Lisbon - The Dream Destination
Updated: Oct 24, 2021
What do you know about that little country next to Spain? A lot, a little? Do you know what language they speak? What about the local cuisine or even the sandy beaches?
When most people decide to take a trip to Europe, they consider visiting Athens, London, or Paris. One of the places that seem to fly under the radar is Lisbon, Portugal. It’s one of the best-kept secrets for a vacation.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and has so many things to offer visitors. Here are five reasons why you need to add Lisbon to your list of dream destinations.
European travel destinations typically include Athens, Rome, or even Barcelona, but Lisbon is the last place people consider (although it should be the first!). Lisbon averages 2,799 hours of sun a year, which makes it one of the sunniest European cities. One way to enjoy all that sun than to visit the excellent beaches located about 30 minutes from the city center.
Lisbon is one of the earliest capital cities globally as it predates more famous capitals like Rome or Paris by hundreds of years. You can experience a taste of antiquity in the city through its architecture, museums, and many historical sites. Lisbon is home to the oldest bookstore in the world, Bertrand (in fact, it holds the Guinness Book record as the oldest). Also, consider the old tram system that still runs along the cobblestone streets, another wonderful relic of an earlier time and pride of the city.
The Food And Spirits
From the flavorful port wines (which is the national drink of Portugal) to the sausages to the custard tarts, the food and beverages of Portugal are amazing. There are fantastic cafes and restaurants throughout the city that serve traditional fares and modern world-class cuisine. Step out to the open-air markets in the town for on-the-go street foods.
Some consider graffiti an eyesore, but Lisbon has turned the idea of graffiti into an appreciated art form. Street art is something Lisbon has come to embrace, so much so that there are even street art tours throughout the city. Murals are scattered all over Lisbon, and one of the places visitors should go to see some examples of street art is the Calcada da Gloria.
Built across seven separate hills, Lisbon is the definition of a beautiful coastal landscape. Each hill has a distinct personality, rich history, and unique viewpoint. Experience the city from a different point of view (literally!) at each vantage point.
Lisbon is a world-class capital that most people don’t even consider visiting. It is old, artsy, yet modern, and steeped in history. You can rest assured there is something for everyone in Lisbon. From the beaches to the cobblestone streets, local fare, to street art murals, Lisbon is a thriving capital that seems to be one of the un-hidden gems of Europe.
Make it your next travel destination and schedule a consultation. We’ll discuss exactly how to make this the right destination for you!