Lisbon attracts tourists all year round who come to see its sights, taste its food and saunter around its shops. The city, which is home to 552,000 people, has something to cater for every taste. Tourists can visit the royal palace or explore the old hill-top regions of Bairro Alto -- if you are visiting the latter, you might want to get the lift up the hill rather than walk up all the steps. The Belem region of Lisbon attracts tourists to this port-side area, where the iconic Tower of Belem towers out over the river. In the evening, you might want to find a bar where the traditional Fado is sung: a sad but soulful singing -- you can try many traditional Portuguese dishes and enjoy a glass of Vinho Verde as you listen.
The city has lots of things to do throughout the year. The Lisbon Oceanarium has a great collection of aquatic animals and shows the different species which are found around the coast of Portugal. If you are in Lisbon on a match day, you can watch a match at the famous Benfica's stadium, the club which the famous footballer Eusebio played for. If you want a view of the city from above, visit the Castle of St Jorge, which towers over the town.
Lisbon has many great restaurants and bars where you can try typical Portuguese dishes from contemporary cuisine to traditional, authentic classics. Being so close to the sea, you can expect seafood to be beautifully fresh. Enjoy a wonderful glass of Portuguese wine with your meal or maybe finish it with a glass of Port, which comes from Portugal's second city, Porto.
There are many five-star hotels in Lisbon to choose from. The EPIC Sana has a superb rooftop infinity swimming pool and bar from which you can watch the sun set over the Lisbon skyline. It has also an indoor pool and offers its guests massages and other beauty treatments. The Corinthia, which is close to Lisbon Zoo, has a 3,000-sq-metre spa where guests can relax and soak in the pool. Many of the five-star hotels in Lisbon offer high-quality restaurants serving local cuisine and free wifi is offered as standard. You can also expect your 5 star hotel to have a business centre, fitness suite and easy access to Lisbon's attractions.
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