Lisbon is truly the city of my heart. I joke that Portugal is the “land of my people” despite not having a drop of Portuguese blood. Within 24 hours of landing in Lisbon the first time, I promised to retun here again and again. I have kept that promise over the last decade with only the pandemic stopping me for a few years.
This past fall, I returned after weeks of travel and it felt like coming home and, basically, it’s where I hope to settle.
Lisbon Fun Facts
Lisbon is one of the oldest, continuously occupied cities in Western Europe – I think only Athens is older. In fact, it actually predates even Rome by centuries ,so if you are a history buff, you will love it here. The oldest part of Lisbon is the neighbourhood of Alfama. You can spend a whole day getting lost in the tiny, winding cobblestone lanes and alleyways. If you thought the rest of Lisbon was hilly, you will not believe the inclines you must traverse in Alfama.
Alfama was the only neighbourhood to escape massive damage during the 1755 earthquake. It almost completely destroyed Lisbon and the surrounding areas. Almost everything outside of Aflama was rebuilt but locals still refer to it like it happened last year. To the average Canadian, to imagine a city even BUILT after 1755 is unimaginable. But in Lisbon, anything post 1775 is the new part of the city.
Lisbon is known for it’s nightlife, it’s delicious Pasteis de Nata, trams and stunning tiles. It’s a laid back city where nobody is in a hurry and there’s always time for coffee. I love everything about the city from the seafood to the crazy language that sounds closer to Polish that Spanish. Forget thinking you will just get away with speaking Spanish.
Some of my previous stories on Lisbon: a 2014 trip, 2018 , Mesa Luisa Cooking Class and another here