When travelling to Portugal, one of the best places to visit is Lisbon. Although considered less popular than London, Paris and Rome, Lisbon is a beautiful city with many exotic qualities. It is best to visit the city during the fall, because the weather is perfect. We should get daily blue skies and the cooler breezes will prevent very high temperatures. In the evening, it should still be warm enough to eat outside. In Lisbon, we could visit various sites, such as the Castle of St. George, that’s located in the Alfama district. It is often considered as one of the most picturesque and oldest parts of Lisbon.
Like many ancient structures in Iberian peninsula, we could find rich elements of Arabic culture. Europeans took over the castle from the Moors in 12th century. The former Moorish palace became the residence of the Portuguese royalty for two centuries. It has eleven towers, various defensive building and a strong outer wall. The palace is also known for its enchanting gardens and we should get a wonderful panorama of the area. We could also find a guitarist who plays wonderful melodies in the castle’s courtyard. After we explore the castle, we could descend the narrow alleyways and streets of the Alfama district.
Another district in Lisbon that we should visit is Sintra and it is about 30 minutes away from the city center if we use the local train network. It holds a very important heritage status and considered as one of the culturally significant places in Europe. The district is packed with sights to see and things to do. The landscape of the area feels so artful and it is where the monarchs of Portugal spent their summer months. The palace was constructed in 14th century and later expanded. It has outstanding rooms and a reminder of the opulence and splendour of the country’s imperial past.
When visiting Sintra, we should make sure that our camera is fully charged, because it is the right time to take plenty of photos. Pena Palace demands the travellers’ attention and we can get to the location by getting a taxi. Our journey to the location should be worthwhile and the 19th century structure is well known for its yellow and pink tower, drawbridges and domes. It is like a castle that we see in children books. Up on the hill, we will see remnants of a Moorish castle, which was built in 8th century. The location provides a marvellous view of the surrounding area.
After visiting the entire Lisbon area, it is the time to chill out in the city and there are many places where we can relax. We could purchase roadside food stalls in the afternoon and go to the nearby botanical gardens. There are also various restaurants, offering both local and international foods. After finishing dinner, we could cruise inside the city for a night-time excursion. We could go to the Portuguese parliament building, known for its impressive appearance during the night. This should be a great time to get a feel of the wonderful city.