Travel guide - Lisbon

Lisbon is always ready to conquer a new world. In this hilly city of a thousand pastel colours, a culturally mixed population sustains the legacy of the conquistadors, an explosion of architectural fireworks.

An incongruous mix, Lisbon’s beauty is sometimes bewildering. Your stay in Lisbon takes you from the banks of the Tagus estuary to the glorious lanes of the Alfama district, with its Medina-like air, via the futuristic Nations Park, site of the World Expo 1998.

Cradled by the Sea of Straw (as the Tagus is sometimes called), the Lisbonites live to a soundtrack of the street vendors’s cries and the rumble of the famous number 28 tram, which climbs the hills above the city.

One day is not enough to visit Lisbon’s many monuments, which have earned the city a Unesco World Heritage label. In the heat of the city, the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, famous for its two huge conical chimneys, and the Tower of Belém, are the guardians of the illustrious history of Lisbon.

On your trip to Lisbon, discover its ancient beauty by climbing to the top of Miradouros, where you can visit the Museu do Oriente and its many treasures from Asia. Any visit to Lisbon should imperatively include a trip to admire the tiles at the National Museum of Azulejos and a walk in the gardens of the Fronteira palace.

Far from being nostalgic, Lisbon celebrates its modern side. The Gulbenkian Museum and its collections of contemporary art, as well as the 25 de Abril bridge, show that Lisbon can also be extremely bold.

In the evening, your trip to Lisbon will continue in the vibrant Bairro Alto, an area famed for its nightlife, where you can enjoy fresh fish and delicious Portuguese pastries, including the mythical pastéis (custard tartlets).

Having conquered the world, the vibrant and multicultural city of Lisbon is sure to conquer your heart.

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