Nowadays traveling around the world has become much easier than in the past. There are already a lot of cheap flights which one can take to visit some distant part of the world. And that is why people should definitely travel when they have got the chance. Traveling broadens the mind and makes people wiser and more understanding.
Besides, enjoying a foreign country architecture and nature is very relaxing and pleasant. Today we have prepared for you a travel guide to a particular country, and more specifically to its capital. Here is a travel guide to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
#1 Places to visit
One of the first things you should do once you decide to visit a certain country is to find out which some of the more popular and beautiful sights there are in order to visit them. The same goes for Lisbon. Some of the places which you definitely need to have a look at if you visit the capital are Rua Augusta Arch, Palace of Ajuda, Belem Tower, Sao George Castle, and Santa Lucia Lift.
Lisbon is famous for its beautiful architecture and these places can show it at its best. Belem Tower, for example, is right on the coast. It may not be very big but its place and historical architecture are impressive. Palace of Ajuda is big but make sure you do not only have a look at it from the outside because its interior is what makes it so impressive.
#2 When to visit Lisbon
The next thing you should also have in mind is when exactly to visit Lisbon. Since it is located in south-west Europe, close to Africa, the temperatures there are quite high. That is why in July and in August the thermometers reach very high degrees.
If you do not mind the hot weather and you would love to go to the beach, then this is the right time for you to visit the place. However, I would recommend visiting it during the spring. From April to June the weather is also perfect for going to the beach without feeling too hot.
#3 Foods to try
The next thing which a person should do no matter which country they visit, is to try some of the local cuisine. Every country, exotic or not, has its specific dishes. Some of them could be similar to such from your own country, but will still have something different to them.
When you go in Lisbon you should definitely try some of the traditional dishes there, like sopa de cacao. This is not soup with cocoa in it but it is actually a stew with marinated shark meat. It definitely sound like an interesting choice for a meal.
Other recipes tourists can try out in Lisbon are arroz de taboril, which is rice with monkfish stew, polvo a lagareiro, which is boiled and then roasted whole octopus. It is no surprise that traditional Portuguese food in general includes a lot of seafood, after all the country is located on the Atlantic Ocean.
And if you are not much into seafood, do not worry, there are still some things you can try out in Lisbon, like pastel de nata, which is egg-tart pastry, and postamirandesa, which is tenderloin cooked on open fire.
Last, but not least, when it comes to the drinks that you can have in Lisbon, do not miss to try some of the coffee. They serve great espresso there.
The next thing you need to be aware of before visiting any country is the things which will be considered offensive or suitable for the given place. When it comes to Lisbon, there are not that many differences between the things which are considered inappropriate in other European countries.
When you greet someone, for example, you should shake hands with them. You also should never point at things, or especially at people since this is considered very rude. If you need to show something to some person, then use your whole hand, specifically your palm to make this person look in the right direction.
You also need to make sure that you are not too late, if it is up to 10 minutes it would be tolerable, but not when it comes to business meetings. In these cases you always need to make sure you are on time there.
You can also leave a tip of a 10% of the bill if you are satisfied with the service of a particular place, but you would not be obliged to do it. The tip is normally not included in the bill.