Lisbon is a huge open-air walking museum of history, culture, modern buildings, great monuments, beautiful harbor and exquisite food. It’s busy even in the shoulder seasons for good reason: prices are affordable. Renting a car is the only way to go to see the grand vistas, roadside flowers, the mountain snow, high altitude stone houses, historic ports, endless cafes, ancient castles, great universities and the unique castles in the town of Sintra. Lisbon has a population of about 552,000 and is one of the major economic areas on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast.

 

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Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio
Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio
Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio
Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio
Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio statue of King Dom Jose I (6 June
Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio statue of King Dom Jose I (6 June 1714 ???????? 24 February 1777)
Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio statue of King Dom Jose I and St
Portugal, Lisbon: Plaza Commercio statue of King Dom Jose I and St George Castle that dates from the 6th century
Portugal, Lisbon: Richard with bronze Fado dancer
Portugal, Lisbon: Richard with bronze Fado dancer
Portugal, Lisbon: decorative plaza
Portugal, Lisbon: decorative plaza
Portugal, Lisbon: tiled facade
Portugal, Lisbon: tiled facade
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building guard
Portugal, Lisbon: parliament building guard
Portugal, Lisbon: small leafy park
Portugal, Lisbon: small leafy park
Portugal, Lisbon: small leafy park
Portugal, Lisbon: small leafy park
Portugal, Lisbon: narrow residential street
Portugal, Lisbon: narrow residential street
Portugal, Lisbon: styles of tiles
Portugal, Lisbon: styles of tiles
Portugal, Lisbon: decorated building
Portugal, Lisbon: decorated building
Portugal, Lisbon: trolley going uphill
Portugal, Lisbon: trolley going uphill
Portugal, Lisbon: elaborate door detail
Portugal, Lisbon: elaborate door detail
Portugal, Lisbon: fruit cake
Portugal, Lisbon: fruit cake
Portugal, Lisbon: bakery goods
Portugal, Lisbon: bakery goods
Portugal, Lisbon: coffee kiosk
Portugal, Lisbon: coffee kiosk
Portugal, Lisbon: decorative nautical design
Portugal, Lisbon: decorative nautical design
Portugal, Lisbon: cafe life
Portugal, Lisbon: cafe life
Portugal, Lisbon: kids, cell phones and jeans
Portugal, Lisbon: kids, cell phones and jeans
Portugal, Lisbon: busy plaza under our hotel window
Portugal, Lisbon: busy plaza under our hotel window
Portugal, Lisbon: architectural detail on a commercial building
Portugal, Lisbon: architectural detail on a commercial building
Portugal, Lisbon: Fado musicians statue
Portugal, Lisbon: Fado musicians statue
Portugal, Lisbon: decorative stair risers with geological details
Portugal, Lisbon: decorative stair risers with geological details
Portugal, Lisbon: St George Castle
Portugal, Lisbon: St George Castle
Portugal, Lisbon: railing shadow
Portugal, Lisbon: railing shadow
Portugal, Lisbon: corner detail
Portugal, Lisbon: corner detail
Portugal, Lisbon: colorful rainbow wall
Portugal, Lisbon: colorful rainbow wall
Portugal, Lisbon: post card display
Portugal, Lisbon: post card display
Portugal, Lisbon: neoclassic walkway
Portugal, Lisbon: neoclassic walkway
Portugal, Lisbon: modern version of tuk-tuks
Portugal, Lisbon: modern version of tuk-tuks
Portugal, Lisbon: modern trolley
Portugal, Lisbon: modern trolley
Portugal, Lisbon: old style trolley
Portugal, Lisbon: old style trolley
Portugal, Lisbon: graffiti-covered trolley on narrow street
Portugal, Lisbon: graffiti-covered trolley on narrow street
Portugal, Lisbon: advertising graffiti
Portugal, Lisbon: advertising graffiti
Portugal, Lisbon: nautical theme street light
Portugal, Lisbon: nautical theme street light
Portugal, Lisbon: national theatre
Portugal, Lisbon: national theatre
Portugal, Lisbon: shadows and mosaic tiles
Portugal, Lisbon: shadows and mosaic tiles
Portugal, Lisbon: military facility
Portugal, Lisbon: military facility
Portugal, Lisbon: modern office building
Portugal, Lisbon: modern office building
Portugal, Lisbon: ancient aquaduct
Portugal, Lisbon: ancient aquaduct
Portugal, Lisbon: statue of Columbus
Portugal, Lisbon: statue of Columbus
Portugal, Lisbon: cathedral
Portugal, Lisbon: cathedral
Portugal, Lisbon: Jeronimos Monastery The monastery is one of the most
Portugal, Lisbon: Jeronimos Monastery The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Bel????m, in 1983.
Portugal, Lisbon: Jeronimos Monastery The monastery is one of the most
Portugal, Lisbon: Jeronimos Monastery The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Bel????m, in 1983.
Portugal, Lisbon: harbor
Portugal, Lisbon: harbor
Portugal, Lisbon: Monument to the Discoveries was originally  built for
Portugal, Lisbon: Monument to the Discoveries was originally built for the 1940 World Exhibition. It celebrated the achievements of explorers during the Age of Discoveries and the creation of Portugal's empire.
Portugal, Lisbon: The monument was was built in 1960 on
Portugal, Lisbon: The monument was was built in 1960 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Henry the Navigator's death. Henry the Navigator was a driving force behind the overseas exploration and he financed many of the expeditions.
Portugal, Lisbon: harbor and city view
Portugal, Lisbon: harbor and city view
Portugal, Lisbon: view toward harbor and Belem Tower;
Portugal, Lisbon: view toward harbor and Belem Tower;
Portugal, Lisbon: view toward harbor and Belem Tower; Built in 1515
Portugal, Lisbon: view toward harbor and Belem Tower; Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland.
Portugal, Lisbon: Belem Tower; Built in 1515 as a fortress to
Portugal, Lisbon: Belem Tower; Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland.
Portugal, Lisbon: interior of San Jeronimo monastery church
Portugal, Lisbon: interior of San Jeronimo monastery church
Portugal, Lisbon: ceiling of San Jeronimo monastery church
Portugal, Lisbon: ceiling of San Jeronimo monastery church
Portugal, Lisbon: entrance to Presidential Palace
Portugal, Lisbon: entrance to Presidential Palace
Portugal, Lisbon: popular bakery shop; The F????brica de Past????is de Bel????m
Portugal, Lisbon: popular bakery shop; The F????brica de Past????is de Bel????m opened in 1837. The descendants own the business to this day. Locals and visitors to Lisbon visit the bakery to purchase fresh from the oven past????ls (cream cups), sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Their popularity normally results in long lines at the take-away counters, in addition to waiting lines for sit-down service.
Portugal, Lisbon: Past????ls de nata are baked cream cups
Portugal, Lisbon: Past????ls de nata are baked cream cups
Portugal, Lisbon: Richard and Michael in front of  Saint Jeronimo
Portugal, Lisbon: Richard and Michael in front of Saint Jeronimo Monastery
Portugal, Lisbon: baroque entryway to Saint Jeronimo Monastery
Portugal, Lisbon: baroque entryway to Saint Jeronimo Monastery
Portugal, Lisbon: typical European smoking
Portugal, Lisbon: typical European smoking
Portugal, Lisbon: statue of Duke de Terceira, 1877
Portugal, Lisbon: statue of Duke de Terceira, 1877
Portugal, Lisbon: unloading restaurant goods
Portugal, Lisbon: unloading restaurant goods
Portugal, Lisbon: colorful wall decor
Portugal, Lisbon: colorful wall decor
Portugal, Lisbon: fountain in Plaza Dom Pedro IV - Rossio
Portugal, Lisbon: fountain in Plaza Dom Pedro IV - Rossio
Portugal, Lisbon: students
Portugal, Lisbon: students
Portugal, Lisbon: antique car kiosk selling cookies
Portugal, Lisbon: antique car kiosk selling cookies
Portugal, Lisbon: the elevador de Santa Justa is 47 metres
Portugal, Lisbon: the elevador de Santa Justa is 47 metres (145ft); Lisbon's only remaining vertical elevator
Portugal, Lisbon: fountain and monument in Plaza Dom Pedro IV -
Portugal, Lisbon: fountain and monument in Plaza Dom Pedro IV - Rossio
Portugal, Lisbon: candied beans
Portugal, Lisbon: candied beans
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT center in central city
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT center in central city
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT center in central city
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT center in central city
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT activist and former MP Miguel Vale de
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT activist and former MP Miguel Vale de Almeida, among others, were driving forces behind the successful approval of gay marriage by parliament on 8 January 2010
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT activist Paulo C????rte-Real,  among others, were driving
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT activist Paulo C????rte-Real, among others, were driving forces behind the successful approval of gay marriage by parliament on 8 January 2010
Portugal, Lisbon: poster for a gay club party
Portugal, Lisbon: poster for a gay club party
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT Center poster with varieties of family structures
Portugal, Lisbon: LGBT Center poster with varieties of family structures
Portugal, Lisbon: rainbow colored sneakers
Portugal, Lisbon: rainbow colored sneakers