Lisbon, the “Land of Explorer” as local calls it “Lisboa”. It is the capital and in addition the largest city of Portugal. Hence, by this post EARTHTRAVELER will take you to the “Land of Explorer”.
Most noteworthy, Lisbon is also recognized as a global city because of it’s importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education
and finally tourism.
Especially relevant for it’s pleasantly warm weather and a stunning waterfront location. Therefore it creates a global tourism attractions.
The city has everything that consequently charm global travelers.
History / Culture
The history of Lisbon, revolves around its strategic geographical position at the mouth of the river Tagus.
Due to it’s spacious and sheltered natural harbor position the city historically was as an important seaport.
Seems like the city had long enjoyed commercial advantages with Its proximity to southern and extreme western Europe, and also with sub Saharan Africa and the America.
Lisbon flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries as the center of a vast empire. Probably it was during the period of the Portuguese discoveries. Ancient evidence of the city’s wealth still be seen today by the magnificent structures built in the past.
This is a city which is rich in architecture; Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Modern and postmodern constructions can be found all over the city.
The city also crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares, particularly in the upper districts.
Lisbon has a rich cultural heritage that continues to grow every day.
Most noteworthy, we can discover the legacy left by the civilizations that inhabited the city throughout the centuries and the homage paid by artists.
Lisbon is an amazing and consequently varied ancient architectural tourist destination.
We traveled through the avenues of the city and reached to the historic quarter of Belém.
We saw the iconic Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and in addition Jerónimos Monastery. Also along
the way, we hopped off at the charming Rossio Square or Comércio Square.
Furthermore, we drove through the city and admired the views atop the 7 hills. As a result, this route unveils the oldest quarters, including Alfama and Castelo.
Hence on our journey, we traveled beside the Tagus and reached Parque das Nações. While passing by the modern part of the capital, we found contemporary attractions such as the zoo, the oceanarium, Europe’s largest indoor aquarium, and shopping malls.
Therefore we took a small window shopping break and continued to explored the scenery of Cascais and Estoril. Furthermore we hopped on this route and headed to the white sands of Guincho Beach, for a while to recharge ourselves with Lisboa beach weather. By end of our travel, finally we visited Estoril Casino and Cascais Bay, which is also one of the most glamorous architecture of the country.
Lisbon, a city full of authenticity.
Due to that old customs and ancient history intermixed with
cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. In conclusion, for me Lisbon is ageless, as a result it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition.
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