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.
City view with the Tagus River in the background
The white surface of the Church of São Roque is contrasted with is golden interior. It also has a museum.
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.
You see the tiles or Azulejos on many builidings. They even have a museum for them.
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.
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.
Monument of the Discoveries in Belem. It’s located where ships used to sails off to trade with the far East.
In old Alfama district
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.
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.
Fountain on Rossio Square. The square was once frequently used for executions.
The botanical garden. Favourite in big cities for some plant-time.
View of the red roofs of Alfama.
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?