Weekend in Lisbon

One of Portugal’s most precious gems: the capital.

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Portugal is a magical and warm place, full of sights to see and activities to take away the stress of life, so throughout this article we will focus on one of Portugal’s most precious gems: the capital, Lisbon.

Lisbon is a popular all year round destination that attracts thousands of tourists every year. One of its biggest characteristics is the intimate feel to the typical Portuguese alleys and the small commerce stores that can be found throughout the streets –  run by families for generations.
Lisbon is full of Limestone white bleached buildings and it enchants travelers by being paved with “Calçada Portuguesa”, a pavement decoration that is unique to the iconic country of Portugal.

What should you see in Lisbon? There are a lot of sights worth seeing in Lisbon, but you definitely have to pay a visit to the Roque Chapel, or São Roque Church. This is the most luxurious and expensive church in the world!  Portugal discovered Brazil, and with it endless reserves of gold that showered this church with riches and luxurious decorations – even what seem like paintings are instead mosaics that were handcrafted to perfection.
The Tower of Belem is one of the most iconic buildings, and it is the bastion of the discoveries period, where Portuguese sailors discovered half of the globe.
Be sure to pay a visit to the Jeronimos Monastery, which holds the remains of the famous discoverer Vasco da Gama!

The "Parque das Nações" hosts a lot of different pavilions dedicated to culture, history, science and art.


Besides the places we already discussed, there are a few more attractions that manage to amaze thousands of tourists per day. We’re talking about the “Parque das Nações”, or Nations’ Park, a 21st century park monument built to mankind, which hosts a lot of different pavilions dedicated to culture, history, science, art and every other component of what makes us human. It also includes a casino and Europe’s biggest aquarium – the Oceanarium.

Finally, you can’t finish your weekend in Portugal without trying the typical sweets of Lisbon, the Pastéis de Belém, which were given the status of “World’s Wonders” and are exported to fine dining establishments throughout the world.
This Portuguese delight will take you to heaven and back – even natives buy the by the bucket loads, and millions of these pieces are sold per month… try them yourself!

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