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The Bairros of Lisbon, Portugal: Belém

Hundreds of years of history and culture have built up around the Portuguese waterfront that launched some of the world’s greatest explorers. Today, cornice to capstone, the elaborate architecture of Belém’s palaces and towers blends with contemporary museums and monuments; piers and marinas swept by the iconic yellow trams bustle no less than in the …

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Exploring Lisbon, Portugal: Nature in the City

Whether at the Jardim Zoológico, the Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa, or the Parque das Nações and its nearby Oceanário de Lisboa, a wide variety of plants and animals can be found thriving in Lisbon’s warm Mediterranean climate made mild by the Gulf  Stream. Anyone looking for respite from the busier parts of the …

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Exploring the Old Quarter of Portugal’s Sintra

The perfect weekend or day-trip destination from Lisbon for backpackers, café romantics, and families alike, Portugal’s Sintra offers its palaces, ruins, gardens, and squares to the explorer’s imagination. This historic UNESCO World Heritage Site is accessible from downtown Lisbon by a quick 10-mi/31-km drive or a more leisurely one- hour train ride. The Sintra National …

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