|Lisbon and the River © ATL|
In addition to watching a great sporting spectacle, you'll also have the chance to get to know the Portuguese capital, a city full of light bordered by the river Tagus and the sea.
The Estádio da Luz, home of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, was opened in 2003 in time to host the final and other matches in the UEFA EURO 2004. It’s located in the north of Lisbon, in an area well served by public transport that provides rapid connections to all parts of the city.
If you already have a ticket for the game and have some free time... why not take the opportunity to get to know something of what Lisbon has to offer? By Metro, you can get to Baixa, the heart of the city, in about half an hour, and here you can relax in a terrace on the beautiful Praça do Comércio, right next to the river, or wander through its grid of streets between the old buildings. There’s nothing like climbing up to the São Jorge Castle to enjoy the views, or take the Santa Justa Elevator to reach the other viewpoints such as São Pedro de Alcântara, Graça and Senhora do Monte. Or take a ride on the number 28 tram, and let yourself be astounded by the different perspectives of the houses and the Tagus that you discover around every corner.
If you like to get a feeling for the local culture, visit the typically local neighbourhoods of Alfama or Mouraria and listen to some fado, which has been recognised by UNESCO as “intangible heritage of humanity”. And don’t miss a visit to Belém in the western part of Lisbon, where the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower also enjoy World Heritage status. This area along the river has many other attractions too, such as the National Coach Museum, the Belém Cultural Centre, and some delicious pastries that are an absolute must to taste. And at the opposite end of the city, to the east, is the Parque das Nações, an area that was renovated for Expo ‘98, and which is a fine example of modernity, with squares, gardens and one of the largest oceanariums in Europe.
For shopping, the best stores are between Avenida da Liberdade and Chiado, in Princípe Real and in the shopping centres that can be found throughout the city, of which the largest is Colombo, located right opposite the Estádio da Luz.
We know that’s a lot of suggestions for just one day... so why not stay a few more days? You certainly won't regret it!