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Europe is a continent of many outstanding capitals. And it sometimes seems that, amongst the big, show-stopping capitals, Lisbon can sometimes get left off the list. But there's plenty to see and do here, and it's definitely a city for your "must see" list!

Lisbon is built on seven hills, which mean that this is a city of spectacular views. One of the main Lisbon attractions is the Cristo Rei - just like the statue of Christ in Rio, this imposing figure stands atop a hill and looks out over the ocean. Definitely make this a stop on your tour of Lisbon!

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The hills, of course, mean that walking can be hard going! Hop on one of the funicular railways if you fancy the views without the slog. You can - and should - also use the iconic Lisbon trams to get around.

Like any city on the Iberian Peninsula, Lisbon is fantastic for food and night life. Restaurants tend to be small and family run, making dining a friendly experience. At least once, seek out a restaurant with a fado band - fado is the Portuguese equivalent of the blues, and seeing a live performance can be an unforgettable experience.

Lisbon is an incredibly charming city that will captivate you from your arrival, and you will think of it long after you leave.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. A city of art, architecture, culture, traditions and atmosphere. Lisbon is built on seven low hills by Tejo River. Climb one of the hills for a panorama of Lisbon. Lisbon, Portugal is a modern, cosmopolitan city, but its exotic architecture and eclectic mix of cultures make visiting Lisbon like stepping into another world. Full of narrow, cobbled streets and quaint neighborhoods, Lisbon is a truly unique city unlike its European neighbors with many Lisbon attractions to visit.

Lisbon has a long history centered around trade and exploration. Built on a series of seven rolling hills, Lisbon's dramatic cityscape holds a commanding presence against the River Tagus, upon which it sits. Spires, domes, and red rooftops punctuate the horizon. One might associate Lisbon with the Mediterranean, but it is actually located on the Atlantic Ocean, so its weather can be unpredictable. Spring and autumn can be particularly windy and rainy.

Lisbon's many historic buildings and monuments reflect a diverse mix of architectural styles: Roman, Moorish, Gothic, and others. One of Lisbon's most iconic landmarks, and a fine display of its architectural grandeur, is the Belém Tower. The intricate Gothic design of this imposing fortification is a striking image that seems to float on the water.

The Belém Tower was built in the 16 th century to commemorate the voyage of Vasco da Gama and is, along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Castle of St. George is another of Lisbon's major attractions. The castle has presided over the city from its location on Lisbon's highest hill since at least the second century B.C.

Walking around Lisbon's many neighborhoods is one of the best ways to experience the charm and character of this exciting city. The Alfama is Lisbon's oldest district and is full of narrow, sloping streets, traditional houses, small squares, picturesque cathedrals, outdoor cafés, and fado houses. Nothing quite captures the spirit of Lisbon like the Alfama district. Other neighborhoods worth exploring include Downtown (Baixa) and Chiado, Lisbon's elegant shopping district.

Lisbon has a vibrant cultural identity. Museums and art galleries abound, but its musical traditions are perhaps what make Lisbon so special and a great place to travel to. An evening of fado music is a quintessential Lisbon experience.

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Fado is a classic Portuguese musical genre that began around the 1820s. Fado is a melancholy style of music featuring a singer and a guitar player and often revolves around themes of poverty and life at sea. There are several fado houses scattered throughout Lisbon where visitors can experience this unique Portuguese tradition. And stay in some wonderful Lisbon hotels.

Most of the Lisbon attractions are within walking distance of each other, but the city is also equipped with a metro, buses, street cars (electricos), and funiculars.

Portugal is a member of the European Union. The official currency is the Euro.

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