Lisbon and its
surrounding area is the cultural heart of Portugal
Lisbon is a queen among Europe's
great cities. Lisboa (pronounced Leeshboa in Portuguese) and it's
nearby environs provide a wonderful 'playground' for the visitor;
beautiful beaches, grand monuments, fairy-tale palaces and castles,
history, culture, great restaurants,
it's all here.
The city is built (pretty much entirely
re-built after the devastating earthquake in 1775) on and around seven
low hills on the water's edge. The city center has wide, tree-lined,
mosaic-tiled avenues that are dotted with outdoor cafes. Then there is
the Alfama district with a maze of narrow streets that still maintain
the feel of its Moorish past.
Lisbon is a city of contrasts; modern
and metropolitan while at the same time maintaining a wonderful
ambience of an older, and simpler time.
The Pousadas that are nearby also offer
a contrasting mix of attractions. There are five from which to
click map locations to link
to individual Pousada page . . .
. . . or click through to the individual
Pousada pages below;
The nearest 'must-see' destination from
Lisbon is Sintra.
Sintra - lush and fanciful, with
spectacular views from its craggy, hilltop location. Sintra is home to
extravagant palaces and villas, and since Roman, and Moorish times has
attracted the nobility of Portugal. It served as the summer residence
of Portugal's kings for over 500 years.