Lisbon, the millenarian city of the seven hills, with the classic views they command, like at the top of Eduardo VII park. From here we see the wide estuary of Tagus river and Sao Jorge castle.
Cross the central Marques de Pombal square and go down by the XVIII century boulevard called Liberdade avenue to the popular Restauradores and Rossio squares; it’s the heart of Lisbon since Roman times, and the Pombaline downtown which has been the shopping area for more than 2000 years.
The majestic waterfront Comercio square, facing the extraordinary estuary of the river, once the welcome gate to seafarer and caravels. Close by is the nucleus of ancient Lisbon. Drive by the oldest quarter, Alfama, with the structure of the medieval city, with labyrinthine narrow streets, steep stairways and alleys, tiny squares. If possible, we’ll stop in a handicraft shop for a taste of Port wine.
The XVI century “pointed stones” palace – renaissance building with its uncommon facade, Santo Antonio de Padua church – where Saint Anthony of Padua was actually born, the very ancient Cathedral – stop to see the church, symbol of Lisbon Christianity.
Go up the hill to the picturesque Bairro Alto, section of Fado singers, bohemian haunt of artists and writers, passing close by Chiado, the elegant shopping area.
Pass by Estrela basilica – marble construction with an outstanding dome, one of Lisbon’s most eye-catching landmarks; the Parliament of Portugal – an outstanding neo-classical palace.
The cultural tour continues along the riverside by the harbour with sights of one of world’s leading cruise destinations.
On the way to Belem, the most monumental and historical quarter, we pass by Belem palace, official residence of the President of Portugal. Stops at Belem Tower – icon of the Age of Discovery (stop for photos, drinks and toilettes), the Monument to the Discoveries – evoking the maritime expansion. Close by is Jeronimos Monastery, magnificent example of the Manueline style, the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery (stop to see the church).