Lisbon is among the most surprising and unexpected cities of Europe. It prospered quickly after the Portugese explorers discovered the riches of the Far East around 1,500s and has never lost its sense of nostalgia. Today, old palaces and mansions are being converted into gourmet food courts and hip hotels, while the waterfront along the Tejo River is undertaking a tremendous renovation. Historical center is relatively easy to explore on foot and with the help of old yellow trams. The route of the tram No. 28 is especially enjoyable, as it passes through many of Lisbon's finest historic districts. Alfama, the oldest part of the city sprawling around Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George's Castle) hides several fado bars and streets preserving the medieval spirit of the city. Baixa / Chiado, as the traditional commercial center, hides old artisanal shops and luxury boutiques; while Bairro Alto (the Upper Town) is famed for its vibrant dining and nightlife scene. Don’t forget to visit the Belém district, where the country’s great navigators set sail, to see the glorious Jerónimos Monastery, which was built by the wealth they brought into the city. Last, but not the least: Do not come back without visiting one of the city's several fado bars, where you could listen to live performances and get close to understand the Portuguese nostalgia. 

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