Unlike Lisbon, few cities can boast such magnificent natural scenery and a cultural identity to match, equally rich, varied and genuine.
The dormant Lisbon of the XX century now emerges as a city exuding pride, confident in its unique style and bearing a historical legacy that has remained intact (especially the period of the Discoveries).
An unprecedented rebirth of the city has been witnessed since its reconstruction following the earthquake of 1755. While most of the European capitals were destroyed during the Second World War, to be subsequently reconstructed, Lisbon remained neutral and survived the war, thus, having required very little restoration since the XVIII century. Hence, its historical neighbourhoods resemble romantic ruins today, and both the city's inhabitants and those who come from far and wide are waking up to the charm of Ancient Lisbon. It is gradually renewing itself, seducing the visitor with its breathtaking views and kaleidoscopes of tiles and cobbled pavements, beckoning the opening of new cafés, shops, quaint Hotels and restaurants.
With this contagious new energy hovering in the air, surrender to what it has always been- a stunningly authentic city.
The main attraction of Lisbon is the city itself. Lisbon is a monument to the romanticism of the past, an aesthetically seductive city calling to be observed from each of its hills. Crowned by majestic walls, splendid belvederes and luminous monuments, each one of Lisbon's hills has its own personality. They form an enigmatic, scenic and genuine city with a singular essence and unique atmosphere, giving rise to a truly photogenic European capital, devoid of superficiality.
Its dazzling unconventional beauty, contagious irresistible spirit and fascinating mixture of colours and sounds enhance the vibrancy of this city. With its mild sunny climate, the days seem exceed 24 hours, forcing a slackening of pace so as to fall in love with its genuine, multifaceted neighbourhoods.
The passage of time has left it disorderly and dilapidated; however Lisbon is frequently at the forefront of urban culture, while still remaining true to itself. It is a city where not everything is as meets the eye, with much to be discovered, endeavouring to arouse our curiosity.
So, follow the steps of Vasco da Gama and the other heroes of the past, and embark on a journey of discoveries!
This medieval neighbourhood is one of the oldest in Europe. This small village or quarter in the centre of the capital is a relic of former times, dating back to before the great earthquake of 1755, having managed, to a fairly large extent, to escape the catastrophe, thanks to its solid foundations on the highest hill of the city which stretches out as far as the neighbourhood of Graça.
Alfama beckons visitors to lose themselves in the narrow streets, steps, alleys and squares, to be guided by their senses: to see clothes hanging from the balconies and fantastic views of the Tagus, to smell the fish being grilled on a corner, to hear the sounds of Fado flowing out from typical restaurants, to savour the traditional dishes and discover surprising views from the belvederes. This is the most picturesque neighbourhood of Lisbon, the real soul of the city.