Sunday, 9 August 2009

Lisbon travel guide

Lisbon travel guideLisbon, the capital and largest city of Portugual, it is also the seat of the district of Lisbon and the main city of the NUTS Lisbon region. Lisbon was under Roman rule from 205 BC, when it was already a 1000 year old town.

Lisbon is situated on the north banks of the River Tagus, the charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past; renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle mirror the city's rich cultural heritage. Its eclectic blend of neighborhoods, culture and architecture distinguish this capital city uniquely from the other European capitals and make it a truly fascinating and comprehensive city to visit.

A city set on seven hills, as the legend tells, with its cobble stoned pavements and narrow streets full of Art Nouveau cafés promises a lot to discover: Its downtown, the Baixa, located around Rossio, Praça do Comércio; situated on the hill around St. George’s Castle, Alfama and Mouraria; Lisbon’s most traditional quarters with their typical streets, Bairro Alto and Madragoa, and set on Tagus River, Belém offer an unforgettable experience of city’s past at the present.

Lisbon also hosts a great number of remarkable museums of ancient and modern art, some of which are Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, National Coach Museum, and Carmo Archaeological Museum. But, Lisbon isn't all culture and history; Bairro Alto is the center of nightlife with various restaurants and bars where melancholic traditional Portuguese music, Fado, can also be listened.

The best way to discover Lisbon is to get lost in its narrow streets and up and down roads! Every narrow street will tell you a different story and every story will reach to your heart easily. Night and day, feel Lisbon! Live Lisbon!

Where to Stay: the Hotel Olissippo Oriente is a modern four-star property located in Lisbon's former Expo 98 site, which is now known as the Parque das Nações. One major feature is the hotel's very close proximity to the Lisbon Oceanarium, FIL fairground, Vasco da Gama shopping centre and the city`s new casino. Other convenient offers for hotel in Lisbon, are available in these days for online booking.


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