Lisbon, or Lisboa, is Portugal's capital and with a population of over half a million also its biggest city. It lies at hilly terrain around the mouth of the River Tagus (Tejo in Portuguese). Founded more than a thousand years B.C., this is actually one of Europe's oldest cities. Most famous Lisbon attractions are therefore also of a historic nature. Yet some of the best things in the city are not: the climate, the spectacular views from on top of the hills, friendly people, great food (think custard tarts and bacalhau, or salted cod, but by God don't think it ends there!)
Any must-see attraction list for Lisbon starts with the gothic style Torre de Belem, a defensive tower in the River Tagus that was erected in the 16th century and was used as a ceremonial access port to the city. Next up on the list is St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge), a medieval citadel on top of a hill overlooking the river. Roam the castle gardens and enjoy spectacular views over the city.
After or before a visit to St. George's Castle, stroll around the Alfama neighbourhood, the oldest district of Lisbon where you find narrow lanes lined with quirky shops, tiny cafés and great bakeries, and take it all in. Finish your day in Bairro Alto, one of the most lively places in the city where things really kick off at night. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Lisbon is a city in Portugal's region of Lisboa. It has a population of 517,802, is situated at an altitude of 184ft and the best airport to fly into is LIS (Portela, Lisbon)
- The currency used in Portugal is the Euro (EUR)
Other cities in the region (Lisboa, Portugal)
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We like articles by BBC, The Telegraph and The Guardian on Lisbon. One Mile at a Time wrote a useful travel blog about the city, as did Gard Karlsen and The Looptail. Other than that, Go Lisbon is fairly complete with its articles on the city's museums, beaches, restaurants, etc. If none of these help, then there are always Nomadic Matt, Wikitravel on Lisbon, Lonely Planet on Lisbon and Fodor's Travel on Lisbon.