Portugal's capital city might well be one of Europe's smallest, yet its long dramatic history and rich heritage have resulted in points of interest awaiting your discovery behind each corner. Let MADABOUTLISBON.COM be your indispensable guide to the remarkable monuments that embellish the cityscape. MADABOUTLISBON.COM is also full of friendly advice concerning money-saving travel cards, the best accommodation options to suit your tastes and budget. Here too you can discover the great cuisine Lisbon is famous for and the best places to eat. Discover on this website the most interesting museums Lisbon has to offer and the best locations for memorable days out. Explore, plan and book your trip here; Lisbon is now at your fingertips.
As with Rome, Lisbon is spread over seven steep hills containing a network of medieval cobbled streets that are still traversed by rickety old trams and funiculars. Beautiful wide open squares are home to statues commemorating former glories. It is where people come to while away the time in the cafés which line their peripheries, sampling a Pastel de Nata, the famous local sweet custard tart. What Lisbon lacks in size is compensated with charm, beauty, friendliness, temperate weather and offers something for everyone. It only takes a few days to do Lisbon justice. It is even better to make the capital a hub for a week or two's holiday, taking day trips and excursions to the surrounding area.
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Lisbon is defined by its distinctive neighbourhoods. They have been shaped, either through design or by the passage of time. The Alfama still maintains it's original street layout from Moorish times, it's narrow alleys echoing the soulful laments of Fado music. The Bairro Alto comes alive at night when the streets take on a carnival atmosphere and revellers party into the early hours. The plush Baixa district, or downtown, is an 18th century reconstruction of the city following the devastating earthquake of 1755. Its smart streets and squares are built on a grid system. It is where you'll find many boutique shops, top hotels and the start/endpoints for many of the city's trams.
A short distance away is the district of Belém which is home to the impressive Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery and other iconic monuments dedicated to Portugal's great age of discovery. To the north is the district of Parque das Nações. Once the site of Expo 97. The architecture takes on a more contemporary appearance, each with a nautical theme.
For the Portuguese, the day's main meal is at lunchtime. Time is taken to relax and savour great food and good company whilst shading from the midday sun. Lunch usually consists of three courses served between 12h00 and 15h00. Look out for lunchtime set menu deals. Evening meal times are similar to Northern Europe. Most restaurants are closed by midnight.
Lisbon is a heterogeneous city. All of Portugal's different regions are represented, each with its own gastronomy traditions. Resulting in a great richness of aromas and tastes. As all over Portugal, the food is based on a Mediterranean diet, as rich as it is healthy, based on bread, olive oil, cheese, meat, fish and a huge variety of snacks.
The ocean offers up delicious fish and the freshest shellfish. Bacalhau (dried and salted cod) can be found on every menu, a fish that has always triggered the creativity of domestic and professional cooks, leading to 1001 different Recipes. In June and July, sardines come into season and stalls grill them all over the city. In autumn Lisbon’s streets are taken over by the aromas of vendors roasting chestnuts .
New generations of chefs have started experimenting with traditional fare creating more fusion and sophisticated dishes, increasing Lisbon's reputation as a culinary capital.
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North of Lisbon and close to the Atlantic is the fairytale town of Sintra, (formerly "Cintra"). It's beautiful setting amongst the forests of the Serra de Sintra and moderate climate have been a draw for royals, poets, romantics and visitors alike for centuries. Lord Byron once described Sintra as a "glorious Eden". Sintra has more palaces, fine houses, castles and other places of interest to shake a proverbial stick at. There is an aura of playfulness here with a touch of the absurd, eccentricity and kitsch, enough to make architectural puritans shudder‚ yet easy to fall in love with. In 1996 Sintra's uniqueness was recognised by UNESCO and was added to its list of heritage sites. Its proximity and ease of reach from Lisbon makes Sintra a popular excursion and an essential part of a trip to Lisbon. Our sister website MADABOUTSINTRA.COM will guide you there and introduce you to the best places to see and top things to do. | www.madaboutsintra.com
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Lisbon is served by four separate train stations located across the city:
• Rede Expressos: Rede Expressos run comfortable coach services across Portugal connecting most major towns and cities. Website