With over 20 centuries of history, Lisbon is situated by the Tejo river and its unique beauty and architectural uniqueness are acclaimed across all borders.
Influenced by diverse cultures and styles, Lisbon manages to be modern and sophisticated while preserving its traditional and more reserved spirit, which conveys the desire to discover it, experiencing each street and the many neighbourhoods.
Rich in monuments and typical neighbourhoods, such as Bica, Alfama or Mouraria, the city also has an enviable geographical framework that sublimely combines with its vast natural, historical and cultural heritage.
But what is more representative of Lisbon than Fado music? Few cities in the world can boast about being the cradle and almost an exclusive place of worship of a musical genre, especially one considered as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. More than any other artistic expression, this musical genre, raised to its utmost by the voice of Amália Rodrigues, condenses the identity and soul of a country Without Fado, Lisbon would not be Lisbon. Therefore, visiting typical Fado houses is a must experience for any visitor.
In a city that has been influenced by many different cultures over time, there is still a village-like vibration in every typical neighbourhood.
Walking through the streets of Baixa Pombalina, which extends to the Tejo in Comércio Square, we get to know some of the most beautiful places in the city – the monumental area of Belém, with designated World Heritage monuments, the medieval neighbourhoods and also the more contemporary leisure areas, such as Parque das Nações or the Docks.
In Lisbon, it is hard not to want to absorb all the details, to look everywhere, including the floor itself. The Portuguese sidewalk is an endangered art, but we can still find it in some areas of the city.
In almost every area of the city, you can also find tiles that are true works of art. In geometric and figurative patterns, in still lifes or historical scenes, the spirit of the country is painted on tiles that adorn imposing facades and interiors of public and private spaces. Brought by the Arabs, the tile has flourished in the city and can be explored in all its richness in a world reference museum – the Tile Museum.
Also known as the “city of the 7 hills”, Lisbon is also very famous for its gastronomy, very influenced by its proximity to the sea, but especially due to the city’s most famous sweet, the traditional “pastel de nata”, made in an old factory in Belém, better known as Pastel de Belém.
Bursting with treasures, secrets and particulars, Lisbon is a passionate city that fills those who have to leave with the so-called “saudade”!