The city of Lisbon is magnificent, its historical streets allow you to wander all day without any purpose, just enjoy this ancient and beautiful city, as well as its unique atmosphere ...
Walking around this city is unlikely to want with a guide, listening to his stories. It is more interesting to move on the capital of Portugal. Although the sightseeing tour still worth a visit. From Praça da Figueira, half an hour excursions to Lisbon are sent on four different routes.
There are many places here, which later you want to tell your friends.
One of such places is the monastery of Jeronimos. He is famous for the fact that Vasco da Gamma is buried here - a Portuguese traveler who first landed not by land but by sea from Europe to India.
Near the monastery there is a small islet, located in the river Tejo. On this island is the tower of Belém - the symbol of the city. At the mouth of the river, a fort was built to protect them from enemies who could come to the city from the sea. However, he was not able to perform defensive function, the tower served as a prison, a warehouse, then a customs house.
The area around the tower is called Belen, it also has many interesting sights. Here there is a monument to the discoverers, a planetarium, a museum of electricity, a maritime museum. Everyone can find something interesting in this wonderful city.
You can get here by choosing, for example, blue, purple or yellow routes on the sightseeing bus. Pleasant feature: the bus can be left at any point of the route, and sit in it and continue the tour from anywhere.
In Lisbon, to solve the problem with housing is simple, there is a huge selection of hotels. As in any European capital, Lisbon also has rather high prices for accommodation. But it is always possible to find an acceptable variant both in terms of location, and in terms of cost and quality of service. The approximate price for a 3 star hotel is around 40-60 EUR. This will be the best option for tourists who save, but they want to get good quality of service.
It should be noted that prices are not always radically different. It happens that the price for a 4 or 5 star hotel is practically no different from 3 stars, while the quality of services will be higher. The wealthiest travelers can afford to stay, for example, in such a popular hotel as Lapa Palace. The most basic room in this hotel will cost 300+ EUR. But in some four-star hotels luxury room for two can do only 75 EUR. The price is due to the location of the hotel. More expensive are the rooms in the hotels located in the city center. It can not be called a serious drawback that the hotel is not in the center, after all it will take about 20 minutes to get to the center by public transport.
Many people prefer not to live in the city itself, but in the nearest suburbs, on the ocean shore. Pluses in this version are obvious: fresh ocean air, a more calm and measured pace of life and, of course, the ocean and beaches.
To the north, stately old Estoril and Cascais offer respectable bars, cafes, discos, clubs, and to the south the democratic Costa and Caparica, not long ago a fishing village, will offer modest cafes and restaurants and a huge 20-kilometer beach. In the suburbs, prices for accommodation are even lower than on the outskirts of Lisbon, and getting to the center is not much more difficult.
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