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Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, in the west end of Old Europe, spread along the Tagus River a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Economic and political center of the country, Lisbon suffered a strong impact during the domination of the Romans and due to its location was a meeting point between Arab cultures of North Africa and the Middle East. In the fourteenth century the city is developed as a trading power, hence Vasco De Gama left for his travels to India.

Alfama district is the only survivor of the earthquake in 1755 destroyed the city, it is in the south and offers a panoramic view of Lisbon very distinctive with its red roofs of the houses near the Tagus. The No. 28 tram is  undoubtedly the  way to get around this maze of narrow streets , it starts from Martim Moniz giving you a very picturesque views. In the same area, the best viewpoint of the city is the Castle of Sao Jorge, one of the oldest buildings in the city, with adjoining a Cathedral and the museum dedicated to the history of Lisbon. And finally the Jardim da Extreme for a walk in the park near the tram terminus.

The other distinctive area of the town is the Barrio Alto reached by eletrico, the typical vehicle of the city. Especially at night it comes alive with many tascas, typical family-run bistrot and you can also visit the Museu Botânico to 24p.m.. On the same hill is the Chiado or district of poets with Rua Garret, the most elegant street of the city, with coffee A Brasileira so loved by Fernando Pessoa, a writer symbol of Lisbon mentioned here with a large statue.

Also worth seeing is the Parque das Naçoes in the modern part of Lisbon, built for Expo '98 in the Tagus estuary with its large Ocenario and modern architecture.

Absolutely unmissable destination for cultural tourists are the monuments built to commemorate Vasco da Gama shipments in Belém: the Tower of Belem, built on an island now attached to the shore of the river, dedicated to St. Vincent protector of the city, and the nearby Monastery of Jerónimos, it was built in a century in the Manueline style with Gothic and late Renaissance on the ancient church from which the expedition sailed for India according to legend. To complete our tour of the area the Monument to the Discoveries and the two interesting museums Museu da Electricidade and Museu dos Coches.

A trip in a trip From the city center can easily reach the coast by taking the train from "Cais do Sodre" every half hour for 3 euros and set on the left side you can admire the beautiful scenery along the Tagus, which flows into the sea. Cascais is a unique village on the ocean and a stroll along the promenade brings us to Estoril with his Casino and the Grand Prix of Portugal circuit. Nature Park is also part of Sintra,a green places of the interior that wa home resort of the royal family. It is characterized by the rich heritage of architecture of the Royal Palace, the Tower and numerous buildings were put up by the nobility in perfect harmony with the natural rock.

To feel Lisboa. The "Feira da Ladra", a flea market and of the "stolen" on Saturday in the neighborhood of Graça and the Mercado da Ribeira with its 10000 square meters of stalls definitely be able to fill our bags!

Do not forget Eating one Pastel de Belem or de nata made at least, the sweet cream with cinnamon and icing sugar according to the recipe of the nuns of the Monastery of Jeronimos.

Watching a show of Portuguese Fado the traditional folk song that tells of emigration and the distance of the sailors.

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