Portugal Lisbon – 10 reasons you should visit
Portugal Lisbon: Learn why Lisbon is the coolest city in Europe.
10 Reasons why you should travel to Portugal Lisbon
Portugal Lisbon is my home town and it took me decades to see this city as one of the most beautiful in the world. Still unspoiled by tourism and waiting for you.
I had to literally travel the world and live away from Portugal for 16 years to be able to come back and finally see my city with the eyes of a tourist. Whoever comes over, finds himself / herself in absolute awe by the beauty of a new place. Now, I can detach myself from the daily little problems and see my city the way “she” deserves!
Yes, “she”. For the Portuguese the word city “cidade” is a feminine word and Lisbon fits the sexy, voluptuous, seductive, intriguing city she is – a city where the old and the new come together in perfect harmony, with a strong but gentle personality that embraces everyone who surrender to her beauty!
I consider Lisbon the coolest city in Europe and that’s why:
LISBON IS BEAUTIFUL
Facing the river Tagus, connected by the stunning bridge that reminds us of San Francisco Golden Gate and composed of seven hills, Lisbon’s geography offer stunning view points and breath taking sunsets. The historical center with it’s little labyrinth streets and tile covered buildings are unique in the world. Here the old and me modern mix in perfect synergy.
EXPERIENCE THE FAMOUS PORTUGUESE HOSPITALITY
Everyone who has ever visited Lisbon will unanimously agree with one thing: The Portuguese are possibly the most friendly and hospitabe people in Europe. Everytime I meet people who has been to Portugal, they all share the same memory, when asking for directions on the streets, the local people will not only point you where you should go, but they will get out of their way to help you and make sure you find your way around. Many people will actually guide you out of kindness.
Since Lisbon is still not overwhelmingly touristy, locals love to meet and chat with visitors, often giving friendly and insightful tips. If you pass by very small villages, people might even invite you in their houses for a snack or a glass of wine. The Portuguese are incredibly hospitable and love to serve their guests with a friendly smile.
LISBON HAS AN AMAZING CULTURAL IDENTITY
Did you know Lisbon is the second oldest capital in the European Union, only overpassed by Athens?
Archaeological findings show it was invaded by the Nordic Germanic tribes around 500BC. The first Roman presence to the year of 195 BC and Arabs in 700 AD. During the conquistadors period, Lisbon became the most important port in Europe bringing SpiceS from the far lands of India and the far east. The new world was under the domination of Portugal and Lisbon became one of the richest capitals in the whole continent.
In 1750 a violent earthquake followed by a massive Tsunami and fire destroyed basically the whole city. A new Lisbon was born, modern, organized and progressive thinking. This is the Lisbon you’ll see today, a mix of many influences, a long and rich history and above all a strong cultural identity shaped by the centuries.
THE TYPICAL NEIGHBORHOODS
Unlike most big Europeans cities, Lisbon still conserves some of her old neighborhoods intact. Have you’ve heard of Alfama, Mouraria, Graça? These are some of the very few spots that didn’t get destroyed by the earthquake and Tsunami. This is the old Lisbon. Here you can forget you’re in the middle of a capital and just relax through the little narrow streets, where colorful fragrant flowers adorn the typical Lisbon houses.
LISBON HAS AMAZING ART
Whether it’s collectable art found in museums or street art, Lisbon has it all! Some of the most breathtaking murals and artistic graffittis can be found in the streets of Lisbon, giving life and color to what used to be a boring grey wall. The amazing tile work you’ll find covering entire buildings will leave you speechless. They are unique in the world, an Arab heritage we kept throughout the centuries to keep the buildings temperature cool.
THE LISBON’S FAMOUS TRAMS
The famous Lisbon yellow trams will take you to the most picturesque spots of Lisbon, through the seven hills, to the castle or the gardens of Belen. Cheap and very local, taking the yellow trams is part of the local cultural experience. No need to purchase expensive tour buses!
The night life in Bairro alto is vibrant, and offers a variety for everyone. From Fado houses, to reggae bars to punk and rock spots. No one will be bored in Bairro alto. What distinguishes the Lisbon night life is the fact that people love to hang out outdoors rather than inside crowded bars and clubs. You’ll often find crowded streets, filled with people from all walks of life, having a fun night out.
THE PORTUGUESE FOOD
Portugal offers incredible fresh rich local foods and a few Michellin star chefs to satisfy your taste buds. The local little family owned restaurants are the best way to explore the gastronomic history of this city, while experienceing the real deal.
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan like me, don’t worry! Lisbon has some of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants out there, serving incredible meals for great prices!
THE VIEWS FROM THE 7 HILLS OF LISBON
Blessed with 7 hills facing the river, Lisbon offers some of the most breathtaking view points you’ll ever experience!
I challenge you to visit all of the many Lisbon Point views and see this gorgeous city from all angles.
THE “CALÇADA PORTUGUESA”
Our “Calçada” (the type of pavement on our side walks) is unique in the world and influenced the similar pavements in Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and Macau. This pavement is totally hand made, with compositions that vary from simple and beautiful geometric shapes to extremely complex designs symbolizing the history of the city.
Lisbon offers a mild climate throughout the year. Our summers are nice and hot, very inviting for a beach day. The winters are usually sunny and relatively warm during the day.
Lisbon is one of the best destinations, no matter what time of the year you decide to visit.
For all this and much more both luxury travelers and backpackers are considering Lisbon the coolest city in Europe! It’s young, vibrant and filled with history!
MORE INFO ABOUT PORTUGAL LISBON TOURISM AND OTHER CITIES?
Come and travel to Portugal Lisbon and you’ll fall in love for the city!
Enjoy the sun, the atmosphere, take a tour, enjoy life in Lisbon!
For more info on traveling on Portugal Lisbon visit the official Portuguese Tourism Website
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pasteis de belen: freemapsalgarve