City of Lisbon
city of Lisbon is built on seven hills, descending on its south
side to the river Tagus (Tejo). Long
gone are the days when Lisbon was simply regarded as the
unfortunate capital of Portugal, the ÎPoor Man of Europeâ.
Today, this proud Portuguese capital is buzzing, after
reinventing itself as one of Europeâs most captivating
city-break destinations. Lisbon overflows with confidence, from
its funky new avant-garde buildings and its ever-growing number
of tourist attractions, through to its trendy bars and
A rich and eclectic history complements the new face
of Lisbon, which is most dramatically showcased at the Parque
das Na›es, the futuristic playground built for the wildly
successful Expo 98. The Parque has now become a Mecca for both
visitors and locals alike and is a shining example of urban
regeneration, having transformed one of the cityâs most rundown
areas. New businesses are also springing up on the city
outskirts, to complement those already prospering in the city
Lisbon is something of a playground for adults, a giant
theme park where even getting around ö via the clanking old
trams, the gravity defying funiculars and the bobbing boats ö is
immense fun and the next meal or mellow coffee in a pavement
cafŽ is only a step away. This sense of carnival fun reaches its
zenith as the sun comes down, with the melancholy of traditional
fado contrasting with the rave clubs now brightening up the
renaissance will be complete in 2004, when the city will boast
the two biggest stadiums as it hosts the final of the European
Football Championships, event, like Expo 98, which looks certain
to reinforce the local belief that Lisbon is now one of the
great European capitals.
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you need to know about Lisbon, sights, tours, districts, music,
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Selection of attractions: :
Castelo de S‹o Jorge (Castle of St George)
The Castle of St George is perched on the highest of
Lisbonâs seven hills, high above the Baixa and the Mouraria (the
Transport: Tram 12 or 28; bus 37.
hours: Daily 0900-2100 (Apr-Sep); daily 0900-1800 (Oct-Mar).
legendary tram 28 is a tourist attraction in itself.
Vintage trams still ply the well-worn route from the city centre
on sea level, right up through the jumble of streets towards the
heights of the Castle of St George.
Torre de BelŽm (BelŽm Tower)
One of the cityâs most famous sights is more impressive on
the outside than it is on the inside. This white stone tower ö
built in the early-16th century, to defend the river ö was the
last thing that the seafaring adventurers saw before setting off
on their epic adventures.
(21) 362 0034. Fax: (21) 363 9145.
Transport: Tram 15; bus 27, 28, 29, 43, 49 or 51; train to BelŽm
hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1830.
Mosteiro dos Jer—nimos (Hieronimite Monastery)
16th-century monastery is one of the few surviving examples of
medieval Manueline architecture and featuring naval motifs, it
is listed along with the Torre de BelŽm as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. It is also the resting place of Vasco da Gama and
the nationâs most famous writer, Lu’s de Cam›es
(21) 362 0034. Fax: (21) 363 9145.
Transport: Tram 15; bus 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, 51 or 112; train to
hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1700 (Oct-Apr); Tues-Sun 1000-1830
Parque das Na›es (Nations Park)
former Expo98 site has been converted into a leisure oasis, with
a shopping centre, a string of attractions, concert halls, bars,
restaurants and a walkway along the River Tagus. The Torre Vasco da Gama ö the siteâs landmark tower and Lisbonâs
tallest building ö has an observation platform and restaurant,
two-thirds of the way up. The Ocean‡rio ö one of the
largest oceanariums in the world ö has huge pools that are home
to manta rays, penguins and sharks. Designed for all manner of
public events, the Atl‰ntico Pavilion is a highly
successful venue for concert, fairs and other functions. The
waterside cable car, connecting the tower and Oceanarium,
offers excellent views over the site. Summer weekends are best
avoided, however, as every family in Portugal seems to descend
on the site.
(21) 891 9333.
Transport: Rail or metro to Esta‹o do Oriente station; bus 5,
10, 21, 25, 50, 68 or 114.
hours: Daily 24 hours.
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