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Surrender to irresistible allures of Lisbon

By Carlton Leisure - 30/07/2014

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Straddling over seven hills on the bank of Rio Tejo, Lisbon stuns tourists with its beautiful allures. The city has all the charm of European capitals minus chaos. The city is well adorned with gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums that shape the landscape of this city which highly loved by travellers from around the world. This second oldest capital in the Europe, only next to Athens, has been the home to some of the world renowned explorers that include like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator. Being in existence for long doesn’t mean the city has turned its back to modernity as it is a fine blend of traditional and modern. If you are someone who wants to smell the essence of Lisbon then visit its narrow lanes where you get a glimpse of its culture and its people. And rest assured the capital of Portugal, one of the world’s most tourist friendly countries, will never disappoint you.

Here we suggest what a tourist should explore during their visit to Lisbon.

Belem

The neighbourhood is packed with tourists attractions that you might find interesting. And Belem Tower is the star attraction of this neighbourhood. A narrow staircase takes you to the top of the tower from where you can get panoramic view of the surroundings. This waterfront neighbourhood of Belem is home to several other attractions. Jerónimos Monastery, Monument to the Discoveries, CCB, Coach Museum and Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque are other popular attractions that are raring for your attention during your Belem visit.

Museum

Lisbon, one of the oldest capitals in the Europe houses several museums and a visit to this city is nothing short of a museum hoppers delight. There are museums of varying taste and inclination. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is a fine place to see Portugal‘s national art. Artefacts and painting from Africa are also on display here. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum created from collection of Calouste Gulbenkian is also a must visit attraction here. Fundação Arpad Szenes, Museu da Electricidade, Museu da Água, Museu do Azulejo and Museu da Marinha are major museums for people visiting this city.

Green Spaces

Once you are through with the city sightseeing it is to go into the lap of nature and there is no better place to do that then parks and gardens which city has several in numbers. Jardim Zoológico with its richness of animal species could be a great destination where you can see the animal species as diverse as sea lions and dolphins. Parque das Nações built for the 1998 World Expo is also a great destination. Ajuda Botanical Gardens, which is one of the oldest gardens in Portugal, is also a great attraction. Lisbon Botanical Gardens is also a worth visiting attraction.

Shopping

The city’s shopping is a mix of traditional and modern shopping options. There are traditional shopping streets like Baixa, Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade and on the other hand there are dazzling shopping malls like Centro Comercial Colombo,Armazéns do Chiado and Centro Comercial Amoreiras that sells world renowned levels.

Apart from this the Portuguese capital is also well known for its great nightlife cultural hubs and plethora of excellent dining venues. So, rest assured that your Lisbon visit is going to be an experience of lifetime.