Lisbon, the Queen of the Sea

Friday, 03 November 2017

Rainha do Mar. Queen of the Sea. This is one of the names of Lisbon, the capital and the biggest city in Portugal. Among the other nicknames, there are A Cidade das Sete Colinas (The City of Seven Hills), A Cidade da Tolerância (The City of Tolerance) and A Cidade da Luz (The City of Light). It’s the continental Europe’s westernmost capital city, the one along the salty waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

«This is a city to discover calmly, by observing carefully what you can bump into in every neighborhood, in every street», as Turismo de Portugal writes. «It’s a welcoming and safe city, with a lot of things to see, but relatively small. It’s perfect to spend some days in it or to make it the first step to visit Portugal. It’s ancient and modern at the same time, definitely full of surprises».

For the Record, Turismo de Portugal has won the prize Europe Leadings Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards for the fourth consecutive year. Moreover, still at the WTA 2017, The Portugal has received for the first time a nomination for Europe Leading’s Destination.

Lisbon, Ibero-american Capital of Culture 2017

In 2017, Lisbon is the Ibero-american Capital of Culture, «the cultural capital in a world that includes more than 120 millions of people from the Iberican Peninsula, Mexico, and from South and Central America», as Turismo de Portugal informs.

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To celebrate this recognition, people have organized some events focused on the theme Past/Present «that remember the traces, the route and the footprints of the past, but celebrate also the fun and the creativity of some populations that, even with different languages (from the Castilian to the Portoguese as native language or second language) and different accents (from the Galician to Guaraní), join the belonging to the Iberophone community».

In Lisboa Capital ibero-americana de Cultura de 2017’s program, there are art exhibitions, theatre performances, concerts, dance performances, conferences, gastronomic events and city tours.

For all the other principal events that will enliven Lisbon by day and at night in the next weeks, you can consult the section What’s On in Visit Lisboa, Turismo de Lisboa’s website.

Discovering Lisbon

There are multiple approaches that you can advise to your clients that would like to discover (and rediscover) Lisbon. For example, you can choose a theme as a common thread, as Turismo de Portugal suggests: the Roman Lisbon, the manueline Lisbon, the baroque Lisbon, the romantic Lisbon, the literary Lisbon, the bohémien Lisbon, or also the Lisbon of the fado, a popular Intangible Cultural Heritage music.

There are also multiple ways to discover Lisbon: by foot, to do it calmly, but also with the elétricos, the typical trams, of which the most famous is the Elétrico 28, that connects Largo Martim Moniz to the neighborhood Campo de Ourique and crosses some of the most interesting places of the historical and architectural heritage of the city.

Another experience to suggest to your clients are the elevadores, the funicular railways that collects the Baixa to the uptowns and the overlooks of Glória, Bica, Lavra and Santa Justa. You can enjoy the beauties of Lisbon on board of a ferry or a sailing boat along the Tago River. This one can be crossed through the Ponte 25 de Abril, with train or autobus too.

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There’s also the subway, with stops in some key points along a path between art and science, on which there are eight representative museums of the city of Lisbon:

  • Museu Arqueológico do Carmo
  • Museu do Chiado
  • Museu da Farmácia
  • Museu Nacional da História Natural e da Ciência
  • Museu Geológico
  • Museu da Água da EPAL – Reservatório da Mãe d’Água e Reservatório da Patriarcal
  • Museu Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva
  • Museu de São Roque

The subway itself is a kind of a modern and contemporary art museum, «with astonishing galleries, amazing for their originality and the artistic quality of the azulejos panels».

Still talking about museums, we remind you that in 2016 the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) has been inaugurated; «it’s an avantgarde project that connects a new building, created by the architecture studio Amanda Levete Architects, with the Central Tejo (the Tejo Power Station), one of the national exemple of industrial architecture of the first half of the XX century».

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Regarding architecture, «for years, under the guide of architects of international reputation, Lisbon is reinventing her makeover with retraining intervents of whole neighborhoods, or with the restoration of single buildings that fit well with the urban fabric», as Ida Bini focuses on ANSA Travel. Moreover, in 2017, for the lusitan capital is arrived the Wallpaper Design Award in the “Best City” cathegory.

Lisbon is slightly becoming one of the destinations to refer to also in the business travel market, particularly in the MICE segment (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions), as Silvia Pigozzo on the Agenzia di Viaggi explains.

We could continue for hours to write about Lisbon, but we’re sure that you will find lots of ideas on Visit Portugal and Visit Lisboa. Before saying goodbye, we would only like to point out that one of the most characteristic feature is the street art. If you want to know the places where admire the most succesful examples of urban art, you can refer to the website Galeria de Arte Urbana de Lisboa.

Enjoy the journey with 6Tour!

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