Discover Lisbon (restricted number of participants)
2 Day-Trip (3 nights /middle-class hotel), inclusive flight, Tourguide (German, English), exclusive entrance fees, fares and special exursions- from EUR 900
Please follow me virtually on our 2 day Lisbon trip. Images and descripitions in order of the trip
Praça dos Restauradores / Trainstation Rossio / Orion Eden Theater
The Praça dos Restauradores (Restorer’s Square) is located on the south end of Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue), right beside the Rossio railway station (also an architectural masterpiece –image 3). The station is on the D Pedro square with its special portuguese pavestone arts – worth to be seen. Here you will also find the recently renovated Orion Eden, once a theatre and today a hotel that has kept the original façade.
Easily recognisable because of its Obelisk and the sculpture that commemorates the 1640 restoration of Portugal’s Independence from Spain, this square has much to see.
Close nearby you can find the Elevador da Santa Justa (Santa Justa Funicular) that will take you to the charming area of Bairro Alto.
Elevador de Santa Justa
The Santa Justa Elevator is a remarkable arcitectonic piece designed by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel. It connects the Baixa (downtown) and Bairro Alto (high neighbourhood).
Opened in 1902, it was steam powered, in 1907 it became electrical and is the only vertical elevator in Lisbon in public service. Made entirely of cast iron, and embellished with filigree, the lifts within the tower go up to 45 metres and carry 25 persons in each cabin of which there are two. With his romantic neogothic design, this elevator is nostalgic and on his end we will be in a coffe shop with magificient view over Lisbon central and the river Tejo.
August Road and Commerce square
Rua Augusta (Augusta Street) is one of the busiest parts of Lisbon. Closed to traffic, it has all sorts of shops and Artists give her a special note. The street has two squares on both ends, Rossio and Commerce Square. All the streets around have names of artworkers of ancient times like Rua dos sapateiros, (Shoemaker road) rua da Prata (Silver Road )
Commercial Square also titled as palace square (Terreiro do Paco). It was the main maritime entrance to Lisbon. On his north side there is an impressive 19 th century triumphal arch that leads to rua Augusta. The arch is decorated with statues of historical personalities like Vasco da Gama (Sailor) and Marques do Pombal (reconstruction Lisbon after erathquake 1755).
At the centre of the Commerce Square there is the equestrian statue of King José I, King of Portugal during the earthquake in 1755
Monastery de Jeronimos
The Jeronimos Monastery is a jewel of Manueline stile. It combines architectural elements from Gothic and Renaissance periods which makes it – together with its royal symbology – unique. The monastery was built on sandbanks of the river and the earthquake had little effect on his structures. In 1907 it became national monument and than was certified by UNESCO
Monumento dos Descobrimentos / Torre de Belém
It remembres of maritime expansion and is showing Henry the Navigator as well as many relevant heroes of portuguese history (Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral (discovered Brasil) , Fernando Magalhaes (crossed Pacific in 1520 ) and Camoes (Poet).
It impresses visitor with his 50m hight, the central map on it shows the routes of the discoverers in 15th and 16th century.
Belem Tower was built in the age of descoveries in honour of the saint of the city Saint Vincent. The tower is replete with Manueline decoration . In ancient times it was a defender of the entrance of the Tagus River and served as a prison. In 1983 it was declared wold heritage site by UNESCO.
Tramway Nr 28 – Castel of St. Jorge / Alfama and Fado
Tramway Nr 28 – built 1930
Another highlight of Lisbons visit is a ride on Tram number 28. It takes us to beautiful sights above the city and to Castel of St.Jorge. In other places it would be in a museum but in Lisbon
Fado and Lisbon
Fado is certainly the purest expression of Lisboa’s “soul”. It is really much more
than just a song, Fado is a melodic manifestation of feeling Portuguese and the city’s way of life, played on a guitar with solemn and melancholy chords – unforgettable expericence – get it !
Castel of St Jorge
Castel St Jorge was built in the 11th century during Moorish period and transformed into a Royal Palace in 14th century. Visitor can climb towers and walk around the garden and enjoy extraodinary views. The buildings are now housing a permanent exibition and the restaurant Leo displays architectural features of the former royal residence.
2. Day in Lisbon Orient Train Station, Parc of Nations
We visit the new part of the city : Orient Train Station, Nations Parc