Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a thriving hub surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Spain to the east. A laid-back Mediterranean destination with mild winters and warm summers makes Lisbon an ideal destination all year round. To experience the exciting city life visitors must visit Rossio, the main square in Lisbon. Surrounding this iconic meeting spot is Principe Real, a modern shopping district and Chiado which boasts stunning views of the city, popular nightclubs and historical streets to stroll whilst browsing the elegant shops. Here you can also find traditional, quality Portuguese cuisine. Another must-see neighbourhood is Belem. Here, tourists can climb the narrow staircase to reach the top of the Belem Tower. Tour the spectacular Jerónimos Monastery or visit the Belem Cultural Centre to view the contemporary art exhibition featuring works by Picasso, Andy Warhol and the like.
There are many beautiful museums and intricate architectural sights to visit in Lisbon. To name a few, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum includes an assortment of Egyptian artefacts as well as picturesque gardens; an oasis in downtown Lisbon. The Museu Colecção Berardo has a combination of modern and contemporary art with the permanent Berardo Collection showcasing abstract, expressionism, body art, photorealism, pop art and many more pieces. To see an impressive collection of over 17,000 items visit the Museu de Marinha, a maritime museum that evokes Portugal's domination of the European seas. If you are travelling with children or you yourself are an animal lover, visit the Jardim Zoológico to find an array of exotic animals such as sea-lions and dolphins. The Lisbon Botanical Gardens are a hidden gem within the city centre and the perfect place for a picnic. Dating back several hundred years, the King at the time had a variety of flora planted which now blocks out all background noise created by the hustle and bustle of the city.
Unwind after your sightseeing with a well-deserved drink and delicious meal in the Bairro Alto. This neighbourhood is known for its thriving nightlife and a large selection of restaurants, bars and pubs. The Garrafeira Alfaia is a wine bar serving appetizers and alcoholic beverages. It's the perfect place to spend the afternoon before heading to dinner. Beer lovers should try the Museu da Cerveja, a famous beer garden in Lisbon's city centre with a rustic ambience and display of brewing equipment. You can also find traditional Portuguese restaurants scattered through the quirky streets of Bairro Alto.
A day trip can be taken to numerous locations both inside and outside of Portugal. Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site is only 30 minutes outside of Lisbon and houses a Royal Palace and mysterious mountains. Faro is an untouched corner of history that consists of cobblestone paths and architecture dating back to the 18th century. Here you will also find Praia de Faro, a charming beach that stretches over several kilometres. From Faro, you can continue your journey into Lagos where you can visit the fish markets, partake in a mountain bike adventure or experience one of the many water activities. These include dolphin tours, sea kayaks, boat tours or stroll along the Praia de Batata beach.
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Supplier depots are conveniently located at Lisbon Airport, the Lisbon Oriente Rail Station and Lisbon Santa Apolonia Rail Station as well as multiple downtown locations.
Lisbon is limited with the availability of on-street parking, and it is usually busy during and after work hours. To solve this problem, the government has recently built multi-storey car parks underground for a fare starting from around €7 per day. This is a safe and convenient option for travellers as they can park in the city centre and explore the intertwining streets by foot. More information on parking prices can be found here.
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