Background Information - Lisbon

There’s a famous Portuguese song that has a special lyric "Cheira bem cheira Lisboa", translated means "smells good smells of Lisbon".....this is a friendly capital with an old world quality. As in all great cities, it is best discovered on foot. Different districts, each with a special character are along the river banks and over Lisbon’s many hills almost like adjoining villages.


Lisbon lies on seven low hills at the estuary of the River Tagus, six miles from the Atlantic Ocean. It is on the West coast of Portugal with the Algarve to the south and Costa Verde to the North.

Places to Visit

Alfama: The oldest part of Lisbon (Moorish Quarter) with narrow streets, always something new around each corner. One can find women grilling a lunch of fresh-caught sardines on little sidewalk braziers. Try a tram ride to the top and walk back downhill via the narrow streets or visit the Castelo de Sâo Jorge, which offers fine views of the city.

Avenida da Liberdade: This is the prime boulevard of the city, go for a stroll, take a coffee - get your shoes cleaned.

Biarro Alto: Means "high neighbourhood", try the funicular "Elevador da Gloria", particularly at night when the area changes character as countless restaurants, bars and Fado nightclubs open for business.

Belém: Where you will find the most important monuments and museums. Located west of the city along the River Tagus.

Cidade Baixa: The lower town of Lisbon, full of shops, small restaurants, cafes and banks. Rossio Square is still the place where locals meet, drink a coffee and watch the crowds.

Estufa Fria: A cold greenhouse in Park Edward VII with plants and flowers from many parts of the World.

Major Museums: Gulbenkian, Ancient art, Azulejos (tiles), Decorative arts, are a few to mention.

River Tagus: Go by ferry to the south bank then take a taxi and go up the Statue of Christ the King with a glorious 360-degree panorama of the whole Tagus Estuary, all of Lisbon and the Arrábida hills to the south.