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Lisbon past and present

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Lisbon past and present

On the right hand bank of the river Tagus, Lisbon is a city whose legendary history stretches back over twenty centuries.

The maritime Voyages of Discovery turned Lisbon into one of the world’s great ports and the centre of an empire that stretched from Brazil in the West to India in the East. On the banks of the river, great monuments testify to that history.

After the earthquake of 1755, the Baixa Pombalina downtown was rebuilt in the classical style while many of its adjoining medieval neighbourhoods survived and are now home to an amazing array of stores, restaurants and cafés.

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Lisbon, a vibrant city

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Lisbon, a vibrant city

Lisbon is no monochrome city. There is always a tram passing or a vase of geraniums looking out over the Tagus blue.
Lisbon is packed with a youthful energy that is as contagious for its citizens as it is for its visitors.

The month of June is a time for celebrating patron saints across Portugal. There is St. João, St. Pedro and of course, St. António in Lisbon. For his June 13th feast day, the city stops. On the eve of the big day there is celebration, dancing, entertainment; wedding banns are announced, basil plants smelt and sardines consumed in great quantity. Lisbon always does its saintly traditions proud.

However, there is much to Lisbon beyond these traditions. The modernity of a cosmopolitan city means that the shopping is excellent too – from the Baixa and Chiado, heading up the increasingly international chic of Avenida da Liberdade, through to the most modern of shopping malls, the range is stupendous.

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Lisbon for children

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Lisbon for children

A lively and upbeat city, Lisbon has a great deal for those visiting with children. Take a short three-day break and make sure the younger family members enjoy it as much as you do.

Lisbon is a perfect city to spend a few days with the children. It is safe and friendly, the climate is favourable and it is easy to get around on foot. And that is all in addition to the countless activities and facilities, both outdoors and indoors, especially put on for children.

If it is good weather, take to the capital’s parks and gardens. Try the city zoo with its dolphin shows and lion feeding or for a better view of the animals, ride the cable car. In Monsanto, the city’s forest, let the kids run off high spirits on the swings, slides and other amusements of the Park of Índios.

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