Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is frequently voted amongst the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s simply a masterpiece with its cobbled designs, tiled facades, and pastel-colored buildings blending together to give it a singular atmosphere now lost in so many other cities.
But beauty alone is not the only reason to go visit this great city. This city is easy on your wallet too as it’s one of the cheapest cities in Europe. A pint of beer here costs half of that in Barcelona and almost 1/5th of that in Paris!
You will interested to know that it’s also known as the ‘Sunshine Capital’ since it gets about 3000 hours of sunlight every year, with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees during the hottest months. Make sure to pack your swimmers and your shades!
The beaches here are to die for. Lisbon is one of the very few cities in Europe to be surrounded by beaches….and don’t the people know it! Be prepared to find the beaches quite crowded but we definitely recommend going to Praia de Adraga, a beach that is a little further out but it’s beauty knows no bounds and more importantly, it knows very few tourists ;-)
Lisbon is a city devoid of noise. It is quite hilly with lots of stairs and very few cars. If you want a nice peaceful place to go and collect your thoughts, then look no further. Let the quietness not fool you though, since it’s also got a raging party scene. The district of Barrio Alto is one of the best areas to head to for a great night out. It is home to about 250 bars and clubs, including infamous hot-spots such as Lust, Ministerium and Lux, the latter owned by hollywood actor John Malkovich.
The cuisine in Lisbon is simply astounding. Since it’s close to the Atlantic Ocean, Portuguese dishes have a big emphasis on fish: sardines feature, of course, and hearty bowls of caldeiradas (fish stew). There is fresh, local produce galore at Mercado da Ribeira, the city’s largest market in Cais do Sodré.
Of course, if you’re in Lisbon, you have to make a stop at Sintra, which is a 45 minute train ride outside of Lisbon. It is home to a UNESCO-listed complex of now-uninhabited former royal palaces, which should definitely be something you should check out.
We hope that we were able to convince to definitely add Lisbon (and why not Sintra, since it’s so close by) to your vacation list. And of course, if you’re in mood for cool experiences there then MYrago has got you covered. Here’s a list of some experiences we have in Lisbon and Sintra:
If you want to checkout a list of all of our Portuguese experience then click here
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