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Lisbon, the gate of the ocean

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Beautiful Lisbon is the capital of glorious Portugal, which played a leading role at the time of the colonies. The second most important region of the Iberian Peninsula is the economic, cultural and political center of the country. Unlike most capitals, there is no official document or any official report that makes it capital but details … Its historic center is located on seven hills, along the north bank of the Tagus River, while the commercial department of the city is located between the old town of Alphama and the upper town of Bairro Alto. To the west is the port and suburbs of Alcandara and Belene. To the west, you will also find one of the largest urban parks in Europe, the Monsanto Forest Park, about ten square kilometers.

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In our modern history, we learn that during the Second World War it was one of the few neutral and open European ports, an exodus for immigrants and a crossroads of spies … The most important historical moment 25 April 1974  when a military movement of left-wing officers, restored democracy after 48 years … The well-known, almost bloodless revolution of the Garyphallos took its name from the fact that many government soldiers had placed it in the gun barrels cloves. How did it then take place in our country? No connection … Since then, other important events have been a great fire in 1988 (it took a decade for the region to come back), the city as a cultural capital of Europe in 1994 and the successful international exhibition EXPO ’98, with the extra celebration for the five hundred years since the voyage of Vasco de Gama in India. Moreover, every March the internationally renowned (half) Marathon, the Lisbon Treaty of March 2000, regarding the strengthening of the European economy, Euro 2004 of course, the launch of the Dakar Rally in January 2006 and 2007 and various cultural festival.

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If you intend to go, you will find yourself in the center of Baixa, what was left of, after the great earthquake of 1755, which leveled a large part of the medieval city. The new form consists of uphill and helical streets, which means not to take a car but a cable car and climb to the castle of Sao Jorge, where the city’s cathedral is also located. Close to the river you will find the Alfama, which has suffered earthquakes and droughts as the oldest one, and you can walk to the various squares, such as Praca do Comercio, Praca Rossio, Praca des Restauradores as well as the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, the Elevador Gothic Elevador de Santa Justa and the Monument to the Discoveries Padrao dos Descobrimentos. You will enjoy baroque, gothic, traditional Portuguese rhythms, but also modern constructions. Museums of Art include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Portuguese-style Tile Museum, the Museum of Royal Carriages (the largest in the world), the Museum of Design, and an Aquarium, which is considered the largest in Europe …

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Where to eat:

A Tasca: For a romantic atmosphere at affordable prices.
Bica do Sapato: John Malkovich is one of the owners and not accidental. Glass walls, space effects in a special restaurant for special tastes.
La Brasserie de l’Entrecôte: beautiful atmosphere with Parisian style, ideal for families as well.
Lautasco: For those who want local cuisine, in a nice location. Prefer salmon in the grill.
Café Mise en Scène: a French coffee to enjoy accompanied by a chocolate fondue in the afternoon.
A Carvoaria: a secret of the inhabitants that you will find full of friendly service and great food. Spicy sausages, fillets with garlic are some suggestions.
A Económica: Another suggestion for those who want to taste local cuisine in fish and meat.
Adega do Gonçalves: Another favorite choice of residents with Portuguese cuisine. Like the Jardim dos Frangos and the Esplanada Santa Marta.
Dom Pedro I: For seafood lovers in a family atmosphere and at good prices.

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Fun

For live music in A Baîuca
For fanta (portugal music) in Adega do Ribatejo, Adega Machado, Adega Mesquita
For the most fashionable, there are Art, Bar do Rio, Lux, Belém Bar Café, Capela

Shopping

Do not hesitate because Lisbon is considered the most economic capital of Europe. In the center you will find many shops, while others are worth just visiting because of their special decorations such as Luvaria Ulises, Ourivesaria Aliança and Casas das Velas do Loreto. Chiado is the fashion mood of the region. Finally, you will find and mock leather all kinds of handmade items and gold at least 19.2 carats at the best prices.

3 Comments »

  1. hi! thank you for your article about Lisbon, my hometown 🙂 it´s always a pleasure to read impressions about the city where I grew up and have been living (and not lol) 🙂 cheers PedroL

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