Lisbon / Portugal
Lisbon, natural harbor on the Tagus and near the Atlantic Ocean is the capital of Portugal and definitely worth the trip. The Mediterranean town has a slightly rough Atlantic climate and a distinctive charm.
Just along the river you can now find increasingly modern cafes. Quickly you reach Baixa on foot, a bustling neighborhood with lots of shopping options. But even the oldest district of Lissbon, the Alfama with its winding streets is best explored on foot. A wonderful view over the city and the sea you have there from Castelo de São Jorge. South is one of the oldest buildings in Lisbon, the Cathedral Sé from 1147. The Basilica de Estrela west of Baixa is somewhat more recent but no less appealing. From there, you best reached by tram (a round trip actually belongs to every visit in Lisbon) or the subway several other attractions. These include the old watchtower Torre de Belém, the landmark of Lisbon right on the Tagus. In the same quarter there are buildings and monuments, witnesses of a great time, so the monument to Henry the Navigator and the Jeronimos Monastery. Equally famous is the large statue of Cristo Rei at the opposite end of the city. The art lovers should not miss in any case a visit to the Gulbenkian Museum, that shows art to antiquity. Relaxation is provides best in Parque de Eduardo VII (best by subway) north of the Baixa. Lisbon offers infinitely more of beauty and destinations, but is also very extensive and characterized by high altitude difference, which is why for a short stay, the more central destinations are recommended.