History buffs everywhere know all about Portugal's rich and powerful history of discovery, industry, and settlement. However, only the most experienced travelers fully understand the appeal of this great travel destination. This beginner's guide to Lisbon, Portugal can help explain why it should be at the very top of your must-see places.
Less experienced world travelers may not think of Portugal as a must-see travel destination right off the bat. However, travel veterans whom have experienced this majestic country first-hand are guaranteed to begin planning their next Portuguese trip as soon as they leave.
But what makes Lisbon so attractive to tourists and adventure-seekers? The answer may very well lie in its seven hills studded with historical landmarks and tourist hotspots. With everything from ruins of the ancient world, to some of the most impressive architectural feats in the world, this city is a photography paradise.
When in Lisbon, you'll immediately be captured by the city's rustic blue and rust-orange rooftops, stone walls and rich blue waters. However, as stated by Travel and Leisure, travelers often find themselves captured by the history and culture even more quickly than they expected.
Lisbon is home to some of the world's most culturally rich museums. Travelers will find only the freest and most interesting contemporary art in Museu Colecão Berardo. Other museums such as Museu Nacional das Coches offer views into Portugal's magical monarchic history.
It is also home to some of the most beautiful UNESCO-preserved historic sites such as the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the gorgeous ruins of Convento de Carmo. The largest collection of these historical sites may be located in the Belem district of Lisbon.
People who aren't necessarily interested in history will not be disappointed either. Lisbon is home to some of the most delectable seafood dishes that will satisfy even the pickiest palate. Travelling foodies will find themselves in a delicious blur of Portuguese and Italian cooking.
However, of all of Lisbon's food offerings, CNN Traveler highly recommends the pastries found in Lisbon. These must-try pastries vary from sweet to savory, including Pastreis de Belem which are soft-centered pastries often dusted with cinnamon and sugar, then taken with coffee.
Finally, a trip to Lisbon doesn't necessarily have to mean having an itinerary. Trip Advisor guarantees that a simple walk around the city will be enough to satisfy almost anyone. The gorgeous architecture, warm sun-infused weather, and dramatic street art would be enough to convince anyone that this is one of the world's most beautiful cities.
First-time travelers will find themselves begging to come back as soon as possible. With great food, incredible sights, and an overall beautiful aura, this city is sure to become a memorable favorite travel destination.