Panoramic view of Lisbon from a plane window

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Lisbon is the capital and the biggest city of Portugal. Lying on the banks of the Tagus estuary and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon boasts an extremely wealthy history, and a plethora of atmospheric neighbourhoods, grand monuments, picturesque lanes and broad boulevards. My current take a look at reminded me however once again why it is one particular of my favourite European capitals! Each landing in and taking-off from Lisbon was a treat as I had panoramic views of Lisbon from the plane window! I sat in row ‘A’ on each flights. The plane landed from a southwesterly path and on my way dwelling, took off in a southwesterly path.

The plane approached Lisbon from the north, flew previous the city and more than the Atlantic Ocean ahead of turning about to make the final method.


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As the plane approached Lisbon from the Atlantic Ocean, it flew more than the beaches of Costa da Caparica.


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The small tower on the banks of the Tagus (centre of the photo) is the historic 16th century Torre de Belem, a UNESCO Globe Heritage web site. The ‘tower’ in the far suitable of the photo is yet another popular Lisbon landmark: the Padrão dos Descobrimentos.


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Just ahead of landing, yet another popular Lisbon landmark came into the view: the 18th century Aguas Livres Aqueduct.

The airport is situated around six kilometers from the city center so the panoramic views of Lisbon unfolded swiftly suitable following take off!


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The view unfolded swiftly suitable following take-off!


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The grand Avenida da Liberdade leads suitable into the historic city centre.


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The significant cluster of buildings in the centre is the Bairro Alto district, with its maze of picturesque streets.


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The plane flew more than the Atlantic Ocean ahead of turning back towards Lisbon in a northeasterly path. The 25th April Bridge (related to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) can clearly be observed.


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Just ahead of the plane climbed above the clouds, I caught a view of Lisbon Airport (center-left) and the 17km extended Vasco da Gama Bridge that crosses the Tagus.

If you are flying into or out of Lisbon, pick a window seat for some fairly spectacular views of the city!

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