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5 Things You Can Do in Lisbon – Are you ready to explore?

Vasco de Gama was right to travel around the world on an exploration mission. Here are 6 things you can do in Lisbon if you bring out your inner explorer.

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Torre de Belém

The fort Torre de Belem was constructed to guard the city of Lisbon from seafaring raiders and is an iconic landmark. Decorated with intricate details, the fort consisted of watch towers, shield shaped battlements and a stone carving of a Rhinoceros – known to be the first in Europe. You can find the fort located about 2.5km from the city of Lisbon. Things to do here are numerous, but a visit to Torre de Belem is compulsory. The fort has been listed a UNESCO World Heritage monument and is often used as the country's national symbol. This Manueline styled tower is a fun attraction in the city to explore, as there are a number of sculptures of historical figures such as that of St. Vincent that can be found inside the premises.

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Praça do Comercio

Before the 1755 earthquake that shook the city of Lisbon, Terreiro do Paço, stood tall and proud, until it perished and is now one of the largest squares in Europe. Now named as Praça do Comércio, it serves as the symbol of the city and has a variety of attractions in the area such as the Lisbon Story Centre, Pátio da Galé; Cais das Colunas and a beautiful sculpture of King José I and his horse Gentil. The square is bordered with vintage buildings of Pomballine styles, and on one side opens up to the beautiful Tejo River. With many historic attractions around the square, you'll also be able to find accommodation providers in the area such as AVANI Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel.

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Mercado da Ribeira

Mercado da Ribeira is the city's most popular food market. The ground floor of the market is a bustling market with mainly local fruits and vegetables for sale while the first floor has a variety of food stalls and dining establishments to try out! While you're there, don't forget to try the scrumptious custard tarts or simply kick back and sip on some fine local wine.

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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

A visit to a museum is always a MUST DO activity when you're a tourist. It's the best way to feel, look and get a good insight and understanding of the country you're in. Popular museums to visit in Lisbon are the Carmo Archeological Museum, Lisbon Story Center, National Museum of Ancient Art and the Gulbenkian Museum. The Gulbenkian Museum has a collection of Greek, Roman, Islamic, European, Egyptian and Asian art. Berardo Collection Museum displays a collection of eclectic artworks such digital art installations, photography, neo – realism, etc.

5

Aqueduto das Águas Livres

Built in 1799 by the order of the King, the Aqueduto das Águas Livres was designed to collect and transport water using gravity. It was marked as a National Monument in 1910 and stands as a remarkable structure of hydraulics engineering to the present day. The structure survived the 1755 earthquake. There are several sections that transport water from 60 different sources, with five galleries that supply the fountains of Lisbon city. The main section measures a length of 14 km, starting at Mãe de Água Velha in Belas, and ending at the Mãe de Água das Amoreiras reservoir.

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