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Lisbon is the largest city and the capital of Portugal.  It is also the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest in the world.  Lisbon enjoys some of the warmest winters in Europe which makes it a pleasant tourist destination for at least most of the year.  With approximately six months of warm summer weather, superb attractions and cheap bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels in Lisbon, what's not to like?  This city is the perfect blend of old and new with new things to see and do around every corner.

Distinct districts in Lisbon

The city is made up of a number of clearly marked districts.  Each of which is defined by clear boundaries and each has their very own list of attractions and sights.  The most notable feature in Alcântara has got to be the aqueduct.  It offers some of the best river views and, along with its central location, this has led to it becoming a popular residential area.

The oldest district is called Alfama and is home to the Castle of São Jorge and is known for its narrow streets, small squares and abundance of pubs, bars, restaurants and shops.

If you are looking for some of the best local nightlife, then the Bairro Alto is calling your name.  Some of the best clubs are found in this area and visiting here at night will allow you to get a feel for the cultural diversity of Lisbon.

Many famous Portuguese explorers, including Vasco da Gama, set sail from Belém.  One of the most famous features of this district is the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower).  The view from above is quite something and one of the main sights from the tower is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

A trip to Chiado Square in the Chiado district has got to be on your list of things to do in Lisbon.  The main feature of the square is the statue of the poet, António Ribeiro.  Visitors can enjoy anything from a cup of coffee and shopping to a trip to the theatre or opera all in this one district.

The 18th century Estrela Basilica is easily the most popular attraction in the Estrela district.  With its twin bell towers and intricate design, it's impossible to miss. 

If you want to see the more modern aspects of Lisbon, then make your way to the newest of all the city's districts, Parque das Nações.  There are numerous high rise buildings that show off some of the best in modern architecture, design and style. There are plenty of restaurants, gardens and it is also home to the Lisbon Oceanarium which is the second-largest in the world.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Before deciding where to stay in Lisbon, and choosing your bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation in Lisbon; it is important to identify all the main sights and activities that interest you.  Do note that the local public transport is very reliable and travellers often make use of trains, trams and bus services as opposed to taxis.  There are also plenty of walkways and pedestrian friendly areas throughout the city so making your way around on foot is both great exercise and a cheap form of getting around while enjoying all the sights along the way. 

Be sure to look out for sights like the famous Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta and the Cristo Rei Statue as you explore the city.  By identifying the sights and attractions that you most wish to see, you can book your hotel accommodation in Lisbon as close to most of them as possible to reduce your travel times.

Be sure to take note of the amazing variety in terms of architecture.  There are very few places in the world where you can find Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Modern and Postmodern influences all in one great city.