Between Africa and Europe Lisbon is among Europe’s most effervescent cities. With a personality split between Western Europe and Northern Africa; Lisbon the Portuguese capital emanates an inviting cordiality and geniality. A cosmopolitan city steeped in history and folklore, Lisbon boasts an ultra-modern infrastructure and elegant old-world charisma. Lisbon is a great touristy destination: take its convenient location and ease of access (just a two-hour flight from many European centres), and add in sunshine, continental flair, exciting architecture, history, the majestic Tagus River - not to mention long sandy beaches within half an hour of the city. Lisbon really does have it all.
Centre of an old empire Over a thousand years old, Lisbon was once the centre of a powerful empire spanning 5 continents. As Portugal reached its top as one of the world's greatest maritime nations in the 15th and 16th centuries, so the port of Lisbon became the world centre for trade in spices and jewels from the East and gold from Brazil.
Lisbon Sightseeing Spread across seven hills, Lisbon offers many delightful and characteristic regions to explore. The Alfama Hill is the oldest part of the city and is crowned by Castelo de São Jorge (St George's Castle), well appeal the walk for those with the energy! The Baixa is the heart of Lisbon and offers some of the best shopping and hotels. The Bairro Alto is the most fashionable district, with cool bars and restaurants. To the west of the city is Belém, boasting two world heritage sites - the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jeronimo Monastery).To the north east is the new Parque das Nações (Nations Park). Developed for Expo '98, Nations Park is a eye-catching showcase for Portuguese design and architecture - an ultra-modern open space which includes Lisbon's landmark Torre Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Tower), an interesting aquarium, concert halls, bars, restaurants and shopping centre.
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