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Lisbon is really a different and insanely enjoyable city that demands a glance. It's already the most popular tourist destination, but it'll without doubt keep having a growing quantity of site visitors as time pass. It's not a basic town, but it's less sprawling or stuffed up as a few of the neighboring capitals. Lisbon may be the capital of Portugal, with a population that moves around a million, the majority of the other famous European metropolitan areas tend to be bigger. Case fine using the people of Lisbon, preferring their city remain somewhat secluded and guarded. This is among the only places that you've got to be certain to bring all your high end photography gear. But even when you are not an experienced shutterbug, purchase a disposable camera and snap as numerous shots as possible. The landscape, horizon, and glorious sunsets listed here are unequalled, and also the unique architecture won't be seen elsewhere on the planet. The cobblestone roads are amazing, built on slopes, creating a ride-like look at the town or even the river at any time. Lisbon is as quaint in its old worldly streets, and charming roadside cafes, as its contemporary infrastructure and artistic appeal. 
 
In 1755, an earthquake and tidal wave completely destroyed the town, and then an intricate of parallel roads was built in backward and forward primary squares. The Alfama is really a Moorish sector that's found towards the east of Lisbon, and Bairro Alto is situated towards the west. Lisbon is filled with tremendous sights along with a fantastic variety of top-notch museums. The squares are perfect locations for picnicking and individuals watching. The weather here’s excellent, with hot summer season, warm springs and autumns, and awesome winters. The greater time spent in Lisbon, the greater you'll fall deeply in love with it, so keep that picture from the kids handy to help remind you of home or you might never wish to leave.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
 
Where You're Docked
 
There are several cruise ship piers along the river Targus. Smaller and midsize ships can use Santa Apalonia close to the city center. There is a metro stop here and it is 1/2 mile east of the city center. The other cruise terminals include Alcantara by the 25th of April bridge and the adjacent Rocha Conde. Both are 1 1/2 miles west of the city center. Shuttles are usually provided to Baixa (dropping off at either Pracia do Comercio or Praca de Figueira) but you can also take public transit (bus, tram, or suburban train) as well.
 
Cruise ships pier in the Port of Lisbon, situated on Rua da Junqueira 94. Convenient road and highway links and efficient bus and taxi services are waiting to consider you to definitely your destination.Lisbon's Metro subway product is undoubtedly the best method of getting out and about. Just one ride costs only £0.65, and also the metro works daily. Autocarros are Lisbon's city buses that will assist your transportation needs too. Purchase your ticket in the driver and request him for any route map. Additionally, taxi run can be obtained through the city. If you cannot hail a cab, contact Rádio Táxi.
 
Local Transportation
 
Lisbon has an excellent metro system. A single ticket is €1.40 and a 24hr pass €6 (Feb 2013). There is a non-refundable €0.50 charge for a cardboard chip card that you can reload but expires in one year. The day pass can be used on trams, buses, funiculars and elevators run by Carris. The suburban train is on a separate network.
If you want to head out to Belem, from the City Center, you can take the tram No 15 in Praca da Figueira. You can also take the suburban train from Cais do Sodr station, or bus 28. Day passes can be bought at newstands and ticket machines.
If docked at Santa Apalonia, there is a metro stop between the train station and cruise terminal. You can either walk or take the metro two stops to Biaxa-Chiado. If docked west of the town, options are suburban train or tram. Alacantara-Mar train and tram stops are nearby the main cruise terminal. Taking the tram will get you closer to the city center.
 
Attractions
Cruise passengers visiting Lisbon will find there are many things to see and do in the city. The Lisbon Oceanarium, rated among the best in the world, and the Maritime Museum are both popular attractions. Castelo de Sao Jorge is regarded as the cradle of Lisbon and provides panoramic views of the River Tagus and the medieval Alfama district. The Jeronimos Monastery is the final resting place of Vasco de Gama, another historical sightseeing must for visitors to Lisbon. A Lisboa Card ensures cruise passengers discounted admission to most attractions, and free access to public transport. These cards are valid for 24 hours and available from tourist offices throughout the city.
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum) is situated at Rua Madre de Deus 4 (21/814-7747) and consists of an remarkable assortment of tiles, most of which go as far back towards the 15th century. If you are looking at researching the heritage of Portugal, particularly the artistic growth and development of the culture, this really is the site to visit. The encompassing convent chapel features extravagant 1700s décor along with a lovely altar that intrigues all who gaze upon its glory. The 100s of tiles based in the museum are really different and beautiful, and allow you to get a real feeling of the advancement of art in the country.
 
Rossio may be the primary square in Lisbon, and it has been because the dark ages. Rossio is formally referred to as Praça Dom Pedro IV, which title originates from the commemorative statue in the heart of the square. It's situated in the middle of town, and then any local can provide you with precise directions regarding how to make it happen. The architecture here's magnificent, and coffee shops, bookstores and shops line the neighboring roads, creating a enjoyable and comfy mid-day if you opt to visit.
 
The Museu de Marinha (Naval Museum), are available on Praça do Império (21/362-0019). This fabulous establishment reflects the romance that Portugal has for that ocean, and it is lengthy good reputation for partnership using the sea. The exhibits displayed are magnificent, and also the ancient maps are fascinating. Frequently, model ship exhibits are held, and also the fishing-boat room is great. You may also see a few royal barges, and you'll not need to look difficult to identify these grand ocean ships. Overall, the Naval Museum is really a lovely place filled with interesting items and beautiful sights.
 
Things to do
Tagide is situated at Largo Academia das Belas Artes 18-20 (21/342-0720) featuring the best Portuguese food in most of Lisbon. Wonderful aromas fill the environment, and also the main courses are authentic and scrumptious. The tables through the window possess a spectacular look at the forest, so reserve one when you get the possibility. This quaint little place is definitely an old house made from tile, and when there’s a wait, make sure to have a glass of the dark red. Pap'Açorda are available at Rua da Atalaia 57 (21/346-4811) and it is a marvelous restaurant that's admired by local people and it is a popular of vacationers. Your building was once a bakery, and contains a detailed-knit and comfy feel into it. The bathrooms are contemporary versions of Portuguese classics. A few of the best main courses would be the veal cutlets and also the grilled ocean bass, each of which are cooked perfectly. The sea food is prepared marvelously, and also the fresh seafood special during the day is usually a good choice. Tavares Rico is situated at Rua Misericórdia 37 (21/342-1112) featuring exquisite French cuisine. Things are great, but when you like your meals and decide to go back, it’s likely that you won't have a similar factor you'd before. Reception menus are periodic, and also the chef guarantees that just the very best elements are utilized in all of his foods. The dining area was initially built within the 1700s, which is quite charming and complements the atmosphere perfectly.
 
The Photo voltaic do Vinho do Porto is situated at Rua de São Pedro p Alcântara 45 and is a well-liked evening place where one can enjoy wine tasting and dancing. The background music expires-tempo and they're always filled having a great choice of wines from around the globe. Rock City are available at Rua Cintura do Porto de Lisboa 225 and it is the most popular nightclub/bar in Lisbon. Take the dancing footwear as well as your Lionel Ritchie compact disk as this place continues all through the night. 
 
Lisbon bears the mark of an incredible heritage with laid-back pride. Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, the city also presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods stepped alleys are lined with pastel-color houses and crossed by laundry hung out to dry; here and there miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, black-and-white mosaic cobblestone sidewalks border wide boulevards. Elétricos (trams) clank through the streets, and blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles) adorn churches, restaurants, and fountains. Some modernization has improved the city. To prepare for its role as host of the World Exposition in 1998, Lisbon spruced up its public buildings, overhauled its metro system, and completed an impressive bridge across the Rio Tejo, but Lisbon's intrinsic, slightly disorganized, one-of-a-kind charm hasn't vanished in the contemporary mix.

Do not Miss
Visit Fatima in the valley of Cova da Iria, site of the Virgin Mary's alleged appearance in 1917
Explore Setubal, one of Portugal's oldest cities, famous for its delicious muscadel wine
Relax on the 'Sunny Coast' of Estoril, which inspired Ian Fleming's Casino Royale
Enjoy the pretty town of Obidos, 'given' by Portuguese kings to their wives as a token of love
In the town of Evora, brave the Saint Francis Church's Chapel of Bones
 
Sights
The center of Lisbon stretches north from the spacious Praça do Comércio-one of Europe's largest riverside squares-to the Rossío, a smaller square lined with shops and cafés. The district in between is known as the Baixa (lower town), an attractive grid of parallel streets built after the 1755 earthquake and tidal wave. The Alfama, the old Moorish quarter that survived the earthquake, lies east of the Baixa. In this part of town are the Sé (the city's cathedral) and, on the hill above, the Castelo de São Jorge (St. George's Castle).
 
West of the Baixa, sprawled across another Lisbon hill, is the Bairro Alto (Upper Town), an area of intricate 17th-century streets, peeling houses, and churches. Five kilometers (3 miles) farther west is Belém. A similar distance to the northeast is Lisbon's postmodernist Parque das Nações.
 
The modern city begins at Praça dos Restauradores, adjacent to the Rossío. From here the main Avenida da Liberdade stretches northwest to the landmark Praça Marquês de Pombal, dominated by a column and a towering statue of the man himself. The praça is bordered by the green expanse of the Parque Eduardo VII, named in honor of King Edward VII of Great Britain, who visited Lisbon in 1902.
 
Igreja e Museu de São Roque. Filippo Terzi, the architect who designed São Vicente, was also responsible for this Renaissance church. He was commissioned by Jesuits and completed the church in 1574. Its eight-sides chapels have statuary and art dating from the early 17th century. The last chapel on the left before the altar is the extraordinary 18th-century Capela de São João Baptista (Chapel of St. John the Baptist): designed and built in Rome, with rare stones and mosaics that resemble oil paintings, the chapel was taken apart, shipped to Lisbon, and reassembled here in 1747. Adjoining the church, the Museu de São Roque displays a surprisingly engaging collection of clerical vestments and liturgical objects. Largo Trindade Coelho, Bairro Alto. Admission charged.
 
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Conceived and commissioned by Dom Manuel I, who petitioned the Holy See for permission to build it in 1496, Belém's famous Jerónimos Monastery was financed largely by treasures brought back from Africa, Asia, and South America. Construction began in 1502 under the supervision of Diogo de Boitaca. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a supreme example of the Manueline style of building (named after King Dom Manuel I), which represented a marked departure from the prevailing Gothic. Inside, the spacious interior contrasts with the riot of decoration on the six nave columns and complex latticework ceiling. This is the resting place of both explorer Vasco de Gama and national poet Luís de Camões. Praça do Império, Belém. Admission charged.
 
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. On its own lush grounds, the museum of the celebrated Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a cultural trust, houses treasures collected by Armenian oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955) and donated to Portugal in return for tax concessions. The collection is split in two: one part is devoted to Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Asian art and the other to European acquisitions. Both holdings are relatively small, but the quality of the pieces is magnificent, and you should aim to spend at least two hours here. In the gardens outside the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian at Centro de Arte Moderna, sculptures hide in every recess. You may want to spend a little time here before following signs to the Modern Art Center-the 20th-century art collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which has at its disposal the finest collection of contemporary and modern Portuguese art, as well as many British works from the same period-a legacy of the foothold the foundation retains in London. Av. de Berna 45, Praça de Espanha. Admission charged.
 
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. On the route from the center of Lisbon to Belém is the Ancient Art Museum, the only institution in the city to approach the status of the Gulbenkian. Housed in a 17th-century palace once owned by the Counts of Alvor and vastly enlarged in 1940 when it took over the Convent of St. Albert, the museum has a beautifully displayed collection of Portuguese art-mainly from the 15th through 19th century. The religious works of the Flemish-influenced Portuguese school stand out, especially Nuno Gonçalves' masterpiece, the St. Vincent Panels. Painted between 1467 and 1470, the altarpiece has six panels believed to show the patron saint of Lisbon receiving the homage of king, court, and citizens (although there are other theories). Trams 15 and 18 from Praça do Comércio drop you at the foot of a steep flight of steps below the museum. Otherwise, Buses 727 from Praça Marquês de Pombal, 60 from Praça Martim Moniz, and 713 from Praça do Comércio run straight to Rua das Janelas Verdes; coming from Belém, you can pick the 727 up across from the Jerónimos monastery. Rua das Janelas Verdes, Lapa. Admission charged.
 
Oceanário de Lisboa. Europe's largest indoor aquarium wows children and adults alike with a vast saltwater tank featuring an array of fish, including several types of shark. Along the way you pass through habitats representing the North Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, where puffins and penguins dive into the water, sea otters roll and play, and tropical birds flit past you. You then descend to the bottom of the tank to watch rays float past gracefully and schools of silvery fish darting this way and that. Esplanada D. Carlos I (Doca dos Olivais), Parque das Nações. Admission charged.
 
Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The white, monolithic Monument of the Discoveries was erected in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. It was built on what was the departure point for many voyages of discovery, including those of Vasco da Gama for India and-during Spain's occupation of Portugal-of the Spanish Armada for England in 1588. Henry is at the prow of the monument, facing the water; lined up behind him are the Portuguese explorers of Brazil and Asia, as well as other national heroes, including Luís de Camões the poet, who can be recognized by the book in his hand. On the ground adjacent to the monument, an inlaid map shows the extent of the explorations undertaken by the 15th- and 16th-century Portuguese sailors. Walk inside and take the elevator to the top for river views. There are also 15- and 30-minute films about Lisbon's history. Av. de Brasília, Belém. Admission charged.
 
Pavilhão do Conhecimento. The white, angular, structure designed by architect Carrilho de Graça for the Expo seems the perfect place to house the Knowledge Pavilion, or Living Science Centre, as it's also known. All of the permanent and temporary exhibits here are related to math, science, and technology; most are also labeled in English (a manual is available for the few that aren't), and all are interactive. Alamada dos Oceanos, Lote 2.10.01, Parque das Nações. Admission charged.
 
Praça Marquês de Pombal. Dominating the center of Marquês de Pombal Square is a statue of the marquis himself, the man who designed the "new" Lisbon that emerged after the 1755 earthquake. On the statue's base are representations of both the earthquake and the tidal wave that engulfed the city; a female figure with outstretched arms signifies the joy at the emergence of the refashioned city.
 
Praça dos Restauradores. This square, adjacent to Rossio train station, marks the beginning of modern Lisbon. Here the broad, tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade starts its northwesterly ascent. Restauradores means "restoration," and the square commemorates the 1640 uprising against Spanish rule that restored Portuguese independence. An obelisk (raised in 1886) commemorates the event. Note the elegant 18th-century Palácio Foz on the square's west side. Before World War I, it contained a casino; today it houses a national tourist office, the tourist police, and a shop selling reproductions from the country's state museums.
 
Torre de Belém. The openwork balconies and domed turrets of the fanciful Belém Tower make it perhaps the country's purest Manueline structure. It was built between 1514 and 1520 on what was an island in the middle of the Rio Tejo, to defend the port entrance, and dedicated to St. Vincent, the patron saint of Lisbon. Today the chalk-white tower stands near the north bank-evidence of the river's changing course. Cross the wood gangway and walk inside, not so much to see the plain interior but rather to climb the steps to the very top for a bird's-eye view of river and city. Av. de Brasília, Belém. Admission charged.
 
Eating Out
In the last few years, Lisbon has been reinventing its classic Portuguese cuisine with a new, refined flair. While there are still plenty of old-fashioned mom and pop tascas and tabernas serving the classics, several new high-end gourmet-style versions have been opening in the downtown and other affluent neighborhoods.
 
Because the Portuguese will never part from their beloved favorite foods and dishes, many new restaurants are incorporating rustic vintage styles with contemporary hipness – both in decor and cuisine. Often this means replacing the cute little mamas behind the stove with young, innovative chefs who take simple comfort foods and add a twist or perhaps a more “exotic” flair. The same makeover has occured with the concept of petiscos – the Portuguese version of tapas – and many of the new menus are designed with this “pick and choose” concept in mind. Additionally, the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries, open only in the mornings, are taking a back-seat to brightly lit French patisserie-style influenced padarias. These padarias are open all day and produce high-end versions of classic Portuguese breads and pastries, with spacious seating areas to enjoy them with a refined Portuguese coffee.
 
Although wines-by-the-glass have been struggling to gain in popularity among restaurants and bars, many more wine-bars have been opening up and catering well to the still niche market. Gourmet stores are also popping up in downtown Lisbon, reigniting the tradition of Portuguese canned fish, sweet jams and preserved fruits by repackaging them in colorful, artistic new containers and selling them at higher prices. Ethnic restaurants from former colonies have become more popular in recent years, especially Brazilian, Goan and African cuisines. Sushi has become the “in-fashion” food of the moment, with many new highly-acclaimed Japanese restaurants applying fusion with local Portuguese fish and ingredients.
 
Lisboners, like all from Portugal, are very proud of their cuisine – claiming that it’s the best in the world. I must say they’re not too far from the truth! This is probably why they have such a love of food and drink in their everyday lives. All holidays and social gatherings in Lisbon seem to revolve around a good meal with wine at a restaurant or an ice-cold imperial or a strong bica at a bar or café/pastry shop.
 
Areas lined with great restaurants Bairro Alto/Chiado - Up and down Rua Alecrim are a series of high-end and trendy restaurants. Make sure you also explore the Rua Loreto, the side streets in Bairro Alto and up and down the side streets from Chiado plaza.
Principe Real/São Bento - Continuing on Rua Alecrim up the hill, you’ll hit an area known for fusion vegetarian and ethnic cuisine restaurants. The area continues down from the Jardim Principe Real to Praça das Flores near São Bento where several other trendy restaurants/cafes are scattered in and around the the plaza. This is also a great bar area within the LGBT community.
Campo de Ourique - This flat grid neighborhood up the hill from the Basilica da Estrela is perfect for experiencing traditional Portuguese cuisine.  There are plenty of casual restaurants, tascas and pastelarias serving lunch and a handful of new-style and fine dining Portuguese restaurants that are great for dinner. This area is also excellent for shopping with its high-end clothing boutiques, classy gift stores and gourmet shops.
 
Shopping
Although fire destroyed much of Chiado, Lisbon's smartest shopping district, in 1988, a good portion of the area has been restored. The neighborhood has a large new shopping complex as well as many small stores with considerable cachet, particularly on and around Rua Garrett. The Baixa's grid of streets from the Rossío to the Rio Tejo have many small shops selling jewelry, shoes, clothing, and foodstuffs. The Bairro Alto is full of little crafts shops with stylish, contemporary goods. Excellent stores continue to open in the residential districts north of the city, at Praça de Londres and Avenida de Roma. Most of Lisbon's antiques shops are in the Rato and Bairro Alto districts along one long street, which changes its name four times as it runs southward from Largo do Rato: Rua Escola Politécnica, Rua Dom Pedro V, Rua da Misericórdia, and Rua do Alecrim.
 
Handmade goods, such as leather handbags, shoes, gloves, embroidery, ceramics, linens, and basketwork, are sold throughout the city. Apart from top designer fashions and high-end antiques, prices are moderate.



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