Lisbon is the westernmost capital in Europe. The European continent is cut off at Cape Cabo da Roca near the city, behind which is just the endless Atlantic Ocean. You will not find a lot of historic sites in Lisbon, as in 1755 the town was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake and the resulting tsunami and fires. However, in Lisbon at every step you can feel a reminder of the imperia
l past of the city: the magnificent cathedrals, elegant palaces, grandiose monuments to kings and marquises.
The city is situated on seven hills, located close to each other, and one of the main reasons to visit Lisbon is long walks on its beautiful steep streets.
The historic core of the city - St. George's Castle - is situated on the hill, serving as the home of the Portuguese kings. It is from here where the capital of Portugal once started - the oldest historic district of th
e city with its typical medieval tangle of streets and alleys, lanes and walkways.
Facades of almost all the houses are decorated with painted ceramic panels (the same technique is used in signs with street names and house numbers).
The majestic palaces of different ages and styles are another notable attraction of Lisbon.
Lisbon's port is one of the most important in the Atlantic Ocean. It dates back to the XIII century. Port has played an important role in the city life: Portuguese caravel went to its famous voyages from here; the expedition of Vasco da Gama, starting from here, first reached the shores of India; here came the huge merchant ships, laden with jewels, spices and silk. In the times of the World War II the refugees flocked from all over Europe to the harbor in order to sail to the United States. Today it is still a major commercial and passenger cruise port.
Statue of Jesus Christ
In contrast to all the other European countries, Portugal avoided participation in the Second World War. The Portuguese believed that it was because God had heard their prayers, and in gratitude, the residents generously donated money to build a statue of Christ â€“ a copy of the Brazilian statue, and in 1959, 28-meter high statue was ascended to the pedestal of 84 meters high. Today, the statue of Christ has a special significance in the spiritual culture of Portugal.
Enjoy the Fado performance
You must attend a unique musical form performance called Fado, mostly held in the traditional parts of Lisbon, which combines ev
erything what makes Lisbon special and interesting. You will certainly be touched by the indefinable sentiment it evokes and will ensure a great night out.
Explore Lisbon coastline
Drive down the Atlantic coast and you will see one of the most beautiful and important parts of the city. This area is called the â€œLineâ€?. Now the buildings in this area have become denser, but the life because of that has not become less attractive, because of the magnificent golf courses and beautiful beaches.
There are so many restaurants and bars in Lisbon, offering different types of kitchens, dishes and cooking styles, that you will be spoilt for choice. Some of the local wines and ports will be the best of the ones you've ever tasted. Going out to the restaurant, cafÃ© or bar in Lisbon is such an important part of life that only by going out every night you could say that you really have felt the Lisbon life.
Lisbon nightlife is one of the best in Europe, although it does not consist of only nightclubs, discos and bars, but also simply talking to people and making new friends. Lisbon residents very sociable and they love to go out. There is no shortage of bars, theaters, clubs and discos in Lisbon, and most of them are open 24/7.
There are lots of shopping centers and boutique shops in Lisbon, offering all well-known brands, as well as small shops where you can purchase items needed during your holiday, as well as souvenirs, including ceramics, embroidery and jewelry. Rare books or antiques, fine gold jewelry, clothing or shoes - there's always something there for everyone! A good starting point for shopping in Lisbon is Baixa quarter, especially if you are looking for quality shoes or jewelry. Other luxury boutiques and fashion designers are located on Rua Garrett in Chiado quarter and along the Avenida da Liberdade.
If Lisbon is your starting point for exploring the surrounding area, such as Sintra, or if you are planning to explore the city and the coastal towns, car rental is
definitely the best solution. This will save you a lot of time studying the schedule of public transport in less developed areas. Especially for the trips to the countryside it is much better for you to move around by car than by public transport. Rent the car in Lisbon with Atlas Choice for the hassle-free holiday!