Portugal located on the Atlantic Ocean, is part of southern Europe, borders with Spain and is located on the Iberian Peninsula. Seafood specialties are major delicacies year-round at this coastal destination where architecture and a rich array of history can be found everywhere. Originally Portugal was a prevailing seaport empire that traded with many European and North African countries, as well as North and South America.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal’s hillside and coastal terrain. There’s the famous Sao Jorge Castle that was built during the time of the Moors being one of Lisbon’s Points of interest and a bridge called the Ponte 25 de Abril, a suspension bridge with cables and vertical suspenders holding it up, inaugurated on August 6th, 1966, and the major connection from the city of Lisbon Portugal to the municipality of Almada.
Celebrated beautiful beaches such as Estoril and Cascais are a great tourist attraction, as well as the Azulejo Museum with its exclusive variety of ceramic tiles for which that area is quite famous. You can also go bird watching at Tagus Estuary; a local Natural Reserve.
Located next to the Tagus River in Belém is situated the Renaissance architecture Jerónimos Monastery also known as the Hieronymites Monastery built in 1501. Also of great Lisbon points of interest is the historic Belém Tower; a monument that symbolizes the coming of age of Portugal and which UNESCO has listed as an authentic building of World Heritage.
A different site not to be missed is the Portuguese Versailles or what is known as the 18th century Palace of Queluz; a Rococo building in pastel colors, with serpentine lines and asymmetrical detailed embellishments. This place housed Queen Maria I as she started to enter her stages of mental illness in early 1786 after the death of Dom Pedro, her husband, and the love of her life.
Oriente Train Station or Gare do Oriente is a railway platform with metal and glass lattice covering. Unique and huge, this Gothic looking building is home to the Lisbon Portugal Metro station and included is a high-speed commuter and regional train hub. Incorporated is a vast shopping area, a neighboring police station and the site for a bus station which accommodates local, national and international travelers who enjoy bus trips around this region of Europe.
Another palace in a quiet part of Monsanto Forest Park is the current residence of the Marquis of Fronteira. The garden with its display of tiles and it’s distinct library are some of the places where visitors can visit and enjoy while on their trip to this Portuguese landmark.
Where to Eat
There are so many places to visit in this historic part of Europe and many more points of interest, yet let’s not forget many of the delectable restaurants and artistic bistros. Flights to Lisbon and Lisbon airport transfers are very reasonable, and there are plenty of welcoming hotels within Lisbon Portugal.
Casa da Comida is a gastronomic Portuguese restaurant on a terrace with tiles. The chic classic wooden panels in the dining area at Belcanto displays a relaxed mood and will delight any visitor that’s hungry and wishes to eat a hearty meal. For seafood and succulent octopus, the impeccable Enoteca De Belém is the in-place these days. Spend an evening of romance and pleasure at the Cervejaria Ramiro along the Tagus River and see all those happy faces enjoying their exquisite seafood selection.
Serene Accommodations and Hotels in Lisbon
All hotels in Lisbon and lodging are close to the shopping and active city district so that commuting back and forth is made easy by foot and car alike when visitors arrive on flights to Lisbon. The LX Boutique Hotel in Lisbon is an attractive boutique hotel with a view that overlooks the Tagus River. It’s a short stroll to the metro and situated close to many local shops and friendly neighborhood restaurants. Tourists like to take pictures with the view of the water in the background.
If you are looking for a 5 star hotel, a great place to visit is the Bairro Alto Hotel. There are many other unique places to stay throughout Lisbon such as the Hotel Mundial, Hotel Portugal and the Hotel Lisboa Plaza, all of which are excellent and very hospitable to visitors.