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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Lisbon

Lisbon, in Portuguese Lisboa (pronounced "Lisbóa"), capital of Portugal lies some 17km/10.5mi from the Atlantic on the north bank of the Tagus, which here opens out into the Mar de Palha ("sea of straw"), 7km/4.5mi wide. To the west of the city the estuary narrows again to 2-3km/1-2mi across, forming a fine sheltered natural harbor.

Thanks to its wonderful setting Lisbon is rightly numbered among the world's most beautiful cities. The many treasures of art and architecture still testify to its glorious past and, together with the charm of the old town and its steep narrow streets, make a stay here a memorable experience for any visitor.

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Old Quarter

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The Old Quarter of Lisbon, Alfama, is known for narrow streets, alleys, stairs, and houses built on ancient foundations. It is an interesting area that has become a tourist attraction.

Bairro Alto

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The quarter of the city known as Bairro Alto was developed largely in the 16th C when it was home to the city's wealthier residents. Today it is a residential area with artists and shopkeepers.

Northern Districts

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Rossio, as it is commonly called, is lively square where locals and tourist gather and street vendors go about their business.


Baixa was all but leveled during the 1755 earthquake. Reconstruction of the area was based on more modern plans which incorporated a geometric layout.



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Other Sights

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