Lisbon stands on its 7 hills above the river Tagus, bathed in a unique light. Capital of Portugal since its conquest of the Moors in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with more than 20 centuries of history and the most important tourist center of the Country.
From the Pombaline buildings of the Baixa, with tiled facades, to the narrow medieval streets of the typical neighborhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, where at night you can hear the fado and enjoy a fun nightlife, the numerous museums and shops, Lisbon is a City with several options.
There are several tourist attractions in the city, but some are absolutely not to be missed. This is the case of S. Jorge Castle, from where one can see Lisbon in all its magnificence, passing by the old Mouraria, the Patriarchal See, the Baixa Pombalina, the Jerónimos Monastery, a most striking example of the Manueline style, classified by UNESCO as “Cultural Heritage of all Humanity”; The Tower of Belém, built in the time of the Discoveries, the Basilica of the Star.
On the outskirts of the city, Sintra deserves a visit for all its romantic atmosphere, to which contributed by very varied writers of the international literature. Highlights include Moorish Castle, Quinta da Regaleira, Cabo da Roca, known as the westernmost point of Europe, Sintra and the National Palace of Pena whose construction dates back to 1839.
In the village of Sintra, horse-drawn carriages ride the tourists through wonderful farmhouses with centuries of history. Nearby is the Queluz Palace and the Mafra Convent, Portugal’s largest religious monument, Cascais, Estoril and Ericeira, tourist destinations of the region that enchant the beaches.
Lisbon reveals its vocation as a lively city during the festivities of the Popular Saints in June. On the 13th of June the holiday of St. Anthony, the town’s popular saint, is celebrated, since the patron saint of the city is St. Vincent de Zaragoza.
The Lisbon Region has a rich gastronomic heritage, with a wide variety of national restaurants and international cuisine.
The proximity of the coast, dictate the predominance of fresh fish and seafood in the dishes of the region. This is the case of roasted sardines, “Bulhão Pato” clams, “fragateira” fish soups and various cod-based dishes. Among the assorted pastries, the pastels of Bethlehem are not to be missed.
Other typical specialties of the district are the goat and sheep cheeses from Sobral de Monte Agraço and Azeitão, Malveira’s puff pastry and Loures bread, the tasty walnut and egg candies from Cascais, the “queijadas” Of Sintra; The wines of Colares, Bucelas, and Carcavelo.