Why visit Lisbon?
2. Know your city - some facts about Lisbon
Making a case for Lisbon
Lisbon is known for its light that inspires both locals and tourists as well as film directors, revealing a city as beautiful and charming as it is modern, then moving on to Fado, that irresistible melody of the ancient days. In Lisbon, you will find everything you have always looked for when on holiday. Here are the monuments and the history, here is the breathtaking scenery as is seen from the city's numerous viewpoints, here the golden sand beaches that tempt you to just lean back, relax, and seize every day you spend here.
Sardines are served at the table or on a slice of bread. The coals of the grills emanating the heat, the wine glasses tinkle in the hands cheering to life. Popular music is heard in the back while both locals and foreigners laugh in a perfect communion of the Lisbon spirit. This has been considered the trendiest European destination and we assure you it hasn't been in vain. Hurry up, before everyone else gets here.
Know your city - some facts about Lisbon
Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe with more than 20 centuries of history, having been conquered by the Moors in 1147. It is the political capital of Portugal, the seat of government, and residence of the head of state. It is also the most populated city in the country, followed by Porto. The city of Lisbon has a population of 547,733 inhabitants - more than half a million people. In the Lisbon metropolitan area reside more than two million people, corresponding to 27% of the population.
Lisbon is the city with the most UNESCO World Heritage Landmarks
Not only does the light of Lisbon make it unique, but the city is also home to a noteworthy historical heritage, both on material and more abstract levels, which set it apart from other European capitals and are responsible for its irresistible charm. Landmarks such as the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower as well as the Cultural Landscape of Sintra and Fado music were classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
The bohemian Lisbonite lifestyle is one of the most sought-after in Europe and not just because of the club scene. Much of the Portuguese capital's nightlife is made of good conversations over a glass of wine in a tasca (Portuguese typical tavern). Most bars, including those in the famous Bairro Alto close at 2 am but the clubs don't close until 6 am or even later, depending on which you choose to go to. In addition to Bairro Alto, there are other areas that night owls should consider visiting, such as Cais do Sodré, Santos, Docas de Alcântara, or even Marvila.
No one is indifferent to the charms of the city of the seven hills. Whether we are talking about the magnificent sights of Lisbon, the imposing monuments or fun places for kids and adults, like the zoo and the Oceanarium, the capital has attractions for all tastes. The yellow trams that rise up to Lisbon 's old Cathedral, the views from the SÃ£o Jorge Castle, the history enclosed between the walls of the National Coach Museum all this is at the distance of a trip to the westernmost European capital.