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This region of Lisbon, which hosted the world exhibition EXPO'98, attracts its visitors with modern 21st century architecture. There is a promenade along the river and the Vasco da Gama shopping mall, one of the biggest in Europe Oceanarium, the Knowledge Pavilion, modern casino, water gardens, a viewing tower, cable car, and number of bars and restaurants overlooking one of the world's longest bridge Vasco da Gama Bridge. The gardens are another great attraction from EXPO'98, where many people crowd at weekends, not just to shop or go to cinema but rather to relax and do sports.


Baixa can be literally translated as 'downtown' and is situated in the valley between two main hills of the city. This area is central business and shopping district of Lisbon, full of elegant squares (Rossio, Figueira, Restauradores), pedestrianised streets (Rua Augusta), cafeterias, restaurants, and colonial shops. Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square) and often called 'Black Horse Square', is one of the most majestic squares of Lisbon and was once the main maritime entrance to Lisbon.


In terms of places to visit and sights to see, this elegant western part of the city probably holds the record. Situated alongside the Tagus river, just before the point where river flows into Atlantic Ocean, in the 16th century, Belém was the gate which caravels sailed on their voyage of discovery of a New World. Belém quarter hosts several historical monuments of the top importance like Hieronymite Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Tower of Belém, the Belém Cultural Centre, the President Palace and Museum of Carriages.

Costa da Caparica

Costa da Caparica offers the longest sandy beaches around Lisbon stretching south for approximately 30 kilometers, but is not all about vast and lovely beaches but also about restaurants, cafeterias and lively nights in the summer. Most bars are open until very late. Although this beach area is very popular, it never becomes too crowded, as there is plenty of sand, especially if you move more to south from the city of Costa da Caparica.

25 April Bridge

This bridge, constructed in 1966, was the first one (now there is also Vasco da Gama bridge), which connects Lisbon with southern bank of the Tagus river. Initially, the bridge was named Salazar Bridge, but after Carnation Revolution in 1974, the bridge was renamed the 25th of April Bridge. The bridge can be seen from various places in Lisbon and vicinity, it looks creepy, when covered with dense fog.


If you are lucky, you can learn how fishermen are catching hundreds of fishes each day. This is really a hard and exhausting job, and it requires good cooperation between them. Costa da Caparica also holds a fish and fruits market where fishermen's wives and farmers sell their products. You can also visit one of local fish restaurants where you can taste fresh and unusual dishes and specialities from this region.

Tram 28

When you come to Lisbon, for sure you will notice, ancient looking, yellow carriages trams. The most famous of these is the Number 28, which follows a perfect route for sightseeing through Baixa, Alfama and Chiado. If you don't want to pay for a ride you can try to hang on the step, as the locals do.
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