LISBON

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is located at the mouth of Tagus River where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal is called "The End of Europe" not only because of its geographic location but also because of its overall atmosphere - its look is inspired by its overseas colonies rather than by its European neighbours.

Only a small part of Lisbon's many sights include:

The Botanical Garden of the University of Lisbon – you will find a variety of plant species from around the world, many tropical and exotic representatives of different countries.

The Azulejo Museum – located in the former Monastery of God's Mother. Azulejo are the painted ceramic tiles in Portugal that are unique and typical of the local architecture.

Terreiro do Paço Square – the largest open square in Europe, majestic architecture and scale, beautiful boutiques, hotels and restaurants.

The Alfama district – the oldest and most picturesque district in Lisbon, where you can see the Lisbon Cathedral (Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa); the Castle of St. George perched atop the highest hill and Largo das Portas do Sol Terrace, where you can admire the beautiful views of the city and the river.

The Museums of Decorative Arts and Fado Music - the unique cultural wealth of the country.

Belem district with all its sights: the Belém Tower – a symbol of Lisbon, one of UNESCO protected sites; "Palacio de Belem" – the presidential residence; the Jerónimos Monastery, where the Maritime Museum and the National Archaeology Museum are located.

The Monument to the Discoveries, also in the Balem district – a starting point for almost all the great geographic discoveries. It was built in honor of the explorers who discovered "new" worlds in the 15th and 16th centuries. The magnificent monument represents a ship's prow featuring figures such as Pedro Alvares Cabral, Vasco da Gama, Fernando Magellan and others.

There are direct flights from Sofia Airport to Lisbon every Tuesday and Saturday.