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9 reasons to visit Lisbon, the Portuguese capital

More and more tourists decide to get to know the Portuguese capital. Do you want to know why they are so attracted to you? We are going to give you not one, but several reasons to visit Lisbon. It is a truly magical place that you will love. In fact, all those who have toured the city have fallen in love.

1. For its World Heritage Sites

Belém Tower – LALS STOCK

We start with the main course, but it is the best way to encourage visit Lisbon. There are many monuments that we cannot miss, but there are two that have been declared a World Heritage Site. We are talking about the Torre de Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery.

Both are Manueline in style and were built between the 15th and 16th centuries.. The tower stands next to the Tagus, guardian of the city. The monastery, located very close, stands out for its beautiful cloister and its fabulous church.

2. Because of its prices

Portugal in general, and Lisbon in particular, is an affordable destination for Europeans, especially in places near the capital and in the small surrounding municipalities. Eating in a restaurant, for example, can cost the same as in Madrid. And leaving the tourist circuits is quite cheap.

3. For its museums

Carriage Museum – Jose Antonio Moreno Cabezudo / Flickr.com

In this beautiful city we can find museums of all kinds. One of the most important is the Ancient Art (with paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings). There is also the Carriage (one of the best collections of this means of transport), the Azulejo and the Fado (one of the typical artistic manifestations of Portugal).

4. For its hotels

At the time of measuring parameters and stars, the city has the same rating as most European countries. The best of all is that you can get a hotel room in the city center with breakfast included at a great price. Also, when visiting Lisbon you can choose between large hotel chains or small establishments full of charm.

5. Along its routes

Lisbon – Rrrainbow

We refer to the paths or tours that can be done in Lisbon to get to know its typical places and important. For example, in the Belém area we can go from the homonymous tower to the Jerónimos or the Monument to the Discoveries.

You can visit Chiado and Cais do Sodré. Stroll from the Mouraria neighborhood to the castle, passing through the Alfama. Or you can walk from Plaza del Comercio to Plaza de Marqués de Pombal

6. For your hospitality

If there is something that characterizes the Portuguese, it is that they are very friendly and they have no problem explaining or helping tourists. If you don’t know how to speak Portuguese or English, don’t worry because they will do their best to make themselves understood or they will do their best to understand you.

7. For its natural reserves

Arrábida – anabananasplit / Flickr.com

This is another reason to visit Lisbon. Throughout the region we find different natural areas, such as the Arrábida Natural Park, the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park (with its impressive cliffs) and the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve (the largest estuary in Europe and home to 120,000 migratory birds).

 

“Once you have traveled, the journey never ends, but is recreated over and over again from display cases of memories. The mind can never let go of the journey.

-Pat Conroy-

8. For its gastronomy

Cod a braz – David Carrero Fdez-Baillo / Flickr.com

Perhaps when thinking of the Portuguese capital and its gastronomy, the first thing that comes to mind is cod and its hundreds of ways of preparing it. However, Portuguese gastronomy is much more than that. You cannot leave without trying the feijoadas, the soupy rice dishes, the seafood, the cheeses and of course the famous Belém cakes.

Besides, We recommend that you take the opportunity to go to a restaurant in the Alfama neighborhood for dinner and listen to fado. Of course, keep in mind the schedules, in Lisbon you have dinner early.

9. Visit Lisbon for shopping

Shopping tourism is increasingly known worldwide. If you are going to travel to Lisbon, the best place to spend some money on clothes or shoes is the Baixa neighborhood. If you don’t have a big budget, you can still go for a walk among picturesque and quite old shops.

You have other options for shopping, such as the Chiado neighborhood (with “designer” type products) and Barrio Alto (with second-hand shops). In the latter, you will also find one of the areas with the most nightlife in the city.

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