The capital of Portugal is considered the second most important economic centre in the Iberian Peninsula. Besides that, the city offers a rich mixture of traditional Portuguese and modern sights, as well as dozens of museums, little restaurants and of course: Port wine and Fado Music!
Famous landmarks in Lisbon include the Cristo Rei monument (inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the tower of Belém (classified as a Unesco world heritage site). This last one is located in the district of Belém, which is famous for its pastel de nata (a cream filled pastry). Be sure to try one while you’re there!
Not to miss is the Sâo Jorge castle, a medieval castle situated on the highest hill in the historic centre. Inside you can watch a multimedia show about Lisbon’s history, and the tower of Ulysses offers a 360-degrees view of the city. To get there, hop on the old fashioned tram number 28.
Some of you might remember that in 1998 the World Expo was held in Lisbon. The site of that expo is now known as the Parque das Nações (park of nations) and a must see is the Oceanário. It’s the largest aquarium in Europe, with more then 16000 marine animals. Other sights are the funicular, the Vasco Da Gama shopping centre and the Lisbon Casino.
A must see museum is the Gulbenkian Foundation, which has a tremendous collection of paintings, manuscripts, sculptures and Armenian art. End your museum day with a stroll through the Jardim da Estrela (star garden).
Music lovers from all over Europe gather at the end of May for the Rock in Rio Lisboa festival that is up for its 4th edition in 2010. Portuguese culture comes alive in July, with the Santos Populares (popular saints), when the whole city is transformed into a colourful world of paper lanterns and lights.
Why not combine dinner with some music and folklore? Café Luso is a Fado restaurant that offers a daily dinner show. And for a glass of good port wine after dinner, Solar do Vinho do Porto is the place. They offer a wide variety of brands, and is a very elegant place.
The place to be after dark is discotheque Lux. Co-owner is Hollywood star John Malkovich, so be prepared for a queue and very strict door policy. There are two floors with an artistic décor, and famous bands often give concerts here. Just one thing, watch out for the giraffe!
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