The history of Lisbon can be divided into two parts: before and after the earthquake of 1755. In just 6 minutes, more than 80 thousand people died, Lisbon was completely destroyed, after which it rose from the ashes. The city is located on seven hills and is a mixture of European and Arab cultures. Despite the impressive number of attractions, Lisbon is a small city, it will not be difficult to get around it on foot. It is worth considering the hilly terrain – wear comfortable shoes. Colorful streets, the sound of fado from neighboring houses, colorful houses – all these things make Lisbon romantic and attractive.
1. WALK IN THE CASTLE Continue reading
Mafra Palace is one of the most ambitious palace-monuments in Europe. The palace was built in the Baroque style by the King of Portugal, Juan V. At that time he was the richest European king, thanks to the gold from Brazil, this palace became the apotheosis of the king’s numerous and meaningless expenses.
A few numbers: 52,000 people worked on the construction of the palace;
it covers an area of about 4 hectares (37.790 m2); 1200 rooms; 4700 doors and windows and 156 stairs; 1 year – the longest time a royal family has been in it; 98 bells. Continue reading
The encyclopedias indicate that continental Portugal (do not forget about Madeira and the Azores) is located in a subtropical climate zone. However, this information does not give an unambiguous answer about the actual state of affairs.
In short, the country is characterized by tropical summers, but non-tropical winters. That is, in the summer months the thermometer rolls over because of hell, and in the winter months it is difficult to imagine that this is a southern country. But this is averaged information, because the weather in a particular place depends on the topography and the distance from the ocean, which sets the “concert” – it blows life-giving coolness in the midst of July hell, softens the February cold, treacherously descending from the mountains.
Inexperienced tourists generalized table of average monthly temperature in Portugal is confusing, since the daily fluctuations on the coast sometimes reaches 20º. It is more useful to deal with the weather by region. Continue reading