Have you had the opportunity to travel to Lisbon occasionally? Do not? Well, it's time for you to do it! And it is not only about the capital and the largest city in Portugal but it is a really beautiful place, with friendly people, hotel quality, good gastronomy, art, culture and nightlife. Also, it is very safe. As if that were not enough, it is a fairly cheap destination when compared to other European cities.
Well, after having given you a lot of good reasons to visit Lisbon, next we want to tell you about what places you should not miss when you do. So you know, if you plan to travel to the capital Portuguese, be very attentive to what we tell you next.
The Castle of San Jorge and La Alfama
One of the must-see places in Lisbon is the São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge), the most important point high from all over the city where you get the best views from the east side of Lisbon. Located in the middle of two of the best known neighborhoods, Castelo and La Alfama, it was built in the 5th century by the Visigoths, although it was enlarged by the Arabs in the 9th century. In addition, it was modified during the reign of Alfonso Enriquez and completely restored in 1938. The castle area also houses a museum, a restaurant and a bar.
Of course, you should take a walk around, especially in the La Alfama neighborhood, which preserves the flavor authentic from the city: old facades with clothes hanging, shops on the streets, houses with open doors, narrow alleys and steps ... Here you will find magical places like the Azurara Palace, the Casa dos Bicos or the Casa do Fado.
The Commerce Square, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is the largest square in Lisbon and also one of the most important, as it is the symbol of the city after the reconstruction after the earthquake which shook the place in 1775. It is formed by the triumphal arch of Rua Augusta, completed in the second half of the 19th century, and by the equestrian statue of Dom José I. Here are some ministries and public services. In addition, next to the Tagus is a beautiful pier, the Casi das Columnas.
As in many other European capitals, one of the main monuments of Lisbon is the cathedral. On this occasion we have to talk about La Sé, the oldest church in the city, located in the La Alfama neighborhood. Logically, over the years it has gone through different modifications, which has turned it into a mixture of different architectural styles.
The elevator of Santa Justa
Another place you must visit if you travel to Portugal is the Santa Justa elevator, an elevator also called Elevador do Carmo that connects the Baixa Pombalina and Chiado neighborhoods. It rises above Santa Justa street linking it with Praza do Carmo, where the Carmo Archaeological Museum is located. What is most surprising is that it is made of iron in the purest style nineteenth.
The Belém Tower
Another monument that you cannot miss is the Belém Tower, which pays tribute to the great conquerors. Located next to the Tagus River, it is an elegant Manueline-style building that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the early 1980s.
If you have leftover weatherWe also recommend the viewpoint of San Pedro de Alcántara, the Eduardo VII Park, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém tearoom and the Parque de las Naciones.
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