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Lisbon's Secrets


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Lisbon is the city of the good light... that special light that promotes memories and dreams! This incentive trip takes you into a very special tour around 8 unforgettable secrets in this incredible town! Prepare yourself for the most amazing short stories and great discoveries... in Lisbon!

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Lisbon's Secrets

  1. 1. LISBONsecrets eight well-kept
  2. 2. São Pedro de Alcântara One one the best wellkept secrets in Lisbon… this shaded terrace on a hill directly across from the castle allows you to gaze down on all of downtown towards the waterfront. This is the perfect spot for your first introduction to this special city. This splendid terrace is set in gardens high above the Baixa (downtown) and is a great way to get your bearings. It's also one of the most romantic spots in the city…
  3. 3. The Trendy Chiado The cultural and shopping mecca of Lisbon is undisputedly the Chiado Lisbon district, whose elegant street ‘Rua Garrett’ has been placed along with other glamorous and fashionable streets around the world. Playing neighbours to the various world renowned designer boutiques, are Lisbon’s very own cultural institutions and sights, including the famous “A Brasileira Cafe” or ‘Ourivesaria Alianca’, just to name a couple.
  4. 4. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was one of the most destructive and deadly earthquakes in history, killing more than a third of the entire population of the Portuguese capital. Tens of thousands of Portuguese who survived the earthquake were killed by the tsunami triggered by the earthquake. When the earthquake arrived, most of Lisbon's population were praying in six magnificent cathedrals, including the great Basilica de São Vicente de Fora. Within minutes, this great thriving city-port of Lisbon, capital of Portugal and of the vast Portuguese empire and seat of learning in Europe, was reduced to rubble. The destruction caused by the earthquake was beyond description. Lisbon's great cathedrals collapsed, killing thousands. Lisbon's whole quay disappeared into the river, burying with it hundreds of people who had sought refuge… Carmo and Lisbon’s earthquake
  5. 5. The Rossio Square, is one of the most beautiful places to see in Lisbon. The square, which is located in downtown Lisbon, has been a witness to various historical events in the city, from popular celebrations and revolutions to executions and bullfights. Today, Praca do Rossio is a popular destination both for locals and tourists. It is Lisbon’s main square, so it’s impossible to miss it when in the city. Although the square has been renovated a number of times already, it still managed to retain its mysticism. Every day, people from different places flock the square just to relax, hang out, and just take in the atmosphere. It’s a popular destination among tourists who have checked in nearby hotels and also close to some of the city’s famous cafes and shops that include Cafe Nicola and Pastelaria Suiça. lunch in Rossio with King Sebastian
  6. 6. To the right of the National Theater, east of Rossio, is the Church of São Domingos, that is either blessed or cursed, having survived fires and earthquakes. Prior to the Great Earthquake of 1755 this was where the São Domingos Convent stood, from which the Inquisition read out its sentences. In 1950 it was partially destroyed by a fire and has since undergone restoration, but there are still clear signs of the fire (the permeating smell and the scorched pillars). Jesuit missionary Gabriel Malagrida was famously executed at the church in 1761 after being accused of treason. A popular hole-in-the-wall bar almost immediately in front of the church for a glass of ginginha (a local syrupy cherry brandy liqueur) is a must that you wont forget! São Domingos Church & the Holy Inquisition
  7. 7. Alfama is Lisbon's most emblematic quarter and one of the most rewarding for walkers and photographers thanks to its medieval alleys and outstanding views. The Moorish Quarter was settled by the Romans and Visigoths (it was also an important Jewish quarter in the 15th century), but it was the Moors who gave the district its atmosphere and name (alhama means springs or bath, a reference to the hot springs found in the area). They were also responsible for its web of streets created as a defense system, while at the same time enabling their homes to remain cool in the summer. It is a village within a city still made up of narrow streets, tiny squares, churches, and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers, drying laundry, and caged birds. The Moorish Quarter
  8. 8. The Castle of St George is an archaeological cluster, a palate of cultural diversity reflecting centuries of change and adaptations. In short, it’s a symbol of Lisbon that can be seen from every point in the city and marks the first recorded human occupation of the city. According to legend, the Castle of St George in Lisbon was where Portuguese knight Martim Moniz sacrificed his life trying to stop the doors from closing with his own body, thus enabling Christians to enter the Moorish-held castle. Perched on Lisbon’s highest hill in the city’s historic centre, the castle’s privileged position gives you infinite views over the city and the River Tagus. The panoramic view can be seen within a short distance from the main entrance. The Medieval Castle
  9. 9. The Belém Quarter was built in Lisbon in honour of the great Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal’s discovery expeditions into the New World during the country’s heyday in the 15th century. Indeed, it was from Belem that Vasco da Gama embarked on his voyage from Portugal to India in 1497, and it was here too that Christopher Columbus anchored on his way back to Spain following his historic discovery of the Americas. Henry the Navigator is flanked by King Afonso V, who supported the colonisation of Africa, alongside Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil, and Ferdinand Magellan, the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. In their wake come a series of explorers, writers, missionaries, a mathematician, a map maker and other key figures from the epoch. Notably the only female to be depicted is Queen Felipa of Lancaster, Henry the Navigator’s mother, who is credited with being the brain of the discoveries. Discovering a New World
  10. 10. LISBONeight well-kept secrets – Tel. +351210156821 –