Lisbon city life
Lisbon has an enchanting beauty and a magic atmosphere that mesmerises anyone’s heart. You can see so many places that you can’t include even in a tourist guide book. Lisbon is divided into several districts and each one has a unique vibe and flavour:
- Alfama district, famous for fado, the typical Portuguese music style in restaurants and the streets as well.
- Bairro Alto, the centre of nightlife, with numerous bars and pubs.
- Belém - historical and cultural heritage sites
- Chiado district, with museums and theatres
- Estrela Basilica - the main attraction being Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium), the second largest in the world.
Other museums and beautiful places you can visit include:
- The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art)
- The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
- The Berardo Collection Museum (Modern Art)
- The National Museum of Natural History and Science
- The Museu do Teatro Romano (The Roman Theatre Museum)
- Ponte Vasco da Gama – the longest bridge in Europe and ninth longest in the world
Lisbon hosts many festivals and fairs, including the Arte Lisboa – Contemporary Art Fair, the Festival of the Oceans, the Lisbon Village Festival, the Lisbon Book Fair, and more.
You should not miss taking a ferry to Cacilhas, a good opportunity to see Lisbon from the water, or trips in the city with the funiculars, as there are three of them.
International atmosphere in Lisbon
As a European capital and a popular tourist attraction due to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, in Lisbon, tourists come all year round. Due to a high quality of life and low living costs, Lisbon is home to a large number of immigrants, particularly Ukrainians, Moldovans, Romanians and Bulgarians, as well as Brazilians and Venezuelans. Other minorities include British, German, French, and Dutch.
Lisbon is the political centre of Portugal, as the seat of Government and residence of the Head of State are located here, so many internationals and business people contribute to the multicultural atmosphere of this city.
Lisbon has warm winters and dry summers. During winter season that lasts from December to February, the average temperatures are 15 °C (59 °F) during the day and 8 °C (46 °F) at night. Typically, summer lasts six months, from May to October, with highest temperatures during the day ranging from 26 to 33 °C (79 to 91 °F).