A Panorama of Lisbon taken from the top of the Elevador Castelo
The city is built on a series of hills and the buildings are never so tall as to dominate, so you are left with a riot of pastel shaded buildings interspersed with ones and classical style civic buildings
And of course like any city it has its squares and parks.
From looking at the Praça do Comércio you might think that this was the coast but it is the north bank of the River Tagus
and it is very wide here. The coast is not far from here though.
Strictly speaking the image you see here is in fact the Cais das Colunas but that is right at the edge of the square.
This square, also known as Rossio, despite the more apparent grandeur of the Praca Commercio is the heart of the city. Here we have a statue of Dom Pedro IV
Elevador de Santa Justa
The Santa Justa Lift, also called Carmo Lift, is an elevator, or lift which takes you up to a viewing platform which offers a wonderful panorama of the city.
The structure was designed by Raul Mêsnier, Gustave Eiffel's apprentice should you see any similarity. From where this shot was taken the first thing that came to mind were the animated hammers drawn by Gerald Scarfe
for Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
Well maybe it's just me then.
The structure is a neo-Gothic, wrought-iron 147-foot column that has become an emblem of the city. There are two cabins, which depart every few minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, are decorated with wood panels and brass fittings. At the top is a platform reached by a spiral staircase which offers sweeping views of the Baixa, and Castelo Sao Jorge on the opposite hill.
It will set you back a mere 5 euros for the ride but if you go in from the top then 1.50 will get you onto the platform without the ride.
You may have seen this place covered on Rick Stein's Long Weekends and been intrigued or appetised. We had and were so went to try it out and what a wonderful place to eat it is!
As fun as it is to be inside and eat and drink from the various stalls we chose to eat outside at tha A Mariscaria restaurant and a good choice it was too!
Let's be honest a glass of VInho Verde is never a bad thing.
Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 552,700 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2. Its urban area extends beyond the city's administrative limits with a population of around 2.7 million people, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (which represents approximately 27% of the country's population). It is continental Europe's westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost areas of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe.