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Lisbon Travel Guide

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Plan Your Lisbon Vacation

Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to Moorish times are lined with pastel-color houses decked with laundry; here and there, miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular

river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, calçada à portuguesa (black-and-white mosaic cobblestone) sidewalks border wide boulevards. Elétricos (trams) clank through the streets, and blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles) adorn churches, restaurants, and fountains.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. World Treasures. Lisbon's Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, are grand monuments reflecting Portugal's proud seafaring past.
  2. City Sophistication. The Museu Colecção Berardo and Museu Gulbenkian are just two of the museums that make the city a cultural hub.
  3. Victorian Style. Explore Lisbon on ancient trams that wind through narrow cobbled streets where washing flaps from the windows of pastel-color houses and sardines sizzle on the grill.
  4. Old-Fashioned Hospitality. Even in this modern city, shopkeepers and café owners tend to move at a slower pace, and old-fashioned courteousness prevails.
  5. Buzzing Nightlife. Lisbon has a reputation across Europe as a great place to hit the town, with bars and nightclubs often located in stunning riverside settings.

When To Go

When to Go

It's best not to visit at the height of summer, when the city is hot and steamy and lodgings are expensive and crowded. Winters are generally mild ...

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