Lisbon travel guide

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a multicultural city where a large part of the population consists of people from the ex colonies who are called “retournados”. The westernmost of European cities, Lisbon rests on seven hills overlooking the “Mar de Palha”, the large bay formed by the Tagus River’s estuary before it pours out into the Atlantic Ocean. The old quarters are a mesh of narrow steep streets and steps opening into lovely squares and terraces with breathtaking views over the city and the river. These terraces spread out on the hills, called “miradouros”, are a good place where to rest and have a drink or a coffee while enjoying the scenery.
Lisbon is one of the best European cities to explore for the beauty of the architecture that reflects the many influences over the years, the Museums, the mosaic tile-work on the walls and even on the pavement, the delicious and affordable “tascas” (inns) and the colourful and entertaining nightlife. Lisbon consists of a low part, Baixa, and the hills: Senhora do Monte, Graca, Sao Jorge, Penha de Franca, Sao Pedro Alcantara, Santa Catarina and Estrela. The city is quite compact and can easily be visited on foot, however the steep nature of the streets might be hard on those leg muscles in which case there is a variety of transport options including cable-cars and lifts to take you up the sharp streets. Lisbon is a city with an extremely happening nightlife with bars and clubs concentrating in Bairro Alto and the area on the river bank between Cais do Sodre’ and Alcantara where in recent years many warehouses have been turned into night bars and clubs. You cannot go to Lisbon without experiencing the Fado, the melancholic Portuguese music that many restaurants offer during or after dinner. Unfortunately some places have a hybrid version of the music mixed with traditional dance, the Alfama district is the best place to find authentic Fado venues. 
If you are flying to Lisbon check out the options for car hire Portugal to enjoy your visit to the full.

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