According to recent articles, Lisbon is nowadays considered one of the safest countries in Europe.
More than safety, Lisbon is a city with nature, history, gastronomy and culture, and the rich combination of it all makes this city an ideal place for investment! But if you want to know what Lisbon really has to offer, please keep reading because we will show you.
1. Whether you come by plane, by car or foot, approaching Lisbon you are able to see the 7 hills of this remarkable city and the magnificent bridges of that connects it to the South part of Portugal:
a. Vasco da Gama: one of the longest bridges in Europe, the Vasco da Gama bridge connects both sides of the Tagus river, between Oriente (Parque das Nações) and Alcochete. Opened in 1998, just for the Expo opening celebration that year, has 12,3 km of length and celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Discovery of the Sea Route from Europe to India by Vasco da Gama.
b. 25 de Abril: this beautiful suspension bridge is similar to the Golden Bridge of San Francisco and was inaugurated in 1966 with a total length of 2,2 km. This bridge was not always called like this: until 1974 the name was Salazar Bridge, but after that year its named was changed, in order to commemorate the Carnation Revolution (Revolução dos Cravos).
2. Baixa, Chiado and Alfama – Lisbon Downtown
After the earthquake of 1755 destroyed all of central Lisbon, the city downtown was rebuilt using a neoclassic style, that, with time, became known as A“Pombaline” showing an anti-seismic design on the buildings. Thus, Baixa Pombalina district was created, where we can found the Praça do Comércio, Arco da Rua Augusta and the Elevador de Santa Justa. This elevator, finished in 1904 and considered a National Monument, connects Baixa and Chiado, an historical district converted in a full zone to shop, vintage Portuguese Restaurants and several museums. On the other side is located Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon which wasn’t destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. It used to be populated by fishermen and poor people, but after the renovations of the houses and creation of new restaurants, Fado was born and became the typical Portuguese melancholic music. Also, we can find the Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa) that started to be constructed in 1147 and mixes various types of architectural styles, like Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque.
3. São Jorge Castle
Located in Castelo, this castle is one of the eldest constructions, dated from the 6th century, and one of the highest viewing points there is in Lisbon. It was fortified by the Romans, Visigoths and Moors. Commemorating the Anglo-Portuguese pact dating from 1371, it was dedicated to São Jorge, the patron of England, and became the royal palace until the Lisbon earthquake. Even with the destruction of a part of the castle, visitors still can visit the towers and walk along the ramparts on the most breathtaking views of Lisbon.
One of the greatest things of building a city in highlands is the different views you can get from the great Lisbon. The first and also the best is the view at Castelo São Jorge, where, depending on your position, you can see all of Lisbon, the other side of the River and even the Vasco da Gama bridge.
a. Miradouro da Graça: An splendid terrace-coffee close to the São Jorge Castle, that gives you a nice panoramic of Lisbon and of the castle. Just there, you can also find the Graça Church, one of the oldest structures of Lisbon.
b. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte: One of the quietest spots where you can see almost the entire city. It’s also a very romantic place, especially at sunset.
c. Arco da Rua Augusta: Located in the Praça do Comércio, it gives you a monumental view of the square and of Lisbon downtown, but still, a good place to go.
d. Elevador de Santa Justa: As we mention, located between Baixa and Chiado, it puts you in a high place in the middle of the downtown and also gives you nearly-360º-view over Lisbon.
e. Parque Eduardo VII: Between two hills and at the final of the central park, it gives you really nice views of the city and the Marquês de Pombal statue, the river and southern Lisbon.
5. Belém District:
Along the northern bank of the Tagus river we can find Belém, with three iconic places, which are:
a. The Belém Tower, constructed in the 16th century. It’s a part of the former defense system of Lisbon and a ceremonial gateway to the city,
b. The Jerónimos Monastery, built with maritime riches, includes a delicate Gothic chapel in which some of Portugal’s greatest historical figures are entombed, both are UNESCO World Heritage Site.
c. The third is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, where ships used to depart to explore and trade with India and Orient during the 15th century. During the Age of Discovery was the starting place for dozens of travelers around the globe.
6. Cristo Rei
In 1959 was built a miniature Christ the Redeemer, the Cristo Rei or Christ of the Kings, on the south bank of the Tagus inspired by the Christ located in Brazil that looks out over the city, in Almada. It was raised to express gratitude since the Portuguese were spared to the effects of World War II.
7. Lisbon Beaches
You only need to drive 30 minutes from the city centre, take a 45 minutes’ train ride to get to Guincho, Adraga or Cascais beaches, or only 20 minutes to get to Caparica beach, one of the biggest beaches in Lisbon.
Located on the western edge of Europe, Lisbon is the sunniest capital city, boasting an average of 276 days of sunshine per year.