The monument to discoveries is located in Belém, one of the main districts of Lisbon. The monument is not far from the Tagus, from where ships used to go on scientific and commercial expeditions to India and the East. The Lisbon Monument to Discovery glorifies the period of Portugal’s great geographical discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Previously, there was a Benedictine monastery on the site of the San Bento Palace in Lisbon. At the beginning of the 17th century, the monks of this monastery founded a refuge for the sick and the poor. The new monastery began to be built at the beginning of the 18th century by the architect Balthazar Alvarez.
Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon in 1195. According to legend, the church of Santo Antonio was built on the site of the house of Saint Anthony. The future saint, Fernando de Buljoins, was born into a noble and rich family. In 1229, while studying in Coimbra, he entered the Franciscan Order and took the name of Antonio.
The Palace of Pena in Sintra, which is said to be in Portuguese Palacio Nacional da Pena, is one of the most important tourist monuments in Sintra. The palace was built on the ruins of an old monastery under the direction of the German architect Baron von Eschwege. Since 1910, the palace has become a museum.
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.
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.
The park extends near the Lisbon region along the Serra de Sintra mountain range, along the Atlantic Ocean coast, to Cabo do Roca (Cape Roca), which is considered the westernmost point in continental Europe. The park is located 25 km from Lisbon and is an extremely popular destination among tourists.
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.
The Estoril Casino is located 15 km from the centre of Lisbon and has been a popular holiday destination for more than 40 years, not only for the local population but also for the inhabitants of Estoril. Estoril is a region and city in Portugal, located on the shores of Cascais Bay. The Estoril Casino is considered to be the largest casino in Europe.
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”.
Those who go for a walk in Lisbon cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, which has a permanent exhibition and some temporary exhibitions. Do you want to meet him? Then come from there. Everything you need to know about visiting the Lisbon Oceanarium: exhibitions, schedules, tickets, access, activities and good reasons to visit…
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.
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.
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.
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.