I feel like every time I need to research a new location to write about, I want to travel there. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but next time I make it to Europe, I’m going to need at least three months to see and do all that I’ve been writing about recently. My latest travel interest is the city of Lisbon. Lisbon is a city of around a half a million people located on the western coast of Europe, where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s not hard to understand why anyone would want to travel there. The natural beauty of the city alone is enough to keep many coming back.
Why You Need to Travel to Lisbon
The architecture in Lisbon is legendary. Throughout the city you can find different examples of Roman, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, and Traditional Portuguese buildings. Many people come to the city for this reason. There are several districts in Lisbon, each one offering something different than the other. For example the trendy Chiado District maintains examples of 18th century architecture, with its quaint sidewalk cafes and clubs. The western side of the city is home to Monasto Forrest Park, which is filled with large trees, fields and many kinds of animals. Lisbon’s opera house, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, hosts a relatively active cultural agenda, mainly in autumn and winter. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art), is very popular and is known for housing some of the finest art in the world. Scenic oceanside towns are just a short drive away with a rental car in Portugal. Villages like Cascais, and Sesimbra, are nearby, while a trip south will bring you to the breathtaking Alentejo coastline.
Combine all that with the warm Mediterranean climate, and it sounds like a dream vacation to me! Questions, comments, concerns? Feel free to leave a comment.