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So you’re Lisbon bound, eh? What a rare treat. Portugal’s capital (and biggest city) really is a bit special – its location in the west Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and Tagus River place it as the most westerly capital in mainland Europe and bless it with a culture that blends Mediterranean and Atlantic influences.
Draped across seven magnificent hillsides like a sparkly silk scarf, Lisbon is a scramble of ancient ruins, cool cobbled roads, and whitewashed cathedrals. Each of its septet of undulating hills features scenic viewpoints called miradouros and the views they afford are simply awesome. There are also plenty of picture-postcard beaches close to the city, there’s a lively craft beer and street art scene, several serene parks and lots of eclectic neighborhoods. And to enhance Lisbon’s magnetic appeal even further, you can hop in your car to explore cultural routes, natural parks and beaches – rent a car with Enjoy Travel in a couple of clicks and enjoy wild Atlantic coastlines, romantic coves and stunning historical attractions on your doorstep.
Guide of Lisbon
If you’ve got the travel bug, chances are you find something fascinating in every city. But Lisbon boasts a history that’s particularly rich and dramatic. A survivor of a devastating earthquake, Moorish occupation and Roman rule, it’s one of the world’s oldest cities – the domain of pre-Celtic tribes during the Neolithic era and later falling under Phoenician influence as well as that of the aforementioned African and European empires. Flattened by the Great Earthquake of 1775, it was subsequently rebuilt by the Marques de Pambal in fine style, became the most sustained European right-wing dictatorship for 50 years during the Estado Novo regime. Following extensive urban regeneration in the 1990s, the city’s fortunes were sealed when the historical prominence of its natural harbor bore fruit in modern commercial terms when it became Europe’s largest container port. Today, Lisbon attractions visitors from far and wide and it’s widely regarded as a fantastic place to live and work.
It’s hard to believe it nowadays, but Lisbon was once at the very edge of the known world. By the 15th century, it had pulled itself back to the center of all things new as Portugal’s launchpad for exploring the New World. Fast forward a few centuries and Lisbon was designated European City of Culture in 1994 and undertook massive urban regeneration in the run up to hosting Expo ’98 (the World’s Fair). Despite all this modernization, one of Lisbon’s major charms is the fact that it has still retained much of its ancient charms and many of its traditions. Around the harbor, you’ll still see fishwives dressed in funereal black, bearing baskets of their wares on their heads, while the dreamy, terraced neighborhoods cascading down from its seven hillsides look much the same as they have for generations. From emotive Fado music and dance and traditional cuisine to contemporary boutiques and international street food, Lisbon’s culture is a unique and heady blend.
Do you appreciate experiencing the quirky side of cities? Yup, us too! The good news is that Lisbon’s always been kinda cool, but over the past decade or so, it has experienced and infusion of chic cocktail bars, artisan shops, boho boutiques and global restaurants. If you want to be in the heart of the arty action, stay at The Dorm in the LX Factory, a trendy hostel where you can roll out of bed and stroll into independent shops, bouncing bars and more. Another must-visit is Feira da Ladra, a bustling market where you can pick up antiques and curiosities from all over the world – it’s been serving locals since way back in the 12th century. Another rewarding place to visit is Sapataria do Carmo – a traditional shoemaker where you can have your own custom-made pair of shoes created for a bargain price tag.
Things To Do in Lisbon
With so many uphill trudges, Lisbon probably isn’t the best place to take toddlers and babes in arms. But there’s lots to do for kids just a little bit older. For starters, the impressive Moorish fortress Castelo Sao Jorge never fails to spark young imaginations and the cool Camera Obscura device in the Black Chamber provides a live 360 degree view of the city life in the street below. Meanwhile, another kid-friendly attraction is the Oceanario Lisboa – the city’s aquarium, which has over 8000 different sea creatures to watch splashing around. And of course, there are plenty of pretty beaches just a short drive away – Estoril and Cascais are superb seaside day trip destinations.
If you’re one of those people who can’t sit still on holiday, there are lots of exciting opportunities to stretch your legs, arms and everything else with various sports. You can slip into your sneakers and jogging suit for a scenic run by the river, enjoy a gentler stroll in the walking trails in Monsanto, or complete a few refreshing lengths in one of the city’s many top-quality swimming pools. Alternatively, you might fancy some horse-riding, or even taking part in an open training session with one of Lisbon’s excellent soccer or rugby clubs. As you’d expect, the watersports opportunities are second to none – with everything from sailing to surfing and diving on offer a stone’s throw from the metropolis.
Want to let your hair down? There are plenty of places in Lisbon to unwind all the way. First up is Sabotage, a legendary rock club where you can get sweaty in the mosh pit and perfect your air guitar moves to a selection of live and incredibly loud acts. For something a little different meanwhile, the Afroelectronica at MusicBox is magnificent, and the most famous club for a high-end night out is Lux. The clue is in the name for this hip hangout – dress to impress and get ready to groove to world-class electronic dance music with different DJs and dancers spread across two gargantuan dancefloors and a rooftop terrace.
Eating Out in Lisbon
Tastebuds tempted by something authentic and tasty? There are quite a few quality choices when it comes to traditional cuisine in Lisbon. Try Cantinho Lusitano for Portuguese tapas (petiscos) dishes, including the lip-smacking pica pau (beef strips in sumptuous sauce, fried with vegetables). Alternatively, Varina da Madragoa is renowned for traditional cod dishes like bacalhau a Bras, while Das Flores is a popular local spot for steak, ribs and bitoque – a magical mash-up of steak and fries, topped with a final flourish of fried egg. One final traditional tip – pop into Merendinha do Arco for the grilled swordfish – gorgeous!
Want to take your palate on a trip round the world? No problem whatsoever. Lisbon’s broad and deep international cuisine highlights include Italian favorites at Mezzogiorno Pizzeria and Restaurante Come Prima, and Japanese delicacies at Noori, Kanazawa Restaurant and the wonderfully named Atari Baby. Alternatively, The Old House Restaurant rules for Chinese flavors, Chutnify Restaurant is the place to park your posterior for Indian curries and Restaurante La Paparrucha serves delectable Argentinian steaks cooked to your taste.
Do snacks and street food float your boat more than just about anything else? We hear you! Snacks are usually sold in cafes or indoor markets and there are lots to choose from. Pao com chourico is definitely worth sampling – a warm sandwich made from local bread stuffed with sausage, but the quintessential Lisbon street food dish has to be prego – steak served on bread with mustard or spicy sauce, with sides of French fries and salad. Honorable mentions also go to the tasty croquettes, exquisite egg custard tarts and frozen yoghurts.
Lisbon International Airport is the main hub here for air travel. Carriers served include TAP Air Portugal, Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways, Lufthansa, Iberia, KLM Air Canada, American Airlines and Finnair. You can easily arrange a car rental at LIS right here at Enjoy Travel.
The public transport system in Lisbon comprises trams, metro, buses, funiculars, trains and ferries.
Renting a vehicle in Lisbon allows you to explore the city and its spectacular surroundings at your own pace, in your own space. Always drive on the right, wear your seatbelt, and don’t drink and drive. Speed limits are 50km/h in urban areas, 90km/h outside urban areas and 120km/h on motorways, but please always check signage to confirm.
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