Five Reasons To Visit Lisbon
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Lisboa in the local language), is a great place to visit for lovers of art, fashion, food, architecture and sport. So, aside from its warm climate, why is it such a wonderful city?
A wealth of art galleries
Lisbon is home to a number of world-class art galleries.
Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Van Dyck and Renoir are all on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum; while works by Romney and Gainsborough form part of the superb private art collection at the Medeiros e Almeida Museum.
The city also has a number of acclaimed contemporary galleries, such as the Museu Coleção Berardo (which has over 900 works) and the Centro de Arte Moderna.
For something more quirky, why not visit the Coaches Museum, and see the magnificent vehicles in which Europe’s artisans travelled in years gone by.
A fashionista’s dream
Lisbon is not one of Europe’s most expensive cities, so you may find that you can buy designer clothing relatively cheaply. The Avenida da Liberdade in the upmarket Chiado district is perhaps the nearest equivalent to London’s Bond Street. Here you can buy items by Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Gucci, Armani, Versace and Prada.
When you’ve finished shopping, pay a visit to MUDE – the Design and Fashion Museum, which displays items from some 230 designers.
Foodies will not be left hungry
The Chiado area of the city is home to Belcanto, where the skills of head chef José Avillez have been rewarded with a Michelin star.
Eleven (also the recipient of a Michelin star), Largo, Tavares and 100 Maneiras all serve top quality Portugese and Mediterranean food; Doca Peixe is the go-to dining destination for seafood lovers; while superb French cuisine is on offer at Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho. If you want to sample Brazillian cuisine, then try Estrela da Bica.
The architecture is remarkable and hugely varied
Lisbon has everything from the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery to the glass tower blocks of the modern Parque das Nacoes area.
The Basílica da Estrela, the Igreja de São Domingos and the Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora are also fine religious buildings.
Many of the city’s railway stations are especially fine buildings, so if you find yourself catching a train from Gare do Oriente Station or Baixa-Chiado Metro Station, then allow extra time to look around.
Guiding Architects offer bespoke English language tours of the city’s architectural gems.
See the Euro champions play
On July 10 2016, Portugal won the Euro 2016 football tournament. You can watch the newly crowned champions of Europe in home international matches on November 13 2016 and March 25, August 31 and October 10 2017, although it has not yet been confirmed whether all of these matches will be played in Lisbon.
Cristiano Ronaldo, possibly the greatest player of the modern era, captains Portugal.
Lisbon is home to two famous football clubs: Benfica and Sporting. These teams have regular home matches during the football season. Of the victorious Euro 2016 squad, Eliseu plays for Benfica; and Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva and Joao Mário all play for Sporting.
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