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Located on the west coast of Portugal, the capital of Lisbon offers the perfect lifestyle for anyone looking to live in a city but to also experience the relaxation of spending a day at the beach.
This historic city offers plenty to see and do, some of the top restaurants and bars in Europe and so much more! Lisbon is easily accessible by air (Lisbon Portela Airport), train and car from all major cities in and around Europe.
The Algarve is continental Portugal’s southernmost region, bathed by the Atlantic sea at its western and southern borders. It was from the Algarve, at Sagres Point, that Prince Henry “The Navigator” launched the Portuguese Age of Maritime Discoveries in the mid-1400’s. Best known for its amazing soft climate, with plenty of sun throughout the year, this region’s very pleasant weather allows you to discover its gorgeous coastline against which the ocean presents itself with all colours available in the blue specter. Almost always calm and warm, it invites for a long swim or to try some nautical sports. Most of the 4 million tourists that travel to the Algarve each year enter through Faro’s Airport.
Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is Portugal’s second-biggest city and one of the oldest European centres. Its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name Portugal, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin.Port wine, one of Portugal's most famous exports, is named after Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular, the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transport, and export of fortified wine. In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.
Lagos is a historic town located on the magnificent and vivid Western Algarve. A city with a rich maritime history and spectacular natural environment. Lagos is today one of the best holiday destinations in the Algarve.The proud Portuguese city of Lagos has cobbled streets, amazing restaurants and a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Lagos blends traditional Portuguese culture with golden beaches and new tourist attractions.
The neglected child of central Lisbon, Anjos has been relishing a lively rebirth in recent years. Part of the old Lisbon in Avenida Almirante Reis - one of the most sought-after Lisbon neighbourhood for investment -, Anjos is known for its rough edges, economic activities and its multicultural ambience. The neighbourhood includes one of the city's most prominent late 19th-century Portuguese-style architecture. Gentrification is well underway, but it is balanced with a thriving activist and cooperative landscape.
Overlooking the Mondego river, Coimbra is the fourth-largest urban centre in Portugal, after Lisbon, Porto and Braga. Also known as the university city of Portugal, Coimbra is home to the first university in the country and one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 1290, the Coimbra’s University Alta and Sofia, are two architectural centres composed of 31 magnificent buildings. Thanks to its important legacy, the University was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013. Coimbra is filled with impressive constructions from different periods of history. The Roman occupation left an aqueduct, from which the remains were later incorporated into a medieval renovation. The Muslim settlement brought a fortified palace, that was later used by the early Portuguese Monarchs. During the Middle Ages, a lot of emblematic buildings were built. Examples of those are the Santa Cruz Monastery - the Patheon where the first kings of Portugal are buried - the old Cathedral and the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha - the most important Gothic work in the city. In the Renaissance period, Coimbra was considered one of the main artistic centres of Portugal, with several Manueline and Renaissance works in the town. Coimbra has also been an important musical centre in Portugal for centuries, acclaimed by its own musical genre called “Fado de Coimbra”. It is mostly related to academic traditions and is characterized by the use of a specific guitar, with a specific structure - “Portuguese guitar”.
Beja is located in the southern region of continental Portugal and is believed to have been founded around 400 b.c. by an ancient cell of celts that occupied most territories south of the Tagus river, such as the Alentejo and Setúbal regions. After being a part of the Roman Empire for 600 years and a part of the Arabic Caliphate for 400 years until 1162, the year in which the Christians took the city from Muslim occupation, Beja is now the county’s capital. The city remained small for the next centuries, although heavily destroyed by the Napoleonic invasions. From the 20th century onwards, some economic development was put in place with the building of new schools, judicial and commercial installations, including the new Beja International Airport in 2011.
Intendente is a lively, fashionable neighbourhood that has been evolving significantly in the past years. Despite its central location, the neighbourhood has languished for years, with many of its old buildings falling into ruins. However, the area has seen huge improvements, and property prices, as well as the ethnic neighbourhoods, have been the reasons why many people are looking to buy property in Intendente. Located within the Arroios parish which was crowned as the trendiest neighbourhood in the world by Timeout, Intendente gets its name from Praça do Intendente, a funny-shaped square just a street away from Avenida Almirante Reis. This area is seen as a faithful portrait of Nova Lisboa, where cultures and trends blend in.Intendente is ideal for students and young professionals, thanks to the abundance of co-working spaces, cafés, and brunch locations. The region is laid-back while also having a vibrant nightlife, which many consider being the best of both worlds. There are also a number of interesting projects coming into life here, which will enable companies galore to further develop their small businesses.
Campo de Ourique is a central parish of Lisbon formed by several residential neighbourhoods and sits in the heart of the city, between Amoreiras, Estrela and Prazeres. The neighbourhood of Campo de Ourique, from which this parish draws its name is a residential neighbourhood with a very strong and historic vocation for commerce. It’s a lively neighbourhood, although recognised by many as the most peaceful neighbourhood in Lisbon and also the one that has the best quality of life - setting itself apart from other Lisbon neighbourhoods highly reliant on big commercial surfaces, such as shopping centres. It's easy to navigate the grid pattern of Campo de Ourique's streets, accessed by nearby highways and several bus routes. This residential neighbourhood has been a trade centre for centuries, while still remaining a peaceful district. Commercial diversity mixes some of the most respected traditional shops with newer, modern brands. Decorators and designers flock here to shop. Its pace is as fast on weekdays as it is on weekends, as families stroll along the inviting streets while children play in the many gardens, and ladies head to the Mass dressed to perfection. Residents take great pride in maintaining their homes, while visitors are reluctant to leave.
Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defence system, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.
Since 1983, the tower has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Jerónimos Monastery. It is often portrayed as a symbol of Europe's Age of Discoveries and as a metonym for Portugal or Lisbon, given its landmark status. Constructed on the northern bank of the Tagus River, this tower was used to defend the city. Years later, it was transformed into a lighthouse and customs house.
This iconic tower has 5 floors which are named, the ground floor is the Governor's Hall, The King's Hall, The Audience Hall and The Chapel which leads onto the roof terrace.
The ground floor of this architectural jewel has 16 windows with cannons. The visit also includes a tour of the pits and holes where the prisoners were thrown into.
Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of the European continent, situated at the far end of the Serra de Sintra, the point "where the land ends and the sea begins", as Luís de Camões, greatest Portuguese poet wrote (in Os Lusíadas).
The viewpoint with lighthouse dating from 1772. is rising 165 meters over the ocean. Your eyes will turn to the west, facing you to open-breasted confrontation with the ocean. Your breath will become hard, feeling the full weight of the continent behind you, as your eyes enjoy endless ocean in front of you.
Until the end of the 14th century, it was believed that the windy cliffs of Cabo da Roca were the edge of the world which is something you can undoubtedly picture when you soak up the atmosphere and look out to the ocean.
Tram 28 is one of the best ways to explore the old city, Lisbon’s historic heritage and typical neighbourhoods.
While in Lisbon you must visit the old town, here you will find one of the most fun attractions to do, taking a ride on Tram 28. Why is this tram ride so important you may ask? Well the number 28 Tram travel from Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique, passing through the most popular tourist area of Lisbon such as Baxia, Graca and Alfama.The tram goes through the narrow streets of Alfama, uncovering two breathtaking viewpoints: Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia offer astonishing angles over the red rooftops and the pastel-coloured houses of Alfama. En route to Baixa, catch a glimpse of the Sé, the city’s cathedral, combining Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architectural styles.
The delightful Remodelado trams date from the 1930s, and in any other city they would be housed in a museum, but in Lisbon, they are an integral part of the public transport network. These historic trams are still in use, as the 28 route is completely unsuitable for modern trams, due to its numerous tight turns.
Lisbon Oceanarium has recently been awarded a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence.
A large main aquarium, the biggest saltwater Oceanarium holding 5 million liters of seawater. Four marine habitats create the illusion of a single aquarium and a sole ocean. More than 8,000 sea creatures from 500 different species, inhabiting all 4 oceans of the world. Immerse yourself in the North Atlantic, Antarctic, Temperate Pacific, and Tropical Indian Ocean.
The main exhibit in Lisbon's Oceanarium is the 1,000-square-metres tank and the four 49-square-meter outer tanks. The central tank is 7 meters deep and allows pelagic swimmers to swim above the bottom dwellers, and providing the illusion of the open ocean. Celebrate the life of earth at exhibitions of living creatures. See sharks, clownfish, sunfish, and even sea devils, coral reefs, and the only 2 existing sea otters in Europe.
Visits to exhibitions at the Oceanarium where marine diversity is discovered are complemented by hands-on activities, fine arts, theater, research, among other dynamics.
The Jeronimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel I built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success.
Vasco da Gama's tomb was placed inside by the entrance, as was the tomb of poet Luis de Camões, author of the epic The Lusiads in which he glorifies the triumphs of Da Gama and his compatriots. The cloisters are magnificent, with each column differently carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs, evocative of that time of world exploration at sea. Here is also the entrance to the former refectory that has beautiful reticulated vaulting and tile decoration on the walls, depicting the Biblical story of Joseph.
When the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos was original constructed it was situated on the banks of the River Tagus. Today, 500 years later, the waters edge is 300m further south and provides space for the beautiful Praça do Imperio gardens.
Located on the highest hill in Lisbon, and with a heady view of the city, São Jorge Castle allows us to take a trip back in time, where all the stones speak, telling us the history of Lisbon.
The castle is entwined in Lisbon’s early history; it saw the fall of the Romans to the Visigoths, experienced the fierce conflicts between the Arabs and Christians, survived formidable sieges by the Castilians and witnessed the birth of Portugal as a seafaring nation. This varied and turbulent history is reflected throughout the castle. There are heavily fortified battlements, medieval royal quarters and seaward views, which inspired exploration within Portuguese kings.
Walking around the castle, we can imagine a Lisbon of old, while we get lost in one of the best views of the city and the Tagus. Among the eleven towers of the castle, the gardens and the inspiring landscape, it is easy to understand the reasons why this emblematic castle is one of the most visited monuments in Portugal.
Praça do Comércio, Commerce Square in English, is Lisbon’s main square. It was built on the site where the old Royal Palace used to exist before it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755.
The southern end of the plaza is open and looks out onto the Tagus River. The other three sides have yellow-coloured buildings with arcades all along the façade. When the square was first built, the commercial ships would unload their goods directly onto this square, as it was considered the “door” to Lisbon.
Until the era of air transport, it was the great reception room of Lisbon for those who came by boat and could enjoy even better its beauty. Here was the quay where the Kings and Heads of State who visited Portugal landed.
The triumphal arch was designed by the Portuguese architect Santos de Carvalho to celebrate the reconstruction of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. It was completed in 1873. On top of its several pillars, it is adorned with numerous statues that represent important Portuguese figures like Vasco da Gama and the Marquis of Pombal.
The Elevador de Santa Justa stands 45m tall and the structure is built in the same style as the renowned French architect, Eiffel. The similarity between his designs and this Elevator is not accidental, as it was built by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, who was an admirer of Gustave Eiffel and applied the same techniques used in some of the funiculars in France of the time.
The Lift has a stunning observation deck at the top and offers magnificent views over Baixa. Since it was opened to the public, it has become one of the most popular viewpoints in Lisbon.
It was inaugurated as one of the city’s public transport systems on 10 July 1902 and was called Elevador do Carmo (Carmo Lift). Lisbon’s inhabitants were so excited to try this novelty that on the first day, 3.000 tickets were sold.
The Carmo Lift was originally powered by steam until the 6 November 1907, when an electric motor was put in place.
The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge is one of Lisbon’s most notable landmarks as it spans the River Tagus at the narrowest point. This massive bridge closely resembles that of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the date name remembers the Portuguese Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974.
At 2,277 meters long, the 25 de Abril Bridge is the largest suspension bridge in Europe. It has two levels: the upper floor for cars and the lower one, built in 1999, for trains. When it opened, it was the 5th largest suspended point in the world and the largest outside the United States. Now, forty years after its inauguration, it occupies 20th place worldwide. The comparison with Golden Gate bridge is correct as the consortium that constructed the American bridge also constructed Ponte 25 de Abril.
Along with the similar appearances both bridges are located in regions of high possible seismic activity and their designs are almost identical. To ensure solid foundations of the Lisbon suspension bridge the south tower extends for 79m below the water level deep into the solid bed rock.
The National Coach Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches) houses an important horse-drawn carriage collection of vehicles are from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century.
The Museum is housed in an old riding school and was inaugurated on the 23 May 1905 by Queen Amélia of Orleans and Bragança, the Princess of France married to King Carlos I of Portugal. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular museums in Lisbon.
The Museu Nacional dos Coches features some extremely noteworthy horse-drawn vehicles, especially those that belonged to Philip II of Spain (1581 – 1598). They are the oldest in the collection. The Museum also includes three carriages that belonged to Pope Clement XI. The vehicles were constructed in Rome in 1715 and are designed in a Baroque Italian style.
The National Coach Museum is a small but unique and charming. It is well-worth visiting. This museum is one of the most surprising in Lisbon.
The official name is Dom Pedro IV Square, but everyone knows it as Rossio. It marks the very center of the city, a lively place at any time of the day, with a wave-patterned pavement that has been reproduced throughout Portugal, in Rio de Janeiro and in Macau.
Praça do Rossio is the liveliest area in the capital of Portugal and where many locals and tourists meet up.It was the site of the bonfires of the Inquisition, and in the early 1900s it attracted intellectuals who met at several cafes, such as the Nicola, which still exists. It's also home to the neoclassical theater Dona Maria II, and to a monument to King Pedro IV, standing 27-meters high between two monumental baroque fountains.
The monumental neo-Manueline facade of Rossio Station from 1886 has already placed it among the most beautiful stations in the world in various publications.St. Dominic's Church built in 1241, demaged in 1755 earthquake. The church was rebuilt, but a devastating fire in 1959 left it in the state that you see today.
Sintra, the Moon Hill, is a place full of magic and mystery, where Nature and Man have combined in such a perfect symbiosis that UNESCO has granted it Word Heritage Site status. Sintra is a delightful Portuguese town that is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra, hiding extravagant places, opulent mansions and ruins of ancient castle within pine-covered hills.
The variety of fascinating historic buildings and enthralling attractions, combine to form a fantastic tourist destination. There you will find The Palácio Nacional da Pena – one of Europe’s finest palaces, with a vividly painted exterior and an interior, The Palácio Nacional de Sintra – a gothic palace, boasting an extensive history and ornately painted ceilings, The Quinta da Regaleira – a lavish mansion and fascinating gardens that contain hidden tunnels and mysterious religious symbolism, The Castelo dos Mouros – an ancient castle ruin, which offers wonderful views over the region, and much more.
A visit to this wonderful town must be included in your holiday plans.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
Being the capital of Portugal, Lisbon offers plenty of transport links. From busses, taxis, the metro (subway/ underground) to trams, Lisbon is not shy of easy ways to get around the city.
Public transport in Lisbon is very reliable and cost effective with a single tram ticket costing as little as €2.90. If you are looking to travel further afield, then many flights operate daily from Lisbon Airport to EU and non-EU destinations.
Among the cobbled streets of Lisbon lays some of the trendiest places to shop. You will find popular high street shops like Zara and Mango as well as boutiques from local designers.
If you are looking for designer shops then Lisbon certainly isn’t short of those with the likes of Cartier, Gucci and Hugo Boss located on Avenida da Liberdade. If markets are your thing then take a trip to Feira da Ladra, the market is open each Tuesday and Saturday offering a range of handmade products.
Located 7 kilometres from the capital, Lisbon Portela Airport is the main international airport in Portugal and is one of the largest in southern Europe. Because of its close location to Lisbon city centre, getting from the airport to Lisbon only takes around 15 minutes and is straightforward using a taxi or bus service.
Much like any southern European country, Portugal offers a warm climate and Lisbon is no exception. No matter which month, Lisbon offers a mild climate.
In July you can expect the average temperature to reach a warm 24°C and the coldest average temperature in January of 11°C. November experiences the most rainfall in Lisbon, with the average reaching 128mm compared to July where you will only receive an average of 4mm of rain.
Restaurants & Bars
Being the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is full of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Visit the beautiful Portuguese restaurants around the city to experience true Portuguese cuisine.
Among the variety of restaurants in Lisbon you will also find Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurants as well as many cafes and takeaway food. Lisbon has everything when it comes to bars. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in one of the many beach bars or visit the upbeat clubs to experience the livelier Lisbon nightlife.
Due to Lisbon's location, on the mouth of the river Tagus, it is blessed with 4 different coastlines. To the west of Lisbon, the Oeiras-Estoril-Cais coastline offers calm sea and sandy beaches, perfect for those seeking a relaxing day.
The Serra de Sintra coastline is situated to the north of Lisbon, this is made up of cliffs and offers beautiful unspoilt scenery. To the south of the city you will find the Costa da Caparica coastline, this is a large stretch of beautiful beaches, spreading to the western side of Lisbon and highly popular for surfing.