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Thinking When And Why You Should Visit Lisbon? Here’s A Little Help

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. The city is believed to have started several hundred thousand years ago beginning with the dominance of the Celtic tribes in the Iberian peninsula during the Neolithic Era. Legends would say that the city was founded and named by Ulysses as Ulissipo. Others claim that the name originated from the Phoenician words “Allis Ubbo” which means a safe harbor in Phoenician. The existence of the name and the recovery of certain archaeological findings suggest that there was an influence of the Phoenician culture in the area during the 1200 century. Others believe that the name was actually derived from the Roman influence coming from the Pre Roman name of the river Tagus which is Lisso.  In the 13th century, the city became an important trading post in Europe and exponent its territory and the Lisbon port had a very significant role in the creation of the Portuguese empire since it was the port of origin of Vasco de Gama’s exploration in the 15th century. By the 16th century, Lisbon became the center of trade and commerce between Europe, India, the far east and later Brazil. A number of goods were being traded in the area ranging from spices, slaves, sugar, textiles, and others. The 18th century comprised of the influx of gold from Brazil which allowed the king at that time to have several Baroque churches constructed. The 19th century was the time that Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops invaded the country of Portugal which forced the royal family to flee to Brazil. The invasion caused a lot of damage to the existing properties in the city. The  20th century was eventful for the city a lot of major events happened during that period of time.  One of the notable events was the regicide of Carlos I which actually led to the formation of the Republic. In World war II  the city of Lisbon was a neutral and free city port in Europe which aided the escape of those trying to flee the rule of Nazi Germany. It also became the center of the Republican coup in 1910 which established the Portuguese republic.

At present, Lisbon continues to be one of the most important cities in Europe with top attractions like Jeronemos Monastery,  a church built in the 1500s as a part of a magnificent monastery, having cloisters that are considered the most beautiful in the world; Belem Tower, which is a symbol of the Age of Discovery and which is the city’s icon, and built during the early 1500s; St. George’s Castle, inside of which is a small archaeological museum, and from its millennium-old walls you can have a bird’s-eye-view of the city in the company of roaming peacocks; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, which housed the world finest private art collections from the East and west including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and Rene; Bernardo Museum, with Europe’s greatest modern art collections by Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Dali that was put together by Portuguese millionaire; Ancient Art Museum’s fascinating Oriental and European art that consist the collection of Portugal’s “National Gallery” illustrating Portugal’s links with Asia and Africa; Tile Museum,  showcases ancient art form of decorative ceramic tiles in a lavish old convent and belonged to the top 10 tiled attractions of the century; The Golden Baroque Trio’s largest collection of royal carriages which are housed in Coach Museum and in its two other golden baroque attractions, the Sao Roque Church which is home to the world’s most  expensive chapel and Santa Catarina Church, one  of the city’s most magnificent interiors; Design and Fashion Museum, one of the world’s leading design and fashion museums; and, Oceanarium, where you can find an odyssey of sea creatures swim together in a state-of-the art building.

When To Visit Lisbon?

If you want a travel destination that you can visit any time of the year, Lisbona is the perfect getaway for you. The city enjoys mild and no extreme weather conditions and offers to engage you to plenty of fun and exciting activities all year round. However, to help you get the most out of the stay, it is best to take note on some of the essential factors like the weather conditions and events taking place during your visit. Here is your guide to when is the best time to visit Lisbona.

Climate. The early signs of spring will start to show around February. The popular term Lisbon’s April Shower means that it can be a little wet during this period. The Atlantic-facing position of the city indicates that storms hit a little more frequently here than in the nearby Mediterranean cities. The weather usually turns better in the following month of May. June is the mark of the summer season. It is also the start of Lisbon’s biggest celebration, Saint Anthony’s Day. It is the best time to join the people on their colorful street parades down the Avenida da Liberdade and throughout the town and experience their traditional songs and dances. July and August are the best time to take a tour around the finest tourist spots of the city and to enjoy swimming in its beautiful beaches.

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Lisbon. November 11 is definitely the most awaited time of the year because it’s the date when the city celebrates the last days of summer and also the day when that year’s wine can be tasted. Winter, on the other hand, is very pleasant. In fact, the temperature is very bearable and even perfect for strolling. The sky is usually clear and blue.

Events. Lisbon is jam-packed with the rich and colorful events from the month of February to December. If you are considering joining these celebrations especially during the summer season, you should know that the streets will really get crowded and the transport and accommodation will be extremely busy. Here are some events you don’t want to miss.

Carnaval em Lisboa. Rio Carnival is probably the most celebrated event in the world but did you know that it all started in Lisbon? Lisbon’s Carnival is a major event of the year is celebrated at the beautiful grounds of Park of Nations. The streets also get really crowded since the processions of floats and parade of jugglers as well as masked performers will start at Praça do Município and will go around throughout the town, going through the old streets of Praça do Comércio, Rua da Prata and ending at Praça D. Pedro IV. You can just drop in along the way to join the fun. There will also be music, dancing, cheering, and various street performances.

Date: February

Venue: Parque Nações

Rock in Rio. Famous names in the music industry gather in Lisbon to celebrate this grandest musical entertainment event in the world. It is five days of non-stop party that highlights a “World Stage” which presents the best artists in World Music and an “Electronic Tent” where the most popular international DJs spin until morning.

Date: May, June

Venue: Bela Vista Park

Festas dos Santos Populares. Lisbon is filled with fiesta or festivities for their popular saints during the summer season. Saint Anthony’s Day is one of the city’s biggest events. It is the best time to join the people on their colorful street parades down the Avenida da Liberdade and throughout the town and experience their traditional songs and dances. The procession is followed by a huge party.

Date: June, July

Noite Mágica. Lisbon joins the world in welcoming the New Year with its magnificent fireworks display. The people usually gather afterward at Comercio Square to celebrate and party with the national pop singers and band all night long.

Venue: Torre de Belm/ Comercio Square

Date: December

Itineraries

Lisbon is one of the busiest and oldest capitals in the world. It has a very active port and which used to launch ships in the age of discovery to discover the far- east and is still one of the centers of trades in all of Europe.

The fact that the city has been flourishing in its existence since the early 1200s is one of the reasons that lure a huge amount of visitors to this fantastic city. Lisbon does not only have a rich history and culture but it also has several other things to offer any visitor looking for a relaxing vacation. If you’re a tourist in Lisbon and you have a week of vacation in this marvelous city then here are some of the things that you might do.

First off you can explore the old city. You can travel back through time and walk through the seven hills of Lisbon immersing you in the historical and monumental things that are within the city.  Head to Alfama which is the oldest neighborhood in the city and witness the influence of the Moors in the city’s architecture.

Next on the trip to history lane would be a trip to the different museums in the city.  The Belem district would satisfy this part of your journey since most of the notable museums are in this area. The district has the Cultural Center of Belem which has a collection of paintings and sculptures from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock. Another would be the Museo da Marinha which features the history and popular dominance of Portugal in the seas during the age of discovery.

After that, you might want to visit Castelo de Sao Jorge situated atop the tallest hill in Lisbon and gives you a breathtaking view of the city and the different architectural wonders of it which includes the longest bridge in all of Europe the “Ponte Vasco da Gama” which connects the opposite sides of the river Tagus and was designed by the very same architect of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

After going through all the monuments, and museums you could spend the last remaining days of your week working on your tan, surfing or just enjoying the sand at the captivating long beaches of Cascais you can get there by riding the railway that links Lisbon to Cascais two of the popular beaches are  Praia da Conceição and Praia da Rainha these are just 30 minutes away from the capital.

Top Attractions

When you are out to look after the top attractions there are in Lisbon you would for sure be amazed at the numbers you will find there, making you uncertain among which you have to go to first. What you have to think to do better is to list down in possible order those attractions that are said to belong to the topmost, and which among these may go well with your plan to take a day-long or a weeklong tour of Lisbon’s magical attractions.

The most valued attractions of Lisbon are Jeronemos Monastery,  a church built in the 1500s as a part of a magnificent monastery, having cloisters that are considered the most beautiful in the world; Belem Tower, which is a symbol of the Age of Discovery and which is the city’s icon, and built during the early 1500s; St. George’s Castle, inside of which is a small archaeological museum, and from its millennium-old walls you can have a bird’s-eye-view of the city in the company of roaming peacocks; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, which housed the world finest private art collections from the East and west including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and Rene; Bernardo Museum, with Europe’s greatest modern art collections by Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Dali that was put together by Portuguese millionaire; Ancient Art Museum’s fascinating Oriental and European art that consist the collection of Portugal’s “National Gallery” illustrating Portugal’s links with Asia and Africa; Tile Museum,  showcases ancient art form of decorative ceramic tiles in a lavish old convent and belonged to the top 10 tiled attractions of the century; The Golden Baroque Trio’s largest collection of royal carriages which are housed in Coach Museum and in its two other golden baroque attractions, the Sao Roque Church which is home to the world’s most expensive chapel and Santa Catarina Church, one  of the city’s most magnificent interiors; Design and Fashion Museum, one of the world’s leading design and fashion museums; and, Oceanarium, where you can find an odyssey of sea creatures swim together in a state-of-the art building.

This list of the topmost attractions is going to be very helpful in your travel and tour plan. With it, you can start to locate your possible itinerary according to the length of time you wish to stay in Lisbon. Likewise, this may even allow you to extend your time to the 10 best day trips to have in Lisbon: Sintra, Evora, Obidos, Cascais, Estoril, Queluz, Mafra, Arrabida, Setubal, and Ericeira.

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