Lisbon is Portugal’s capital known as the “City of the 7 hills”, as one soon discovers walking up and down its often narrow, beautiful old steep streets.
Since its days of the Age of Discovery, when the city was at the forefront of world trade, Lisbon has been an important port. The great monuments in Belém, the Monumental quarter related to the Portuguese discoveries, still bear witness to the city’s maritime past.
Also offers excellent late-night entertainment, focused on lively, fashionable clubs and bars along the waterfront and in the Bairro Alto.
The maze of steep alleyways of the medieval quarter of Alfama, the 12th century Castle of St. George, the downtown area of Baixa, with its busy shopping streets, cafés, restaurants and theatres – featuring the attractive Rossio Square and the spacious arcaded building that extend around Praça do Comércio – the elegant commercial district of Chiado, the picturesque late 16th century hilltop area of Bairro Alto, the dazzling Marques de Pombal Square, at the feet of the Eduard VII Park on one side and Lisbon’s main avenue Avenida da Liberdade on the opposite side, the huge-domed basilica and beautiful gardens of Estrela, the elegant mid 18th century district of Lapa, the grandiose monuments, parks, gardens, museums, cafés and promenade.