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With a history going back almost 20 centuries, Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and has been so since the country gained it's independence from the Moors in 1147. The climate in Lisbon is exceptional, with warm weather throughout the winter months and a seas breeze keeping it cool in the summer, an ideal city to visit throughout the year.

 

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The city of Lisbon is divided into several quarters, the oldest of thee being The Alfama, due to the fact it sustained very little damage during the earthquake of 1755. There are a whole host of excellent sites and attractions to be found within Lisbon including the impressive St George's Castle. Modern Lisbon offers both a taste of medieval Portugal and a truly cosmopolitan urban experience, a mixture of history, entertainment and world class shopping.

Walking around Lisbon's many neighborhoods is one of the best ways to experience the charm and character of this exciting city. The Alfama is Lisbon's oldest district and is full of narrow, sloping streets, traditional houses, small squares, picturesque cathedrals, outdoor cafés, and fado houses. Nothing quite captures the spirit of Lisbon like the Alfama district. Other neighborhoods worth exploring include Downtown (Baixa) and Chiado, Lisbon's elegant shopping district.

Lisbon has a vibrant cultural identity. Museums and art galleries abound, but its musical traditions are perhaps what make Lisbon so special. An evening of fado music is a quintessential Lisbon experience. Fado is a classic Portuguese musical genre that began around the 1820s. Fado is a melancholy style of music featuring a singer and a guitar player and often revolves around themes of poverty and life at sea. There are several fado houses scattered throughout Lisbon where visitors can experience this unique Portuguese tradition.

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