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Lisboa

Portugal

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    Discover Lisbon, a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15C. Lisboa or Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and the country’s biggest city, located on the estuary of the Tagus river, on the European Atlantic Coast. It is continental Europe’s westernmost capital. Around 3 million people live in the Lisboa region, with around 600 thousand living in the capital itself.

    A city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau, and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement.Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. After all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors.

    You may love Lisbon for the monuments, ideal conditions for the practice of sport or delicious gastronomy. Even for all these reasons and more. One thing is certain: all the time in the world won’t be enough to enjoy all to do and see in the capital. Lisbonis as proud as punch of its role in the Age of Discovery, with the city being the starting place for dozens of exploratory voyages around the globe, including Vasco da Gama’s expedition to India in 1497. Padrão dos Descobrimento a large monument on the north bank of the Tagus, celebrates this: it features statues of early navigators peering out to sea, led by Henry the Navigator. The city’s miniature Christ the Redeemer, Cristo Rei or Christ the King to the locals, on the south bank of the Tagus that looks out over the city is testament to that.

    Lisbon is the busiest port on the European Atlantic coast. It has three terminals for cruise ships: Alcântara, Rocha de Conde d’Óbidos and Santa Apolónia. Most ships have shuttles from all these ports to Praça do Comércio in the city center.

    In the summer months, Lisbon swelters under a cerulean blue dome. ‘A praia’ sings out from the city’s sun-kissed, begonia blossomed streets as surf boards are stacked on top of cars and everyone makes for the beachy ‘burbs of Cascais and Estoril — 20 minutes drive from the city-centre. The aim being to cool off in the frosty Atlantic, get some sand between their toes, and tuck into the seaside classic of a plate of garlicky ameijoas washed down with a tumbler of brain-freeze cold lager.

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