Why haven’t you visited Lisbon yet?

By Sergio González | 11:18

Trams are an icon of Lisbon tourism

When you are planning an Euro trip, Lisbon is usually included on the bucket list of cities you don’t want to miss. Out of its far location in the open Atlantic or its non-mainstream life, many travelers are missing a great destination, full of history, gorgeous sights and the most amazing food, with unbelievable stories behind it. 

Lisbon lies over the mouth of River Tagus in a naturally beautiful ecosystem, and it’s among the oldest cities in Europe, circa 1200 BC. That’s like really old, older-than-Rome old. Anyway, it wasn’t until Caesar’s guys incorporated the city to the empire that Lisbon, Felicitas Julia in those times, was put in the map.

Unfortunately, they knew little about earthquakes and the city –lying close to a fault line– has been completely burnt down several times, last big one was in 1755. This means if you really want to see some Roman ruins in Lisbon you should hire a guide because they aren’t so easy to find. Get a free visit to Rua dos Coreeiros archeological site.

Any Lisbon tourism planning should lead your feet to Alfama district, the boho-chic Lisbon. Even better, take the traditional tram.

The old Muslim quarter is a sturdy laberynth full of narrow streets that survived the earthquake better than other parts of the city. Also its inhabitants are considered the toughest, though modernization of the city thanks to Lisbon Expo in 1998 transformed this neighborhood into the modern hipster paradise it is nowadays, perfect for a relaxing shopping evening followed by a fine dinner and to take some of the best pictures during your holidays in Lisbon.

You shouldn’t leave Alfama without tasting a Bucelas white wine while listening to fado, Portuguese national folk music. Somewhat sad, touching performances that won’t leave you indifferent.

Are you into landscaping shooting? Who doesn’t with amazing panoramic photos? Miradouro’ (lookout point) is the most important Portuguese word for you. Get inspired by this list of the best miradouros in golisbon.com. You shouldn’t miss the one at St George Castle, which a must visit anyway, with overwhelming views over the whole city.

Lisbon iconic monument is Belem Tower, a fortress over the river and the sea, which part as a getaway for Portuguese ships during the ‘Age of Discoveries’, granted it its access to UNESCO WH site status as a ‘must visit’ in Lisbon tourism.

If you are up for some art, Lisbon is a cultural city so your only problem will be to choose among the many museums and churches worth visiting. Among the most unique, check out The National Tile Museum to enjoy one of the most famous crafts in the world, the Portuguese azulejos.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get a discount by booking directly on the NH Hoteles website for your stay in Lisbon. We boast two magnificent four-starred hotels in Lisbon, NH Liberdade, right in the most prestigious area of the city, and NH Campo Grande, perfect for business travelers.

Views from St George Castle

Portuguese traders were the first ones to bring sweet oranges from India in the 15th century and many languages -like Greek, Turkish or Persian- refer to oranges as ‘the portuguese’.

It may shock you but the Japanese tempura batter is actually Portuguese. Wait, what? Yeah, it was brough to the Rising Sun by the Jseuits, who also came along refined sugar, revolutionizing Japanese desserts and producing wonders like Kasutera spongy cake or keiran somen, sweet egg threads.

Hold your incredulity because Portugese gastronomy also brought you afternoon tea, so British afternoon tea. It was only after the marriage of King Charles II of England with princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662 that tea became trendy in Britain, a delicious beverage brought from the Portuguese colony of Macau.

Photo credit: Jaap Kramer

Photo credit: Zanthia

 

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