ABOUT LISBON

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Lisboa is the capital of Portugal and the country's biggest city, located on the estuary of the Tagus river, on the European Atlantic Coast. It is continental Europe's westernmost capital. Sprawling along the right bank of the Tagus estuary, Lisbon stands looking proudly towards the Atlantic Ocean and was the muse that inspired the great maritime discoveries. Likely founded by Phoenicians, the city was built during a millennium of colourful history waiting to be discovered by visitors. Lisbon witnessed Muslim domination, a Christian conquest, a golden age of discoveries, destruction by an earthquake and followed by an enlightened reconstruction process and on going renewal.

Lisbon is a patchwork of distinct and colourful quarters, like Baixa, Chiado, Alfama, Bairro Alto: accept the challenge of discovering Lisbon on foot or taking the famousold yellow tram! To be found close by, are a series of excellent golf courses, the romantic town of Sintra, a paradise that has been magnificently set in the most beautiful landscape and has rightly been classified as world heritage. There is no better way to see the exuberant trees and vegetation than to take a horse-drawn carriage ride and pass by ancient mansions before reaching the Palácio da Pena at the top of the hill.

Other places of interest are the cosmopolitan seaside resort of Cascais, the Arrábida hills and their nature reserve, Sesimbra and the medieval walled village of Óbidos.