The capital of Portugal is not among the one weekend destinations, since it offers plenty of landmarks to be seen, great beaches to be admired during the summer season, many nice restaurants to be considered and plenty of parks ideal for relaxation. Thus, when planning your trip to Lisbon one has to have in mind several things. First would be to get more than two days for exploring the city; second would be to arrange the flight tickets in advance and thus to get a good bargain prices and third would be to check the apartments in Lisbon and to book the holiday flat that most corresponds to one’s needs and budget.
This photo of Lisbon
There are a few important things to be done while in Lisbon and they will be presented here for you. Among the first ones to consider is the Belem area, where are placed most of the historic landmarks of the city and wherefrom started the sea voyage of Vasku da Gama and Magellan to conquer the New World. Here the traveler will find many cultural venues, the Belem Tower that is revealing wonderful waterfront panorama, as well as the Monument to the Discoveries and the Maritime Museum.
This photo of Vasco da Gama
Another important place to consider is the Lower Town called Baixa, where the traveler will enjoy the beautiful pedestrian streets, the lovely architectural buildings and the overall romantic atmosphere. The places to be seen here include the triumphal arch, the Praca do Comercio, the shopping zone along Avenida da Liberdade, etc. The other great place to consider here is the region of Alfama with its fado bars. This is the oldest district of the city, which is going down the slope between the Tejo River and the Castle of Lisbon. The places that should be seen here include the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Lisbon Cathedral, and of course the numerous little bars.
Another great place that should not be missed here is the second biggest aquarium in the world called Oceanario de Lisboa, which is a huge construction that represents the life in the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Antarctic and the Indian Oceans, while in the center there is a large tank that represents all the oceans as one. Of course, one should also see the castle St. George, placed on the top of the highest hill in the historic center of the city, which features eighteen towers, many canons and a multimedia presentation on the history of Lisbon. There is also a nice park with fountains here and a lovely restaurant.
Another nice site is the statue of Christ the King that is placed on the left side of the Tagus River, which resembles the monument in Rio de Janeiro. Once the tourists reach the top of the monument, they will enjoy a fabulous view towards the city. Of course, some entertainment is required as well and thus one could try the shopping options and the nightlife of the area Bairro Alto, which is reputed to be the center of the bohemian life in Lisbon city.