Lisbon

About Lisbon


WHY TO CHOOSE LISBON?

There are so many reasons for you to choose Lisbon as your dental tourism destination. Here are some of them:

  • Portugal follows European Community Health Standards! As a country of European Community, Portugal has updated her health standards according to European Community Health Standards.

  • Same dental treatment for 75% less including the travelling costs! In Portugal it is possible to get the same quality services as in Europe for much less. Our dental education is aligned with universities in USA. Lisboa is one of the hotspots in dental tourism. Get the same dental treatment with the same medical standards for 75% less; plus have a great vacation in Lisbon with our special rates.

  • Max 4 Hours from any European Destination! It takes at most 4 hours flight trip to get to Lisbon! 



LISBON

Lisbon (in Portuguese, “Lisboa”) is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is the seat of the district of Lisbon.
Lisbon is situated at 38 degrees, 43 minutes North, and 9 degrees, 8 minutes West, making it the westernmost capital in Europe. It is located in the West of the country, on the Atlantic coast at the point where the Tejo river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The city occupies an area of 84.6 km2. It is important to say that, unlike most major cities, the city boundaries are narrowly defined around the historical city perimeter. This gave rise to the existence of several administratively defined cities around Lisbon, such as Loures, Amadora and Oeiras, which in fact are part of the metropolitan perimeter of Lisbon.
Lisbon ́s historical center is built on seven hills. The western side of the city is mainly occupied by the Monsanto Natural Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world.
As the archeological ruins recently found in the area demonstrate, Lisbon’s history dates back to 300 000 years ago, however it emerged as a nation state in the early 12th century, and ranks as one of the world's longest founded cities. As the legend tells, it is a city founded and named by Ulysses as Ulissipo or Olissopo, which has its origins in the Phoenician words "Allis Ubbo", meaning "enchanting port". It is from there, according to legend, that Lisbon got its name.

CITY FACTS

Population: 535 740 people live in Lisbon. This figure reaches to 1 835 380 million when the surrounding neighborhoods are included
Area: 1000 square meter
Telephone Area Code: 21
Time Zone: GMT/UTC 0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Religion: Mainly Catholicism. Other religions are also freely practiced Language: Portuguese
Currency: € Euro 

HISTORICAL SIGHTS

Lisbon is also at the center of a region rich in diversity.
One of the few European capitals with both a river and a coastline, Lisbon has “Praça do Comércio” square as its main meeting area. The city has always been ready to welcome new visitors and to bid a fond farewell to those departing, something that was never more true than when saying goodbye to sailors at the time of the great Portuguese maritime discoveries.
This is why there are many important Manueline monuments shining in the light of Lisbon and its surrounding region, such as the “Torre de Belém” and the “Mosteiro dos Jerónimos”.
The modern leisure area of the “Parque das Nações” proves that Lisbon still maintains its close links with the river today. Here, for example, you will find the distinctive mark of Álvaro Siza Vieira on one of the buildings that hosted the last world exposition of the 20th century, dedicated to the theme of the oceans.
In contrast to this, do not miss the picturesque mediaeval quarters of “Alfama” and “Mouraria”, above which stands the castle. This castle, matched by “Bairro Alto” on the other hill, leads down to the downtown city center known as the “Baixa Pombalina”.

SÃO JORGE CASTLE

Built by the Visigoths in the 5th century and enlarged by the Moors in the 9th century, the Castle demonstrates the early history of the city, while offering to its visitors a spectacular panoramic view of Lisbon and Tejo river. The Castle also hosts a multimedia exhibition of Lisbon’s history. The visitors shouldn’t miss out the Ogival House, from where the 17th century door that made the connection to the jails once located in the Castle, can be seen.

BELEM TOWER

Built in Manueline style during the Age of Discoveries in 1520, the Tower served to defend the Tejo river bank. Once a symbol of King João II’s power, as the new centuries passed, the Tower had been given different functions such as a customs control point, a lighthouse and even a political prison. UNESCO classified it as a World Heritage Site in 1983.

JERONIMOS MONASTERY

Built in a fascinating combination of late-baroque and the Renaissance styles in the 16th century, the Monastery celebrates the country’s Age of Discovery. The interiors present a unique masterpieces of Manueline decoration along with the symbolic tombs of worldwide famous poet Luís de Camões and the navigator Vasco de Gama. The Monastery was classified as “Cultural Heritage of All Humanity” by UNESCO in 1984.

VASCO DA GAMA TOWER

Located in the Parque das Nações, on the Tejo river bank, the Tower provides a great view of the eastern riverside area.

DISCOVERIES MONUMENT

Built on the bank of Tejo river in 1960 to honor the 500th anniversary of the death of Infante D.Henrique. Designed in the shape of a caravel, on which Infante D. Henrique, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral - discoverer of Brazil – Fernão Magalhães - who crossed the Pacific in 1520, the writer Luís de Camões and many relevant heroes of Portuguese history are shown, the monument offers a fabulous view from the top. It also owns a multimedia itinerary through the history of Lisbon, as well as hosts temporary exhibitions and concerts.

OCEANARIUM

Europe's biggest oceanarium is a magnificent project, which had been directed by American architect Peter Chermayeff. It offers live displays, environmental sounds capes and interactive media for its visitors.

LISBON ON TOUR

Lisbon is a diversified city that offers a wonderful trip to the different periods of history. A small walk in the city would demonstrate that. Try our tourism programs while you are treated and enjoy Lisbon! Contact us to get more information!

LISBON BY DAY

Lisbon has short winters and hot summers. Plenty of sunshine, the marvelous beaches can be enjoyed from April to October, whereas the coolest season is between December and March.
Lisbon offers several nearby beaches. Are you looking for a quiet cove? Somewhere to practice windsurfing or kite boarding? Or just want to relax under the sun? Our beaches are warm and clean, and fly the European Union Blue Flag for excellence.
The beaches are never empty. Even in the winter time, it is possible to have a stroll or merely gazing on the beach. 

LISBON BY NIGHT

Undoubtedly, this is something that you cannot miss: Lisbon's nightlife is generally considered to be amongst the best in Europe - the night in Lisbon starts at sunset and goes on till dawn. People in Lisbon love going out, and the city has different areas with various styles of restaurants and bars where you can go to. Lisbon's bars, theatres and discos add spice to life in the city after dark. At night, the city's old quarters come alive with the sound of Fado singing and guitar-playing, the musical expression of the soul of Lisbon's inhabitants. The Fado Houses, where you can savor the excellent local cooking and listen to the emotional music of Lisbon, are unique. And yet, down the hill at the open air cafés, bars and discos reflect their lights in the calm waters of the Tejo river. Usually, a night out lasts until the next morning, given that most bars don't close until 2am and discos are open until 6am or even later. The options and offers for a night out vary according to the individual's taste, but quality and fun are always guaranteed.





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