It is difficult to find a city in the world that arouses as many emotions as Lisbon. Whether it’s for the decadent beauty of its old mansions or the melancholic air that interweaves with its everlasting melody – el fado, that was masterfully interpreted by the late Amália Rodrigues, – be what it may, Lisbon is an invitation to nostalgia. Or rather to the saudade, as Lisboans would say.
Anyway, the capital of Portugal offers much more than that. Despite being very close to the Atlantic, this city with just over half a million inhabitants can boast of its mild Mediterranean climate and around 3.300 hours of sunshine and barely 100 days of rain a year. Hence, some have renamed this place as the second Barcelona. These features, along with the small size, make this destination point an ideal place to visit on foot. And yes: if you want to climb up and down the hills, there is nothing better than to hop on one of the iconic yellow trams.
For those who decide to visit Lisbon, the city offers an enormous number of monuments, sandy beaches in proximity to the city centre and lots of attractions all over the area, with such famous places as Cascais, Sintra or Estoril. It can also take pride in its irresistible Portuguese cuisine, simple as well as exquisite, with unfailing cod (or bacalhau) as a spearhead. And all this goes at prices that make you fall in love with the food and nurture your tender feeling for these lovely cobbled avenidas. And here comes the question: how about taking a pint for only 1,5 euros in one of the most touristic areas?
To help you enjoy these experiences, we encourage you to book and discover our Iberostar Selection Lisboa hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Its unbeatable location is in the proximity to Marquês de Pombal Square, Avenida da Liberdade that is full of luxury stores, and Eduardo VII Park which is a perfect place for you to start exploring the city streets that captivated the celebrated Fernando Pessoa.
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It is not easy to summarize in a few lines the best places to see in Lisbon that should not be overlooked. Among the sites that are considered a must see, is the imposing castle of San Jorge (castelo de São Jorge), located on top of the homonymous hill that is towering over the city centre. Founded by the Visigoths, it was extended by the Arabs and occupied by the Portuguese monarchs between the 13th and 16th centuries. From that place one of the best viewpoints (miradouros) of Lisbon may be enjoyed.
It is also worth getting to know the picturesque neighbourhood of barrio de la Alfama. Its narrow streets and elegant arcades are among the few places in the city that were left intact by the earthquake of 1755.
Another survivor, although not in full, is the Sé Velha, which was founded in the 12th century and got registered as one of the National Monuments in 1910. This construction is one of the most important religious buildings in Lisbon, and so is the convent of Carmen, a Gothic masterpiece from 1423 that hosts an extremely interesting museum, and the magnificent monastery of Los Jerónimos. This is the best example of a unique architectural style el manuelino, which takes its name from its main moving spirit: King Manuel I of Portugal. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, this enclosure shares its distinction with the other great claim of the Belém neighbourhood: Tower of Belém (1516-1520). Despite its defensive function, its warehouses served as a dungeon for political prisoners since 1580s.
Also, do not miss out two picturesque squares of Lisbon: Praça del Comercio, near the Tagus, and Praça de Dom Pedro IV, formerly known as the Rossio. Both appeared as the result of the urban plan made by Marquis of Pombal in the 18th century to rebuild Lisbon after an earthquake.
Nearby we can see the square of Los Restauradores and elevador de Santa Justa, a svelte lift (elevador) designed at the end of the 19th century by Mesnier du Ponsard, a student of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
On top of numerous places of interest located all around the city, the Portuguese capital offers many other leisure activities. For instance, the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean provides you with many opportunities to spend a magnificent day at the beach near Lisbon or to practice aquatic sports like surf or sailing, as well as fishing. In you decide to move away from the aquatic environment, trekking will be another interesting activity – this pastime is appreciated by many and will allow you to discover the old town and the surroundings of Chiado neighbourhood.
We also encourage you to take your time in Lisbon and to savour some of the most popular Portuguese dishes. Besides the cod, you should try rice with seafood, grilled sardines, succulent Belém cakes, ginjinha – a typical Lisbon liqueur made of sour cherries, and the famous Port wine – the Portuguese drink that perfectly accompanies any meal or dinner.
To discover Lisbon at night we recommend visiting barrio Alto, where you will find the best nightlife in the city, with more than 250 bars, pubs and nightclubs.
On the other hand, if chilling out is what you feel like, our hotel in Lisbon provides you with other entertainment options so that your holidays in Portugal exceed your expectations. In fact, we put at your disposal one of the best hotels with spa in the Portuguese capital, where you can pamper yourself in the sauna, the Turkish bath or the indoor pool with whirlpool.
If you prefer, you may also relax in the solarium or at our terrace with an exclusive pool for guests only and a great Lounge Bar. But if you want to practice sports without leaving the hotel – one of the best gyms in Lisbon is at your disposal.
Looking for more attention? In this case come and discover STAR PRESTIGE, our VIP area, with suites and rooms overlooking the centre of Lisbon.
Don’t think twice. At Iberostar in Lisbon we take care of every single detail so that all you have to do is to enjoy your memorable rest. Come and check it out for yourself at the Iberostar Selection Lisboa Hotel!
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