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    The Lisbon region using its sports and cultural diversity is a perfect holiday spot for va-

    cationers seeking variety. Whether it be concerts, theatre, museums, nightlife, history, gastronomy

    or outdoor leisure sports including golf and surfing – the Lisbon region leaves no wish unfulfilled.

    At the mouth with the Tagus River ("Rio Tejo") and presumably founded by the

    Phoenicians around 1200 B.C. as being a trading post, Lisbon fascinates visitors with its rich

    cultural and historical heritage and is also always worth a weekend city break. In their eventful

    history it’s witnessed many invaders like the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Alans,

    Vandals, Suebi, Visigoths and Moors. In 1147, the 400 years long moorish domination of

    Lisbon was ended when crusaders led by Alfonso I of Portugal reconquered Lisbon during

    the Christian Reconquista.

    All rulers left their cultural imprints on the city, thereby making Lisbon an exilerating and

    unique mixture of probably the most different cultural and architectural influences with Romanesque,

    Gothic, Manueline, Baroque and Traditional Portuguese architecture. During the so-called

    "Portuguese Ages of Discovery" involving the 15th and 17th century Lisbon became strategi-

    cally crucial as starting place for your Portuguese quest for Africa, India, the Far East

    and Brazil. The legendary Portuguese seafarer Vasco da Gama left Lisbon in 1497 to disco-

    ver the ocean path to India.

    Although Lisbon was largely destroyed by way of a disastrous earthquake in 1755 and fully

    rebuilt in contemporary architectural style afterwards, many historical monuments have

    remained untouched with this nature catastrophe and so are proof of the cultural and historical

    diversity of this seaport. Among these historical sites appealing you find Lisbon Castle/

    Castle of Sao Jorge ("Castelo de Sao Jorge") internal a citadel-like style and Lisbon Cathe-

    dral ("Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa" or "Se de Lisboa") integrated the 12th and 13th century

    in Late Romanesque style, only to mention a couple of. The Belem Tower ("Torre de Belem")

    having its Portuguese Late Gothic, Manueline and Renessaince Style and also the Jeronimos

    Monastery ("Mosteiro dos Jeronimos") featuring its Manueline, Plateresco, Renaissance and

    Gothic style were built in the 16th century and declared World Heritage Sites with the

    UNESCO in 1983.

    At the outset of the 19th century Lisbon was invaded and pillaged by the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1910 the initial Portuguese Republic was declared. In 1998 Lisbon hosted the World Exhibition Expo ?98.

    Lovers of art will relish the various museums in Lisbon including the "Museo do Azulejo" (Museum

    of Portuguese-style Tile Mosaics), the "Oceanario de Lisboa" (Lisbon Oceanarium) and the

    "Museo Nacional de Arte Antiga" (National Museum of Ancient Art). Opera lovers will appre-

    ciate the rich cultural agenda at the "Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos". Tourists will also love

    the many cafes and restaurants and the numerous shopping possibilities including the Vasco

    da Gama Shopping Mall and Amoreiras Shopping Mall. Don?t miss a fado music performance

    in the Alfama, Lisbon?s oldest quarter.

    The public transport system in Lisbon is extremely well-developed and allows simple and fast acces

    towards the surrounding Lisbon region with Sintra, the Estoril Coast and the Setubal peninsula.

    Sintra as well as the Estoril Coast can be obtained from the Ribatejo region north from the Tagus estuary

    (hence the name "Ribatejo" which suggests "riba do Tejo" ("on, or beyond, banking institutions in the

    Tagus")). The Estoril Coast having its beaches and holiday resorts comes with a large variety of

    free time activities like tennis, wandering, swimming or sailing and is your best option

    for beach holidays. The top density of golf courses on the Estoril Coast also makes it a pa-

    radise for people. Surfers will favour surfing hotspots like Carcavelos and Ericeira.

    Another daytrip destination an easy task to reach from Lisbon is Sintra. Its historic monuments such

    because the Nineteenth century Pena National Palace (Palacio Nacional de Pena), the 9th and 10th century

    Castle with the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) along with the 15th and 16th century Sintra National Palace

    (Palacio Nacional de Sintra) and also the Sintra-Cascais Park are always worth visiting.

    Sintra was declared your global Heritage Site with the UNESCO in 1995.

    The Setubal peninsula (also referred to as "Costa Azul" ("Blue Coast")) is situated in the Alentejo region

    south in the Tagus estuary (hence the name "Alentejo" which suggests "alem do Tejo" ("beyond

    the Tagus")). It really is famous for the Arrabida Park. The visitor will likely be impressed having its

    unique Mediterranean vegetation untouched by touristic development current unspoilt

    wildlife and may expect to see storks, flamingos and dolphins, flamingos. Dolphin watching

    is really a major tourist attraction. The character protection area invites the traveller to several leisure

    time activities for example river cruises, walking, mountain biking, riding horses, heat ballooning,

    diving and golf.

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    Lisbon tours check out our site.

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