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Both the capital and the largest city in Portugal, Lisbon is the westernmost capital in Europe and the continent's only capital along the Atlantic coast. Located in the west of the Iberian Peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus, Lisbon is particularly important as a centre for finance, international trade, media, and commerce as well as entertainment, tourism, education, and arts. The city is also one of the oldest in the world, and definitely the oldest in the west of the continent as it is centuries older than Paris, London, and Rome. Because of that as well as its many sites and landmarks, Lisbon is one of the most visited cities in Southern Europe after Rome, Milan, Athens, Madrid, Barcelona, and Istanbul. But where to stay while in Lisbon? Whether you are travelling alone or in a group, if comfort is your priority then you should definitely consider staying in a hotel. The great flow of tourists that come to the city every year means there is no shortage of hotels, whatever price range you are looking at. Furthermore, hotels will provide you with extras like in-house restaurant and/or bar, free breakfast, room service, and 24-hour reception. Simply browse through the list provided and pick your favorite.
Are you undecided about when to visit Lisbon? If it's the weather that worries you then you should know that both Portugal and its capital are pleasant to visit year-round. With its subtropical-Mediterranean climate, the city sports mild winters and warm summers. Average temperatures in January - the coldest month - range between 11°C and 18°C while the warmest month is August, with temperatures between 26°C and 33°C. If it's festivals that make you tick then Lisbon will definitely deliver as it has a great selection of festivals throughout the year both religious and not. Some of the most popular ones are: - Carnaval. Probably the most famous event in Portugal, the festival is generally held in February but dates may vary according to Easter. It includes parades and floats as well as costumes inspired by the famous Rio de Janeiro carnival. - Santo Antonio. Held in mid-June, it is celebrated throughout the city but especially in the Alfama area and on the Avenida da Liberdade where a huge parade takes place. There are also street vendors selling food as well as traditional music and dancing. - Festival de Música de Sintra. Taking place between June and July, the festival includes recitals, classical music and concerts, as well as ballet performers from all of Portugal and the world. - Jazz em Agosto. Organized every year in August, it is held in Gulbenkian Centre's gardens and it attracts jazz lovers from all over the continent. - Festa da Senhora da Consolação. Held in September, it is similar to that of Santo Antonio and it celebrates Portugal's patron saint.
As mentioned above, Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe and as such it is simply full of beautiful views, amazing architecture, and things to see - you can literally breathe in history in Portugal's capital! But what exactly is there to see in Lisbon? - Tram 28. While it was born as a means of transportation, this historic streetcar has become an attraction in its own right. Take a ride on it to the top of the Alfama district and enjoy the view as you climb uphill, the walk back down to explore the neighborhood on foot on your way back. This district is home to attractions like the Sé Cathedral and the Castle of St. George. - The Castelo de Sao Jorge (Castle of St. George). A wonderful spot for history buffs, the castle was built by the Moors on the highest hill in the area and thus it also provides beautiful views you definitely don't want to miss. - The Sé Cathedral. Built in the 12th century, the church was commissioned to commemorate the defeat of the Moors at the hands of the Catholic army and it in fact replaced Lisbon's main mosque. It is a good place to visit if you are in the area as the cathedral is open daily. - The Belem district. Only a few miles off the city centre, this waterfront district is one of the most popular in Lisbon as it is full of small shops and restaurants, as well as monuments and museums, the most notable of which are the Monastery of St. Jerome, the Belem Tower, and the Museu de Arte Antiga, the Museum of Ancient Art. - The Mosteiro dos Jéronimos. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the monastery is located in the Belem neighborhood and it was built in the 16th century for the Heironymite monks. Part of the monastery is free and open to visitors while visiting other parts - the cloisters in particular - requires the payment of a small fee. - The Torre de Belem and Monument to the Discoveries. Built at the beginning of the 16th century to commemorate the expedition to India Vasco De Gama went on, it was listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983 along the Monastery of St. Jerome. Nearby there is also the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, or Monument to the Discoveries, which means to honor the maritime explorers of the period. - The Museo Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum). It may sound odd, but this is one of the most popular museums of the country and lots of tourists report their pleasant surprise after visiting it. Located inside the Convent of the Mother of God, many ceramic tiles are grouped together in mosaics which make the exhibits easier to view and appreciate. - The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Gulbenkian Museum). A fairly new institution, this museum sprung out of a private collection which was turned into a public establishment after the owner's death. The exhibits are eclectic and they include illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Chinese vases as well as paintings from artists ranging from Rubens to Cassatt.
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