Lisbon is one of Europe’s sunniest capitals. For some that is nearly enough, but we will keep throwing Lisbons’ beauty in your face.
Lisbon is one of the world’s oldest cities. You can feel its antiquity clinging to every corner, especially in the district of Alfama. This makes Lisbon a veritable banquet for history-hungry visitors. It was very nearly destroyed entirely by a massive earthquake in 1755, but was patched together and revived.
Lisbon is as proud as punch of its role in the Age of Discovery, with the city being the starting place for dozens of exploratory voyages around the globe, including Vasco da Gama’s expedition to India in 1497. Padrão dos Descobrimento, a large monument on the north bank of the Tagus, celebrates “ Age of Discovery”.