Lisbon is known as the white city, thanks to its unique light. The clear light and the kind climate allow for marvelous walks all over the city. The city has a beauty that extends beyond its famed monuments that can be experienced in the streets, embraced by all the senses. Lisboa is the only European capital with sandy beaches 20 minutes away from the cobbled stone city center and a luxuriously green holy mountain around the corner.
Estoril is a cosmopolitan resort with a Victorian-era charm and Sintra an oasis of luxurious parks spotted with hideaway fairytale palaces.
Baixa is the city's traditional shopping district where visitors can stroll around the streets and find dozens of shops offering a wide range of temptations. Rua Augusta is the main artery of the Baixa Pombalina leading north from Terreiro do Paço (known as Black Horse Square by the English), to the beautiful Praça do Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro V). The Chiado is a sophisticated hub for the city's young people, artists, and intellectuals.
Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisboa. Since it largely survived the earthquake of 1755, the area still retains much of its original layout. Adjacent to the Alfama are the likewise old quarters of Castelo and Mouraria, on the western and northern slopes of the hill that is crowned by St. George's Castle. The Graça quarter and the churches of São Vicente de Fora and Santa Engrácia are within walking distance of this area.
Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighborhoods in the city. It boasts boutiques and bars and is a place where people meet in an eclectic and multicultural atmosphere. Traditional restaurants nestle alongside cozy bookshops; tea rooms serving signature cakes vie for attention with funky design shops and the boutiques of the most respected Portuguese fashion designers. Santos – in this area you can find some of the most fashionable bars and discos. But also, restaurants, museums and a wide range of designer shops.
Belém is linked to Portugal's Golden Age of Discoveries as the site where the famous navigators set sail to discover the world. Today it is a spacious green suburb with many gardens, parks, and monuments that are well worth a visit.
Parque das Nações is ideal for all ages. Located in the eastern part of Lisbon, this area is a focus of the city's cultural life. The gardens along the river, frame the facilities at the Parque, including the Pavilhão Atlântico, a venue for events and the new Casino Lisboa. The Oceanário is not to be missed, amazing young and old alike with the diversity of its collections. The Pavilhão do Conhecimento and Torre Vasco da Gama are other attractions in this unique park. Take a ride on the cable car offering breathtaking views of the river and the city.
The Water Front, from Nations Park to Belém – The Riverside, is one of the favorite meeting places for the people of Lisbon. Families, friends, and people of all ages enjoy the river views and the wide variety of places to walk and spend time with friends. Cafés terraces, bars and restaurants bustle with the hubbub of people enjoying themselves day and night.
Friendly - a very tolerant city by tradition thanks to centuries of enjoying/experiencing cross-cultural influences from around the world. Lisbon makes people feel at home.
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