As the plane lands at the Lisbon airport, travellers can already count the seven hills upon which the sunniest capital in Europe is built. Once on the ground, visitors to the city can enjoy hip bars, exceptional gothic architecture and numerous UNESCO heritage sites, which they can easily navigate on foot or by tram and subway.
Neighbourhoods: Those who love a good walk can stroll down to Baixa, the city centre, to visit Rossio Square and the Pombaline Downtown. Lisbon’s Chiado and Alfama neighbourhoods also depict the city’s distinctive local flavour, bright colours and majestic architecture.
The architecture: Portugal’s capital is all about architecture. Notable sites include the Torre de Belém, a typical Manueline tower that has become symbolic of Lisbon. The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery is a masterpiece recognized by UNESCO, and Castelo de São Jorge is highly beloved by the Portuguese.
Bairro Alto or on the quays: Most of the trendy bars in Lisbon are located in Bairro Alto or on the quays. This includes the city’s most famed bar, A Brasileira, where weary travellers can sip a coffee in the shadow of a statue commemorating the great Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa.
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