The Capital of Portugal Lisbon is one of the most scenic European Capitals.
Lisboa, its original name in Portuguese, is the largest city of Portugal with a population of close to 600,000 and total metropolitan area of over 3 million.
View of the Majestic City of Lisbon Portugal
One of the Large Cities of Europe
It is also the westernmost large city in Europe. It is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River or Rio Tejo in Portuguese. Portugal is one of the two countries in the Iberian Peninsula together with Spain.
Lisbon Portugal is one of the most important economic centers in Europe in the fields of finance, commerce, entertainment, arts, media, education and tourism.
Lisbon’s Portela Airport serves over 15 million passengers annually and besides that the country is linked by speed train to the rest of Europe.
The Capital of Portugal is one of the oldest cities in the world and is the oldest city in Western Europe, predating by hundreds of years cities like Rome, London and Paris.
This lovely capital city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with very mild winters and warm summers lasting about six months. Now let me show you a few of the top sites to visit while in the Capital of Portugal.
Torre de Belem is the number one tourist attraction in Lisbon
This riverside neighborhood memorializes those who sailed from here to the unknown and discovered a New World.
The Belem Tower, a World Heritage Site on the Rio Tejo symbolizes the Era of Discoveries. It was designed by Francisco de Arruda in 1515 to defend Lisbon’s harbour. It is shaped like a caravel and features key players of the era.
It is the city’s icon and the most photographed site in Lisbon, standing proud as an ornate watchtower.
The Jeronimo’s Monastery is the resting place of famous explorer Vasco da Gama. It is a church built in 1500 as part of an amazing monastery. Its cloisters are considered among some of the most beautiful in the world. I was also designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The district of Baixa in the Capital of Portugal
This is an area with wide avenues and a pedestrian mall called Rua Augusta. It is the ideal place to shop and sit for a cup of coffee.
This is Lisbon’s only vertical elevator that serves the area of Baixa with the “Barrio Alto” or upper town. This neo-Gothic marvel is the handiwork of Raul Mésnier, Gustave Eiffel’s apprentice.
Called in English the Garden of the Star is perfect for a stroll with paths where children will enjoy the duck ponds and the animal playgrounds.
Elevador de Santa Justa connecting lower and upper Lisbon
These hilltop fortifications can be seen from all over Lisbon. It dates to times before the 5th century and has therefore been a witness of the history of Portugal from the Visigoths to the Moors and then to the Christians.
A visit o this castle offers awe inspiring views of the red roofs of the city and the glorious Tagus River.
This palace is located in Sintra Portugal, part of Metropolitan Lisbon. It was designed by Prussian architect Ludwig von Eschwege in 1840, commissioned by Queen Maria II and her husband Ferdinand of Saxe Coburg. He also built a statue of himself overlooking the palace.
Parque Eduardo VII an oasis in the busy city of Lisbon Portugal
It was built in honor of his highness Edward VII who visited Lisbon in 1903. It offers views of Praça Marquês de Pombal, the lovely intersection in the center of Lisbon.
You may see many trees with lush foliage in this park, like ferns and camellias, coffee and mango trees and cacti.
This is Europe’s second largest aquarium with about 8,000 species splash in a 7 million liters of seawater.
This museum is located in the grounds of Parque Marechal Carmona. It is housed in the 19th century mansion of Irish aristocrat Jorge O’Neill. It was later bought by Count of Castro Guimarães which decorated it lavishly with 17th century Indo-Portuguese cabinets, Oriental silk tapestries and 17th century azulejos.
For more information visit the Lisbon Tourism Office
Igreja de São Roque or St George Church in Lisbon Portugal
The church has dazzling interiors of gold, marble and Florentine azulejos. Its main attraction is the Capela de São João Baptista, to the left of the altar.
This museum was put together by a Portuguese millionaire and hosts one of Europe’s top collections of modern art, including works by Picasso, Dali and Andy Warhol. By the way… it’s free.
This area is the Oldest of the Capital of Portugal. It was inhabited by the Visigoths as early as the 5th century. The Moors gave this district its atmosphere of Bohemia. What was once an upper class neighborhood was destroyed by earthquakes and gave way to a working class quarter.
The Modern Parque das Nações or the Park of Nations in Lisbon
This is striking Modern Park contrasting with Old Lisbon Europe's longest bridge as the backdrop. It includes a casino a promenade and an aquarium.
Opened in 2009 on a former Bank Headquarters, it hosts permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of top international names in fashion and design.
It is one of Lisbon's most surprising spaces, recognized as one of the world's leading design and fashion museums. Admission is free.
To summarize the Capital of Portugal is a lovely city that we loved at first sight and then came back several times during the years. In 1994 we spent there a whole week attending an ASTA Congress.
images credits for capital of portugal:
belem tower by thomas
parqeu eduardo vii by brian snelson
baixa by allie canfield
elevador de santa justa by david simm
igreja sao roque by rleitner
parque das nacoes by miguel
aerial lisbon n/a
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