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    5 Jul 19, 2014

    Stunning vistas everywhere you turn, cafés everywhere for a leisurely pastel and drink. Great place to wander for days, and many opportunities for side trips.

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  • LisbonPro 2014
    Sharon "Bubz" Z
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    5 Jul 15, 2014

    Our trip to Lisboa is a rather spontaneous one and I knew very little about it before planning our trip. The city itself is located beautifully on the coast, full of culture and wonderful architectures. The luscious baroque interior of Igreja de Sao Roque, the symbols of manueline architecture - Belem tower and Jerónimos Monastery, over a dozen museums of various kind provide tourist with plenty of things to do. The city also boasts some of the freshest and best seafoods and entertainment provided by the traditional Fado music. The city holds the utmost pride in its navigational accomplishments and discoveries in the past. It is also a train and 2 euros away from Cascais and Sintra, two distinct but equally amazing towns to visit, from where Cabo da Roca - the western most point of mainland Europe can be reached by bus.

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  • LisbonPro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Mar 22, 2014

    Here on a one night stop over. Have always had an interest in Lisbon but somehow has never captured my imagination like other European options. What a surprise. Think of it as a European San Francisco minus the tech boom. Artsy and a little gritty but packs a lot of no nonsense style and is very enjoyable.

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  • LisbonPro 2014
    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Mar 17, 2014

    Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, and the only European city to have been totally destroyed in an earthquake (1755 earthquake). I loved it's tree-lined boulevards, it's friendly people, it's narrow cobble-stoned streets, it's yellow trams, and it's ubiquitous museums, old mansions, and castles.

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  • Lisbon
    Caron S
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    5 Jan 30, 2014

    Stayed in Lagos for a few days and views are breathtaking from the cliff tops and beach alcoves like here. Morning fishermen at work 50 ft from shore.

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  • LisbonPro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 Jan 30, 2014

    Beautiful city, the capital of Portugal is ancient and modern at once. Lovely old architecture mixed with equally impressive buildings built yesterday. And it's on the sea! Hurrah!

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    Matthias Hagemann
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    4 Jan 17, 2014

    beautifuk city, a must in P, great music and good bars in bairo alto, campground a bit away from the center but good, transport by bus possible

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    Margot B
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    5 Jan 15, 2014

    Portugal has amazing food and excellent weather, and has a bit more of an old-world feel to it than many other parts of W. Europe. Just outside Lisbon, the village of Sintra has gorgeous old Rococo palaces and cute little boutique shops. Don't miss the Ginjinha, a local sour cherry liqueur served in edible dark chocolate shot glasses.

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  • Lisbon
    Caprice Becker
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    5 Aug 31, 2013

    Lisbon is an old world city with forward thinking conveniences. Wide beautiful avenues with art nuevo architecture intice you deeper to every street. If you follow the flow on the main avenues, you'll find yourself along the Tejo River to the Praça Commercial which is full of history site seerers, lovers, friends, some pigeons and great views.
    Though driving can be an experience, you can see more and not have to worry about parking by taking the metro to your destinations. The maps are clear and downtown travel is much safefer than New World cities can be.
    End your tour up at Saint George's Castle for a unforgettable sunset over this very small old world capital.

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  • Lisbon
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    5 May 30, 2013

    I loved Lisbon.

    I was lucky enough to travel here for work and spent a week with five talented people in this inspirational city. We spent our days exploring the city, meeting people, eating and drinking. I love the blend of European charm, history and just enough gritty edge to make it cool.

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  • LisbonPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Mar 20, 2013

    I love Lisbon and all of its hills. There's great night life (fado music!) and plenty to see during the day. It looks like they have a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, but it's really their own bridge designed by the same architect.

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  • Lisbon
    Lauren Monitz
    4 Feb 11, 2013

    Known for it's beautiful beaches, Lisbon has a great aquarium, Spanish-inspired eats and beautiful architecture. http://www.iexplore.com/travel-guides/europe/portugal/overview

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  • LisbonPro 2014
    Rachel E.
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    5 Feb 06, 2013

    Beautiful scenery, delicious food, ridiculously friendly people and laid back Mediterranean attitude: Lisbon fits the bill.
    When people asked what I did in Lisbon, I feel like telling them "I lived well!" There was only one disappointing meal in the whole week (a "must-go" place that is obviously overhyped). Everyone was accommodating from the lady in the dress shop who kept finding cute things for me based on what I had already picked out to the waiter who brought out shots of Portuguese liquor for free so we could experience it. Some friends asked about how dirty it was and all the "gypsies"...if by dirty you mean old, well then, that's half of Europe and there were no roving bands of "gypsies" when I was there. Only the over-earnest buskers and the occasional sunglass salesman.
    Lisbon feels like a hidden gem, one that you want to show off to everyone but at the same time want to hide in case everyone comes and spoils it.

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  • Lisbon
    Louis Waelkens
    4 Feb 03, 2013

    The poet that sits on the docks of the river Tagus, enjoying his glass of excellent Portuguese wine.

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  • LisbonPro 2014
    Alea G.
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    4 Jan 15, 2013

    Lisbon's a beautiful city with a rich culture, absolutely delicious food, and some beautiful views. Take the trip out to Belem for the pastries and the Tower of Belem (which is so gorgeous!).

    After our whirlwind trip to Europe, there was something a bit comforting about going to Lisbon. As someone from the Bay Area, coming to a city that looked a bit like European San Francisco with its hills, trolleys, and a bridge the looks like a cross between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, I felt a bit like coming home. The city's history is even shaped by a historic earthquake.

    I was sad, however, that we weren't able to do a fado show. I really wanted to do a fado show.

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    Katie Pierce
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    3 Nov 21, 2012

    Lisbon was a city I wish I had loved more. It has the European charm I am completely enamored with, but it didn't thrill me as much as neighboring town Sintra did.

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    4 Nov 06, 2012

    Lisbon is a great city to ramble in. Walking the side streets and crossing the town piazzas you stumble upon charming shops, cafes, churches and galleries. The Portuguese have a creative side that is in evidence in the old architecture and the new urban bars and shops. You have to overlook awful 60s architecture that marks the city every so often. There are a few great restaurants but other than that it isn't really a foodie spot. As a base to explore other parts of Portugal Lisbon cannot be beat.

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  • Lisbon
    Arnaldo
    5 Oct 19, 2012

    Percorra a cidade a pé. Va ao Rossio ao Bairro Alto, suba de eletrico ate perto do Castelo de São Jorge e desça por Alfama. Entre pelo Arco Triunfal e passeie pela Rua Augusta. Suba pelo elevador de Santa Justa ate as ruinas de Convento do Carmo.

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  • Lisbon
    Rachel Slough Eastin
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    5 May 16, 2014

    Lisbon is such a lively and beautiful city. There's something very magical about walking around Lisbon as you see the chipped paint on the buildings, muted colors, and old tile leading up to a castle that overlooks the city. Everyone is very friendly and it seems most locals stay up really late drinking and having the time of their life. The culture reminds me of Spain, but even more laid back and less crowded. Lisbon is also wonderfully located so you can visit charming Sintra and go surfing in neighboring towns like, Cascais or Carcavelos.

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  • LisbonPro 2014
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    4 Sep 13, 2012

    I was struck on my first day in Lisbon by how much it felt like home. The people are friendly, the food is unique and delicious, and there is plenty to see. You see, I was sitting by the gate to the city, looking out over the water, for close to 3 hours before I recognized what is essentially the Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance. "What?", I thought to myself. Indeed. Coming from San Francisco, it was a bit of a shock to see such a familiar landmark so far from home. Lisbon has its own version of the Golden Gate Bridge-- it's nearly identical. A big tip-off to the difference is the giant Jesus statue at the far end of the one in Lisbon.

    Whether you are from San Francisco or not, however, Lisbon is a fantastic city for sightseeing, foodies, anyone who just loves listening to beautiful languages, anyone who likes seafood, anyone who wants to dance the night away, or anyone who likes to surf.

    The city is a major jump-out point for several surf-towns along the Portuguese coast (like Caix-Caix or Peniche).

    Lisbon is rather compact with great public transportation, so be sure to utilize that to its fullest when attempting to explore.

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Sitting on Europe’s west coast at the mouth of the Tagus River is Lisbon, the Portuguese capital that offers vacationers an intimate experience is an artsy, rising star on the European travel scene. Known for its spectacular plazas, serenity, and unique nightlife, Lisbon is perfect for those seeking a more relaxed European experience but still have plenty of things to do. Major attractions include ... read more
the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a monastery built in the 16th century, The Tower of Belem, which is a monument to Vasco da Gama’s maritime discoveries, and the quaint town of Sintra, which lies about 20 minutes to north of Lisbon by train. In Sintra there are many grand sights, including the grand Pena Palace, a multicolor castle-like building that offers panoramic views of Lisbon and the Atlantic Ocean. A popular thing to do is take in a fado performance, which is live guitar and singing that has been woven into the fabric of the city. For nightlife, check out the Bairro Alto, a funky neighborhood perched upon a hill that comes alive every night with thousands of young people celebrating life in the street. Hotels and hostels can be found in most every part of the city, but look for one close to the main drag here – the Avenida de Liberdade – as this location gives travelers the best access to the rest of the city. In Lisbon be sure to enjoy the many options that are making this city one of the hippest places to be.

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