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What You Should Know More About Lisbon
· Keep the touts at bay.
· Do not entertain the beggars.
· Make sure you have acquired sufficient knowledge about the place you are traveling to.
· Learn the necessary words and their pronunciations whenever you are traveling to any new location.
· Do not get involved in any types of brawls or fights with the locals.
· Be warm and gentle towards the locals.
· Always carry with you at least one proof of your identity.
· Do not let anyone deceive you.
· Always make sure you sit in prepaid taxis or cabs. If you are unable to find prepaid taxis, it is a good idea to negotiate the fare before traveling.
· Do not override the local cultures and traditions.
· Do not get involved in drugs of any form.
· Do not drink more than you can handle.
· In case a particular area forbids you from clicking a picture adhere to it.
· Do not film or shoot without taking necessary permissions.
· If you are eating street food, it is good to check the quality before eating.
· Drink only bottled mineral water.
· Check for the seal before buying a bottle.
· Do not buy a bottle from a brad that isn’t known to you.
· Book a hotel in a renowned location only.
The legal age for drinking in Lisbon is 18 years.
Castelo de São Jorge: An Iconic Landmark
St. George's Castle is one of the most iconic attractions of Lisbon. It commands a glorious position in the Alfama which is nestled on the crown of the hill which overlooks the capital of Portugal. It is also one of the most alluring tourist attraction of Lisbon. The engaging museums, impressive battlements, as well as the fascinating archaeological site, make the visit to a castle one rewarding experience for an entire family including kids who will enjoy the sturdy towers and walls which envelop the grounds. To attain different perspective of the city, there is a Camera Obscura which is a periscope that is nestled in one of the towers which offer the viewers with an unusual 360-degree view of the city beneath it.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos: Built in Honor of Portugal's Age of Discovery
The striking highlight of any sightseeing tour to Lisbon is the visit to the Jerónimos monastery that has been in existence ever since the 16th century. It is the most iconic landmarks of the Portugal. A stunning monument with immense cultural and historic significance, the monastery does deserve your attention. Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the striking features here include the Vasco da Gama's tomb which lies at the entrance of the Santa Maria church.
Oceanário de Lisboa: A Modern Aquarium
Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the finest aquarium of Europe. It is also one of the largest in the world and is arguably the most favorite destination amongst the families. Built for the Expo 98 World Exposition, the aquarium was designed by the Peter Chermayeff. The area near it is known as the Parque das Nações. It is a home to a vast array of marine animals and colorful fishes. A distinct variety of species of birds can also be found here. The ingenious layout here presents 4 distinct sea – landscapes that are effectively the habitats of the Antarctic, Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans. It envelopes a gigantic central tank which comprise of fishes of all sizes and shapes including graceful rays, sleek sharks and bulbous sunfish. In this sightseeing attraction there are a variety of ecosystems for you to explore. In the Antarctic habitat, you can see playful penguins which are a delight to watch. A pair of spirited sea otters steal the show in the Pacific tank.
It's very good value for money
Lisbon definitely is one of the most inexpensive capital cities of Europe. Sadly, not many people know that yet. A pint of beer in Lisbon will not cost you more than £1.39 in comparison to a whopping £5.39 in Paris, £3.81 in Amsterdam and£3.39 in Barcelona.
When there is Atlantic Ocean on one side, how can the place be damp or boring? You can come up to the beach here and enjoy a myriad of water sports such as surfing, sailing and swimming. Other activities that can be enjoyed here include the wine tours, Portuguese cooking classes and the party boats. Hiking is another adventure activity for you to indulge in.
It's known as the 'Sunshine Capital'
On annual basis, Lisbon sees a sunlight of over 3000 hours. The temperature here reaches over 30 degree Celsius during the hottest months of the capital. So, make sure when you visit the capital you pack with you, your swim suit, sunscreen and shades.
It has a real party scene
The nightlife of Lisbon is vivacious and lively. If you are seeking a great night out, Barrio Alto is your go to place. It is home to more than 250 clubs and bars including the infamous spots such as Ministerium, Lust and Lux. Lux is owned by the Hollywood actor John Malkovich.
It's just over 2 hours away...
Enjoying a holiday in London? Done with all the tourist attractions and hit spots there? Thinking where to head next? Lisbon it is! Lisbon is located a mere 2 hour 20 minutes flight away from London. Moreover, the flight prices are also very affordable and since the climate here is pleasant round the year, it is one destination you can visit all round the year.
It's popular with celebs
Lisbon is visited by a number of celebrities all round the year. Several prominent faces and musicians Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber and sports icons like Cristiano Ronaldo are seen holidaying here.
One of the quietest capitals in the world
Lisbon is a hilly capital city. It is full of stars and devoid of too many cars. This definitely adds to the beauty of the place. Many say, that it is so quite that you can actually hear your own thoughts here.
Beautiful cultural and historical attractions
Visit the most expensive chapel, Sao Roque Church and soak up with some local culture. You can even wander around the old town to explore the distinct landscape and the picturesque cobbled streets.
Never ending array of beaches
Lisbon is believed to be a sun kissed city because of it sharing the borders with the Atlantic Ocean. It is a home to a myriad of beautiful and sandy beaches that are located along the coast. Locals visit the beach on multiple occasions all round the year. Tourists too swamp the beaches in large numbers throughout the year.
It's a compact city
Despite being the largest city of the country, Lisbon is conveniently accessibly with a vast array of areas for activities such as shopping, bar hopping and exploring the stunning beaches that are all located at a walking distance from each other. It is an extremely friendly city that assures a great essence of life.
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