One of Europe’s most popular cities – Lisbon is an ideal destination for a weekend break. With fantastic museums and galleries, restaurants, bars and much more, Lisbon is a superb city for an European weekend break.
1) St. Jorge Castle and Alfama
The Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George Castle) is one of Lisbon‘s major tourist attractions, offering splendid panoramic views across the tile roofed houses of Rossio and the cool blue waters of the Tagus River.
Take a walk in the narrow streets of Alfama. This is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the St. George Castle and the Tagus River. In the slopes of Alfama there are other terraces (called miradouros) from which you can see the city, like the Miradouro de Santa Luzia and the Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Among the churches of the Alfama are Lisbon Cathedral, the Convento da Graça, the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, and the National Pantheon.
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2) Baixa Pombalina – Chiado
Chiado is a cultural point of Lisbon and an elegant shopping area with all sorts of facilities and street entertainment. Here you will find theatres, bookshops, museums, restaurants and famous Portuguese fashion houses. The Carmo area, next to the Chiado, has some of the most fascinating historical sites in the city, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo, which maintain their elegance and grandeur. Carmo is connected to the Baixa Pombalina by the Elevador de Santa Justa, another of Lisbon’s icons. The Baixa is the city’s traditional shopping district. Rua Augustais the main artery of the Baixa Pombalina leading north from Terreiro do Paço (known as Black Horse Square by the English), to the beautiful Praça do Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro V).
3) Bairro Alto
The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Small restaurants, Fado houses, bars, pubs and Cafés as well as some unusual, expensive shops are all around the streets, lanes and alleys. Bairro Alto is the heart of Lisbon‘s youth culture and nightlife.
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In Belém district you have several things to do. Visit the Torre de Belém (Belem Tower), the Jerónimos Monastery and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Take a walk at the Belém gardens and go eat a creamy and flaky custard tart at Antiga Confeitaria de Belém. Don’t miss a visit toBelem Cultural Center (Centro Cultural de Belém), the host of international exhibitions and other cultural events, from theatre to dance, from classical music to jazz, from opera to cinema.
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5) Parque das Nações – Old Expo’98
The Park offers numerous attractions both during the day and at night. Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, the Lisbon Casino, the Pavilion of Portugal, the Pavilion of Knowledge or attend live concerts in the Atlantic Pavilion. Discover the Orient Station and go shopping in the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center.
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