Hope you like mind-blowing beauty and history when traveling, because today we are going to visit Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon is the architectural and cultural pearl of the Western Europe, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Join us on our Lisbon tours for… 20 facts about Lisbon!
- Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. Lisbon was almost totally destroyed on the 1st November 1755 taking 40 000 lives, anyway it was rebuilt within few years.
- Lisbon has one of the mildest climates in Europe. The city is sunny throughout the year, with an annual average of 2900-3300 hours of sunshine.
- The Tagus is Iberia is the largest river and its estuary at Lisbon, up to 14 km wide, is said to be large enough to contain all the warships in the world.
- The raven is a symbol of Lisbon. For a long time there was a cult for ravens in the city. The Municipality even had a large cage with ravens in the São Jorge Castle. But gradually the birds started to disappear in Lisbon and today they can only be found in the coat of arms of the municipality.
- One of the most remarkable sights in Lisbon here is The Ascensor de Santa Justa, street elevator, which connects two parts of the city by taking passengers from Baixa to the Chiado district which is 45 meters higher. Absolute must-do when in Lisbon. Check this for more must-see sites on a Lisbon tour.
- Lisbon is known to be built on seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina and Estrela. It makes the capital of Portugal similar to such cities as Rome, Istanbul and Moscow.
- Baixa is the main banking and shopping district in Lisbon. If you are looking for something special – come here! The great number of restaurants, cafes and shops will make your Lisbon trip unforgettable.
- Fado is a music genre originated in Portugal, derived from the Latin word “fatum” – destiny. The locals often arrange concerts in the restaurants where tourists can enjoy tasty dinner and listen to this sad but beautiful tunes.
- One of the most amazing and unusual landmarks in Lisbon is Portuguese pavement, which should be in your Europe bucket list. Whimsy design creates magic atmosphere and makes your Lisbon holidays a lifetime experience.
- Lisbon has its own Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue) – a Catholic monument overlooking the city, standing on the left bank of the river. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The statue commemorates Portugal’s survival of the WWII.
- The Vasco da Gama Bridge over the Tagus River is the longest bridge in Europe – 17, 2 km (10.7 miles) long.
- One of the most popular Lisbon attractions is … a tram. Lisbon trams were originally called «Americanos» and the first operational route was made in 1873. Despite the fact that it is a public transport, hundreds of tourists find it very exciting to take a tram ride around the city.
- Lisbon holds the famous Stadium of Light, one of the Europe’s largest football venue.
- The most popular sport in Portugal is football (soccer). 214 clubs are registered in the Football/Soccer Association of Lisbon.
- The city is home to the marvelous Torre de Belem which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It commemorates the era of the Age of Discoveries. The admirable monument is located nearby representing the map of Portuguese conquests.
- The Largest Human National Flag was raised in 2006 at Lisbon’s national stadium by 18,788 people.
- One of the best things to do in Lisbon is pastel de nata, a legendary traditional Portuguese pastry which has been a reason for a lot of culinary battles among the best local bakeries. Once you try it, you’ve got pastel de nata in your soul for good.
- Suburbs of Lisbon are above all praise: cozy towns such as Сascais, Parede, Oeiras form a long line along the shore with their breathtaking views and scenic panorama.
- Lisbon’s oceanarium is one of the Europe’s largest aquariums. With 16 000 animals and 450 species, there’s a lot of sea world to see. Chase more penguins and seagulls before a return to reality.
- Graffiti is a popular street art in Lisbon. While Lisbon is one of the best graffiti cities in the world. There are a great number of graffiti buildings around the city that want your attention. There are plenty of graffiti guided tours organized throughout a year. So if you were wondering what to do in Lisbon that could be an authentic experience – head for art. Street art.
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