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Colors of Lisbon - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Lisbon City Hall and pillory Local people are rather hot tempered and thus their behavior may seem rather strange to foreign visitors. Peculiar to city folks deliberateness in everything is often approached by visitors as inattention and negligence. In fact, such behavior does not imply any negative, simply the residents of Lisbon just got used to doing everything in deliberate pace. It may well be that in one of local restaurants you will have to wait for your order longer than usually it takes and your business partners will hold off on some decisions.
Local cuisine will not leave untouched any sophisticated gourmet. Restaurants of Lisbon will treat the visitors with a variety of exotic dishes. The heart of the traditional cuisine is the … Open
«Siesta» is a distinctive feature of local course of life, simply all the establishments and public offices close at noon for a long lasting lunchtime. In the late afternoon when the heat tends to cease, many of the establishments turn to work. The city folks tend to certain inactivity and to being pretentious, and they preserve aloofness to active leisure and far trips. Even during vacations the locals give preference to staying at home and only few can set to visit their relatives.
These peculiar features are extremely noticeable for city guests as peace and tranquility is reigning in the streets of Lisbon. Another exuberant character feature is the special pride in history and culture. Local people consider their nation to be unique and this conviction turns them intolerant to any comparisons of their customs and course of life to any other nations’ culture. Instead the foreigners taking interest to the history and traditions are immediately turned into welcome companion. Copyright
Lisbon presents a great variety of sights of tourist interest among which one will find as ancient so architectonic constructions of modern art, picturesque squares and parks, established … Open
it is a great privilege for any of the city residents to tell the history of this or that sight or just explain to the foreigner any complicated case or tradition. Talking to new acquaintances local people show tact and politeness, they are very hospitable and are always eager to help foreign guests. It should be noted that the politeness is characteristic to the people of all social classes and statuses. This is an ethnical character feature being an inborn trait of all local people.
Parliament - Lisbon Despite the fact that residents of Lisbon may seem at first sight rather conservative, close-minded and passive, they are still people of good humor and know the ways to rejoicing. The real proof of that fact is bright national holidays and festivals which are always accompanied with folk celebrations and engaging events. The city residents take extreme care of their look and outfit. It is considered to be bad style to make a slatternly public appearance.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Lisbon
♥   Sé Patriarcal de Santa Maria Maior, Lisboa, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuário Nacional de Cristo Rei, Almada, 5.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Igreja da Memória, Ajuda, 6.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisboa, 6.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, Funchal, 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de Santa Maria da Graça, Setúbal, 30.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Santarém, 69.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Lisbon
♥   Castle 'Castle of São Jorge' , 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Penas' , 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of the Moors' , 23.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Óbidos' , 71.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Lisbon and around

House Garden in Lisbon

From the series “Unique Living Houses”
It should be noted that the selection of plants and their distribution along the facade was very careful. You can feel the scents of many different plants in the house. So, there is a soothing scent of lavender in a bedroom, and unique flavor of saffron in a kitchen. On the ground floor, there is a cozy living room, where aroma of rosemary dominates. The amazing house is located in the center of a densely populated city. It has long being an attractive sight for locals and tourists. … Read further

Ponte Vasco da Gama

From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
Despite the fine construction, the bridge is very solid and can withstand the wind blows up to 250 kilometers per hour. Given the incredible extent of the bridge and the complexity of its construction, it is hard to imagine that it was built in just one and a half years. 3 300 workers were employed in bridge construction. … Read further


From the series “Fabulous Nooks of the World with Striking Colorful Shades”
Portugal also has an amazing location that strikes with its fabulous atmosphere. That’s the old town of Sintra. Today, its colorful ambience is known all over the world. The ancient town was able to preserve the pristine architecture. There, you can see numerous majestic palaces, castles, and monasteries surrounded by centuries-old forests. The place features a very soothing and romantic atmosphere. The port city was founded in 1154 on the site of the fortress of the same name. Now, the whole territory of the town and its immediate surroundings are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Lisbon

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