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    The Lisbon region featuring its sports and cultural diversity is an ideal holiday spot for va-

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

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

    Found at the mouth of the Tagus River ("Rio Tejo") and presumably founded with the

    Phoenicians around 1200 B.C. like a trading post, Lisbon fascinates the customer having its rich

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

    history it’s witnessed many invaders such as 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 for the city, thereby making Lisbon a fantastic and

    unique combination of essentially the most different cultural and architectural influences with Romanesque,

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

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

    cally important as starting point to the Portuguese exploration of 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 a disastrous earthquake in 1755 and completely

    rebuilt in contemporary architectural style afterwards, many historical monuments have

    remained untouched from this nature catastrophe and they are evidence of the cultural and historical

    diversity of this seaport. Among these historical sites appealing you discover 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") built-in the 12th and 13th century

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

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

    Monastery ("Mosteiro dos Jeronimos") having 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 start of the 19th century Lisbon was invaded and pillaged with the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1910 the 1st Portuguese Republic was declared. In 1998 Lisbon hosted the World Exhibition Expo ?98.

    Lovers of art will enjoy the various museums in Lisbon for example the "Museo do Azulejo" (Museum

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

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

    ciate the rich cultural agenda on the "Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos". Tourists will even love

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

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

    in the Alfama, Lisbon?s oldest quarter.

    People transport system in Lisbon is very well-developed and allows fast and simple acces

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

    Sintra and also the Estoril Coast are located in the Ribatejo region north of the Tagus estuary

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

    Tagus")). The Estoril Coast with its beaches and holiday resorts supplies a large number of

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

    for beach holidays. The high density of golf courses in the Estoril Coast also helps it be a pa-

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

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

    because 19th century Pena National Palace (Palacio Nacional de Pena), the 9th and 10th century

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

    (Palacio Nacional de Sintra) and the Sintra-Cascais Park will always be worth visiting.

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

    The Setubal peninsula (also known as "Costa Azul" ("Blue Coast")) is found in the Alentejo region

    south with the Tagus estuary (and so the name "Alentejo" which suggests "alem do Tejo" ("beyond

    the Tagus")). It’s famous for the Arrabida Park. The customers will likely be impressed using its

    unique Mediterranean vegetation untouched by touristic development and also the unspoilt

    wildlife and may anticipate seeing storks, flamingos and dolphins, flamingos. Dolphin watching

    is often a major tourist attraction. The type protection area invites the traveller to numerous leisure

    time activities like river cruises, walking, cycling, riding horses, hot air ballooning,

    diving and golf.

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