Tower of the Clerics
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Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Tower of the Clerics
Station of São Bento
Casa da Música
The Casa da Música was constructed in the context of Porto 2001 - European Capital of Culture. Place of concerts and a lot of music, the House of Music is an imposing building, daring architecture, created by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The acoustical quality of the Sala Suggia (main auditorium of the building), the clever combination of tile art and gold leaf - characteristic of the Portuguese baroque churches - make it a reference of contemporary architecture.
Santa Catarina Street
Santa Catarina street is one of the busiest streets in Porto, and nowadays, it combines the capitalism of the big stores with some of the old trading houses of the city that still resist the time. Place for strolling and street vendors, some famous writers and poets like António Nobre, Arnaldo Gama, Camilo Castelo Branco and Guerra Junqueiro lived here.
Galleries of Paris
Ribeira do Porto
The city gets another image by the look of who is in the neighbourhood of Ribeira, located by the riverside. Narrow, winding streets, dark arches, typical houses with colourful facades in a place that preserves the charm of places marked by history, full of contrasts and singularities. At night, the Ribeira is the place of movement and animation, being one of the places to be, due to the various restaurants, terraces and night clubs. It is one of the main postcard images of the city.
The City Park is the largest urban park in the city, with 83 hectares that extend to the Atlantic Ocean, being unique in the whole world. It is a large green area in the middle of the city, which has fauna, flora, fountains and give the impression that whoever visits it, is not in a busy city.
The Douro River is the second longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and contributes to one of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. The area of the Alto Douro incorporates breath-taking landscapes, such as the area of wide vines, and was considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. Place for an excellent program of a rustic and calm, like the boat crossing by the river that you will for sure not regret.
Serra do Pilar
Located in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia, facing towards Porto, it has an impressive view over both cities, the river, the bridges, the boats, etc. At its summit, you can visit the Serra do Pilar Monastery, a World Heritage site considered by UNESCO in 1996.
Gardens of the Cristal Palace
The Gardens of the Cristal Palace includes a 30-meter-high palace, which is often the stage for concerts, circuses, congresses, exhibitions and sport events. Its main attraction also passes by the nature that surrounds it and that makes the city breathe.
The Port wine is one of the images of the city around the world. It is a generally sweet liqueur wine, produced exclusively from grapes from the demarcated region of the Douro. With different flavours and aromas, the secret comes from the climate and the form of fermentation. If you want to continue with Port wine, you can also visit the famous Caves located on the Cais de Gaia.
As a known saying states, "going to Porto and not eating a Francesinha is like going to the Vatican and not seeing the Pope". The francesinha is one of the best-known dishes and gastronomic business card of the city of Porto. In the shape of a sandwich, filled with typical sausages of the North of the country, covered with cheese and accompanied by a special sauce, it delights everyone.
Tripas à Moda do Porto
This is one of the most typical dishes of Porto and goes back, as they say, to the period of the Discoveries. Prepared with various types of meat, white beans and sausages, it is one of the most appreciated delicacies of Portuguese gastronomy. It is because of this dish that the inhabitants of Porto are popularly known as "tripeiros".
Pão de Ló
The spongy cake, although originating from Arouca, has a great expression in the sweets of Porto. Made from eggs and flour, it can be found in its traditional form or with new interpretations, for example with chocolate or an egg cream.
Get to know the capital of Portugal, one of the oldest cities in Europe!
With its 7 hills a blue sky all year round and a mild winter, this city offers the contemplation of wonderful views of the city itself and the river. Bustling with a picturesque setting where old electrics will take you through the narrow cobbled alleys to the great new hotels on the wide avenues: the picturesque old meets the sophistication of the 21st century.
Monastery of the Jerónimos
Founded in 1496 as the Monastery of St. Mary of Bethlehem, the iconic monastery was built by D. Manuel I of Portugal to perpetuate the memory of Prince Henry the Navigator. Here are buried some Portuguese kings like D. Manuel I and King John II of Portugal, and their respective women. You can also visit the tombs of some illustrious poets like Luís Vaz de Camões and Fernando Pessoa.
Tower of Belém
Commissioned by King John II of Portugal in 1515, the Torre de Belém played a very important role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries. Built to serve as a fortress at the mouth of the Tagus River and gateway to Lisbon, the Belem tower was also the starting point for many journeys in the Discovery Era being the last sight of their homeland for many sailors.
Monument of Discoveries
The Monument of Discoveries was constructed in 1940, having been integrated by the exhibition of the Portuguese World. Its façade has carved 33 illustrative figures of the time of the Discoveries. The yard in front of the monument is a typical Portuguese sidewalk, decorated with a wind rose and a planisphere in rosy marble and illustrates the main routes and dates of the Portuguese Discoveries.
Cultural Center of Belém
The Cultural Center of Belém (CCB) is the largest building with cultural set ups in Portugal. It was initially built to accommodate the European Presidency but was eventually adapted for political conferences and congresses, exhibitions and shows such as opera, ballet and symphony concerts. Originally controversial for its impressive modern architecture next to the historic Jerónimos Monastery, the CCB houses the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. The cafe on the terrace of the first floor with a garden overlooking the river is an amazing place to relax.
The Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon's historic districts, and a must-stop for anyone who visits the capital. Built in the late 16th century, it is one of the most typical neighbourhoods in the city, with narrow, cobbled streets, ancient houses and traditional commerce. It is a cultural reference point, frequented and inhabited by journalists, writers and students. Since the 80's it has become the best-known area for Lisbon’s nightlife, full of bars, restaurants and Fado houses. It is currently one of the most sought-after places to live. The dynamics of its streets are unique.
The Oceanarium of Lisbon is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, located in Parque das Nações. It is an offshore diving experience without any risk, with about 25,000 fishes, seabirds and mammals in a huge central tank that is the size of four Olympic pools. It is the first aquarium to incorporate ocean habitats within a unique environment, with impressive recreations of various ocean ecosystems.
The bullring of Campo Pequeno is considered the first bullring in Portugal and symbolises the anchored tradition of bullfighting in the country. Located on Avenida da República, one of the main avenues of Lisbon, nobody stays unaffected by looking at the large red brick building and blue domes. Opened in 1892 and being able to host 10,000 people, it is a multipurpose venue of events to enjoy, such as: bullfights, fairs, exhibitions, concerts and festivals. Reopened in 2015, the Museum of the Campo Pequeno is a tribute to the Portuguese bullfighting culture.
National Theatre D. Maria II, Coliseu dos Recreios and Theatre Politeama
The Restauradores area in downtown Lisbon, near the famous Rossio station, houses 3 of the largest places of events in the city. In the iconic National Theatre D. Maria II, considered a National Monument, you can see plays, exhibitions or fairs. Just a few meters away, passing a typically Portuguese sidewalk, you will find the Coliseu dos Recreios. Place of varied shows built in 1890. The Politeama Theatre is just next door, a place of diverse events.
Being the postcard image of the city, the river Tejo embraces Lisbon and is the most extensive river of the Iberian Peninsula. It originates in Spain and flows all the way into the Atlantic Ocean, forming the Tagus mouth which was classified as a protected area in nature reserve. On the riverside you can do numerous activities, such as cycling, walking, jogging or just enjoy a coffee or a drink and a sunset with amazing view.
Miradouro de S. Pedro de Alcântara
All of Lisbon's viewpoints are romantic, but this is the most romantic of all. It is located in the Garden of S. Pedro de Alcantara, built in the 19th century. The terrace garden, with busts of historical figures, provides a view on the castle, the downtown area and the Tagus river. The kiosk with a terrace to sit allows you to admire all the beauty of the city of Lisbon.
Located 30km from Lisbon, the Serra de Sintra is integrated in the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais and was classified as a World Heritage - "Cultural Landscape" of Europe by UNESCO in 1995. It has a vast fauna and flora, and besides the beauty and tranquillity of its landscape, and following the tracks you will find idyllic buildings and imposing places to visit, such as the Pena Palace, Convent of the Capuchins, the Moorish Castle and the Quinta da Regaleira.
Beaches: Costa da Caparica and Guincho
On the outskirts of Lisbon are some of the best beaches in Portugal. Being a country with a Mediterranean climate, it has beaches for all tastes. Whether you want to surf and explore or just to relax with the family. At 30 minutes from Lisbon, you will find the beaches of Costa da Caparica with amazing sand. Guincho beach is the best known in the area for surfing and it combines wild landscape with golden sand.
Pastéis of Belém
At the beginning of the 19th century, a sugarcane refinery was next to the Monastery of the Jerónimos. In 1820 the Liberal Revolution took place and as a consequence of the same in 1834 all convents and monasteries were closed, and the monks and the nuns expelled. In an attempt of survival, the receipt that until then remained in the Monastery, was sold. In 1837, the fabrication of the "Pastéis de Belém" was started, according to the secret recipe of the Convent, and today one needs to get in line to try this old Portuguese sweet pastry.
As a country of beach and sea, Portugal is known for its gastronomy and especially, its good fish and seafood. Did you know that Portugal is the third country in the world to consume most fish, after Japan and Iceland?
The grilled sardines are the highlight of the Festivals of Lisbon in the month of June and an obligatory delicacy to those who visit us. At the economic level, Portugal is also a country of strong industries, of which the canning industry is part and where sardine is an essential raw material.
The ginja (sour cherry) or ginjinha liqueur, as it is popularly known, is a drink derived from the cherry fruit (similar to the cherry) and typical of the Lisbon area, with a strong tradition in the town of Óbidos. Of sweet taste and low alcohol content, it is drunk from a small glass and some people sell it in a more modern version in a chocolate cup. The traditional one can come with or without a cherry inside and it can be ordered in several places, being "A Ginjinha" in Largo de Santo Domingo the first store to sell the liquor in the city.
Bolinhos de Bacalhau
Codfish – Bacalhau- is a very used fish in traditional Portuguese cuisine and with it is made the known Pastéis de Bacalhau - or as the people in Porto say- Bolinhos de Bacalhau. Great as an appetizer, made from potato and parsley and then fried.
In Lisbon, it is difficult to find a place where the famous pastels are not sold.
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