Lisbon (Lisboa), the country's...
Lisbon (Lisboa), the country's capital, stands breezily on the banks of the Rio Tejo. The city's low skyline, unpretentious atmosphere and pleasant blend of architectural styles conspire to make it a favourite with many visitors. Orientation is fairly straightforward - apart from the puff required to negotiate the hills - with most of the daily activity centred in the lower part of the city.
A clear choice for Lisbon's finest attraction is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Construction began about 1502 and was completed towards the end of the century. It survived a great earthquake in 1755, and is today the principal remnant of Manueline architecture found in the city. Nearby is the Torre de Belém, a Manueline-style tower which stands in the Rio Tejo, and is probably the most photographed monument in Portugal.
Lisbon has a number of attractive museums, including the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, which contains superb displays of decorative tiles; the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, which houses the national collection of works by Portuguese painters; and the immense Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, considered the finest museum in Portugal, with exhibits of paintings, sculptures, carpets, coins and ceramics from around the world.
Other places of interest are the districts of Baixa and Alfama. Here you'll find some of the city's oldest and most rewarding sights: anarchic cobbled streets, squares and alleys; markets and craftspeople, and colourful buildings and brooding castles.
Lisbon has a wide range of budget accommodation and cheap eateries, mostly found in the central parts of the city. Lisbon's nightlife is boisterous, and includes drinking in bars, raving at discos, bopping to jazz and African rhythms or puzzling over fado. Local soccer matches and bullfights are the biggest daylit thrills.
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If you enlarge these picture you will see an aerial view of the newest zone of Lisbon, the Nations Park (Parque das Nações: www.parquedasnacoes.pt), and the long Bridge (Ponte)Vasco da Gama. One interesting detail: the lamps all along the bridge are not vertical, they pend a litle bit on the road, so they don't perturb the fishs...
It is very pleasant to walk along these park in a sunny afternoon, or stay reading or simply loooking the Tagus river. Read the newspapper, drink some fresh drink, see some children and adult on theirs bike all the long the river side... The Bridge is the longest of Europe, 18 Km. In the Nations Park you have many others interesting things to do.
The Knowledge Pavilion - Centre of Live Science is an interactive Centre of Science and Technology achieved according to the new concepts of modern scientific museology.
It is aimed to be a lively space where the visitor is invited to participate in a permanent discovery becoming active on that process that leads to knowledge.
The Centre of Live Science occupies the entire space of the previous Knowledge of the Seas Pavilion designed by the architect Carrilho da Graça and that was one of the most significant architecture of Expo’98. The Centre of Living Science is now of the Ministry of Science and Technology responsibility.
This new space includes permanent exhibitions, conferences, debates and colloquiums.
- “The Unfinished House” (permanent)
Created by: Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de Paris
- “See it, Do it, Lean it” (permanent)
Created by: Techniquest of Cardiff, U.K.
- 'Exploratorium' (permanent)
Created by: Exploratorium, S. Francisco, USA
- 'Live Mathematics' (up to 30 June 2002)
- 'Earth, a dynamic planet' (up to 30 June 2002)
- 'The Human Factor - Living Ergonomy' (up to 31 December 2002)
Besides the exhibitions, Knowledge Pavilion has also other areas (free access): Cib@rcafé, Mediateca, Bookshop and Shop.
An open and relaxed area equipped with 30 computers connected to the Internet and available free of charge to the most advanced cybernauts as well as to those who want o take their first steps on the Web.
The daily introductory sessions to the Internet are an important component of the activities that take place in this area of the Pavilion.
Mediateca (Media Library)
This area is specially geared to provide the visitors with elements for consultation, study and research in the most diverse areas of knowledge. With a wide range of information available in print form, CD-ROM, as well as multimedia equipment, it also features a workshop-space for the production of web-sites and for preparing individual or group work.
An area where visitors can purchase books, videos and CD-ROMs about science and technology.
A space for the sale of products that will stimulate the taste of young people for science, but even adults will not be able to resist them.
Camões in Another Dimension (Virtual Reality Pavilion)
This Pavilion has introduced a new entertainment concept to Portugal base on the latest technologies. Camões in Another Dimension is a unique adventure filled with amazing and timeless experiences that provide an extraordinary glimpse of an era within the history of the Portuguese discoveries.
The Cable car rides offers the widest and most spectacular view of Parque das Nações and the Tagus River, covering a distance of over 1-km.
Lots of Restaurants, and many, many more...
Elevador de Santa Justa
Elevador de Santa Justa: this Neogotic elevator, also known as 'Elevador do Carmo' was build around 1900 by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard a pupil of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
The fire that ruined a big part of the Chiado-area 25th August 1988, was stopped near this location.
You need to buy a ticket if you want to go up.
It doesn't connect to the nearby hill anymore but you can go to the top and marvel at the view up there.
There is also a cafetaria where you can order something to drink that goes well with the view.
Don't forget to take your camera, zoom lenses and enjoy!
delightful pastéis de Nata (Cream Custard Tarts)
The greatest pastry of Lisbon...You will find it in every Bakery in Lisbon but the ones from the antiga Confeitaria de Belem (see corresponding restaurant tip) are the most famous and delicious ones!!!! Don't hesitate to go to Belem for it, you won't regret it!!!!
I was really glad to hear that there was a portuguese bakery in Brussels (Schaerbeek) and to taste the brussels pastéis that my friend offered me!
If you like football (aka soccer) Lisbon will satisfy all you cravings!
Lisbon has three teams in Super Liga (I division) - Sporting, Benfica and Belenenses.
The championship follows the normal European schedule, i.e., from end of August until mid May.
Portugal hosts the Euro 2004 championships, and for that occasion it was build 8 new stadiums. Sporting and Benfica's stadium are state of the art stadiums.