LISBON & SURROUNDINGS

“Lisbon, the city of light and Fado”

THE SURROUNDINGS

Lisbon is a unique capital in Europe. A constant sunshine illuminating the city, 20 minutes away from sandy ocean beaches, an intensely blue river, heaped houses painted pink, yellow, light blue and green, terracotta roofs, historical squares, hundreds of manor houses and palaces, scenic little gardens, baroque churches all over…and some great modern architecture, museums and public parks.

Crowned moorish São Jorge Castle, with views towards the old, historic centre, Lisbon is a city to be discovered by foot. Walk down the lovely cobbled-stone streets and narrow alleys that link this hill to Lisbon’s beautifully designed downtown streets. Here do not forget to visit the arch above Rua Augusta and Praça do Comércio, one of Europe’s widest and most scenic squares. For design and funky shopping, as well as a taste of a district which combines aristocracy, artists and “plain” people, visit the Principe Real. Loose yourself in the maze of those delightful streets and head to Chiado, Lisbon’s current shopping and trendy core. Sit down for a while at Brasileira café and watch the people go by whilst enjoying an expresso “Bica”.

If you know or would like to know about fado (Portugal’s typical song), visit the Museu do Fado. The Belém area with the monuments referred to the Portuguese discoveries is also a Lisbon must see neighbourhood. Don’t miss the Pastel de Belém, a typical Portuguese custard tart.

Finally, for a good example of modern Lisbon, visit the Expo area, in the eastern part of Lisbon, with great views over the river and many contemporary buildings such as Oriente station built by Calatrava. We could go on and on…there is really a lot to do in vibrant Lisbon…

But in the surroundings there are also very interesting spots to visit. Cascais, a former fishing village overlooking the ocean with its narrow streets. Sintra, a romantic village surrounded by charming woods and palaces such as Seteais Palace and Pena Palace. Photo: José Manuel 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The city hills ofering oustnding views over the city
  • The typical neighbourhoods of Alfama and Graça
  • The mixture modern and old times

MAP

 

OUR TOURS

  • Bike- Sintra Day Tour

Bike- Sintra Day Tour

Sintra is a magical village The bike route includes magical trails through its National park, a visit to palaces & castles as well as a ride until the sea.
  • Walk- Sintra Day Tour

Walk- Sintra Day Tour

Sintra is hillside fairy-tale village and a Unesco site just 25km away from Lisbon of an outstanding charm and beauty.

OUR HOTELS

  • Browns Boutique Hotel & Apartments

Browns Boutique Hotel & Apartments

Just a short distance away from Lisbon’s main centre squares, right in the downtown area, Browns Boutique Hotels is a charming property full of character.

TRAVEL IDEAS

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  • The modern area of Oriente

The modern area of Oriente

Oriente.

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  • The Belém Area

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  • A ride on the tram 28

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Tram 28.

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