Lisbon's history has been marked by Phoenicians, Carthaginians,
Romans, Visigoths, Moors and tragedy. The Great Earthquake of 1755
was felt as far away as Scotland, and devastated the city.
Fortunately it was rebuilt with flair, centred on wide boulevards
and numerous squares with fountains.
Lisbon is set in a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by hills,
and the harmonious blend of old and new has made it one of the most
attractive cities in the world. Cable cars and traditional
lift-towers link the upper and lower parts of the city. From
vantage points such as the Castelo de São Jorge, perched on one of
the hilltops, there are spectacular views over the tiled rooftops
and the river Tagus.
Walking the famous black-and-white mosaic pavements or catching
a tram are the best ways to see the many treasures of Lisbon, from
its churches and museums to the narrow backstreets of the Alfama -
Lisbon's oldest district - and the great Praça do Comércio, the
Fuel your city-break sightseeing at Lisbon's fantastic seafood
restaurants, before enjoying the nightlife of this rejuvenated and