Of all the cities that we think of in the Mediterranean, Lisbon is the one we should probably cross off that list, because its not on the Meditrranean. Sitting just north of the Mediterranean, Lisbon looks out across the Atlantic towards the Americas. The seat of Portuguese exploration, explorers like Vasco de Gama left its shores in search of riches and treasures. What did he find? Well India, which arguably is a treasure itself, but that’s for another post! The Belem Tower is considered a monument to the Age of Discovery.
More recently, Lisbon has been a place of unity among EU members. In 2009, the European Union signed the Treaty of Lisbon. Like many European cities, Lisbon is made up of various barrios, each with their unique character and charm.
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IF YOU GO: With the austerity measures in place, Portugal and Lisbon need tourist income now more than before. Don’t be afraid to check out the barrios, there are plenty of trendy shops and restaurants near apartments in Lisbon which are worth checking out. From ancient art to arguably Europe’s greatest collection of modern art, there are plenty of museums and activities to keep you busy.
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