Below the red rooftops in the underrated Lisbon in Portugal.

It is mainly known for port wine and architecture – so what are you waiting for!

Rumor has it that Lisbon was founded by the Greek hero Odysseus on his way back from Troy! And it is a fact, that Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world – older than Paris, London and Rome.  Historically the city is most famous for the devastating earthquake in 1755 that destroyed most of the old city and killed a large part of the population. The weather in Lisbon is one of the best in Europe, so this is a great city for a small break – especially if you love churches. 

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City view with the Tagus River in the  background

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The white surface of the Church of São Roque is contrasted with is golden interior. It also has a museum.

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The tram is the best way to get around. They have been tramming since the 19th century. If you take E28, it takes the scenic route through old Alfama.

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You see the tiles or Azulejos on many builidings. They even have a museum for them.

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Inside Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – a UNESCO-site built in 1502. Vasco de Gama is buried here. The monks here was to guide sailors, and the site is filled with maritime motifs.

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Sao Jorge Castle built in mid-11th century. The Romans, Moors and Portuguese (just to mention a few) have all occupied this mighty fortress. There is a good view from up there.

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Monument of the Discoveries in Belem. It’s located where ships used to sails off to trade with the far East.

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In old Alfama district

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We saw a large amount of homeless people in Lisbon. I’ve read in the Portugal News that around 2.000 people sleep on the streets.

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The stain glass window in the Lisbon Cathedral from the 12th century. Behind the cathedral are cloisters built on top of an old mosque resembling the catholic victory.

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Fountain on Rossio Square. The square was once frequently used for executions.

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Modern Azulejos

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The botanical garden. Favourite in big cities for some plant-time.

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View of the red roofs of Alfama.

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The sea is a recurring theme in Lisbon. Here from the very large and impressive Oceanarium -one of the largest in the world.

And afterwards: it’s time for port wine and cakes from famous Antiga Confeiteria de Belém.

What do you like most about Lisbon?