Portugal’s capital is one of Europe’s most diverse and vibrant capital cities. A view of the Castelo de São Jorge from the Alta neighborhood.
Lisbon is rising up the ranks of top holiday destinations in Europe. With its location by the ocean, rich culture and history, and warm and friendly people, it is hardly surprising that increasing numbers of people flock to Portugal’s capital. Here are just some aspects of why it is worthwhile to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Alfama and Alta
These are certainly two of the most original neighborhoods in the city worth the travel. Here there were magnificent views of the city and key attractions such as the Castelo de São Jorge. These areas have the most character, with the Azulejo tiles on the walls that tell the story of Lisbon’s rich past, as well as the traditional tram that still goes up and down the hill.
A History of Trade and Commerce
One of the aspects that makes Lisbon unique compared to other European cities is its location by the sea. This helped to establish Portugal’s position as an imperial power in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with connections to the colonies of Angola, Mozambique as well as Brazil. The Portuguese explorers even went as far afield as Goa in India. The Praça do Comércio was once a bustling square filled with merchants’ shouts as people traded goods from all over the world.