From the distance, the two huge twin smokestacks of the National Palace of Sintra betray its presence. In their dependencies, you can appreciate the characteristics of the Manueline style and a lot of the typical Portuguese tile mosaics. They also emphasize the artisan artistry of the rooms. In one, there are the 72 coats of arms of the Portuguese nobility. There is one space with a missing shield, which, apparently, was omitted after the nobleman betrayed the trust of the king.
Belém Tower, was built between 1515 and 1519 and is the work of Francisco de Arruda. In 1983 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tower is located at the mouth of the River Tagus and initially was used to protect the city before it later became a customs center and lighthouse. It is located very close to the Jeronimos Monastery and the Discoveries Monument. When visitors enter the tower on the ground floor there are 16 windows with cannons used for defence and visitors can also visit the pits and holes where the prisoners used to be kept. Inside the tower there are five floors and a terrace. The floors are connected only by a small spiral staircase which, on busy days, means that people have to take turns going up and down which can sometimes be overwhelming. The names of the different floors, from bottom to top are Governor's Hall, Kings Hall, Hearing Room, Chapel and Terrace. At the front on the west side of the Tower of Belém there is a strange rhinoceros gargoyle. The first rhino arrived in Portugal from India in 1513. The Torre de Belém is the main icon of Lisbon and Portugal and therefore deserves a visit, and the views of the Tagus River are fantastic.
This place is regarded by many as the most beautiful place in the world. Unfortunately our visit coincided with sewage flowing into the Tagus, but nevertheless we could fail to appreciate the magnitude of this enclave The beauty of the Arc de Triomphe which gives access to the Rua Augusta and portico of its three sides: North, East and West.
St. George´s Castle is located on the highest hill in Lisbon, Portugal. Inside, one can be transported to long-ago and medieval times while enjoying the excellent preservation of this important Portuguese monument. Also, we had the pleasure of hearing a fantastic concert performed by a guitarist ve played spontaneous works by Granados and some other Spanish composers. We also saw a panorama of the city through a periscope located in the highest tower of the castle.
More commonly known as the Santa Justa Elevator, it was so named because Santa Justa Street joins with the Plaza do Carmo. The Elevator was designed by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard and although his aesthetic resembles that of the Eiffel Tower, no relationship was proven with the engineer of the famous Parisian monument, Gustave Eiffel. Its construction began in the year 1900 and ended in 1902. It has two elevators with wood paneling inside and with a capacity of 20 people each. At first it was a means of transport to the Chiado area but today it has been turned into a tourist attraction. From the top there are great views of the Baixa and the area of the castle.
It is located in the Belem district and was opened in 1960 on the fifth centenary of the death of Prince Henrique, who was the biggest supporter of trips that led to the Portuguese Empire. It is more than fifty meters high. The monument resembles a ship with the Portuguese shield at the sides. D. Henry who was the navigator, is represented in the bow, holding a caravel in hands. On both sides of the monument the national heroes of the Portuguese Age of Discovery are remembered. A Sister is displayed on the sixth floor, and a staircase leading up to the top where we see a great panoramic view of Belem. The basement is often used for temporary exhibitions.
The Monasterio de los Jerónimos de Santa María de Belém is a Gothic Manueline marvel. The highlight is its three leveled inner cloister. Without doubt, it is the most beautiful cloister that I have ever seen in my life. It's great to get on the top floor and see how the view changes depending on the height. There is also a small gazebo a little higher up which is accessed from the cloister's top floor - it has stunning views. The cloister is the work of Joao de Castlho from 1544. The same artist also has beautiful reliefs in the south porch. Inside, the nave is huge. In Santa Maria church, the vault is supported by startlingly thin octagonal columns. It is essential to visit King Sebastiao's tomb, which has the peculiarity of being empty (the monarch never returned from the battle in which he died in the late sixteenth century) and Vasco de Gama adorned it with a carving of descrubridor. To round off the day, is there anything better than visiting a neighboring bakery to try a famous pasteis de Belém? I honestly don't think so.
The April 25 Bridge stands right on the River Tagus, in the metropolitan area of Lisbon, Portugal. Officially name at the time as Salazar Bridge, it was built by Salazar in 1960, and was designated its current name after the Revolution of April 25, 1974, which restored democracy in all of Portugal. It has an imposing aspect, with a steel construction that extends almost 2 kilometers. The bottom was recently renovated to house train tracks and such. You can also cross the river by boat and on the other side stands the statue of Christ the King.
The garden that surrounds the palace have different zones ( a lake, a tower, a water fountain....) and they are also connected to each other by secret passageways. It’s easy to spend even a whole afternoon here.
The ticket for the palace and the gardens cost 8, but you can only visit the gardens for 5
"Take the number 28 tram and stroll through Alfama ...", a friend and fellow traveler told me before I left for Lisbon. The truth is I didn't take it because it seemed like more of a touristy route (at 3 euros each, by the way) than something really authentic. I put on comfortable shoes (everyone insisted on the importance of "comfortable shoes" in Lisbon ... exaggerated) and I went up, got out and walked the streets of the Alfama district. It was a marvel. A gem, as the entire city of winding streets, stairs, patios, hanging clothes, beautiful tiles, Portuguese ladies from the neighborhood and hidden bars with coffee for € 0.50. To lose yourself with nothing more.
Line 28 of Lisbon´s tram system is, perhaps, if not for sure, the most charming of the city. Walking the steep streets of the capital is an ideal route for tourists because apart from passing many monuments (Castelo San Jorge, B º Alfama, Sé, Mirador de St. Lucía ...), it is very cheap (only 1, € 40) compared to tourist trams that were primarily developed for the same trip (it sells for around 12 to 13 € / day). The tram stops are endless, often stopping to spend every 15-20 minutes as traffic jams in this are frequent due to its narrow lanes (it seems impossible for two trams to cross each other) and truly chaotic traffic ( more so than Madrid ...). You should get on the tram stations from the beginning because as more stops pass, more people get on and it is impossible to get a seat. Once you get on, hang tight and enjoy the ride.
The Lisbon Oceanarium is in the Parque das Nações, on the banks of the river Tagus in a new and completely renovated zone which was an ancient spring. There are four natural habitats recreated here representing the oceans and all lead to the centre tank. The visit is full of surprises as rooms dedicated to water and their movements showing how they make waves with videos and photographs, ponds with ocean babies Ocean (little creatures) and there are many activities for kids. In summer there are camps and the kids can go to sleep in the Oceanarium next to the central pond and get sleepy with sharks, fish, penguins, etc. It is a must for adults and children where you can see how much life there is in the sea and where can you educate how to respect it.
Praças Rossio are found in most cities of Portugal, such as Lisbon, Oporto, in this case it is also found in Viseu (formerly under the name of Praça do Comercio). It's the heart of the city with a great fountain and back up some stairs the imposing Iglesia dos Terceiros de S. Francisco surrounded by a large grove. Praça do Rossio is considered the economic and social center of the city and has its origins in the sixteenth century and as expected has changed much over time. Currently while the fountain roundabout acts asa small garden there are some other smaller fountains and cafes with terraces to relax after visiting the churches, with large typical blue tiles, made of Gaia, creating a festive atmosphere and entertainment.
The Bairro Alto in Lisbon, without being as old as the Alfama, is the most pure and picturesque place in the city. It's between downtown Lisbon and the front of the Alfama. It's a neighborhood with a lot of activity, (especially after dark) that you should see on foot, see its shops and breathe its essence. You should definitely see the famous Convento do Carmo neighborhood even though this is not a technological place. It's a residential and commercial area where you find the coolest fashion stores as well as the more "in" bars and restaurants in Lisbon. What's hot right now is there. To find something similar to Barrio Alto in Madrid, the equivalent would be La Latina with regard to the nightlife and Chueca in respect to the trendy restaurants and stores that are there.
The Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of Europe, and the truth is it is incredible and beautiful. I recommend a trip by car from the village of Azenhas do Mar, Praia da Maca and heading south to Cabo de Roca. The area is great for the views, the lighthouse is a tourist office and for about 5 euros they give you a diploma that says you have gone to the most western point in Europe. There is also a bar and restaurant that I have not tried, so I can not give an opinion of it. You must be careful because locals told us that there may be theft in the parking, although there is a security guard present. I recommend it to anyone but here you have some photos so you can see how incredible it is.
It can be overwhelming to see the spectacle of an angry sea trying to penetrate the earth and the cliffs halting the raging water. But on a peaceful day with a calm sea, seeing the Hellmouth can be an extraordinary experience. It is located on the sea of Cascais. Take a walk and let your imagination fly sitting in any stage of the descent to the lookout.
Lisbon Cathedral, commonly called Sé de Lisboa, is the oldest and most important church in the city. It was built in the twelfth century in the Romanesque style. Its full name is Santa Maria Maior. During its history the cathedral has been renovated several times as it has suffered several natural disasters. The great earthquake of 1755 destroyed several parts of the church.
During Expo 98, we spent a month in Portugal. We visited Lisbon but Fatima was, because of my religious background, crucial and I could not miss a visit to Our Lady of Fatima. I must admit that the place was thrilling, it has an unexplainable peace, contrary to Lourdes which I consider too commercialized. The Basilica was begun in 1928, next to the tree where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherds, and was consecrated in 1953. The building is neo-Baroque style, with a tower of 65m and is the work of Dutch architect Van Kriecken.