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Lisbon, Portugal

Coat of Arms

Origin/meaning:
The arms symbolise the miraculous sea travels of Lisbon's patron saint, St. Vincent (São Vicente). In the 8th century ravens rescued his relics from a sinking ship. 350 Years later, the ravens followed the ship which brought his relics to Lisbon, escorted the procession to the Cathedral and stayed in Lisbon to this very day, to prevent the indfidels from ever coming back. In Lisbon's castle, in memory thereof a pair of ravens is kept in a voliere and cared for by the city.

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Lisbon Highlights & Estoril

Take in the major sights on a narrated drive around Lisbon. View the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, and the Monuments to the Discoveries. Travel to Estoril - Lisbon's splendid beach resort is home to a beautiful seaside promenade, elegant boulevards and a famous casino.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Estoril - Lisbon's splendid beach resort is home to a beautiful seaside promenade, elegant boulevards and the famous casino. Enjoy free time to explore on your own.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
Jeronimos Monastery - Built near the spot where Vasco de Gama sailed for India, the monastery was financed by the spice trade that flourished in De Gama's wake.

Monument to the Discoveries - This modern monument on the banks of the Tagus commemorates Portugal's great seafarers.

Parque King Edward VII - The beautiful park offers splendid city vistas.

Belem Tower - The turrets and open balconies of this old chalk-colored fort make for an interesting photo. The tower was built to defend the harbor and also served as a prison.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Board your motorcoach and travel along the Tagus, passing the city's historic Baixa district. Continue to Estoril. Returning to the city, pass under the 25th of April Bridge and glimpse Christ the King monument in the distance. Your route takes in the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery, built with profits from the spice trade, and the Belem Tower.