Never knew much about Lisbon to be honest.. Or Portugal in general. But I had a kind of curiosity which made me decide to take a trip to the capital. Early May we decided, when tourists are just starting to think about their summer trips. I, for example, think about them all year around.
And with the help of RyanAir and a friend of a friend who agreed to accommodate us for a week or so, we departed for this underrated city in the westernest country of Europe.
I am more than impressed! Considering the city has suffered so much during the thousands of earthquakes that hit and destroyed over and over again, it looks pretty amazing! I simply love the paved streets and the tiles. I could stop and stare for hours.. Never getting tired of them all. Too bad I did not get the chance to visit The Tile Museum.
Here is some interesting information about Portugal in general:
Portugal has been hit by it's biggest eartquake of all times in 1755 and followed by a tsunami. Is estimated that up to 100,000 people died in that year. The city was almost completely destroyed but re-built afterwards.
Portuguese people nowadays eat dinner very late in the evening and like to party until the morning. They have a kind of hectic lifestyle but in a good way.
The most famous and favourite pastry in Portugal is Pastel de Belem. It dates way back and apparently, only 5 men nowadays know the original recipe and theny never travel together or eat the same food when in a restaurant.
Some of Lisbon's streets look very much alike those of San Francisco!
Tram 28 is the best way to see the tiny streets in the old part of the city. Plus, it's a nice exoperience to travel by tram.
Fado - a music genre that originated in urban Lisbon. It has been recently been added to the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Portugal's main foods are all made of fish. There's a lot of sardiania's and octopus and prawns. If you decide to visit Portugal avoid at all costs the "Tourist Menus". It's a trap and you will only get disappointed in potuguese food.
Portugal is the oldest country in Europe to explore the Earth and Discover other territories. After only about 100 years other countries such as England and France started exploring and dicovering new places.
The most important, portuguese coffee is called BICA and is something like and espresso. It's very strong and very tasty. I've had a tremendous number of them in one week and I couldn't get enough. Bica's a quite cheap, something like 0.60 euros!