After breakfast we checked out of our room and left our luggage to collect later in the day. Then it was off to explore the district of Belem, catching a tram from the Praco de Commercial.
Belem is dominated by its long suspension bridge ‘April 25th’spanning the river Tejo and by its ornate tower, ‘Torres de Belem’. Other points of interest to see in the vicinity included Jeronimos Monastery and the National Palace and Gardens. We found somewhere for a coffee before taking another tram along to the Estrella district where we looked in the Basilica and the formal gardens. There were a few restaurants near the gardens so we had a meal in one of them before returning to the hotel to collect our luggage.
As we had plenty of time we stopped off at the Oriente Shopping Centre again to take a look outdoors as the park was the venue for an Expo exhibition awhile back.
To summarise, Lisbon had been a good choice for a city break with plenty to do on a four day visit. I felt that it perhaps lacked some of the style and sophistication of Madrid and Barcelona but it had its own charm, and we were happy with our stay.
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