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Travel Tips to Lisbon (LIS)
Enjoy life in Lisbon
With a flight to Lisbon you can be certain, no matter what the season, that the sun will follow you around. In Portugal’s capital you’ll experience Portuguese flair through the countless cultural treasures and an attractive old city. Relax in one of the many cafés and watch the hustle and bustle around you. “Pastelarias” (English: confectioneries) present delicious traditional specialities. Many places offer a fantastic view of the beautiful city. Comfortable restaurants can be found alongside the River Tagus (Rio Tejo), with fish and seafood available almost everywhere. The delicious red and white wines of the region also ensure a fantastic culinary experience.
Magnificent panoramic view from Sao Jorge Castle
The Castelo de Sao Jorge was built by the moors in the 11th century. It is Lisbon’s oldest building. Ten defence towers enforce the castle wall, which stretches around the entire fort. Thanks to extensive renovation works, the castle is in good condition. These improvements were necessary, because a strong earthquake damaged the castle in 1755. Today, visitors can walk on top of the castle walls, and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Lisbon. Inside the castle you’ll find an attractive garden, which also offers places to sit and relax. Rest comfortably and watch as the locals play boules or dominoes.
Take an elevator to the convent ruins
Visit the white convent ruins of Convento do Carmo and experience the rich detail still present in its remains. A lift with an observation platform has led to the sight, which lies on a mountain, for more than 110 years. You’ll be taken over 140 feet up into the air, where you’ll enjoy a fantastic view. Many “Lisboetas” – Lisbon’s inhabitants – regularly visit the former convent. There they remember the numerous inhabitants who died in an earthquake in the 18th century. Only one wing of the ruin has been rebuilt, which is now the main quarter of the Republican Guard. Because of the extraordinary acoustics of the ruins, concerts are held there regularly during the summer months.
Gulbenkian Museum – the collection of a millionaire
Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869 – 1955) is a very famous name in Portugal. It belongs to an Armenian billionaire, who was an important name in the oil business. He moved to Lisbon after he encountered political problems in his chosen home, England, in 1942. He passed on a valuable art collection and a large part of his wealth to his foundation “Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian”. Today, you can admire magnificent exhibits from around the world in the museum of the same name. Some of the most famous pieces include the Monet painting “Still Life with Melon”, the Manet painting “Soap Bubbles” and Rembrandt’s “Portrait of an Old Man”. Enjoy the treasures of Portugal’s capital and book your flights to Lisbon with FlyDoha!