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Here’s Why You Should Visit Lisbon: A Travel Guide

Lisbon as the capital and largest city of Portugal is one of the most attractive travel destinations in Europe. Not to mention, it is also recognized as a leading city in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education, and tourism, making it one of the major economic centers of the continent. Consequently, if you are to tour around the city you can’t get away with the hassle and bustle of Lisbon’s busy streets. Here’s a guide to Lisbon transportation and popular tourist stops to help you get the most out of your visit.

First, you have to reach the city through Lisbon Portela Airport. It is an international airport located north of the Castle of São Jorge. It is mainly an international gateway to Portugal and major European points. It serves about 13 million passengers per year. No wonder Lisbon became Southern Europe’s seventh most-visited city.

Lisbon has buses, trains, and car rentals ready to take you anywhere you want to go. These modes of transportations cater to your specific need for a ride and your budget. If you want to see the city through hopping on and hopping off from one place to another, taking a bus is a cheap and ideal option for you. When you want to save on your way to the city center from the airport you can take your ride with an Aero Bus at only 3.50 Euros compared to a taxi that will cost you 10 Euro. These buses leave from the Oriente Train Station every 20 or 30 minutes from 7:00 in the morning until 11:00 in the afternoon passing through most of the 4 and 5-star hotels of Lisbon. Or, if you may, you can take as well Aero-bus 91 that departs every 20 minutes with tickets to cost 3.50 Euro which are valid on all public transportation lines except for metro for one day. These buses go along Avenida da Liberdade then through Restauradores Square and into Baixa. Other buses stop in Praca do Comercio for those who have to catch the boat that connects to train to Algarve, or in Cais do Sodre for a train to Estoril e Cascais, or in Rossio for a train to Sintra. If you wanted to be everywhere in Lisbon you got subways and buses.

Your access to the main cities comes by so fast and easy with Lisbon’s motorway network and high-speed rail, the Alfa Pendular. Picking up a train in your travel to the city is an experience worth its own of ease and joy through the scenic coastal railway down to Estoril and Cascais, or through the royal park of Sintra and its palaces, while feeling around this sunniest side of Europe.

And if you’re in a hurry to get to your destination, the city also offers Car Rental.  Going for it puts you out to a number of choices which depends on the purpose you have in hiring a car. You can choose from mini, compact, automatic, people carrier (executive), SUV, minivan, economic, executive or premium, 4 x 4, or special, which are all available from the airport to any destination.

Tours

Almost everyone who wished to tour more of the parts of the world might also really want to get to the Southern part of Europe, and no less one of the largest and most fascinating cities worth visiting is Lisbon. It is here where you can find great sceneries, activities, historical sites and sculptures when you are on your sightseeing, day and night trip.

You may start your day trip from Lisbon to visit the three fascinating places of the seven Portugal Wonders and the Sanctuary of “Our Lady” at Fatima. Your visit will bring you to two of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lunch at the picturesque medieval fishing village of Nazar. You may then head north for this day trip’s first stop at Obidos, a fortified village of whitewashed houses and narrow streets distinctly of the bygone era but is a great place to relax and watch the world go by.  Also, don’t forget to visit Alcobaca the famous Monastery and biggest Gothic-style church in Portugal. Your next stop can be at Nazare to take lunch at this colorful and traditional village and to enjoy a beautiful view over the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. In the afternoon, you will have to see the wonderful Batalha Monastery which is a masterpiece in Gothic style with beautiful stained –glass windows. Finally get to the world-famous pilgrimage site of Fatima, where “Our Lady” appeared in 1917 and have free time to visit the Shrine. The whole day trip will take you approximately 8 hours.

If it seemed you got short on time you can choose a sightseeing tour of Lisbon exploring the Estoril Coast and the romantic mountainous region of Sintra to get yourself an overview of the area which will take you on a drive down Liberty Avenue to Rossio in the very heart of the city where you can be at Alfama for a wine tasting in a handicraft store. This is the oldest and most picturesque quarter. And, before crossing the bridge over the Tagus you will have a moment to admire Black Horse Square on your tour along the riverside, then pass by famous Lisbon sights, the Belem Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries. Within your 4 hours tour, there is still time to have a brief visit to Jeronimos Monastery, the Coach Museum with the world’s largest collection of opulent coaches built for the aristocracy way back during the 17th century, and to take lunch before ending the excursion to discover Portugal’s “Sunny Coast” and its beaches.

There are actually a whole lot more of tours to choose from as you may in Lisbon with any of these choices to possibly excite, fascinate, and make your trip unforgettable all the way through.

Sandy

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