Portugal travel guide



Lisbon Travel Guide

The city of Lisbon

The capital of Portugal sits at the point where the River Tagus feeds into the Atlantic, just about as far west as you can go without getting your feet wet, also the capital of Portugal has experienced a renaissance in recent years and has reclaimed its rightful place as the 'golden city' of southern Europe.

Formerly devastating earthquakes and loss of empire left the city a little threadbare, but 21st century commerce took a hand, sprucing the place up for Euro 2004. Portugal may have been the runners up, but Lisbon emerged a winner.

In past time the town fathers of Lisbon elected to invest in some rejuvenation in the 1990s, and this ongoing focus on the future has made the most of the city's attributes and attractions, both old and new. Infrastructure has also been improved, with additions like the impressive Vasco da Gama Bridge across the River Tagus, which links the city's airport to a network of national motorways and has facilitated access to other parts of Portugal.

While much is really new, there is plenty of the old left to charm visitors, giving the metropolis a slightly beautiful air.

The delightful, picturesque medieval section of Alfama skirts the town's Sao Jorge castle, and historic wooden trams ply noisily up and down steep hills past art deco cafes and mosaic-decorated pavements. Many of the relics of the city's golden age were destroyed in an earthquake in 1755, but some survived and are popular tourist attractions.

Actually, the town’s main axis is Av. da Liberdade. Lined with cafés and fashion chains, it leads from Rossio to the formal Parque Eduardo VII. Beyond that is the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Avenida de Berna 45, 217 823 000, closed Mon), with fine Western and Oriental art.

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