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Lisbon, the “City of the Seven Hills”! Legends say that when Odysseus refused to stay forever in the land he stumbled upon on his tiresome journey to his homeland, snake-goddess Ophioussa shook her tail so violently that seven hills were formed! If you are searching for cheap air tickets to Lisbon, you are about to discover a true fairy tale destination. Photogenic Lisbon is a hymn to arts and culture, housing more than 30 museums and numerous historic monuments. Book your accommodation in Lisbon and get to know the city’s lifestyle, nightlife, music and arts scene, at their best!
Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a city of great beauty and rich historical heritage, a popular travel destination that has something for everyone.
Lisbon is the mother of the great Portuguese navigators Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, that defined the world’s history.Lisbon is also one of the most important cultural hubs of Europe, with famous sons personalities like Fernando Pessoa and José Saramago. History was not always good to Lisbon though. Dark times of dictatorships and vicious monarchs have taken their toll on the city and its people. But today Lisbon rises above all difficulties and shadows of the past and never stops impressing us. Try it and you will see for yourself!
Lisbon’s international airport (Aeroporto de Lisboa) is located 7 kilometres north of Lisbon and is accessible by rail, metro and airport buses.
Getting around Lisbon
Metro (4 lines), trams (3 lines), buses, express buses and rail make up Lisbon’s public transportation system. Fares start at 1.75€ and minimum taxi fare is 2.50€.
In Lisbon you will find many museums. Actually, the city boasts more than 30 art, culture, nature and history museums. Three of those you shouldn't miss are the following:
- The National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga) that houses not ancient, but antique decorative art works from the medieval era to the 19th century.
- The Berardo Collection of Modern Art (Museu Colecção Berardo), with a permanent collection of more than 1,000 works and many temporary exhibitions.
- The Navy Museum (Museu de Marinha), occupying the western wing of the Jerónimos Monastery that narrates Portugal’s long naval history.
Walk towards Losbon’s centre, at the Baixa area, where you can take the Santa Justa elevator for a trip to a majestic panoramic view. This elevator was constructed in the early 1900's and was at first steam-powered. It is now the only vertical elevator connecting the lower parts of Lisbon to the higher ones – apart from the cable cars.
The elevator will take you to a spiral staircase that leads to an observation platform and a bar/restaurant. From up there you can see the 25 de Abril Bridge spanning River Tagus, crossing the path from Lisbon city centre to the municipality of Almada, at the south bank of the river.
Belém should be your next stop, west of the 25 de Abril Bridge, where many important historic and cultural landmarks are situated.
- The Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos), the city’s most well-known neo-gothic monument
- The Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) that guarded the starting point of all the Portuguese ships during the 15th century Age of Discovery
- The Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos), in memory of the great Portuguese navigators.
Depicting the prow of a caravel and the figures of 33 Portuguese navigators standing on its west end, this is a monument dedicated to the Age of Discovery and honours many great personalities like Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator.Visit the Moorish Castle of São Jorge (Castelo de São Jorge) and its beautiful gardens, walk the streets of Alfama and spend some time at the Bairro Alto, the oldest and most iconic neighbourhood in Lisbon which, at night, it becomes the most lively one too!
Portuguese is the official language in Lisbon.