Depending upon their personal preferences, students may want to begin with the oldest district in town (Alfama) with its winding streets, Fado clubs and steady ascent towards St. George’s Castle which overlooks downtown and the Tagus River, or alternatively Chiado with its galleries, cafés and bookshops. Bairro Alto is the youthful heart of the city and home to art, design, hip stores and alternative nightlife, whilst Estrela and Belém are an essential stop in order to see the Baroque-Neoclassical Estrela Basilica and the Jerónimos Monastery, or drop by the Centro Cultural de Belem (CCB), the largest cultural center in Portugal.
Because of the layout and landscape of Lisbon, which is built upon seven hills, students are well advised the see the city by tram or, better still, funicular if trekking around becomes a little too much for the feet.
Arriving students of a sporting nature will have come to the right place. Football remains king, with Benfica and Sporting Portugal the most prominent clubs in the capital, with both club’s stadiums located in the heart of Lisbon. The infrastructure is of a very high standard, a legacy of Portugal’s having hosted the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship. Other sports that are well represented include handball, basketball, roller hockey, athletics, rugby, sailing, golf and mountain-biking and Lisbon has the facilities to match.
So, whether students are culture vultures, architecture experts or sports fans, “Lisboa” is in danger of having much to keep them occupied!
Recommended areas to visit
For further recommendations of districts, sites, bars and restaurantsLisbon Tourist Office