Much has been said about the increasing number of tourists in Lisbon. Why is it worth traveling to a hidden capital at the tip of Europe? Here are our 5 (very) good reasons why you should visit Lisbon.
Exactly for being hidden. The secrecy. Visiting Lisbon is dating Portugal. It is like finding that one girl that everyone ignores, who is the most special one you could find. You will fall madly in love. The Portuguese have always been very romantic, maybe that’s why they dropped into a crisis. “But how big can the crisis be if the city is so marvelous?” Asks who visits it.
The weather: There is no such thing as storms in Lisbon. Lisbon’s climate is subtropical with short and very mild winters and warm summers. This is the perfect visiting card to welcoming tourists. Sometimes the weather is not so fine and it can be a little discouraging however it doesn’t last long. Cloudy mornings and sunny afternoons. If it is too hot for you, spend the day at the beach, Cascais or Costa da Caparica are glorious.
The cultural tradition. There is no neighborhood in the world that will preserve its cultural identity like Alfama does. Its famous fado came from the cry of the Portuguese. Numerous details that tell the history of this city: typical sidewalk, iconic buildings of old Lisbon, the trams, the lamps… and even the old ladies behind the curtain keeping track of all the gossip. These among many other details, only those that visit will be able to experience it.
The food. Wow, the food! Once you taste it you’re hooked. You’ll find seafood restaurants, cafes, rooftop bars and ice-cream parlors to try, all and all with a special touch of Mum’s homemade food. Yes, it is our secret. We cook with love. When you visit do try: caldo verde, cod, chorizo, cheese, queijadas and pasteis de Belem.
Lisbon also has a bohemian heart. Bairro Alto is transformed at night into the city’s vibrant nightlife quarter. It has a variety of traditional and international restaurants, tourist-packed Fado Houses, and a multitude of bars and alternative shops that stay open until late at night. Throughout the week, and especially on weekends you’ll find people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles bar-hopping through the cobbled lanes or standing outside with a drink in hand enjoying the city’s usual mild nights.