Facing the Atlantic and located on the north bank of the Tagus river, Lisbon is the most western of European capitals. It is not surprising that its history is profoundly connected with the epic maritime discoveries that turned this city into the centre of the World trade of spices, jewels, and many treasures from the seven seas, since the 15th Century. But Lisbon’s soul and tradition go far beyond the times of the great Navigators.
The history is well preserved, and it’s easy to find pieces of old tales in every corner and on the cobbled streets of its historic centre. But it’s also the present that fascinates so many visitors, and that makes it one of the best cities to visit. Lisbon is a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan city, host of major events, and a true capital of culture, fashion, shopping, arts, gastronomy, sports, and much more! You can blend into the Portuguese ancient soul and test your emotional side in a Fado house (Fado is the Portuguese national music, with famous interpreters such as Amália Rodrigues, Mariza, Carminho, and Carlos do Carmo), or dance the night away and release your energies in one of the various pop music festivals.
Discover the nature tracks in the Sintra region, go on a boat trip to visit the dolphins in the Sado estuary, or pamper yourself in the several fashion stores, and discover surprising art at the various museums and galleries. A bit of everything is possible. And by the way, there is no other capital in Europe surrounded by so many golf courses within a short stroke. That is why it has been awarded as European Golf Destination of the year in 2007, by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
Along the coast, to the west, you will find Estoril, Cascais and Sintra, well known for the excellent sandy beaches, quality of hotel accommodation, numerous choices of restaurants and bars, the Estoril Casino, sports facilities, natural parks and historical sites.
A bit further to the north, the Oeste region is a still relatively undiscovered area, with more to offer than most people would expect. Pristine beaches, including some of the best surfing spots in the World, medieval towns, castles and monasteries, extensive vineyards, and exclusive golf courses are to be found in this area.
The south of the Tagus river can be easily reached by boat, or using one of the two bridges in Lisbon, into the Setubal peninsula and Costa Azul. Well worth the try: endless sandy beaches, clean waters (enough to host a large community of resident dolphins and other wild species), great wines and an unforgettable cuisine (have you read somewhere that Portugal has the best fish in the World?).
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