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"For me no flowers can match the endlessly varied colors of Lisbon in the sunlight," Fernando Pessoa.
This is what Lisbon is like: colorful, dynamic, welcoming and at times a bit melancholic like fado, the typical music of Portugal. The city is full of art and history, with a unique and unmistakable character, which visitors will fall in love with.
UP AND DOWN LISBON
The Portuguese capital is located on small hills, approximately 200 meters high, surrounding a flat central area called Baixa. You can start your itinerary from here, with strolls through the streets lined with neoclassical houses, boutiques, restaurants and fashionable bars.
Continue past the Triumphal Arch, overlooking the Praça do Comércio, to the famous Rossio Square, the stage for important historical events. Avenida da Liberdade, known as the Champs-Élysées of Lisbon, is also worth a trip. Continuing along Rua do Ouro, you'll reach the Santa Justa Lift, the tower from which you can admire a striking view of the city.
Take the very famous yellow number 28 tram and visit the Alfama district, the historic heart of the city, with narrow streets and buildings covered with azulejos, typical blue ceramic decorations, which you can learn more about at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo.
In this district, don't miss the Castle of São Jorge and Lisbon Cathedral, both symbols of the city.
On the banks of the Tagus River is Belém, a slightly suburban area with a Gothic, highly decorated appearance, which is home to wonderful monuments that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the very famous Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, built by Vasco da Gama on his return from discovering India.
Go up again to visit the Bairro Alto, the district for nightlife and fun, to enjoy an outstanding traditional Portuguese evening in restaurants and bars open until late at night.
Finally, treat yourself to some educational fun at the Oceanário, one of the largest aquariums in Europe, which even the youngest kids will certainly enjoy.
A CITY TO SAVOR
Portuguese cuisine has many dishes to savor thanks to the many raw ingredients this land offers.
Picking out one main dish above all is not easy, but we can certainly say that bacalhau is the main ingredient: It is served in a wide variety of ways and it's worth trying different types. It's also worth trying other fish like hake, sardines and octopus, but there is also plenty of meat, to be eaten in a stew with vegetables cooked Portuguese style.
But the Portuguese, of course, love desserts, which they eat at all hours in the many cafés scattered around the city, especially pastéis de nata, a mouthwatering cream tart, and queijadas, small desserts like cheese cake, both of which should be accompanied by Port, fortified red wine.
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