – MAY 27, 2015: A person entertain the crowd gathered at Largo das Portas do Sol in Lisbon Portugal. Outdoor entertainment is the part of European culture. (e X p o s e / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – DECEMBER 22 2015: Shoeshine man unidentified working on client’s shoe on a street in Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon is very traditional in its ancient streets find shoeshine (Eo naya / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – APRIL 22, 2015: Four unidentified street musicians play Jazz and folk music at city square for the tourists and citizens. (Elena Dijour / Shutterstock)
Portugal, Lisbon – August 03, 2014 : Amazing graffiti street art, tree/book of life graffiti. (Khristal / Shutterstock)
Lisbon street art. graffiti green crocodile. Painting house, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, Lisboa, Portugal. (Vlada Z / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal – April 07 2014: People waiting for metro at an underground station in Lisbon (Micael Nussbaumer / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – JULY 30: People waiting for metro arriving in Lisbon metro on July 30 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal (S-F / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL- January 10th, 2015: Mercado da ribeira food market on the 10th of january 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. The market if a popular place to eat fresh portuguese specialties. (Michaelpuche / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – JANUARY 23: Feira da ladra, a flea market held twice weekly attracting locals and tourists in Alfama on January 23, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Oscar Espinosa / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal – MAY 26: Unidentified tourists are walking at Santo Antao street on May 26, 2014 at Lisbon ,Portugal. Santo Antao is a lively pedestrian street known for its seafood restaurants. (vichie81 / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal. 1 June 2015. Traditional codfish dish called Bacalhau au Narcisa in Lisbon, Portugal (MC2000 / Shutterstock)
LISBON – 03/06/2015: Tourists taking a City Tour in a yellow GoCars (Chris Lawrence Travel / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 27 : Famous tram 28 line in the very center of Lisbon – yellow and blue tramways stop at the tram station, let tourists in and out and take off again on October 27th, 2013. (Rrrainbow / Shutterstock)
LISBON – 03/06/2015: Sightseeing bus in Praca Comercio (Chris Lawrence Travel / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal – June 30, 2009: people sitting in the red tram goes by the street of Lisbon city center . Lisbon is a capital and the most famous city of Portugal. Tram, Lisbon, Portugal (kateafter / Shutterstock)
LISBON, PORTUGAL – JUNE 15, 2014: Vasco da Gama Bridge and Myriad Hotel in a summer day in Lisbon (S-F / Shutterstock)
LISBON – AUGUST 25: The MEO Arena, formerly known as Athlantic Pavilion is a multi-purpose indoor arena, August 25, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal (Manuel Hurtado / Shutterstock)
Lisbon, Portugal – Lisbon Oceanarium, the second largest oceanarium in the world and the biggest in Europe. Parque das Nacoes
LISBON, PORTUGAL – June 12 2015: Interior view of the Lisbon Oceanario on June 12 2015 Lisbon, Portugal, Europe. (Mikadun / Shutterstock)
Panorama of Rossio Square in old downtown Lisbon, Portugal
The Praca do Comercio or Commerce Square is located in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Situated near the Tagus river, the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paco or Palace Square.
View of Rossio Square at night and Maria II Theatre, seen from Santa Just elevador. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal: Medieval Beauty at Its Height
By Kevin Delbert
Rooted in tradition and proud of her rich history and lineage, a trip to Lisbon is a study in the different dimensions which make up this beautiful city. One of the leading players in shaping the renaissance in Europe and today a bustling center for the arts, a trip to Lisbon is also a trip into the cultural richness of not just Portugal but also that of the entirety of Europe. One of the other defining features of the city of Lisbon is of course its water. Located close to water, one of the leading attractions of the city of Lisbon is of course its waterways. As meandering alley ways take you past some of the oldest buildings in this picturesque city, the Atlantic Ocean creates a perfect contrast with the whitewashed buildings that mark the identity of the city of Lisbon.
Built on the area covered by seven hills, Lisbon is characterized by a climate that is comfortably moderate all through the year. Thus, you can choose almost any time of the year to travel to this beautiful land, thanks to its cool summers and pleasant winters, which is quite unlike most of the other European cities.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the city which showcase the strong features of medieval architectural influence in the city of Lisbon as well as the whole of Portugal is of course, the Castelo de S�o Jorge. Also known as St. George’s Castle, the Castelo de S�o Jorge is definitely the first place which you should visit while in Lisbon. A castle that is located atop a hill, this beautiful place provides you with a complete bird’s-eye view of the entire city of Lisbon complete with some of the most spectacular views of the sea, the river, and the valley through which the river flows.
A short walk from this beautiful medieval castle takes you past the most charming winding roads with their characteristically pebbled look to the village of Alfama, a village that even today has successfully retained its old world look, which is today combined with the best of modern technology. Wander through the quaint streets of this beautiful neighborhood which has some very marked influences of Moorish culture and art, which completely gives it a look that is unique in the whole of Europe. Added to this is the Aqueduto das Aguas Livres, an aqueduct, which was built around the period of the eighteenth century and today one of the most visited tourist attractions within the city of Lisbon. The Aqueduto das Aguas Livres is also home to the largest stone arch in the world which is another reason for its popularity with the tourist to Lisbon.
Chiado is another of the places in the city of Lisbon which holds and preserves some of the most medieval influences of the city. Today a bustling shopping area, a walk through the stoned walk ways of this beautiful place is just the perfect way in which you can make sure that your shopping trip coincides with the sightseeing activities that Lisbon is so famous for! Besides being the most popular area of night clubs within the city of Lisbon, this is also a thriving artist’s colony.
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