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Lisbon Sunset Small-Group Walking Tour with Fado Performance
"Start your Lisbon walking tour by joining your local guide in one of the city's most imposing squares the Praça dos Restauradores. This famous landmark commemorates Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640 and is a great starting point to discover the city's history and traditions.Walk along Gates Sant Antão street (Rua das Portas de Santo Anta a building that showcases the culture history music and food of the Alentejo region of Portugal. Then visit a famous tavern in the city where many Lisbon locals go to.Step back in time and enjoy a short ride on a vintage tram to enjoy a short ride on the vintage Tram 28 – a local transport l some of the city’s best-kept secrets. From this excellent viewpoint one of the best-kept secrets of the city
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Private Tour: Lisbon Walking Tour
"Meet your guide in central Lisbon and set off on your private walking tour of this fascinating city.Stop first in Rossio Square (Praça do Rossio) Lisbon’s main meeting place since the Middle Ages. Gaze at the fountains and buildings and admire the 19th-century black and white wave-shaped mosaics that cover the square.Walk to Restauradores Square (Praça dos Restauradores) where a 98-foot (30-meter) high obelisk commemorates Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640. Here take in the art deco Eden Theatre building 18th-century Foz Palace and Liberdade Avenue the 19th-century boulevard that is Lisbon’s main lifeblood.Also
From EUR23.00
 
Family Tour: Essential Lisbon
"First time family visitors to Lisbon? Then this is the perfect walking tour for you. You'll be introduced to the most important sights of the city center and invite you and your family to discover some hidden treasures. Did you know that Portugal had a r you and your kids will get to know the neighborhoods of Baixa Bica Bairro Alto and Chiado while walking through the various districts. Hear some of the fascinating stories that are being told about Lisbon and its inhabitants the ‘alfacinhas’ (little lettuce heads as they are called). Learn about the most important symbols of the city and biggest events in Lisbon’s history: the conquest of the city the Discoveries
From EUR40.00

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ARCO DE TRIUNFO

Favorite thing Comercio Square which opens onto the River, is dominated by the ARCO DE TRIUNFO, and leads to Rua Augusta, one of Lisbon's main pedestrian streets. Upon entering the street, you will see Santa Justa Elevator on your left.
In Barocque style, the Arch has statues of Vasco da Gama. the famous Portuguese explorer and Marques de Pombal. who rebuilt Lisbon after the devastating 1755 earthquake. The surface of the Arch facing the interior, features a large clock.
On either side of the Arch, the yellow buildings are mostly government offices.
It is such an impressive Monument and shows how Lisbon triumphantly rose up from the ruins of the earthquake.

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Jun 27, 2009

Estação do Rossio - Rossio train station

Favorite thing Between Rossio and Restauradores squares at Largo João da Câmara, stands the original late 19th century building of the Estação do Rossio, Rossio train station. It is a masterpiece and a Romantic recreation of the exuberant Manueline style (typical of early 16th century) with an interesting façade with 2 horse-shoe shaped arches (where you see written “Estação Central”, central station) and the statue of king Sebastião set between them.

Sebastião was our only king to die in a war. Sebastião had plans for a great crusade against the kingdom of Morocco since his childhood. But those were bad times for the nation as the young king took almost all of the country's nobility, and against the advice of his commanders, marched to this war with unprepared (and much less) troops. At the Battle of Alcácer Quibir (Battle of the Three Kings) the Portuguese army was routed by Abd Al-Malik, and Sebastião was almost certainly killed in battle. Whether his body was ever found is uncertain and this led many Portuguese to believe Sebastião survived the battle and would return to claim his throne. This led to Sebastianism: the belief that Sebastian could return at any moment, according to the saying “in a foggy morning”.

Back to the station. Looking more like an adorned palace, the building was designed by the architect José Luiz Monteiro and it begun in 1887, the official opening taking place on June 1890 a time when train stations were seen as temples of technology.
The Station astonishes for his facade of eight doors that combine with the nine windows and with its watch in a small turret with an abundant sculptural decoration. It is one of the strangest architectural complexes housing a rail terminal in Europe (and I know some), and the actual platforms from which the trains leave are located 30 m above the street-level. If you enter from the main entrance there are escalators up to that level and the platforms are easy to find. The access of trains to the station (really in the heart of the city), is made by a tunnel more than 2600 m long. This tunnel was excavated under the city and is considered one of the most important works of engineering of Portugal in the 19th century. For many years covered in grey, because of all the pollution around the station was closed for over three years for major renovation, got its original white color, and reopened in February of 2008.

Beside the station there is a Beaux-Arts style hotel building, the Hotel Avenida, inaugurated in 1892 and also built by José Luís Monteiro. A nice view from the nearby downtown area can be spotted from the Escadinhas do Duque -the stairs on the back part of the station that leads to Bairro Alto. This is also a cheap typical restaurant area (some houses offer fado).

Most of Lisbon’s buses stop nearby at the Rossio square and the closest metro stations are “Rossio” (green line) and Restauradores (blue line).

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a2lopes
Mar 22, 2009

Mercado da Ribeira (Ribeira market)

Favorite thing Mercado da Ribeira is a unique domed building with tile (azulejos) panels is an emblematic building in Lisbon and a rare example of iron based architecture still preserved today. The other big market downtown Lisbon (also in iron and glass works) was in Praça da Figueira but it was demolished in the late 1940’s and gave place to an open space where later on the 1970’s a bronze equestrian statue of King João I was added. The Mercado da Ribeira, inaugurated in 1882, has kept is original lines and still serves as one of the Lisbon main markets for fresh fish, meat, vegetables, flowers, etc. In the beginning of the 21st century the upper floor has been converted to a different “market” -now we have painting galleries, a place for book fairs and other events of this sort. We can also find a good restaurant (soups, hot meals, salads, all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch, and “à la carte” at dinners), a coffee-bar, and shops selling wines and handicrafts from all over Lisbon region. Also popular amongst the seniors are the “dancing afternoons” all year round and the collectors fair, on Sundays morning.

This area (Cais do Sodré) was always known by its bars (some with prostitution -remember this was the place of the arsenal and the main docs... and every sailor has its needs). Presently the all area -Avenida 24 de Julho, Santos district and Alcântara district (Docas)- houses an eclectic mixture of discos and bars quite popular among the youngsters (they prepare all sorts of alcoholic shots) with a more eclectic mixture of music genres -from fado to techno, electro, hip hop, ethnic, and all sorts of trendy music.

Along with that and inside the Market we still have the once very famous “Cacau da Ribeira” (Ribeira’s cocoa) intended to “warm up” the stallholders and market vendors (waking up quite earlier in the morning) but mostly known by all the bohemian Lisbonners during my young years (not necessarily by the quality of the hot chocolate). This was the meeting point for thousands of teenagers after a night at the disco and bars in Lisbon and before heading to sleep.

The Market stands in front to the %L[http:// www.cp.pt]Cais do Sodré railway station (Cascais line), and the area is served by several city bus lines, a metro line, and boats coming from the other shore of the river. A promenade along the river (close to the docs and the train station area) in the Passeio Ribeirinho (riverside walks) is very pleasant.

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Phone: 213244980
Market: from 5am – 2pm
Restaurant: 12 – 3:30pm and (Tue – Sat) 12 – 2 am
Avenida 24 de Julho

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Mar 20, 2009

Elevador de Santa Justa.

Favorite thing It was designed by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel and was opened in 1902.

This lift connects Baixa (the lower city) to the Bairro Alto (the upper city) by a passageway. From the top of this elevator you can enjoy a beautiful landscape over part of the city.

Elevador de S. Justa is located in Rua de Santa Justa. This street is not far from Rossio.

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Jun 05, 2007
 
 
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Monument to the Discoveries

Favorite thing This monument was built in 1960 to celebrate the 500th birth anniversary of Henry the Navigator. Its located not far from the Belem Tower at the shore line. One of the figures next to Henry the Navigator on the monument is Christopher Columbus.

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Sep 16, 2005

Praça do Comercio

Favorite thing Praça do Comercio is a square right in the center of the city and facing the Tagus River. It is quite beautiful. Its beautiful triumphal arch represents 'glory, valor, and genious.' It also includes sculptures of Portuguese heroes such as Vasco da Gama.

santax
Sep 03, 2005

Belem Tower

Favorite thing The Belem Tower is Lisbon's most famous landmark. Built in the Portuguese Manueline style in the 16th century as the watchtower for the explorers' ships, it is a beautful building, listed as a World Heritage monument.

santax
Sep 03, 2005

Alfama and the castle

Favorite thing Visiting Alfama is stepping into a medieval village without leaving a major capital city. Walking around its cobbled streets all the way to the castle which offer breathtaking views of the city was one of my favorite Lisbon experiences. Don't miss it.

santax
Sep 03, 2005
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From the Jeronimos Monastery...

Favorite thing Lisbon's Golden Gate sister, the 25 de Abril Bridge can be seen from the Belem district, from where there are also views to the Monument to Christ. To reach this monument you must take a ferry from Cais do Sodre station to Cacilhas, from where there are buses that stop right below the pedestal. All of Lisbon can be seen from the top.

santax
Sep 03, 2005

Ponte Vasco da Gama

Favorite thing The Vasco da Gama bridge is a Cable-stayed bridge and it was inaugurated on the 4th of April 1998. Vasco da Gama is the largest bridge in Europe with a length of 17.2 km (10 miles), 10 km of which are over the river Tagus and it is located right next to the Parque das Nações.

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Aug 15, 2005

Elevador de Santa Justa

Favorite thing 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!

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Apr 10, 2005

Terreiro do Paço

Favorite thing This is the gate that gives way to the Baxia area, viewed from the Praça do Comércio

Locals call it the Terreiro do Paço, Square of the Palace, because during 400 years, it was the site where the royal palace was.

In 1511 Manual I moved it to a better location along the river.

The first palace was destroyed by the earthquake in 1755.
The walls first were painted republican pink but afterwards they were painted in royal yellow again.

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Apr 06, 2005

Things to Do Near Lisbon

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Castelo de São Jorge

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Igreja de São Vicente de Fora

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Feira da Ladra - Thieves Market

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Casa do Alentejo

Right on the busiest, most touristic street in downtown Lisbon called Ruas Portas de San Antao, just above Rossio square, the same street lined by restaurants with those big fish tanks and glass...
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Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

Built in 1846 upon the ruins of a former palace used by Inquisition, the national theatre D. Maria II suffered a strong fire in 1964 saving only the walls. Being the most emblematic building in...
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Sé de Lisboa Cathedral - Igreja de Santa Maria Maior

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