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    The Lisbon region with its sports and cultural diversity is a perfect holiday place to go 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.

    Located at the mouth from the Tagus River ("Rio Tejo") and presumably founded through the

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

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

    history it’s witnessed many invaders for example 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 around the city, thereby making Lisbon a thrilling and

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

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

    "Portuguese Age of Discovery" between the 15th and 17th century Lisbon became strategi-

    cally crucial as starting place to the Portuguese investigation of Africa, India, the Far East

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

    ver the sea approach to India.

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

    rebuilt in contemporary architectural style afterwards, many historical monuments have

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

    diversity on this seaport. Of these historical sites appealing you see Lisbon Castle/

    Castle of Sao Jorge ("Castelo de Sao Jorge") built-in 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")

    featuring its Portuguese Late Gothic, Manueline and Renessaince Style as well as the Jeronimos

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

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

    UNESCO in 1983.

    At the outset of the 1800s Lisbon was invaded and pillaged through the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1910 the initial Portuguese Republic was declared. In 1998 Lisbon hosted the entire world Exhibition Expo ?98.

    Lovers of art will love the many museums in Lisbon like 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 with the "Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos". Tourists will also love

    the different cafes and restaurants and also the numerous shopping possibilities for example the Vasco

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

    from the Alfama, Lisbon?s oldest quarter.

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

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

    Sintra and the Estoril Coast can be obtained from the Ribatejo region north of the Tagus estuary

    (and so the name "Ribatejo" this means "riba do Tejo" ("on, or beyond, financial institutions from the

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

    amusement activities including tennis, wandering, swimming or sailing and is also your best option

    for beach holidays. The high density of courses on the Estoril Coast also can make it a pa-

    radise for golfers. Surfers will favour surfing hotspots such as Carcavelos and Ericeira.

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

    as the 1800s Pena National Palace (Palacio Nacional de Pena), the 9th and 10th century

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

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

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

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

    south of the Tagus estuary (and so the name "Alentejo" this means "alem do Tejo" ("beyond

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

    unique Mediterranean vegetation untouched by touristic development along with the unspoilt

    wildlife which enable it to count on seeing storks, flamingos and dolphins, flamingos. Dolphin watching

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

    time activities such as river cruises, walking, mountain biking, horse riding, hot air ballooning,

    diving and golf.

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