“A city filled with gothic art, looking like a woman dressed in festive garments going down to meet her dark lover”
Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal and is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and progressive thinking.
Once a remote outpost on what was thought to be the farthest edge of the known world, Lisbon had established itself as a center of operations for Portuguese exploration by the 15th century. The city center was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 but was rebuilt by the marques de Pombal. This sea-girt city of multicolored houses and elegant parks and gardens is no longer the capital of a vast overseas empire. It has been reconstructed as a bustling modern metropolis.
Despite modernization, Lisbon in many ways retains the air of a 19th-century city. The varinas (fish vendors) who roam the streets dressed in long black skirts still carry their wares in baskets on their heads. Vessels tie up at quays where the clang of trolley cars blend with ships’ horns. The general outlines of the city remain as they have for hundreds of years. Lisbon is still a city of balconies and vistas. It is traditional for poets to refer the entwining Tagus as Lisbon’s lover. The river is indeed an ever-present part of the city’s décor.
As a holiday destination, Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, a buzzing nightlife, and is blessed with a glorious year-round climate. Plan a trip to this beautiful capital via direct flights available from India. The currency used in Lisbon is the euro (1 ER=84.01 INR). The Portuguese capital is constantly recognized as one of the greatest cities in the world, so do not miss a chance to visit the alluring city.
Lisbon is a bustling and exciting city, that boasts a wide choice of activities and fascinating tourist attractions. The city has a welcoming and liberal atmosphere, while still embracing its deep-rooted heritage and extensive history. It will appeal to a diverse selection of ages and tourists: it can form a family holiday, a cultural trip, a nightlife extravaganza, a relaxed city-break or even as a base for a beach holiday.
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