Lisbon

Information about Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is the largest urban agglomeration in the country. It is a city that combines tradition with modernity and that, unlike many European cities, still preserves in its urban layout transport by trams. The city centre is made up of seven hills that make up seven neighbourhoods.

Located at the mouth of the Tagus River, the Vasco de Gama Bridge, which connects the city with Montijo, is the second longest bridge in Europe.

The Portuguese territory that makes up the current Lisbon has been populated since prehistoric times. In its surroundings, the Lusitanian culture developed and later, after the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Romans, it would become part of the Roman province Lusitania, with its capital at
Emerita Augusta
(Mérida). From the resistance of the Lusitanian tribes to the Roman occupation, we preserve the magnificent story of Viriato’s rebellion.

Later, after the arrival of the Arabs to the Peninsula, this territory was under Muslim influence until it was reconquered by the Christians in 1147. At this time, Portugal was already a kingdom of its own, independent of León and Castile. The city would acquire the rank of capital in 1255.

 

What to see and do in Lisbon

St. George’s Castle

It is a fortification located on one of the hills of the city and has its origin in the old citadel built by the Arabs. During theearthquake suffered by the city in 1755 was destroyed much of it, but still today is one of the most emblematic places of the city. This area offers one of the best panoramic views of the city.

St. George's Castle Lisbon

Viewpoint of Santa Lucia

Located in the iconic and colourful Alfama district, it will offer you good views of the city and the possibility to visit the small church of Santa Lucia. Its promenade connects with the Puertas del Sol viewpoint.

Mirador Santa Lucia Lisbon

Sé Cathedral of Lisbon

Its construction began in 1147 in Romanesque style and concluded in Gothic style. It is the oldest Christian church in the city.

Cathedral of Se Lisboa

Riding the tram

In recent years the trams have become one of the most important tourist attractions of the city. Due to the topography of the city, its operation is appreciated to avoid the steep slopes.

Lisbon Tramway

Belém Tower

Dating back to the beginning of the 16th century, it was built for defensive purposes on the maritime-river entrance to the city. Built in the characteristic Portuguese Manueline style, it offers unique views of the famous Jeronimos Monastery.

Belem Tower Lisbon

Rossio Square

It is one of the central enclaves of the city that functions as the nerve centre of the city. In addition to several monuments, you can enjoy the characteristic Portuguese cobblestone floor.

Rossio Square Lisbon

Mapa de Lisbon