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Fado Museum in Lisbon

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Fado Museum in Lisbon

The Lisbon Fado Museum is particularly valuable for lovers of fado music, as well as for those interested in Portuguese culture and history.

Fado (derived from the Latin “fatum”, which means “destiny”) is a particular style of traditional Portuguese music. It is a street romance, performed by a single performer accompanied by two guitars, a classical guitar and a Portuguese guitar (twelve-string guitar).

Bridge of 25 April in Lisbon Portugal

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April 25 Bridge Lisbon

The April 25 bridge in Lisbon, Portugal is very often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (USA) because they have similar structures and colours (rope suspension bridge). It is interesting to note that this Lisbon bridge was built by the same company that built the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge (Bay Bridge), which also explains their similar design.

Boca do Inferno Cascais Portugal

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Boca do Inferno Cascais Lisbonne

Three kilometres from the city to the west, there is a cliff. It attracts the attention of many tourists because of a cave that was created by the waves. The cave is called Boca do Inferno, which means “the mouth of the devil”. This name was given to the cave because when the waves hit the rocks with great force, it creates an incredible roar and noise.

Vasco de Gamma Bridge Lisbon Portugal

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Vasco de Gamma Bridge Lisbon Portugal

The creation of the Vasco da Gama bridge has reduced traffic on the other Lisbon bridge: the 25 April bridge. It was for this specific purpose that Portugal began construction of the Vasco de Gama Bridge in 1995. Three years later in 1998, the bridge was opened for the 500th anniversary of the opening of the Vasco da Gama shipping route from Europe to India and the World Expo in Lisbon.

Discover Fado in Lisbon

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Fado Lisbon Portugal

The musical genre of fado is as characteristic of Portugal as the waltz of Austria or the flamenco of Spain. A particular fado melody is recognizable from the first bars. It combines Moorish, African and Brazilian airs. The Portuguese name fado probably comes from the Latin Fatum: destiny. Fado singers often use the concept of saudade in their songs. A difficult word to translate to describe loneliness, melancholy, meaningless desire and anticipation of a sad future. As one of the songs says: “It exists, it’s sad, it’s fado”.

Visit Cascais and Estoril

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Visit Cascais and Estoril

Cascais and Estoril are part of the so-called Lisbon Riviera. Two small towns along the ocean that practically fit into each other. The French Riviera of Lisbon is not a holiday destination in seaside resorts, but a seaside holiday destination. The ocean water, even in the hottest summer, does not exceed 18º C. It is a strange idea to come to Cascais to swim in the sea in summer, but coming to Cascais at any other time of the year just to breathe the air, walk along the ocean, admire the view of the coast and the old villas, is a great way to relax.

Visit Sintra

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visit sintra

Sintra is the famous suburb of the Lisbon Palace. You will discover a beautiful natural landscape, the centre of a small Portuguese town, some royal palaces and charming parks, all surrounded by magnificent tropical vegetation. In general, a visit to Sintra is almost essential for any trip to Lisbon. In this article, I will try to answer the various questions you may have.

Visit the Pena Palace in Sintra

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Visit the Pena Palace in Sintra

Château Pena is located in the charming suburbs of Lisbon – Sintra. The fairytale castle stands on the top of a high hill in the Sintra mountain range, not far from the city of the same name. On a clear day, the Palace of Pena is easily visible even from Lisbon and most of the large city. The Palace of Pena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a national monument of Portugal and one of the country’s seven wonders, along with Guimarães Castle, Obidos Castle, Batalha Monastery, Alcobaça Monastery, Jerónimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Visit the Castle of Saint George in Lisbon

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Ruins Sao Jorge Castle Lisbon

There is a certain charm in the São Jorge castle which is still hidden and mysterious. The view from the castle walls is really magnificent, from the hill you can see Lisbon from almost all sides, look into the small courtyards under the castle walls, touch very old stones. Despite all the tourist promotion of the castle, at the top of the hill you can feel an incomparable peace and tranquility.