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Lovely Lisbon Offers Attractions and Accommodations for All

Aug 17, 2007
Lisbon is the westernmost capital in Europe and the capital of Portugal. In addition to being Portugal's political center, the Greater Lisbon area is also one of the major financial centers of the entire Iberian Peninsula. While those attributes may not draw huge crowds of tourists, Lisbon's many sights and gorgeous parks do.

Lisbon's attractions are many and varied. The area in the center of the city is called the Baixa. The Baixa is set up like a grid with separate squares. This layout came to be after a large part of the town built in the medieval area was leveled by an earthquake in 1755.

There are seven well-known hills in Lisbon. On the top of the tallest of those hills, situated east of the Biaxa, are the Castle of Sao Jorge and the Lisbon Cathedral. Other attractions are Commerce Square, the beautiful Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Velha, Rossio Square, and Restaurados Square.

One of the more unusual tourist attractions in Lisbon is the Elevador de Santa Justa, which, as the name implies, is an elevator. This structure was built in the Gothic revival style around 1900. Its purpose was to connect the Baixa and Bairro Alto.

Lisbon also has many famous museums. Among them are the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Portuguese-style Tile Mosaics, and the National Museum of Costume and Fashion. Lisbon also boasts the largest collection of royal coaches in the world housed in the National Coach Museum.

Another popular attraction is the monument to Christ the King, which stands in Almada. The statue of Christ stands with arms spread wide overlooking the entire city. It was built after World War II in gratitude of Portugal being spared from the atrocities of war.

In western Lisbon lies the enormous Monsanto Forest Park. With an area of about four square miles, this park actually takes up most of the western side of the city. As large as this park is, though, it's not the biggest of Portugal's green areas. Parque Eduardo VII, located in the center of the city, holds that honor. It was named after King Edward VII of England because of his visit at the time of his inauguration.

In addition to its many sights, each June Lisbon holds a street celebration that spans five days in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua who was born in Lisbon. He was a rich man who spent his life preaching to poor, undereducated people.

For tourists interested in visiting Lisbon's many attractions will find no shortage of fantastic accommodations. There are a number of hotels and holiday apartments from which to choose.

Examples of hotels in Lisbon are:

As Janelas Verdes Inn Lisbon: This beautiful hotel takes its name from an 18th century palace standing next to the National Art Museum. The name means "green windows." The hotel is charmingly decorated with artful objects, books, and pictures drawing on the inspiration of Portuguese novelist Eca de Queiros, who many say lived in the palace from time to time. Each room is sunny and cheerful. Guests will enjoy breakfast in the garden during warmer months.

Lapa Palace Lisbon: Live like royalty in this magnificent hotel that was originally a private home built in 1870 for the Count of Valenca. It's located in the city center and has a marvelously elaborate entrance. The hotel sits atop a hill overlooking the Tagus River, so many of the rooms have a wonderful view of the river. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens decorated with ornamental fountains and streams.

York House Hotel Lisbon: This small boutique hotel was once home to Carmelite nuns. It's considered among the most charming hotels in Lisbon. The entrance to the hotel is cheerfully painted with matisse blue walls and a stone staircase leads to the garden terrace. The hotel is located in Rua das Janelas Verdes in the city's center, very close to the Ancient Art Museum.

Examples of holiday apartments in Lisbon are:

Old Town Apartments: This is a collection of four apartments in one building. Each unit has one bedroom three of them sleep four people and one sleeps two people. The apartments are in a 19th century building that was fully restored in 2005. It's located in the center of Lisbon in one of the oldest areas.

Modern Central Apartment: This lovely one-bedroom apartment is on the third floor of a restored historic building in central Lisbon. It's a short walk from the Rossio in the Baixa and within walking distance of the subway. The view from the living room window is spectacular. Guests are greeted with a bottle of wine and a basket of fruit.

Old Villa: In the center of Lisbon sits a cozy villa that accommodates up to six guests. There are two spacious floors with a total of three bedrooms. The villa is within minutes by foot of restaurants, shops, cinemas, the bus station, and the subway. The villa has a small terrace and a fully equipped kitchen.

The unique grid-like layout of the city of Lisbon makes it easy to navigate through, and its many sights make it a pleasure. Vacationers who enjoy cultural attractions and who also enjoy a little green space will thoroughly enjoy a trip to Lisbon.
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