Holidays to Lisbon

The site of the modern city has been settled since the Phoenicians arrived over 3000 years ago. The Romans and the Moors both ruled the area before the Christian knights captured the city in 1147.

This rich and at times turbulent history has left many interesting places to visit when on Lisbon holidays. The Moorish castle sits at the top of Sintra Mountain and is not only a superb building but offers fantastic panoramic views across the city and surrounding area.

The Jerónimos Monastery is one of the finest buildings in Portugal, with both Renaissance and Gothic architectural influences. Built by King Manuel I in Portugal’s Age of Discovery, it was built to commemorate the journey of Vasco de Gama to India. This stunning building is an absolute must see for visitors on holidays in Lisbon.

Another product of Portugal’s golden age is the Belém Tower. It was completed in 1520 and sits on the banks of the Targus River. It is full of Manueline symbols that reflect the power and grandeur of Portugal in the 16th century.

The Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa is the city’s cathedral. Originally constructed in the mid 12th century it has been modified several times through the ages and is now a mix of six different architectural styles.

Another fine church to visit while on Lisbon holidays is Estrela’s Basilica, which has two bell towers. Constructed in the 18th century, it features paintings by Batoni and Pedro Alexandrino.

The site of the Castelo de Saõ Jorge has had fortifications since the 2nd century. While it is worthy of a visit on its own merits, the onsite museum which reveals the history of the city makes this an important stop for everyone on Lisbon holidays.

The medieval quarter of the town, known as Alfama, is a genuine chance to step back in time. The narrow streets are home to little shops and hidden restaurants that will appeal to the adventurer in you. Exploring this ancient quarter will occupy you for many hours.

Café culture is prevalent throughout the city and particularly in the Graça, where musicians play in the shadow of the Igreja de Graça church and in front of a breathtaking vista.

The food in Lisbon ranges from traditional simple fare through to the sophisticated culinary experience you would expect in any major city. The fine local produce means that no matter the style, you will be able to enjoy some excellent dining.

The banks of the Targus are home to a host of nightclubs and bars when you are ready for an energetic night out. From laid back jazz bars to lively dance clubs there is bound to be something to suit your mood.


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