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The Lisbon Area Guide

Sights and attractions

If you’re in search of a destination that packs a historical punch yet still offers a modern, cosmopolitan way of life, Lisbon is your answer. The charming city’s history can be traced through its many magnificent landmarks which proudly tell the tales of yesteryear. Ancient cathedrals, glorious monasteries, towering statues and elegant castles draw flocks of crowds eager to dissect the city’s storied history each year.

Each district within Portugal’s capital retains a distinctive character and eye-catching architecture. In Alfama, the oldest neighbourhood in the capital, The São Jorge Castle stands majestically on a hilltop, silently watching over the historic region, as a line of visitors stand entranced by the view. Fado – a melancholy genre of Portuguese music – is also played in almost all of the restaurants and bars in this district. Whereas Bairro Alto is considered the Shoreditch of Lisbon. Hailed as the capital’s main nightlife district, an eclectic group of entertainment junkies can often be found traipsing through the area, partying the night away at one of the many alternative street bars and clubs, or maintaining their hipster-chic style at the various shopping outlets dotted around the neighbourhood. If, however, you wish to escape the city life, the soft sandy beaches of Estoril, a mere 15-minute train journey away, wait for you to bask on its exceptional shores. This titillating mix of city and waterscapes ensure that no two days are ever the same.

Restaurants and cafes

Lisbon (and Portugal in general) is renowned for its intake of seafood and fish. Though the likes of sardines and salted cod are savoured up and down the capital, Lisbon’s finest chefs have created a contemporary spin on the traditional classics. Chiado, the capital’s most elegant neighbourhood, boasts exquisite fine-dining venues that serve up satisfying dishes that even the most seasoned of foodies adore. Eleven and Olivier Avenida Restaurant in Chiado are two esteemed venues serving up creative yet tasty meals that one should make every effort to visit.

As with most parts of Europe, a serious café culture is abundant in Lisbon, which is mirrored through the multitude of cafes and pastry shops littered around the city. A Brasileira in Chiado and Botequim in Graca are two great establishments to take a welcomed break from the chaotic world. As a future resident, you should also sample Pastel de nata (a custard tart), which is usually best when accompanied by a hot beverage.

Though Lisbon is home to a number of sprawling vineyards, wine is not often drunk here. However, a number of wine bars are springing up to cater for the select few who love to indulge in a glass of chilled wine or two.

Shops

Lisbon may not be a dazzling shopping Mecca like London or New York, but don’t let that throw you off! Portugal’s enticing capital is, in fact, home to a variety of fantastic outlets selling all manner of extravagant and unique goods. Chiado, Rua do Carmo and Avenida da Liberdade, boast high-end designer stores, quirky independent boutiques and famed high street brand names. Whereas ancient antiquities and local odd wares can be discovered in the archaic stores sat neatly along the historic street of Rua de Sao Bento. At the local market, Mercado da Ribeira – a relatively undiscovered gem typically frequented by chefs and locals – you can pick up a selection of fresh seafood, hand-grown vegetables as well as sample the latest gourmet fare.

Travel

As Lisbon is a popular holiday hot spot, the travel infrastructure is extensive and, most importantly, reliable. If you are planning on moving here, you can arrive by plane via Portela Airport or by train to the Santa Apolonia Train Station. Though, you can also arrive by car, it’s best avoided as the journey time is more than discouraging, though, an abundance of picture-perfect vistas can be seen along your escapade. Once you’ve arrived in the ancient city, the metro, tram, ferry or bus service will become your lifeline, linking you with a majority of the districts and points of interest.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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