Interesting places and facts about the city Lisbon in Portugal
Lisbon, one of the oldest capitals in Western Europe is the largest city of Portugal and its main port. The global city has a huge economic, commercial, and cultural importance for the entire continent. The imperial past of Lisbon and its rich historical heritage reminds of itself at every turn: here travelers will be able to see the magnificent palaces and cathedrals as well as local kings monuments. Winding narrow city streets turning into stairs from time to time are perfect for hiking. A mild Mediterranean climate attracts tourists from northern countries who like to spend weekends on the Atkantic coast outside the city.
AttractionsBaixa, a heart of the city, concentrates the best known and interesting sights of the Portuguese capital. Here you can visit the famous Praça de D. Pedro IV, National Theatre of Saint Charles or admire the Santa Justa Lift. Locals call São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) the historical pearl of Lisbon. It was a home for Portuguese kings for several centuries until the 16th century. Once Alfama appeared here, the oldest district of the city with typical medieval streets, narrow passageways and alleys. The Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major is one of the few monuments, which survived the 1755 earthquake that has turned the entire city into ruins.
If you are interested in a many-sided shopping, you came to the right place. In addition to the huge shopping malls here you can find a variety of well-known shops, boutiques, which offer travelers from around the world fashion designer clothes, high quality Portuguese footwear and accessories from brands with a worldwide reputation. Baixa and Chiado districts are best suited for making profitable and interesting purchases. But plan your time in advance and remember that almost all shops are closed from 1:00 PM to 15:00 PM (siesta). Street markets in harmony with fashion boutiques fit perfectly into the atmosphere of the capital. The historic center of Lisbon concentrates a large number of small shops, which offer tourists ceramic goods, souvenirs, embroideries, and, of course, wines. However, keep in mind that supermarkets offer a more rich selection of wines at lower costs.
Besides Portuguese wines and the famous Port Wine, Portugal may interest travelers with local Ginjinha liquor with cherries in every bottle. In addition, almost every region of the country produces its own cheese, which has a n original, unique flavor. If you're ready to go home, be sure to take some prizunto, a Portuguese jamon. You will be pleasantly surprised by the cost of this traditional product considering the fact that its price is quite low compared to more commonly known Spanish jamon. The Portuguese also like to cook and eat sweets, especially all kinds of cakes. Pastel de nata is the most popular cake among tourists.
Lisbon offers travelers and their children everything for active rest and fun pastime. For example, Lisbon Zoo will surprise young guests with ferocious predators, nimble monkeys, lemurs, and exotic sea animals such as dolphins and seals. After visiting a huge Lisbon Oceanarium with a population of more than 25 thousand sea creatures you can go to Museu da Marioneta where children will learn how to make and manipulate puppets. Some of the exhibits presented here were used by the ancient theaters for the entertainment of various nations. Go to Lisbon with your family to learn more about Portugal, its traditions and rich cultural heritage.
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