Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is the
westernmost capital city in continental Europe and the only one along the
Atlantic coast. This city is one of the oldest cities in the world and it
was inhabited centuries prior to Rome and its famous Roman Civilization.
Lisbon is scenically situated over many hills near River Tagus and lies
close to the Atlantic Ocean. Owing to its geographical location and
profound history, it was ruled by many empires that left their mark on the
city in form of historic monuments, churches and fortresses.
Things to do in Lisbon
St. George's Castle
Lisbon’s flagship attraction, the St. George's Castle is a defensive
structure that sits royally over a hill near the city and dominates its
skyline. You should visit here to see its ages old battlements and
archaeological sites. The St George Castle had successfully defended the
ruling Moor dynasty against invading Christian forces in mid-12 th century but it was ultimately subdued by Spanish forces a few
years later in 1147 AD.
Commissioned in 1501, the Jeronimos Monastery is a historically-significant
and architecturally-sound monument in Lisbon. A UNESCO World Heritage Site,
this riverside monastery was built to celebrate Vasco da Gama's epic voyage
to India in 1498 and the ensuing ‘Age of Discovery’ that brought a lot of
wealth into Portugal.
The Lisbon Oceanarium is one of Europe's finest aquariums and one of the
largest in the world. Built for the Expo 98 World Exposition, the
oceanarium features a remarkable display of fish, marine species, and
birds. The fish and marine organisms are arranged in theme-based displays
related to their respective habitats like the Atlantic, the Pacific,
Indian, and Antarctic oceans.
Best Time to Visit Lisbon
Summer season (the months from June to August) are the best to book your
flights from Miami to Lisbon. It is the season when you can have a great
time at beach and indulge in water sports. Book your flights from MIA to
LIS during this time of the year to enjoy famous cultural events like
Festas de Lisboa and Santos Populares. It is advised to book Lisbon flights
in advance to avoid paying more during peak season.