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Lisbon forever

by Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Lisbon is the ideal city to dive in history, visiting museums and monuments, and at the same time relax and enjoy with shopping and tastings of local recipes. Below your DD has collected ten activities to enjoy the Portuguese capital.

1. Terreiro do Paço
The Terreiro do Paço is the best place to start your visit to Lisbon. Also known as Commercial square, where once stood the Royal Palace destroyed by the earthquake of 1755, and now the nerve centre of the city, the Terreiro do Paço is the largest square in Lisbon.

2. Arco da Rua Augusta and Lisboa Story Centre

The climb to theArco da Rua Augusta is the ideal way to begin to get to know the city that hosts: from its Summit the view extends from Terreiro do Paço, the largest square of the city, the Baixa, the Central District of Lisbon, the Sé Cathedral, the castle of São Jorge and the Tagus River. The Arco da Rua Augusta is North of Terreiro do Paço, in Rua Agusta, the most famous street of Baixa. having ascended the Arco da Rua Augusta to see the city from above is perfect to do a blast from the past of the capital thanks to multi-sensory experiences offered by the Lisbon Story Centre. Children and adults will be able to “live” the history of Lisbon.

3. Drink a Ginja to Rossio
The Rossio is one of the most popular squares in Lisbon. Initially known as "Square D. Pedro V "has been dubbed as Rossio by locals and is used as a meeting place not only during the weekend but also by visitors. The Rossio of Ginjinha It is also the place in Lisbon where tasting the typical liqueur of the city: the "ginginha".

4. A trip to the Chiado shopping area
On the same hill of the Barrio Alto is the Chiado, the neighborhood that combines shopping and culture. Rebuilt after the fire that destroyed it in 1988, the Chiado is home to the most elegant shops of Lisbon and workshops of traditional products, near cultural places like the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the Teatro da Trindade and the Museu Arqueologico do Carmo.

5. Visit the Mosteiro Dos Jeroimos

A holiday in Lisbon cannot be complete without a visit to the Mosteiro Dos Jeroimos, one of the most important monuments of the city. Its construction began in 1502 to celebrate the return of the expedition with which the Navigator Vasco de Gama had discovered the route to India. The Manueline style of the monastery, mixing decorative elements of late Gothic and Renaissance motifs, allowed to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site along with nearby Torre de Belém. Particularly appreciated by tourists is visiting the beautiful cloister, place of peace and relaxation.

6. A stop to eat pastéis de Belém
Variant with a secret recipe of the famous pastéis de nata, are traditional Portuguese desserts that are served with a sprinkling of cinnamon and powdered sugar. THE pastéis de Belém are found only at the oven specializes in the preparation of these cupcakes and other treats, located in Rua de Belém, 84 within walking distance of the famous Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

7. A ride to Alfama to hear fado
The Fado is a kind of Portuguese popular music, performed by a small orchestra consisting of a voice that sings of women, of love for his hometown and the miseries of life, accompanied by a Guitar portuguesse and from a viola do fado. In many bars and restaurants of the old Moorish quarter of Alfama, that develops between the castle of São Jorge and the Tagus River, guests can enjoy traditional Portuguese food with nostalgic songs of fado. And for those who want to discover all about fado and guitar portuguesse, Don't miss a visit to the Museum of Fado, cultural reference for the city of Lisboa.

8. A tour aboard the legendary electrico 28
Trams are the most effective means to move from one side to the other in Lisbon and enjoy a panoramic tour in the narrow streets of the city. In particular, with the historic tram 28 that leaves from Rua da Conceição, You can make a quick and economic tour of the most important neighborhoods, as the Alfama, the Baixa, Chiado and Bairro alto: an unmissable experience for travelers who have little time to visit the city but don't want to miss anything. Tickets can be tati directly onto buses acquis, with discount of 25% for holders of the card Lisboa Card.

9. A visit to Océanario to Parque Das Nações

The Lisbon Océanario is one of the world's largest aquariums. Located in the eastern part of the Parque Das Nações, the Océanario consists of a central tank houses sharks and large tunas and four side tubs containing plants and marine animals coming from the Atlantic Ocean, from the Pacific, from Indian and Antarctic regions. The Oceanarium also offers numerous activities&to severe;, as a chance to spend the night next to the shark tank, take part in guided tours and theme workshops.

10. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is in the list of seven best small museums in the world prepared by The American Explorer site Savvy. By highlight, among the works that hosts: the work of Pascal Dagnon-Bouveret and the area dedicated to the New Art, edited by René Lalique. The Museum is located in Av. de Berne.

For more information www.visitlisboa.com

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