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Lisbon - The Dream Destination That Has It All

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Lisbon is probably best known for its colonialist history, ornate architecture and tradition of Fado music. But some of its best features are in the everyday – spectacular hilltop vistas in Alfama or at St. George's Castle, pleasant year-round weather and friendly locals.

When most people decide to take an amazing trip to Europe, they think of visiting Athens, London, or Madrid. One of the places that seem to fly under the radar is Lisbon, Portugal. It is the perfect place for a summer trip for reasons that you likely never even knew.


Lisbon is the capital of Portugal; it has so many things to offer visitors. Here are five reasons why you need to add Lisbon to your list of dream destinations.


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The Sun

When most people think of sunny European destinations, places like Athens, Rome, or Barcelona come to mind. Lisbon is the last place that people consider, although it should be the first. Lisbon averages 2,799 hours of sun a year, which makes it the sunniest European city. The excellent beaches that are located about 30 minutes from the city center are the perfect place to enjoy this sunshine.


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You may love Lisbon for the monuments, ideal conditions for the practice of sport or delicious gastronomy. Even for all these reasons and more. One thing is certain: all the time in the world won’t be enough to enjoy all to do and see in the capital. Make your choice and let Lisbon blow your heart away.

Lisbon's Age

Lisbon is one of the earliest capital cities in the world. It is older than more famous capitals like Rome or Paris by hundreds of years. This age is shown in its architecture, museums, and sites to see around the city. It is home to the oldest book store in the world, Bertrand, as it holds the Guinness Book record as the oldest. There is the old tram system that still runs along the cobblestone streets and the place that it holds in history during the Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries (which Lisbon is incredibly proud of).


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Lisbon is a dream destination for foodies, wine lovers, critics and the curious. From auteur restaurants to century-old tascas, there is always a table set and waiting for you. The famous bacalhau (salted cod), in its various forms, is not to be missed.

The Food And Spirits

From the amazing port wines (which is the national drink of Portugal) to the sausages to the custard tarts, the food and beverages of Portugal are amazing. There are fantastic cafes and restaurants throughout the city that serve traditional fares and modern world-class cuisine. Step out to the open-air markets in the town for on-the-go street foods.


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Nestled among seven hills, this immensely walkable city offers an enchanting alternative to Europe’s more popular capitals.

Art

Graffiti is considered to be an eyesore, but Lisbon has turned the idea of graffiti into something to be enjoyed by all. Street art is something that Lisbon has come to embrace, so much so that there are even street art tours throughout the city. There are murals scattered all over Lisbon, and one of the places visitors should go to see some amazing examples of street art is the Calcada da Gloria.


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With a lively nightlife scene, festive markets, and vibrant museums, Lisbon provides plenty of options to burn off a few mandatory glasses of Porto, a generous serving of bacalhau, and days’ worth of pastéis de nata.

The View

Built across seven separate hills contributes to the city's stunning views and landscapes everywhere. Lisbon is a city that is just pretty to admire. View a mix of old and new from many different points in the city. There is something new to see atop every hill and corner.

Lisbon is a place that is a world-class capital that most people don't even consider visiting. It is old, artsy, modern, and steep in history. There is something for everyone in Lisbon. From the beaches to the cobblestone streets, world-class restaurants to street art murals, Lisbon is a thriving capital that seems to be one of the un-hidden gems of Europe.


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The cafés, where so many Portuguese writers gathered together, have outdoor seating with stunning views, endless hours of enchanting sun and, increasingly, interesting wine lists to get to know one of Portugal’s greatest riches. Come and sample them.

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